The Ondo State Government has appointed Vice-chancellor of University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, Professor Adesegun Fatusi as the new Chairman of the State Inter-ministerial Committee Against COVID-19.
It explained that the appointment became imperative following the unfortunate demise of the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, and the need to fill the void left by the deceased.
The State’s Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu said Fatusi, a professor of Community Medicine and Public Health is expected to continue from where our late Medical Hero, Adegbenro stopped.
The Governor, through a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Ojo Oyewamide, on Saturday maintained that Fatusi’s appointment is aimed at preventing a vacuum as the sate experiences spike of repeated cases of the deadly respiratory disease.
“Prof. Fatusi is a professor of Community and Public Health and past Provost of the College of Health Sciences at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He has previously served as the Director of the OAU’s Institute of Public Health and worked with the UNFPA as a reproductive health advisor. He is the chair of Nigeria’s National Technical Working Group on Adolescent Reproductive Health and Development.
“He has also served as the Lead Consultant for the development of Nigeria’s national policy on the health and development of adolescents and young persons, national reproductive health policy, and national policy on HIV/AIDS. He had served previously, on the Ministerial Committee on Health Sector reform as well as on the Board of the National Universities Commission (NUC) of Nigeria,”