Budgetary Allocation to Health: Shame of a Nation

The lack of commitment on the part of the federal government of Nigeria to increasing the budgetary allocation needed to improve the health of Nigerians remains a disturbing one. Recently, it was reported that Nigeria earmarks 3.5 per cent of its national budget to the health sector. With the well documented intrigues surrounding the release […]

The African Woman: A Priority in Medicine?

Researchers link preparation of smoked fish to lung diseases! For my fellow fanatics, this recent article in The Guardian will undoubtedly be a disheartening revelation of the hidden cost behind the savory goodness that is smoked fish. My initial thoughts after reading the title were admittedly, selfish. My mind skipped through the numerous pulmonopathies that […]

Reassessing the Notion of Brain Drain

The idea of a drain hardly ever evokes a positive reaction especially in the context of the siphoning of intellectual capital from developing countries. The impact of the “brain drain” phenomenon has been hotly debated in development circles, particularly in relationship to the flight of health care workers who emigrate from countries facing incredible public […]

ANPA Leadership Secures Waiver of Back Payment of Licensing Fees for Nigerian Physicians Practicing Outside Nigeria

In a landmark decision, the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has agreed to waive the requirement for back payment of registration and licensing fees for Nigerian physicians who have been in practice outside Nigeria. The news of this agreement was conveyed to the ANPA members by its President, Dr. Fiemu Nwariaku today. The […]

Update from ANPA President

March 3, 2011 From the Office of the President Dear Colleagues, As promised, I would like to use this opportunity to provide you with updates on the activities of our organization. Much has happened since our strategic retreat in Houston in November. I am pleased to announce that the much awaited memorandum of understanding (MOU) […]

Pediatric Public Health: How much are we doing for the children?

Whenever I start to think about pediatric health care in Nigeria, my thoughts quickly veer toward obstetrics, neonatal care and immunization. The host of baby formula and child immunization campaigns has seen some success, evident in the steady improvement in infant mortality rates. UNICEF statistics indicate that Under-5 mortality rates in Nigeria have declined by […]

President Obama Taps ANPA Member, Dr. Funmi Olopade, for Key White House Post

Nigerian-born Chicagoan and ANPA member, Olufunmilayo Falusi Olopade, MD, FACP, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Cancer Advisory Board. The Board advises the administration with respect to the activities of the National Cancer Institute, including reviewing and recommending for support grants and cooperative agreements, following technical and scientific peer review. Dr. […]

Meet our Bloggers, Chinyere Anyaogu, MD, MPH

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Chinyere Anyaogu has joined our blogging team. Dr. Anyaogu attended Federal Government College, Warri and subsequently received her medical training at the University of Nigeria. She received dual sub-specialty training in Internal Medicine and OBGYN at the Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New […]

Rapid Recall for the Internal Medicine Boards by Dr. Chinedu Ivonye, ANPA Member

A new book, Rapid Recall for the Internal Medicine Boards, by ANPA member Chinedu Ivonye MD, FACP, billed as “a powerful tool to help you ace the boards”, has just been released by CreateSpace Publishers. The book is intended for use by candidates preparing for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) certification examinations. Dr. […]

ANPA Member Named Chief of Neurosurgery

ANPA member, Dr. Wale Sulaiman, has been named Chairman of Neurosurgery at the Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, Louisiana, part of the Ochsner Clinic Foundation, effective July 1, 2011. Dr. Sulaiman’s medical career began at the Medical University, Varna, Bulgaria, where he completed a combined MD/MSc degree. His interests in Nerve and Spinal cord injury and regeneration research […]

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