After the colourful carnival that signalled the commencement of the long-waited health week, it was time for serious business at the 59th annual health week symposium. The symposium which was themed PREVENTIVE MEDICINE: AN INVESTMENT FOR THE FUTURE, saw important dignitaries from far and near, come to discuss important health issues; and come up with lasting solutions to the current problems.

The event saw in attendance, The Provost of the College of Medicine ably represented by Consultant Paediatrician; Prof. Regina Oladokun, WHO representative for Nigeria ably represented by Dr Rex Mpazanje, Dr. A.O. Adebiyi from the Department of Community Medicine, Dr. A.I. Ayede from the department of paediatrics and Dr F.M. Olaolorun from the faculty of public health; amongst a host of other important visionaries and world changers. The event, which was held at the Paul Hendrickse Lecture theatre, was hosted by the proficient Jummai Sadiku who made light work of engaging an eager audience

Stakeholders and invited guests of the symposium

The importance of the symposium and its impact was stressed by Prof. Oladokun shortly before the plenary session commenced. Mr Nwaduru, the moderator of the plenary session, posed several questions to the delegates who shared their wealth of knowledge and experience with the attentive audience. Subsequently, there was a question and answer session, with UIMSAITES being informed of the various research opportunities that they could avail themselves to. Also present at the event, were representatives of Phillips Pharmacy Limited, a stakeholder at the event. Finally, it was time to present awards of recognition to the dignitaries for their meritorious service. Ten lucky winners were also opportuned to win free tickets to attend the variety Night.

Members of the organising committee of the symposium

At the end of the day, it was a successful event with UIMSITES better enlightened, on the role they must play in promoting preventive Medicine. Kudos to Miss Adebowale Adebolanle and her team, for a successful symposium