Supportive Faculty Documents as listed below;
- Past Conference topics: Pre-conference workshop, Kaduna 2018: Public Health Emergencies Operations Centre by Drs Kabir Sabitu, John Oladejo and Iman Wada Bello and The Revised Curriculum by Dr Folashade Omokhodion
The venue was the auditorium of the College of Medicine, Kaduna State University. The main topic was on Public Health Emergencies and the functions of the Emergency Operations Centre. Main highlights of the presentation are as below:
Every country has emergencies but it is the level of preparedness and activation of the Emergency Operating Centre (EOC) that matters in the handling of these emergencies. The structure of an ideal EOC was thoroughly excised with emphasis on effective communication and coordination. The incidence Manager is top-most in this response.
Dr John Oladjo gave a brief description of how to manage an outbreak using the EOC/Incidence Care Concept. Nigeria’s priority diseases include measles, cholera, Lassa fever, meningitis, Hepe, etc He also informed us that there are b41 Communicable and NCD of interest to Nigeria. The structure of NCDC was also given as well as the deliverables.
Kano EOC was established in 2012 according to Dr Imam Wada Bello and is the second to be established in the Country. He then gave the structure and how Kano State uses its EOC as the Headquarters of the Polio Eradication Initiative.
The new Faculty Curriculum and Logbooks were subsequently presented by Dr F.O. Omokhodion. A short period was assigned to the participants who were grouped into 4 groups in line with the 4 sub-specialties of the Faculty as follows: Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Family and Reproductive Health, Health Policy and Management and lastly Occupational and Environmental Health. Each group was told to come up with skills that the residents in the programme must acquire during postings. Guides to developing these skills were shared out by the lecturer.
It was agreed that the Topics for the now yearly Pre-conference Workshops should be circulated before the up-coming Chapter AGSM and CME points be allocated to participants of such workshops. Based on the fact that outsiders were invited as Resource persons, it was agreed that Registration Fees for the workshop be reviewed upwards.
- Faculty Committees and membership if any: The Faculty members of the ChapterGrants committee are DrOlusojiJames Daniel, Dr. OkekeChinyereand Dr. Mansur OlayinkaRaji.
- Faculty Meetings:
SUMMARY OF THE FACULTY MEETING HELD DURING THE 42NDAGSM OF THE WACP AT THE DIALOGUE INSTITUTE, KADUNA ON 19TH JULY 2018
The meeting started by 4.25 pm with silent meditations as directed by the Chairman. The Faculty lost one member during this period in the person of Dr. Bashir Z. Poopola. A minute of silence was observed by the house in his honor.
Apologies for absence were received from 10 members of the Faculty (Drs A. Olumide, A.O. Abiola, Salaudeen, Omokhodion F, Shaahu V, Okonkwo Prosper, Nwamoh Uche, Oluwafolahan Sholeye, Onoka Chima, and Azuogu B). Seventy –two faculty members were in attendance at the meeting.
Motion for adoption of the Agenda for the meeting after the amendment was moved by DrUgwunnaNwachukwu and seconded by DrAlausa.
Thereafter, the reading and adoption of Minutes of the previous meeting was read and omissions, misspellings, etc were pointed out. Dr. A. Ofili moved the motion for adoption of the minutes as corrected and was seconded by Dr. Mansur Raji.
The following issues that arose from the minutes were discussed:
Faculty Dues: There was a satisfactory response from a good number of members of the Faculty with regards to the payment of Faculty Annual Dues but a disturbing trend was observed whereby young Fellows and members disappear from Faculty activities after passing their various qualifying Examinations. Suggestions were made as to getting the training facilities involved in compiling the names of these young members and fellows for the Faculty. In this way, the Faculty will ‘grow’ her money.
In view of the fact that the WHATSAPP serves only a limited number of participants, it was suggested that another social platform be mounted so as to allow more members to communicate with each other. The telegram was agreed as the larger platform to be used but will become active after the College AGSM in Sierra Leone.
On the Courses mounted by the Faculty, The Leadership and Management course had been conducted three times in conjunction with the Faculty of Public Health, UI. Our Faculty share of the proceeds will be paid into our account as soon as the details are made available to the organizers. It was noted that this course needs to be sustained as attendance is already dwindling. There were suggestions on how to sustain such courses viz: Residents to be encouraged to undertake such courses before their Parts 1 and 2 examinations. They can also utilize the free two-months after their part 2 exams to attend any such course in their sub-specialties. In this regard, centres were encouraged to indicate interest to mount similar courses by sending Proposals to the EXCO before the next examinations in October. Such courses will be made to carry CME units and should be widely advertised. The feasibility of mounting Online courses was considered and a committee set up to work on it (DrsOyibo Patrick, OleribeObinna and EsanOluwaseun).
The need for members to enroll and attend the Doctors as Educators (DAE) course was also re-emphasized. Three centres have been assigned for the conduct of the DAE in September 2018. They are Asaba (4th - 6th), Abuja and Abeokuta (11th - 13th September)
The Topics covered at the Pre-conference Workshop were: Public Health Emergencies Operations Centre by Drs Kabir Sabitu and Iman Wada Bello and The Revised Curriculum by Dr. Folashade Omokhodion.
It was agreed that the Topics for the now yearly Pre-conference Workshops should be circulated before the up-coming Chapter AGSM and CME units be attached to the Topics treated. Based on the fact that outsiders were invited as Resource persons, it was agreed that Registration Fees for the workshop be reviewed upwards.
The Issues from the Secretary-General also discussed were:
The decision was taken that both the Old and the New Curriculaas well as the corresponding Log Books be retained till April 2019. All agreed that the Curriculum and Log Book be domiciled in the office of the CMAC of the training Institutions and all trainers encouraged to buy them.
Appointment into the Chapter’s Committee for Advocacy and Research and grant.
Dr. Alausa was unanimously nominated as the Faculty Representative into the Advocacy Committee of the College while DrOlusoji Daniel was nominated as the faculty representative into the Research and Grants Committee. Each person willingly accepted the nomination.
The upcoming College AGSM 2018
The Faculty was assured that arrangements are on course on the 2018 AGSM scheduled for Sierra Leone from Sunday 4th to Thursday 8th November 2018. Faculty members will be informed as soon as they are completed.
Applications for Fellowship by Progression
Four (4) applications for consideration were received. All were deliberated upon and recommended to the College. They are:
- Dr. Omuemu Vivian OssaiDiom
- Dr. Vincent Adam Yakubu
- Dr. Owoeye Olubayode Oladiya
- Dr. Agobuo Michael O
AOB: Departure times from Kaduna re-emphasized.
Dissolution of the Present Exco
This was done by the Chairman and a Returning Officer in the person of Dr. Alausa appointed.
However, the house unanimously elected the incumbent Chairman and Secretary into their respective posts.
The incumbent Council Member reminded the house that he has exhausted his tenure and so a call for nominations into the post was made by the Chairman. Dr Zoakah A was nominated to serve the Faculty in this position. His nomination was unanimously upheld.
However, a note of caution was sounded by a member of the Faculty on the need to use the Chapter Bye-laws for this exercise so as to ensure eligibility of the candidate to be presented at the General Meeting for this post. The candidate was duly scrutinized and found to be eligible for election into that post.
Dr. Isa Abubakar. Dr. Obiageli Emelumadu
SUMMARY OF THE FACULTY MEETING HELD DURING THE 43RD AGSM OF THE WACP AT THE GREEN LEGACY RESORT ABEOKUTA, ON TUESDAY 16TH JULY 2019.
The house was called to order at 5.16 pm and after the adoption of the Agenda, the meeting proper commenced with a minute of Silent Meditation. It was a great relief to Faculty members to note that we had no necrologies reported. Apologies for absence from the meeting which were received either in writing or electronically and before the pictures of the on-going AGSM were posted on the Faculty Whatsapp Platform were acknowledged and noted.
After the corrections of the Minutes of the last Faculty Meeting held at Kaduna in July 2018 were made, the motion for its adoption was moved by Dr.B. S. C Uzochukwu and seconded by Dr Steve Abah.
On the Matters Arising from the Minutes, the Faculty agreed to float a Telegram platform in addition to the Whatsapp platform which is already filled up.
Courses by the Faculty: The Faculty Leadership and Management Course are up and still running in conjunction with the Department of Health Policy and Management of the Faculty of Public Health, University of Ibadan but the numbers appear to be dwindling and non-doctors seem to have ‘pulled out’ of the workshop. The Faculty members were urged to sensitize their own people on the existence of the course and encourage non-doctors also to participate. We were informed that the College stipulates that Management Course is mandatory but not yet a pre-requisite for eligibility for the Part Two (Fellowship) Examination.
The committee appointed by the Faculty to produce the electronic draft Platform for mounting online courses reported that a draft was already in circulation for the faculty members to make inputs before the final document will be produced. It (the Committee) was requested to give a definitive time frame for completion of the assignment.
The Chairman reminded the house that from April 2020, the DAE course would be made mandatory for all Examiners of the College. He also informed the house that the Advertorial for this year’s exercise is already being circulated. The course has been decentralized (Benin, Abuja, and Ibadan respectively). This last bit of information was met with loud applause from the house.
The Pre-conference Workshop: This was held at the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Abeokuta, but the house registered strong displeasure at the unhygienic, small capacity, and non-enabling state of the venue allotted to the Faculty which made us to start our Workshop later than scheduled. We also had to pay for the use of the new venues acquired by the Faculty (though the LOC has agreed to refund the money to the Faculty). This year’s attendance also showed an unacceptable high decline in numbers (31vs 58) compared with that of 2018 at Kaduna. A suggestion was made on how to encourage faculty members to attend the Pre-conference Workshop and that is to suggest to the Chapter to consider holding the exercise on the evening of arrival for the AGSM proper so as to cut the cost of having members pay for an extra night on accommodation. The Chapter too could consider reducing the Registration fee for Members (those not yet Fellows) to encourage them to take an active part in the Workshops. The Theme of the Pre-conference was: ‘Strengthening Mentor-Mentee Relationship for a successful outcome of the residency training programme’ It featured talks by the CE, Immediate Past CE, and some elders and senior members of the Faculty on the Curriculum as revised, Eligibility of candidates for the various parts of the Examinations, Eligibility of Examiners(any Examiner or potential examiner must have attended the DAE course, be financially up to date, and regularly contribute questions to the Faculty Question Bank).
The candidates for membership examinations must have their training Certificate properly endorsed by their trainer in their training centre, indicated their preferred examination centre, showed evidence of attendance to the Ethics Course, Update course, fully registered with the MDCN, Photocopy of the Logbook duly signed, Evidence of having passed the Primary Examinations of the Faculty (or from the sister College), etc. The Examination consists of a screening part where candidates were tested on providing ‘the Best Option’ to public health issues and conditions and the Stage 2 made up of practical Laboratory Tests and procedures in Public Health, Picture Tests , Oral Examination and the Clinical (1 long and 2 short cases of Public Health importance).
For the Fellowship Examination, two Fellows of the College are nominated to assess a candidate’s proposal, these same Fellows also assess the Dissertation and examine the candidate on the book.
A suggestion was made that anti-plagiarism software be purchased by the College in order to check Proposal titles. All preliminary pages should be made to carry the title of the work to stem the tide of using the same paper for any other programme that the candidate may be pursuing. The Departmental presentation of the proposal is Mandatory.
Another interesting feature of the Pre-conference workshop was the Panel Discussion which dwelt intensively with the requirements for training Institutions to achieve full accreditation, teaching of the residents by trainers, making adequate inputs into their proposals and dissertations, the role of the training institutions Ethics Committee, criteria for being a supervisor, the need to align our proposal assessment with the new format for assessment of dissertation, among other things.
The Panelists were: Dr.O.K. Alausa, Dr. BSC Uzochukwu, Dr. E.D. Adinma, Dr. A.I.Zoakah, Dr. A.N. Ofili, Dr. O.F. Emelumadu, Dr. G.Abodurin, and Dr M. O. Raji.
On the Faculty Dues, there is an encouraging response by Faculty members but we appear to be losing contact with our new Fellows and members. All trainers were, therefore, requested to re-invigorate the sensitization and creation of awareness of Fellows and Members in their Institutions and beyond on this issue. The Faculty Account details would also be circulated through the Whatsapp Platform as a reminder for members to pay up.
Issues from Chapter Secretariat:
- Faculty Budget: Each Faculty should prepare her Budget yearly and this shall be attached to the Faculty Report and submitted to the Chapter Secretary.
- The Chapter Grant-writing TOT Workshop: Each Faculty to nominate 3 Fellows (one of which has already been nominated at Kaduna- Dr. Daniel Olusoji as a member of the Chapter Grant writing Committee). Consequently, Drs Mansur Raji and C. C. Okeke were nominated and added to Dr. Daniel Olusoji to represent the Faculty in the TOT scheduled for? September 2019.
- Fellowship by Progression: a candidate DrAguobuo Michael Okechukwuhaving met all the criteria for the award of the Fellowship by Progression was recommended to the College for the award of the Fellow of Community Health, West African College of Physicians.
- The College AGSM 2019: The Secretary informed the house that this year’s College AGSM comes up in Cotonou, Benin Republic from the 3rd to the 8th of November. On the flyer, the deadline for Early Bird Registration fee of $220 was noted to be September 1st but the usual tradition of the Chapter is that this lapses after the October Exams. The Chapter would look into the contents of that flyer too. Registration fees would be paid into the Chapter’s Domiciliary Account as soon as the details are made available by the Chapter Treasurer.
AOB: The Faculty Chief Examiner explained how postings could be integrated such that towards membership examination, the total period to be spent still remains 70 weeks.
The Meeting was adjourned at 7.10 pm by a motion moved by Dr. Alausa and seconded by Dr. Segun Elegbede.
Dr. Isa S.Abubakar Dr. Obiageli F.Emelumadu
Faculty Chairman Faculty Secretary
Faculty Research group, action plan, list of on-going proposals
2 or 3 abstracts of specialty-based publications. The research groups in the Faculty are composed in line with the sub-specialties. Each of the groups has more than 20 members and they are all busy trying to come up with different research proposals to seek funding from suitable awarding bodies. Three fellows have undergone training organized by the Chapter on a research grant and proposal development. They are Dr. Daniel Olusoji, Mansur Raji and Chinyere Okeke.