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ANPA From the Office of the President

Wow, what a month!

The ANPA Medical Mission Team just returned from our annual medical mission. This year’s mission was held in Umuahia, Abia State from 5th to 14th May 2024. I would like to use this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to our leadership, members, volunteers, sponsors, and those who came together to make this one of ANPA’s best medical missions ever. Our diaspora team consisted of over eighty ANPA members.

The 2024 Medical Mission Week began with meetings with the Commissioner of Health of Lagos State and members of the Lagos State Ministry of Health. The meetings focused on discussions on how to move forward with plans for the 2025 ANPA Medical Mission Week. Our sincere thanks go out to Professor Akin Abayomi and the team that met with me, Dr. Cliff Eke, the President-Elect, Dr. Gertie Anyanwoke, the ANPA National Treasurer, Ms. Nancy Kheck, Prof. Rukewve Ugwumba, and Rotary International Representative, Mr. Chinedu Eboh. We had several insightful and engaging sessions. I was also interviewed on the Arise TV Morning Show on the 4th of April to create awareness for the Medical Mission Week. The interview included conversations about the long-term viability of Nigeria’s health system and emphasized the critical role that preventative healthcare plays. Along with other guests on the Morning Show, I called for creative approaches to the delivery of healthcare services throughout Nigeria, with a particular emphasis on underprivileged rural regions.

The Medical Mission Week began with a robust CPD program on Saturday, 6th April 2024. It was attended by over 250 attendees (one hundred physical attendees and a hundred and seventy virtual attendees). The program was hosted with the assistance of the Abia State ICT team and our Education Committee Chair’s personal Starlink account.

Following a brief orientation on Sunday, the Medical Mission began on Monday, 8th April 2024. We attended to patients out of four separate medical facilities spread across Umuahia. The challenge of attending to the thousands of patients was met with the extreme passion of our ANPA members and volunteers.

It was a very active week with several activities. Here are some highlights from each of the days:

  1. Day 1 and 2 (4th and 5th April): Health education, dental care and surgeries began, providing care to more than a hundred patients.
  2. Day 3 (6th April): Over 250 individuals participated in the CPD program organized in association with the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA). It covered the following subjects: Diabetes and the Kidney, Wellness, and Healthy Living.
  3. Day 4 (7th April): Orientation and Dinner party hosted by the Attorney General of Abia State at his residence.
  4. Day 5 (8th April): The formal Mission Launch, Welcome event, and Dinner provided by the FSL Corporation at Damgrete Hotel.
  5. Day 6 and 7 (9th and 10th April): Training sessions for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Helping Babies Survive (HBS) were held simultaneously at several locations. Over 200 people received training at these sessions. The Governor of Abia State, His Excellency Dr. Alex Otti welcomed us to his home for “An Evening with the Governor”. During this event, he thanked the ANPA team and volunteers for their efforts and pledged his support to the success of our Mission. The ANPA team also attended a dinner reception at Dr. Asonye’s residence on the 10th of April.
  6. Day 8 and 9 (11thand 12th April): A training session for the Stop The Bleed program was held with over 275 attendees. They were trained on methods to stop bleedings from injuries and save lives. The Closing Ceremony for the 2024 ANPA Medical Mission week took place on 12th April, with performances from Abia State Cultural Dance groups. The Closing Ceremony also included the presentation of awards, prizes and other festivities.

Over the nine-day period, thousands of patients were attended to, including hundreds of pediatric, gynecological, and general surgeries. ANPA continues to work with local physicians, medical providers and volunteers to monitor the health of patients we attended to as part of our post medical mission strategy.

Once again, on behalf of the ANPA Executive team, I would like to say thank you to our ANPA Members for making our 2024 Medical Mission Week a great success. We will provide additional statistics about the Medical Mission in the coming weeks. Have an impactful month ahead as we prepare for our 30th National and Scientific Convention in Anaheim, California in June.

Dr. Chinyere Anyaogu