REPORT ON COURTESY VISITS CARRIED OUT BY APHPN PLATEAU STATE BRANCH TO DEPARTMENTS, AGENCIES AND PARASTATALS
As part of the activities lined up for the year 2021, the new Executives of the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria (APHPN) Plateau State Branch undertook courtesy visits to some agencies, departments and parastatals between 25th October to 1st November 2021. The visits were made by the State Chairperson Dr. L. A. Lar, the Secretary General Dr. E. O. Okoh and the P.R.O. Dr C. Gofung. The Vice Chairman, Dr. C. Amaike, the Assistant Secretary General Dr T. Achema and the Treasurer, Dr. T Okeke were unavoidably absent.
25th October, 2021
- Head of Department (HOD), Community Medicine, Jos University Teaching Hospital/University of Jos
Following an introduction by the Chairperson, the head of department (HOD) (Dr. E. Envuladu) warmly welcomed the Executives and appreciated the innovations put in place to move the association forward. She also indicated interest in supporting the association in any way possible as a department and personally as a member. Souvenirs were presented at the end of the visit.
- Executive Secretary, Plateau State Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA)
The Executive Secretary, Dr. L. Miapkwap was excited to meet executives of the association after being briefed about the association and purpose of the visit by the state Chairperson. He promised to collaborate with the association as well as the department of Community Medicine Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) in future endeavors. He also promised to engage more Public Health Physicians in carrying out specific functions for the agency.
27th October, 2021
- Head of Department, community Medicine and Primary Health Care, Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jos
The Chairperson introduced the team and purpose of the visit to the HOD, Dr. Asuke. He warmly received the team and extended the regards of other senior members/advisers of APHPN who are staff his department. He also agreed on the need for more collaboration.
28th October, 2021
- The Chairman Medical Advisory Committee, Jos University Teaching Hospital
The CMAC JUTH in the person of Dr. P. Bupwatda, was excited to meet the team. He agreed that the impact of APHPN was not felt in the Teaching Hospital. As the immediate past Chairperson of the association and being a member of the JUTH management. He suggested areas where APHPN through the Department of community Medicine, JUTH can collaborate with the JUTH management to move the hospital forward. Some of the suggested areas include:
- Reactivation of the occupational health clinic
- Pre-employment, periodic and severance medical examinations for all staff, in collaboration with the Family Medicine Department.
- Geriatric medicine, in collaboration with Family Medicine and Psychiatry
- Research in various aspects of the hospital and service delivery
1st November, 2021
- The Director General, Plateau State Contributory Health Management Agency (PLASCHEMA)
The visiting team of APHPN was warmly received by the Director General (DG) and all the other Directors of the Agency that were present. The Chairperson introduced the team and gave a brief summary of the purpose of the visit. The DG promised to collaborate with the association and solidify the relationship between the two parties. He called on the association to avail itself in supporting activities carried out by the agency. He mentioned that the agency has been able to enroll over 28,000 residents which include 11,000 out of the 15,000 civil servants in the state. He enjoined APHPN which is comprised of research experts to come up with evidence and suggestions on target populations to be reached. He promised a long lasting relationship with the association, especially while in office, and hopes the relationship continues far into the future.