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AGPMPN holds conference in Abuja from April 8 to 17

Members of the public receiving free medical treatment

Members of the public receiving free medical treatment

Over 1000 members of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN) will from April 8 to April 17, 20016, gather in Abuja for the 38th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference.

The organizing committee in a statement signed by Dr. Biodun Ogungbo, said the theme of the conference ‘communicable diseases’ encompasses several big topics: malaria, tuberculosis and Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV).

Ogungbo said the Association has also included important topics such as cancer screening, as well as medical missions to Nigeria, as sub-themes of the conference.

The statement noted: “There are several big players related to each topic and we expect big ideas from the different groups and organisations involved in each topic. The Public Health department of the Federal Ministry of Health is one of the biggest players with critical information for general practitioners.

“Big teaching hospitals, cutting edge pharmaceutical companies, sharp research centres and serious non-governmental organisations are also invited. They have been invited to partake in providing the educational content and health advocacy of benefit to the Nigerian public: by engaging actively with the members of the AGPMPN. It therefore, promises to be a star-studded affair with so much on offer.”

On malaria, AGPMPN said doctors are being asked to always test for and confirm that a patient has malaria before instituting treatment. This is vital information and should help reduce the rate of misdiagnosis and delays in treatment currently bedevilling the health space in Nigeria. Almost everything including broken bones and pregnancy is caused by malaria and its twin brother typhoid fever!

With HIV, the statement noted: “Testing and encouraging young people to check their status is important. Everyone must take charge of their sexual health and avoid dangerous liaisons. ‘Check your status and question your sexual partner about their status’ are the messages general practitioners must take back to their stations for their particular constituency. The executives of the AGPMPN will be demonstrating this physically and practically by having their tests conducted publicly.”

Ogungbo said one of the most critical aspects of this particular meeting is the medical Missions to Nigeria. The statement noted: “The AGPMPN is ready to partner with interested parties to ensure we create a working platform supported by local doctors. This will ensure that the programs are better planned and executed with a view to improved follow up and auditing of the impact.



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