Updates from SAKKWATO AGC/ADM By Dr. Adewunmi ALAYAKI

SAKKWATO AGC/ADM 2016 –  Day 2 Activities..
 Today’s activities of the Annual General Conference and Delegates meeting of the NMA started on a sad note. NOC  met this morning and came out with a Press release that was sent to media houses within and outside the country on the unfortunate incidence.  The NOC also despatched a high powered delegation to Kaduna to compliment the efforts of the Kaduna NMA.  There was virtually no activity during the day except the arrival of  most delegates from different states. In the evening, there was a meeting between the Hon. Minister of Health, Hon. Minister of State for Health other officials of the Federal Ministry of Health and the Chief Medical Directors/Medical Directors of our Federal Health Institutions with over 40 of them in attendance.
The welcome cocktail was hosted by the CMD of UDUTH, which was  convergence of the delegates where prayers were offered for the repose of the souls of the departed colleagues as well as for their immediate families and the Hippocratic family at large.  In attendance at the cocktail are the Minister of Health, Minister of State for Health, Perm Sec. Federal Ministry of Health, Directors, Federal Ministry of Health, CMD UDUTH, CMAC and DCMAC amongst other dignitaries.  NMA Affiliates heads and states delegates were also in attendance.

The cocktail was characterised by brief speeches by the dignitaries present.  The NOC later moved into a closed door session with Minister and his team.  The NMA team led by the NMA President later paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR  before retiring for the day. The opening ceremony will be taking place tomorrow Tuesday 26th April 2016 by 10.00am.  Many thanks
SAKKWATO AGC/ADM 2016 – Day 3 Activities 
Day 3 activities of the Annual General Conference and Delegates meeting of the NMA started with the Scientific Session at about 8.00am and was followed immediately at 10am with the formal opening ceremony. The Opening ceremony had in attendance the Hon. Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole who gave the key note address and also  represented  President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, The Sokoto State Governor, Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Executive Governor of Sokoto State,  the Hon. Minister of State for Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Dr. Amina Shamaki the Permanent Secretary FMOH, CMD UDUTH, amongst other dignitaries. The Chairman of the NMA Board of Trustee, Prof. Umaru Shehu, members of the NMA Elders Consultative Forum and some other notable elders of the Association were all in attendance.
The Sokoto AGC/ADM got a distinctive flavour with the presence of some of CMDs and MDs. The Opening ceremony was characterized with speeches from the Chairman of the LOC  and Sokoto state chairman, Dr. Abdulgafar Jimoh, NMA President, Sir. Dr. Kayode Obembe amongst others. All the speakers commiserated with the Association on the fatal accident on Sunday evening along Abuja- Kaduna Expressway that claimed the lives of 6delegates from Ekiti State and their official driver, they prayed for the repose of their souls and also prayed for the families they left behind and the Hippocratic community at large.  A minute silence was observed in their honour.
The conference was declared open by the representative of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, Prof. Isaac Adewole and came to a close with a charge to Medical and Dental Practitioners to be very proactive in discharging their duties as care givers and always put the patient first. Immediately after the opening ceremony the Continuous Medical Education continued in two very educative and interesting sessions.
The Business of the conference will start tomorrow Wednesday 27th April, 2016 by 8.00am with scientific session to be followed by the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting. We encourage members to come out on time for these activities and on behalf of the President and National Officers’ Committee I welcome all delegates who arrived today and wish us all a memorable stay. Still in sober reflection, let us continue to remember the families of our colleagues who lost their lives on Sunday in our prayers.


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