For The First Time, A Nigerian Heads Commonwealth Physicians


A Nigerian medical doctor breaks the ice by emerging as president of the Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA) for the first time in its 57-year history.


Dr Osahon Enabulele, a former president of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), was inaugurated on Tuesday in Abuja at the CMA’s 25th triennial conference.

He took over from Dr Vajira Dissayanake, a physician from Sri Lanka.

Nigeria's Health minister Osagie Ehanire called it “a proud moment for our nation”.

The CMA spans the medical association of all Commonwealth countries from Australia and Canada to Ghana and Sierra Leone.

It was established that the CMA heavily influences the meeting of health ministers of the Commonwealth annually, and its decisions feed into World health Assembly positions.

Enabulele disclosed that having a Nigerian heading the CMA was a big decision “in our lifetime”.

in his words “I affirm that this huge trust invested in us will under no circumstance be betrayed.”

As part of his strategic leadership plan, Enabule, the 25th president of the association, vowed that the CMA will, under his leadership, promote digital health initiative, promotes quality assurance and implements the “Safe hospital initiative”.