By Chioma Obinna
Towards facilitating government search for healthcare solution in the country, the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA) is focussing on strategies for assessing and identifyingÂ populations at high risk to health-related problems with special emphasis on hypertension, diabetes, HIV&AIDS and other chronic and infectious diseases.
As the Associationâ€™s 15th annual convention begins in Abuja today, President of the Association, Dr Julius KpaduwaÂ saysÂ the spin-off benefits, if it is sustained, would be felt at local government levels over the years. â€œIt is a win-win situation both for the doctors, the government and the general publicâ€, he stressed.
The convention is the first time ANPA would be collaborating with the Nigerian Medical Association, Medical Association of Nigerian Specialists and General Practitioners in the United Kingdom for its annual event.
â€œANPA has been the only professional organization in the Diaspora that consistently embarks on medical mission in attempt to have direct impact on the average Nigerian.
The convention which includes workshops, symposia and seminars on a wide range of medical issue would examine topics like maternal and child health, various types of cancers, cardio vascular diseases, chronic renal failures and mental health.
Amongst speakersÂ are Dr Thomas Osinowo, Director of Behavioral Health in Ohio State and Dr Charles Dike Dike, a Clinical Professor of Law and Psychiatry at Yale University Medical School who would focus on the rising tide of spousal homicide among Nigerians in the U.S. Dr S. Salawu, Chief of Surgery at the National Hospital, Abuja is expected to discuss how traffic accidents have become an epidemic in Nigeria but highly neglected by governments at all levels.
The workshops aspect of the convention would be focussing on strategies for assessing and identifying high risk population with special emphasis on hypertension, diabetes, HIV&AIDS and other chronic and infectious diseases.
He said the choice of Abuja for the convention,Â Â for the first time outside the United States and Canada, was informed by the need to expand the reach of the organisation as well as use the opportunity to train 40 professionals in emergency medical response.
â€œThose nominated for the training will be trained at the expense of ANPA and they will be certified by the American Heart Association (AHA) on successful completion of the course. They are also expected to train others who will again be certified by AHA.â€