The current head of the Nigerian Medical Association was elected to the post.
Osahon Enabulele, a Consultant Family Physician and the current President of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has emerged the Vice President of the Commonwealth Medical Association, CMA.
The election took place during the 23rd triennial conference and council meeting of the 51-year-old renowned global medical body which held at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
Mr. Enabulele, alongside other elected officers, will pilot the medical association’s affairs for the next three years, that is, from 2013-2016.
The other elected officers are Solaiman Juman, a Consultant ENT surgeon and former President of the Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association as the new CMA President; Oheneba Owusu-Danso, of the Ghana Medical Association and a Consultant plastic, aesthetic and hand surgeon as Secretary; Phophi Ramathuba, a clinical pharmacologist and delegate of the South Africa Medical Association, as Treasurer; while Gordon Caruana-Dingli, a general and breast surgeon from the Medical Association of Malta automatically became the Immediate Past President and member of the executive.
In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Mr. Enabulele said although he had just been elected, he already has his blueprint for the association and health sector intact and is set to bring about positive changes.
“As Vice President, I will superintend over the West African Region and my first objective is to galvanize the countries within the West African Region and then set an agenda focused on strengthening the National Medical Associations, Healthcare and the wellbeing of the people within the West African Region” he stated.
The Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA) was founded in 1962 and is made up of National Medical Associations from at least 42 Commonwealth countries from the various continents of the Commonwealth, including United Kingdom, South Africa, Nigeria, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, and India.
Headquartered in Tavistock square, London, United Kingdom, the main aim of the CMA is to assist and strengthen the capacities of National Medical Associations of countries within the Commonwealth to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities and countries through activities such as: regional and international workshops on health issues; medical and health research; advocacy on health issues; capacity-building for member national medical associations; and collaborations with other international bodies, civil society and governance institutions, with similar objectives.