NMA, WMA celebrate Enabulele for dedication to health development
A practising Chief Consultant Family Physician, former President, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), and President of the Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA), Dr. Osahon Enabulele, has been unanimously re-elected for a second term as Chairman of the Socio-Medical Affairs Committee (SMAC) of the World Medical Association and conferred with the highest award and honour by the NMA. Indeed, it was a time of glitz and glamour at the 61st Annual General Conference and Delegates Meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association holding in Jos, Plateau State, as the highest honour and award of the NMA was conferred on Enabulele.
President, NMA, Prof. Innocent Ujah, said the conferment of Fellow of the Nigerian Medical Association (FNMA) is a testament of Enabulele’s dedication to not just the medical profession and the Association but the health and well-being of the human race. “It is the celebration of excellence and dedication to duty,” Ujah said. Ujah said Enabulele is a leader par excellence who has distinguished himself not just within the NMA but also across the globe in the medical profession and administration. “Enabulele has mentored and still mentoring many leaders both within and outside the medical profession. He is truly a rare global citizen with great zest, unparalleled sagacity and leadership capacity,” he said.
Meanwhile, Enabulele’s re-election for a second term as Chairman of the Socio-Medical Affairs Committee (SMAC) of the World Medical Association (WMA) took place during the 217th Council Session of the Association attended by delegates from over 50 countries including Nigeria, United States (U.S.), United Kingdom (U.K.), Germany, Japan, China, among others and hosted in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday, April 22, 2021.
Before his election, the representative of the German Medical Association, Dr. Ramin Parsa-Parsi, had earlier nominated Enabulele for the position, stating that Enabulele had dutifully executed all his previous responsibilities with distinction to the admiration of all and sundry.
Following his nomination, there were calls for further nomination but no further nominations were advanced. Enabulele was therefore unanimously affirmed with a loud ovation, and elected as the Chairman of the Socio-Medical Affairs Committee to serve a second term.
The Socio-Medical Affairs Committee is one of the only three standing committees in the World Medical Association, the others being the Medical Ethics Committee and the Finance and Planning Committee.
The Socio-Medical Affairs Committee is responsible for attending to all health issues outside medical ethics, such as universal health coverage and health system strengthening.
By virtue of his re-election, Enabulele retains his position as a member of the Executive Committee of the World Medical Association.
Enabulele became the very first Nigerian to be ever elected as a Committee Chairman and Executive Committee member of WMA since the WMA was founded in September 1947,when he was first elected as the SMAC Chairman in far way Chile in 2019.