BY HEMBADOON ORSAR, Makurdi
A Non-Governmental Organisation, Viral Hepatitis Association of Nigeria, VHAN, has presented a Medal of Honor to the Chief Medical Director of the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi, Professor Terrumun Swende, for his outstanding prowess in health profession and as a professional fellow of Medicine.
President of VHAN, Dr. David Olusegun, who made the presentation during the 14th Scientific Conference/Award ceremony of VHAN, held on the 29th of November 2017 at the Benue Hotel and Resort Makurdi, Benue State, noted that with the vast experience of Professor Swende and as CMD of the highest tertiary health institution in Benue, the NGO and the institution will be perfect partners in screening, treating and eliminating the virus in the State.
Dr. Olusegun pointed out that the partnership between VHAN and the CMD of BSUTH will yield better advocacy and creation of awareness on viral and non-viral Hepatitis, stressing that such partnership would be to the people of Benue and as well the neighboring States.
Responding, the Chief Medical Director of the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Professor Terrumun Swende said he was humbled by the honour from the umbrella body of VHAN and thanked the Board of trustees for finding him worthy to be conferred with such a prestigious award.
The CMD promised to partner with the organisation by deploying the services of the microbiology department and medical experts at the hospital on viral and non-viral Hepatitis to assist in achieving the mission and vision of the organisation.
Professor Swende in a paper presentation, titled “Model for testing and treating Hepatitis in Nigeria: Case study of Benue State” stated that the best model in Benue State is to abide on the best available practice world-wide in screening and treating of Hepatitis and urged Nigerians to have confidence in hospitals and institutions in charge of health, and as well as borrow experience from the achievements recorded from sister virus HIV/AIDS.