On 14/Dec/2018 / In Medical News
Healthcare professionals and medical students have drawn a roadmap on how to achieve sustainable development in the sector.
The experts were among the 600 participants, including medical students, healthcare professionals, non-governmental organisations, policy makers, research and experts from 11 countries who attended the Federation of African Medical Students Association’s (FAMSA) 32nd General Assembly at the University of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Participants rose from the meeting with a pledge to play active roles in structuring healthcare in Africa.
UI College of Medicine Provost, Professor Oluwabunmi Olapade- Olaopa described the Assembly as the largest gathering of medical students and professionals.
The conference, with the theme: “Repositioning healthcare in Africa for sustainable development,” provided an opportunity for experts to build on the Millennium Development goals programmes of the United Nations and other development partners in 2015, he said.
He said the assembly adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to serve as a universal call to action to end poverty; protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
The assembly, he added, provided another opportunity to latch on three SDGs specific to health, which was aproposed solution that brought together young minds as well as professionals and other stakeholders in both public and private sectors from across Africa to discuss ideas and initiate steps towards the goals.
In his welcome address, patron and chair of the advisory board, Professor Akinyinka Omigbodun said the assembly provided opportunity for experts at the five-day conference through various plenary sessions, workshops,and scientific presentations to examine topics including infectious diseases in Africa. Also delivering the keynote address, the regional director, World Health Organisation(WHO), Dr. Clement Lugala, examined issues bordering on the burden of non-communicable diseases and the younger generation.
By: Kelvin OsaOkunbor
The Nation News
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