The Kaduna State Branch of the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN) on Saturday inaugurated Dr. Zainab Muhammad-Idris as its Present for the next two years.
Muhammad-Idris, a Consultant Public Health Physician with over 20 years of experience was inaugurated at the end of the association’s 8th Biennial Conference and Annual General Meeting held in Kaduna.
She was inaugurated alongside Dr. Aisha Mustapha, as Vice President (to take over in 2023); Secretary, Dr. Marufah Lasisis, and Assistant Secretary, Dr. Amina Jelili.
Dr. Hassana Yakasai was elected as Financial Secretary, Dr. Lubabatu Abdulrasheed, Treasurer, Dr. Amina Umar, Zonal Coordinator, Zaria, while Dr. Salamatu Akor and Dr. Maryam Makarfi were to serve as Public Relation Officer I and II respectively.
Others are Dr. Yusra Muktar, Dr. Hadiza Muhammad, and Dr. Elizabeth Ebel as Welfare Coordinators for Kaduna, Zaria, and Kafanchan respectively.
Also, Dr. Hannatu Kachiro was elected as Coordinator of the Young Doctors Forum with Dr. Jamila Wuyahku as Secretary.
Speaking on behalf of the executives, Muhammad-Idris, a lecturer with the Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine, Kaduna State University, described her emergence as an “honour to serve” the great association.
She pledged to serve the medical women and the people of Kaduna state in line with the motto of the MWAN, “Healing with the Love of a Mother ” to ensure better health outcomes for the people of Kaduna state.
She thanked the immediate past president of the association, Dr. Anisah Yahya, for the exemplary leadership and for bringing the association thus far.
She solicited the support and cooperation of members such that together, they will move MWAN to greater heights.
“We will build on the achievements and legacies of the past leaders of this great association and build strong leadership and commitment of members to move the association forward.
“We will strengthen existing partnerships and build more collaborations with relevant stakeholders to serve humanity in our respective areas of expertise,” she said.
Muhammad-Idris, a gender, and health management expert is currently serving as the Project Coordinator of the World Bank-supported Accelerating Nutrition Result in Nigeria in Kaduna State.
She has worked with UNDP-supported North West Zonal Technical Officer, under the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs Conditional Grants Scheme to Local Governments.
She also served in different capacities as the Team Lead on the United Kingdom DFID-funded flagship programmes, including Partnership for Transforming Health Systems and Strengthening Nigerians Response to HIV/AIDS among others.
Muhammad-Idris equally served as a consultant on the development of various multi-sectoral strategic plans initiatives at the federal and state levels.
She chaired and served as a member of various government and civil society working groups and committees at federal and state levels.
She is currently the Chair, Board of Trustee of a Non-Governmental Organisation, Education as a Vaccine, and member of National Steering Committee on Neglected Tropical Diseases among several other positions.