Friday, 28 April 2017


Participants and pupils of FEDPONEK staff School including the representative of the Rector, Mr. I.M.Aligbe in group photograph shortly after the opening ceremony of the Health conference

By Ndidiamaka Ndukwe

The Academic Planning and Quality Assurance Unit (APQAU) and Medical & Health Services (M&HS) in collaboration with Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Imo State Chapter held a 3 day workshop at 1000 Capacity Auditorium, Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri with the theme “Current Trends And Management of Medical Emergencies”.

Making his opening remarks, Dr. Obasi Oko, the Director of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance Unit hinted that out of curiosity from an incident that occurred in emergency unit of one of the hospitals in Owerri led to the organization of the workshop. He explained that the energy unit was filed up and was unable to contain casualties, saying the scenario continued to play in his mind and on sharing it with the medical director, the workshop was birthed.

He maintained that observation is one way innovations come as he thanked everyone in attendance while expressing hope that in the course of the workshop, the problems in our health institution will be sorted.

Adding his voice, the medical Director, Dr. E.C. Mberekpe charged the participants to take the opportunity very seriously for according to him, knowledge is power and no knowledge is a waste.

In her welcome address, the Chief Host of the conference, Dr. Mrs. Cele Ugochi Njoku, the Rector, Federal Polytechnic Nekede who was represented by the Registra, Mr. Iloba Mattew Aligbe, welcomed the various categories of Medical Personnel’s and other dignitaries gathered in FPNO for the workshop.

Dr. Njoku described the workshop as a unique and timely one as it is the first of its kind where members of the medical family assembled in the institution. She said health is generally acknowledged as a critical factor not only in human life, but also in national development. 

Her words:

“Medical emergencies in Nigeria, as in many other countries of the world, today, have been on the increase as a result of increasing cases of the world, today, have been on the increase as a result of increasing cases of road, air, and water traffic accidents, occupational and environmental hazards, food poisoning, careless living etc. a casual visit to any viable hospital in any part of the country reveals that the emergency units of the hospitals are being stretched beyond their carrying capacities”. 

The Rector further revealed that it is more disturbing that in the face of this increasing number of cases being reported in our hospitals and health centres, paucity of appropriate drugs, equipment and medical personnel is a common phenomenon saying the trend poses a great deal of challenges to health mangers such as medical doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, clinical psychologists among others.

She however hoped that the papers that will be presented and discussed during the three days of brainstorming will crystallize into practical solutions to the myriad of medical emergencies and other health challenges being reported in various parts of the country positively even as she wished them fruitful and successful workshop.
Dr. Obasi Oko, Director APQAU, Dr. Nnamdi Anumihe, polytechnic Orator,
Dr. (Mrs.) M.O.Obi at the medical conference.


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