Health Round Table (Heart) Programme (Heart) Held On 17th May, 2011 at Randekhi Royal Hotel, Benin.
Theme: Malaria Scourge in Nigeria: Milestones and Challenges
The HEART program was focused on Malaria in line with World Malaria Day 2011 commemoration. The program started at 2pm, and the attendance was quite encouraging with about 40 participants (Healthcare professionals) drawn from UBTH, Irua Specialist hospital, Central Hospital, Benin and private hospitals who attended the workshop.
The welcome remarks – was done by Harrison Eimujeze, the Business Development Manager who welcomed the guests and briefed them on the rationale for organizing the Heart program in Benin in commemoration of World Malaria Day.
The chairman of the occasion, Dr. Tope Oyelade of God’s Victory Hospital, Benin who is currently the Chairman of AGPMPN, Edo state, stated the relevance and importance of such a forum to discuss issues with respect to the malaria scourge and to proffer solutions to management through appropriate treatment and preventive measures like outdoor and indoor spraying etc. However, he emphasized the importance of taking the malaria campaigns beyond the confines of the Health Round Table to even the grassroots. He expressed satisfaction to Emzor Pharmaceuticals for provision of qualitative drugs over the years as well as the cordial relationship with doctors.
The Emzor Group corporate presentation was made by Akinolu Oyegun, the Strategic Business Unit Leader in charge of Tropical Medicine which highlighted the vision, mission, critical roles and competencies of Emzor in manufacturing and marketing pharmaceutical products as well as the subsidiaries of Emzor group.
He highlighted the significant role and contribution of Emzor to fighting the malaria scourge from the days of manufacturing and marketing Chloroquine to that of Sulpadoxine/Pyrimethamine (Maldox) before going ahead to manufacture and market Lokmal in 2009 with the vision of increasing access to drugs for malaria treatment and control in vulnerable communities.
The key note address was by Dr D. D. Uyagu, Consultant Family Physician and Head of Family Medicine Dept, UBTH. The thrust of his presentation covered the burden of malaria, the Public Health significance, the symptoms and complications of malaria as well as malaria treatment policy. He also emphasized the malaria control strategies, the elements and the progress report of the Roll Back Malaria, the challenges and constraints as well as the way forward in terms of malaria control and prevention.
There was a very robust discussion on Dr Uyagu’s presentation where several participants aired their views and made their comments. Emzor was thanked for organizing such a forum, bringing together health care professionals to discuss on such a topical issue, as malaria.
The HEART program clearly shows the deep commitment of Emzor to rolling back the malaria scourge and adding immense value to healthcare management and the society at large. All were charged as stakeholders to remain committed to fighting the malaria scourge either by joining malaria NGO or provide any other support.