The Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA) held its 21st Anniversary Convention and Gala Banquet on Saturday, July 8-12, 2015 at the Marriott Orlando World Center, Orlando, FL. Theme: “Healthcare Delivery During Conflicts, Disasters and Epidemics”.In attendance were Amb. GeoffreyTeneilabe, Amb./Consulate General of Nigeria, Atlanta, the Surgeon General of Florida State, John Armstrong Parker, MD, former Rivers State Commissioner of Health, ProfessorOnyebuchiChukwu, former Minister of Health, Nigeria, former Lagos State Commissioner for Health, BenjaminOhiaeri, MD, CMD, Dr AdaIgonoh a survivor of the Ebola virus infection, the national executives, Dr. MikeEtomi, Dr. AustinOsemeka, physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, residents, allied health professionals, media press, other notable personalities and distinguished guests from around the world.Following the ANPA Florida Chapter meet and greet, a Golf Tournament, Hat and Tea raffle was organized by ANPA members to raise funds for medical missions. Presentations were made by the invited speakers, and ANPA members, concluding a three day event filled with scientific, professional, social and cultural activities.
John Armstrong Parker, MD commended the Federal and Lagos State Governments of Nigeria for their swift response to the Ebola crisis in Nigeria. Also, Dr. Nkem Chukwumerije, ANPA President, thanked the Ambassador/Consulate General of Nigeria, Atlanta, Amb. Geoffrey Teneilabe for their partnership in providing Nigerian passport renewal services, as well as speakers, members, guests, exhibitors, and sponsors.
His Excellency, Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe, expressed optimism during his remarks at the Gala Banquet Night held on July 11th 2015, commending the organization for their commitment in providing health services in Nigeria through its Medical Missions, and initiatives in reaching out to other organizations in the Nigerian Diaspora, urging all Nigerians to come together to support good causes. The Gala Banquet and award night was filled with enthusiasm, and laughter as MC Comedian Seyi Brown kept an audience of over 500 people entertained.