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MWAN resolves to impact lives of IDPs in Nigeria


1Members of  Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Lagos chapter, rose up from their 19th biennial conference with a resolution to impact positively on the lives of internally displaced persons in the country.

Speaking on the theme of the conference – Internally Displaced Persons: Health and Socio-Economic Impact –  Mr Adebiyi Babatunde, who is the Zonal Coordinator of National Emergency Management Authorities  said it was the duty of the government to ensure that the safety and welfare of the IDPs, as well as those of their caregivers, are guaranteed in various camps across the country.

He said, sadly, their instances where insurgents still gained access to IDP camp and unleash terror on the already stricken people.

He invited the doctors to do more for IDPs and also the general public.

The chairman of the event, Dr Tunji Braithwaite, who lauded the organisers of the conference for their contributions to ensuring the well-being of Lagosians and Nigerians at large, charged them to be committed to improving healthcare delivery.

Braithwaite added that value of doctors to the society cannot be underestimated, noting that it takes an intellectual and philosopher to appreciate the contributions that doctors make to the society at large.

He also said that it is only doctors that go everywhere in the world eager to serve people, even at the risk of their lives. He charged that their first concern must be the preservation of life.

Notable persons in the medical circle were given awards at the occasion including the late Dr Abimbola Silva, mother of award-wining actress Joke Silva. Dr. Abimbola Silva was recognized for mentoring and training younger female doctors.

Then there was the official ceremony signalling the handing over of the presidency from Dr Iyabo Tijani to Dr Modupe Abiola.

The new president gave a short address, thanking everyone for their support and love. She then presented the new executives.

Dignitaries at the event included Senator Olorunimbe Mamora who chaired the award investiture ceremony, Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule, Head United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative Ms Josephine, Dr Yewande Jinadu and Chief Dr Kola Williams.

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