Monday, March 22, 2021

Universal Health Coverage: Nigeria To Host Medical Women's International Association Near East Africa Regional Congress- Dr. Oseji

.......As MWAN National President, Dr. Mrs. Mininim Oseji, Says Okowa, Ehanire, Nwadinobi, Adenike, Dame Paullen, Dr. Claribel, Others to grace occasion.

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

The National President, Medical Women's Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Dr. Mrs Mininim Oseji has said that the group will host 9th Congress of the Medical Women's International Association Near East and Africa Region billed to take place in FCT, Abuja, Nigeria between 25th to 26th March, 2021 as part of efforts to deepen stakeholders commitment to Universal Health Coverage towards sustainable healthcare services in Nigeria, Africa and globally.
The media learnt this in a press statement made available on Friday, 19th of March, 2021 by MWAN Media and Publicity Director, Dr. Vivian Omo-Aghoja, who stated that Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Former Minister of Health, Dr. Adenike Grange, Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Minister for Women Affairs, Dame Paullen Tallen, other critical stakeholders such as Dr. Christine Sadia will grace the occassion as Special Guests of Honor, Resource Persons, Chairman and in other capacities.

According to MWAN National President, Dr. Mrs Mininim Oseji, the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN) is a Non Governmental not-for- profit Organization of all registered female Medical and Dental Doctors in Nigeria.

The group is an affiliate of the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) and belongs to one of its eight regional organizations - the Near East and Africa Region (NEAR). She said: "MWAN has been selected to host the next NEAR Congress scheduled to hold from 24th 27th March 2021 in Abuja". The last time Nigeria hosted such an event was in 2000, 21 years ago. The theme of the Congress is: “Accelerating Universal Health Coverage: Priorities, Opportunities and Challenges”.

MWAN Leadership stated that the Participants will be comprising of female medical professionals, students and other professionals that have registered and are expected to attend from countries across Africa, the Near East region, Europe, Canada and the United States of America. Also that there is no single strategy for the attainment of Universal Health Coverage. The group said that strategies  will  depend  on  local  contexts  and  national  dialogue.  According to MWAN, "While challenges  abound,  there  has  been  variable  progress  between  and  within countries". 

MWAN Leadership in that press Statement highlighted the aims and objectives of theCongress to be held in FCT,  Abuja, Nigeria. The statement reads in parts: "To  Identify and prioritize for adoption funding opportunities, mechanisms and health financing options that are required to provide Universal Health Coverage". 

"Also, to Harness and establish database of expertise on all issues affecting the health and overall wellbeing of the most vulnerable, marginalized and excluded groups of people in order to harness the needed resource-base for attaining Universal Health Coverage across the region". 

"Also, to  Identify  and expand initiatives in development, governance and support of critical health systems and infrastructure required to deliver Univerasal Health Coverage for improved survival and general wellbeing of all people in the region, and many others too numerous to mention".

"We have  Proposed Sub-themes (Track) which included amongst others Track 1: Context of Universal Health Coverage in the subregion Track 2: Social determinants of health and health equity Track 3: Health financing for Universal Health Coverage. Track 4: Improving quality of health care for Universal Health Coverage".

 "Others are Track 5: Building strong, resilient and sustainable health services delivery systems for Universal Health Coverage. Track 6:Promoting the health of women and girls Track 7: Human Resources for Health". Foundations for Universal Health Coverage  Track 8:        Governance and accountability Track 9: COVID-19 Pandemic: A Public Health Catastrophe of our Time". 

 "The Honourable Minister for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire is the Chairman of the Opening Ceremony scheduled to hold on Thursday 25th March 2021 at 1 pm. The former Minister for Health, Prof. Adenike Grange is Keynote Speaker at the event".

"We have the Special Guest as the Executive Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, International President,  Medical Women's International Association, Dr. Eleanor Nwadibobi, The Chief Host is Dr. Christine Sadia, the Regional Vice-President of the Near East and African Region of the Medical Women's International Association. The Chairman of the Closing Ceremony is the Honourable Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen".  

" The communique arising from this programme will be circulated widely among relevant stakeholders as well published in the Book of Proceedings of the Congress. Other highlights of the Congress include Plenary Sessions, Panel Symposium, Oral Abstract Sessions, Poster Sessions, sponsored events,  exhibitions and business meeting".

"The event will also witness a session  during which a Nigerian will be nominated for Vice President for the region for the next triennium".       

"The press statement was signed by Dr. Mininim Oseji, MWAN National President and Dr. Claribel Abam, Chair, Congress Planning Committee".

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