The Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN) held her 22nd Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference at Mahmud Tukur Lecture Theatre, Bayero University Kano, Kano State, from the 7th to 12th September, 2021. In attendance were 877 delegates from 26 states of the Federation, and the FCT. The theme of the conference was “Improving Attitude and Adherence to Islamic Ethics in Healthcare,’’ while the subthemes were, “The Potential of Islamic Financing: (Resource Pooling and WAQF) for Healthcare Financing,”“Overcoming the Challenges of Health Workers’ Brain-drain and Medical Tourism in Nigeria: The Role of Muslim Health Workers” and “Surviving COVID-19 Pandemic: Is Vaccination the Only Way Forward.” This year’s conference wasunique in that it was a hybrid of both a physical and virtual component via Zoom platform.
The preconference activities included: the 5thaddiction prevention workshop on “Core Skills for Addiction Prevention in the Family and Community”; the 5thStudent Leadership Training on “Quality Leadership and Academic Excellence: The Inseparable Twin”; and the 3rdCooperative Symposium on “Exploring Investment Opportunity in Islamic Cooperative.” In addition, free medical and surgical outreaches were held, where over 1000 patients were treated for various medical conditions and 140 surgeries in both adult and children were conducted. The free surgical arm will continue with 100 eye cataract extraction cases.
The opening ceremony was graced by the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, ably represented by Hakimin Tarauni/Dan Goruban Kano, Alhaji Abubakar Sule Gaya. In attendance were: the Vice Chancellor, Professor Sagir Abbas, ably represented by Dean Students Affair, Professor Shamsudden Usman; the Chief Executive Officer/Medical Director (CEO/MD) of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano, Professor Abdurahman Sheshe; CEO/MD of Federal Medical Centre Azare, Dr Abdullahi Ibrahim; CEO/MD of Federal Medical Centre Jalingo, Dr Aisha Adamu; CEO/MD of Rasheed Shekoni Specialist Hospital Dutse, Dr Magaji Mohammed. Also in attendance were, President of National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, Ijanikin Lagos, Professor Musa Borodo; the Director of Africa Center of Excellence for Population Health and Policy, Bayero University Kano, Prof. Hadiza Galadanchi; the Director General, Kano State Hospitals Management Board, Dr Nasir Alhassan Kabo, ably represented by, the Director of Hospitals Services, Dr Abdullahi Dahiru; Former President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Pharmacist Dr Ahmed Yakasai; the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano, Prof. Auwalu Gajida, and the Former CEO/MD of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano, Professor Aminu Zakari, who was the Chairman of the occasion.
During the meeting, 17 scientific abstracts and 6lead papers were presented on the theme and subtheme of the conference. The theme paper was presented by the President of National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, Ijanikin Lagos, Professor Musa Borodo.
After extensive deliberations, the Conference in session raised some fundamental issues related to the theme and subthemes. These included:
At the end of the conference, the participants agreed that for IMAN to successfully implement its programs based on its guiding principles, it needs to ensure that the following resolutions are considered and implemented in all states of the federation as regards the themes and subthemes of the conference:.
In conclusion, IMAN extends her profound appreciation to the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, for setting up the “Health Sector Reform Committee” and His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, “Khadimul Islam”, the Honorable Commissioner of Health, Kano State, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, the government and people of Kano State for the hospitality provided for the conference. The association also thanks the management and staff of: Bayero Univeristy Kano; Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital; National Orthopedic Hospital Dala; and AlhajiAbdussamad Isyaku Rabiu, for the enabling environment provided for the successful hosting of the conference. The association also thanks all delegates, home and abroad and also wishes them a safe journey home.
Prof Ibrahim Oreagba. Dr Abdulrasheed Nasir
National President. National Secretary