The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has bestowed a merit of honour on one of its own, the wife of the Kebbi State Governor, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu.
The award was presented to her by the immediate past President of the Association, Mike Ozovehe Ogirima, at the 58th Annual General Meeting of NMA held at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja.
The award was in recognition of Mrs Bagudu’ untiring advocacy for women’s health with major interest in cancer care, establishment of the first high tech radio-diagnostic centre in Abuja and subsequently the medical cancer foundation known for creating awareness, funding diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients in Nigeria.
As a champion of girl child education in Kebbi State, Bagudu also mentored and sponsored various school programs such as voices for girl child, nursing education, school health clubs with concentration on cancer and sickle cell, menstrual health, VVF, drugs abuse and creative writing.
She also fast tracked the implementation of the CONMESS salary scale for the first time in Kebbi State to the delight of the state NMA.
Receiving the award, Bagudu said: “Despite a resolve to discourage awards, I did not hesitate when the highest body of mine deemed it fit to honour me.
“I express gratitude to my husband, my family, the health team in Kebbi, the medical family and the NMA.”
Bagudu further restated her commitment to continue teamwork with the Kebbi state health professionals to improve the poor health indices prevailing in the state.
She urged medical doctors to actively seek political platforms to be a part of policy making at the higher levels, promising to support those who wish to do so in her locality.
Source: The Guardian News