Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria FCT had her earliest meetings as far back as 1995 in Gwagwalada FCT. Activities picked up when Nigeria hosted the MWIA Near East and Africa Conference in the FCT in 2000. Past Presidents include Dr Mma Wokocha, Dr Adaora Okechukwu, Dr Ogugua Osi-Ogbu, Dr Joyce Barber and Dr Stella Kokoricha-Essiet.
Dr Mma Wokocha from the FCT was the National President of MWAN in the 2009-2011 Biennium.
The Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN) FCT, one of the chapters of MWAN was established in year 2000.
We are posed to improve the lives of women, young girls, children and invariably that of the community around the FCT by embarking on health awareness campaigns, using the WORTHYI (Women’s Rights To Health Information) and Safe Motherhood tenets.
The association harnesses all the resources available from members (Female Doctors) and collaborates with relevant Government Ministries (FMOH)/Agencies, Development Partners (UNICEF, UN Women, and W.H.O) and NGO’s (IPAS) to meet the objectives of her two slogans.
Our Screening activities focus mainly on two common cancers in women, BREAST and CERVICAL CANCERS employing simple methods that provide results on the field such as Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) and breast examination for cervical and breast cancer screening respectively. PAP smears and breast mammograms screening services are offered when financial resources are available. Our health awareness and promotion activities have recently been expanded to include the youths of our environment with great outcomes particularly an enhanced understanding of reproductive health issues.
We also encourage and actively participate in activities that promote professionalism among our members and medical doctors generally.
In this regard we run Continue Medical Education Programs for Medical Doctors.
Our senior and experienced members provide a strong mentoring support for our young female doctors to inculcate the habit of community service. Our activities are financed by our members and Philanthropist
MWAN FCT Chapter Executive Committee for the 2015-2017 Biennium
The present MWAN FCT Chapter Executive Committee for the 2015-2017 Biennium was constituted on December 5th 2015.
The elected members include:
Dr Whera Sagay – President
Dr Eno Ekop – President-Elect
Dr Affiong Elumelu – Secretary
Dr Vivian Emwindaru -Assistant Secretary
Dr Christiana Kwabe – Treasurer
Dr Perpetua Ibekwe – Financial Secretary
Dr Patricia Musa – Internal Auditor
Dr Chioma Ilokanuno – Publicity Secretary
Dr Vivian Orjaih – Young Doctors Forum
Dr Stella Kokoricha-Essiet – Ex Officio member.
The membership strength of MWAN FCT by Capitation stands at 70.
General meetings hold on the last Friday of alternate months at rotational venues.
Executive meetings are scheduled as necessary.
The email address is [email protected]
The website is mwanfct.org
CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION
MWAN FCT is a registered CME provider. This Biennium we have had a total of four CME sessions preceding some of the general meetings. A total of 3 to 5 CME points were provided at each CME session.
MEDICAL AWARENESS PROGRAMS
1 World Cancer Day 2016:
The 2016 World Cancer day was marked on the 3rd of February 2016. The event was marked in the Government Girls Secondary School, Dutse, Abuja. Over a thousand students and staff benefitted from a health talk on Breast and Cervical Cancer including a demonstration on breast self-examination. A lively question and answer session followed. The event was covered by NTA International and given wide coverage in the network news.
2 World Malaria Day 2016:
MWAN FCT marked the World Malaria day in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, The WHO and the FCT Malaria Project coordinator. The two day event held on the 24th and 25th of May 2016. There was a press briefing by the Ministry of Health and a health talk to students from selected government secondary schools. Insecticide treated bednets were distributed and malaria and HIV testing were carried out on volunteers, using the rapid diagnostic test kits.
3 International Child Rights day 2016:
This was marked on the 20th of November with a mini rally at the Unity Fountain at Maitama, Abuja. The theme was to say “NO to Child Abuse”. 4 World Cancer Day 2017:
This was done in collaboration with Gynecare Cancer foundation. On the 8th of February, there was an outreach at the NYSC Camp in Bwari, where Youth Corpers benefitted from a health talk, breast examinations and VIE screening on selected youth Corps members. On the 11th of February, there was an urban outreach where several women had health talks, breast examinations and VIE screening for cervical lesions. Over 100 women benefitted from the urban outreach. There was a wide media coverage by the NTA news.
5 Road Walk against Cancer:
MWAN FCT participated along with other stakeholders on the 22nd of October 2016 in a road walk against cancer organized by the Medicaid Cancer Foundation. There was an impressive crowd and good press coverage.
6 World Glaucoma Week 2017:
MWAN FCT in collaboration with the Abuja Chapter of the Ophthamological Society of Nigeria (OSN) celebrated the 2017 World Glaucoma week in the State House Medical Centre in May. Members of the public had their eye pressures checked for free.
1 Guzape Outreach:
A medical outreach program was carried out in Guzape, a low income suburban area of Abuja, in collaboration with the Seventh Day Adventist Church on the 19th of April 2016. Over 200 women, children and men had free medical consultations.
2 Orphanage Visits:
Two orphanage homes, the Victorine Orphanage and the Divine Wound Orphanage, have been visited by MWAN FCT this Biennium. Clothes, toys, meals, foodstuff and cash was presented to both orphanages. Both visits were well appreciated and the visit to the latter received extensive media coverage.
3 Methodist Church Outreach:
A medical outreach held at the Methodist Cathedral of Unity, on the 17th of September 2016. One hundred members of the Women’s Guild benefitted from Health talk on Cancer as well as screening for Breast and Cervical Cancer.
4 Baptist Church Outreach:
A medical outreach for widows in the FCT held in the First Baptist Church Abuja, on the 23rd of December 2016. Over 100 women benefitted from free blood pressure checks, free random blood sugar tests as well as free medical consultations.
During this Biennium, members of MWAN FCT participated in several international conference of the MWIA. Ten members attended the Triennial MWIA Conference which held in Vienna, Austria in July 2016. Dr Eno Ekop and Dr Affiong Elumelu made oral scientific presentations. Both papers were well received. Dr Ekop was recently made a member of the MWIA Centennial Public Relations Subcommittee chaired by Dr Eleanor Nwadinobi.
MWAN FCT Chapter was also well represented at the United Nations Committee on The Status of Women (CSW) in New York, USA, in 2016 and 2017.
MWAN FCT has sustained active participation in the activities of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, at both FCT and National level.
MWAN FCT also has a cordial relationship with the National Council of Women’s Societies.
FIRST LADY’S EFCC CAMPAIGN:
MWAN FCT was present at the launch of the “Nigerian Women Fight against Corruption” campaign which was organized by the Office of the First Lady, HE Mrs Aisha Buhari in collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMENS SOCIETIES:
MWAN FCT, represented by the Chapter President, attended the annual meeting and election of the National Council of Womens Societies (NCWS) which held in 2017.
PEPFAR FUNDED HEALTH CENTRE:
MWAN FCT recently attended the formal handover of a primary health centre, built by the Tabitha Cumi foundation and PEPFAR, to the Local Government Authority. It is located in Jikoko village, a poor rural community in the FCT.
We have attended several events upon invitation by WAVA, an NGO dedicated to the promotion of vaccines for health.
MWAN FCT has reached out to members in times of celebration and sadness.
Members blessed with children and grandchildren have been visited. We have attended weddings of the children of our members.
We have visited members who were bereaved and paid a visit to the family of a member we lost.
MWAN FCT attended the Inaugural lecture given by Prof Lovett Lawson in Bingham University Karu, Abuja. Prof Lawson is the husband of Dr Funke Lawson, a past National Coordinator of MWAN.
Several members have passed various stages of their Fellowship examinations.
Dr Stella Kokoricha-Essiet was elected as the Financial Secretary of the NMA FCT.
Dr Grace Okudo retired meritoriously from active service as an AIG of the Nigerian Police Service.
ULTRASOUND SCAN MACHINE:
The ultrasound machine, one of six given to MWAN, is currently domiciled in Kuje District Hospital where it has been confirmed to be very useful to the low income patients. The challenge has been in getting comprehensive written reports coming out from the operator, Dr Musa an OBGYN. This will hopefully be rectified.