Communique of the 13th Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Association of Dermatologists (NAD) held in Lagos, June 2019

Communique of the 13th Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Association of Dermatologists (NAD) held in Lagos, June 2019

Introduction

The Nigerian Association of Dermatologists (NAD) held its 13th Annual Scientific Conference and General Meeting at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Festac Lagos from the 26th to 29th of June 2019. The theme of the conference was “Promoting Skin Health; the multifaceted approach”.

Activities marking this year’s AGM included a workshop and update course for physicians, nurses and pharmacists. This took place on the 20th of June 2019 at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). Common dermatological conditions such as atopic dermatitis, fungal skin infections, cutaneous adverse drug reactions, pruritus and infestations were highlighted amongst others to the physicians. The need for specialized dermatology nurses who will ensure proper care of wounds and pressure sores as well as general care of the skin for both in-patients and out-patients were some of the topics presented to the nurses. The importance of dermatology education for the pharmacists and their role in curbing steroid misuse and abuse were also emphasized.

The opening ceremony which took place on the 28th of June 2019 has the First Lady of Lagos, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu in attendance as the Special Guest of Honour and Dr. Pamela Ajayi, CEO/MD SynLab Nigeria as the Chairman. The First Lady encouraged the Dermatologists to continue to give the much needed service in providing care to the skin which is the largest organ in the body. She also said that Government alone cannot be saddled with the responsibility of providing health care service but if we all contribute and play our part, the health indices of Nigerians will be seen to improve. One of the ways of helping the Government in this task is to ensure enrolment into the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme.  The Guest Lecturer, Dr. Ladi Awosika who spoke on the theme: Promoting Skin Health: The multifaceted approach explained why inter-professional collaboration in healthcare service delivery is needed especially as dermatologists are few. He reiterated the importance of Primary Health Care Services (PHCs) and decried the non-functioning of the few PHCs still standing. He encouraged the Government to do everything possible to resuscitate PHCs as they are the best way to ensure an easy and affordable health care provision to Nigerians. He also advised the use of the present technologically advanced innovations to increase the reach of health services to poor and underdeveloped areas of the country just as it is being practiced in Ghana.

Observations

The following observations were made:

The promotion of a healthy skin requires appropriate medical knowledge by all health practitioners

The lack of dermatology nurses in Nigeria. Dermatology nursing is not a part of the nurse’s curriculum

The association have noticed with dismay the growing number of quacks and persons who lack adequate training as dermatologists practicing as skin specialist all over the country.

Majority of these persons seeing patients in Skin care centres/Spa do not have the necessary training to do so. They inflict a lot of damage and cause complications which requires high cost to manage

Resolutions

Encourage the training of health professionals to recognize, treat and refer basic skin conditions.

To develop a curriculum for training dermatology nurses and to collaborate with the Nurses Council to include the curriculum in their nurses education

Government needs to ensure monitoring and proper regulations of Skin care centres/Spa to ensure that treatment of skin conditions and skin care is not abused

In order to improve skin care access by all, NAD will continue to organize frequent outreach programs and where possible adopt a rural community where regular dermatology clinics will be established and maned by dermatologists

Processes are in place to establish Teledermatology services

Government should include dermatologic services in the NHIS and Primary Health care Services.

NAD is ever ready to work with the Government and relevant agencies to improve the health of Nigerians.

Appreciation

NAD appreciates

Her Excellency Dr. (MRS) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, First Lady of Lagos state

Dr. Ladi Awosika, Chairman Total Health Trust Ltd, the Keynote speaker

Dr (Mrs) Titilayo Goncalves, Permanent Secretary Lagos State Ministry of Health

NMA President

MDCN Registrar

The Chief Medical Director of LUTH

The NAD executives and the Local Organising Committee for a successful outing

 

Long live the Nigerian Association of Dermatologists

Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria

 

Signed:

Dr. G. C. Okudo – President

Dr. C Onyekonwu – Secretary General

Communique of the 13th Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Association of Dermatologists (NAD) held in Lagos, June 2019

Introduction

The Nigerian Association of Dermatologists (NAD) held its 13th Annual Scientific Conference and General Meeting at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Festac Lagos from the 26th to 29th of June 2019. The theme of the conference was “Promoting Skin Health; the multifaceted approach”.

Activities marking this year’s AGM included a workshop and update course for physicians, nurses and pharmacists. This took place on the 20th of June 2019 at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). Common dermatological conditions such as atopic dermatitis, fungal skin infections, cutaneous adverse drug reactions, pruritus and infestations were highlighted amongst others to the physicians. The need for specialized dermatology nurses who will ensure proper care of wounds and pressure sores as well as general care of the skin for both in-patients and out-patients were some of the topics presented to the nurses. The importance of dermatology education for the pharmacists and their role in curbing steroid misuse and abuse were also emphasized.

The opening ceremony which took place on the 28th of June 2019 has the First Lady of Lagos, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu in attendance as the Special Guest of Honour and Dr. Pamela Ajayi, CEO/MD SynLab Nigeria as the Chairman. The First Lady encouraged the Dermatologists to continue to give the much needed service in providing care to the skin which is the largest organ in the body. She also said that Government alone cannot be saddled with the responsibility of providing health care service but if we all contribute and play our part, the health indices of Nigerians will be seen to improve. One of the ways of helping the Government in this task is to ensure enrolment into the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme.  The Guest Lecturer, Dr. Ladi Awosika who spoke on the theme: Promoting Skin Health: The multifaceted approach explained why inter-professional collaboration in healthcare service delivery is needed especially as dermatologists are few. He reiterated the importance of Primary Health Care Services (PHCs) and decried the non-functioning of the few PHCs still standing. He encouraged the Government to do everything possible to resuscitate PHCs as they are the best way to ensure an easy and affordable health care provision to Nigerians. He also advised the use of the present technologically advanced innovations to increase the reach of health services to poor and underdeveloped areas of the country just as it is being practiced in Ghana.

Observations

The following observations were made:

The promotion of a healthy skin requires appropriate medical knowledge by all health practitioners

The lack of dermatology nurses in Nigeria. Dermatology nursing is not a part of the nurse’s curriculum

The association have noticed with dismay the growing number of quacks and persons who lack adequate training as dermatologists practicing as skin specialist all over the country.

Majority of these persons seeing patients in Skin care centres/Spa do not have the necessary training to do so. They inflict a lot of damage and cause complications which requires high cost to manage

Resolutions

Encourage the training of health professionals to recognize, treat and refer basic skin conditions.

To develop a curriculum for training dermatology nurses and to collaborate with the Nurses Council to include the curriculum in their nurses education

Government needs to ensure monitoring and proper regulations of Skin care centres/Spa to ensure that treatment of skin conditions and skin care is not abused

In order to improve skin care access by all, NAD will continue to organize frequent outreach programs and where possible adopt a rural community where regular dermatology clinics will be established and maned by dermatologists

Processes are in place to establish Teledermatology services

Government should include dermatologic services in the NHIS and Primary Health care Services.

NAD is ever ready to work with the Government and relevant agencies to improve the health of Nigerians.

Appreciation

NAD appreciates

Her Excellency Dr. (MRS) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, First Lady of Lagos state

Dr. Ladi Awosika, Chairman Total Health Trust Ltd, the Keynote speaker

Dr (Mrs) Titilayo Goncalves, Permanent Secretary Lagos State Ministry of Health

NMA President

MDCN Registrar

The Chief Medical Director of LUTH

The NAD executives and the Local Organising Committee for a successful outing

 

Long live the Nigerian Association of Dermatologists

Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria

 

Signed:

Dr. G. C. Okudo – President

Dr. C Onyekonwu – Secretary General

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