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Akeredolu Appoints New COVID-19 Lead After Commissioner’s Death



Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Ago-Alaye Town in Odigbo Local Government Area of the State.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu

Ganiyat Ganiyu

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has approved the appointment of Professor Adesegun Fatusi as the new Chairman of the State Inter-ministerial Committee Against COVID-19.

Fatusi replaces the late Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, who was the Chairman of the State Inter-ministerial Committee where he served diligently to the admiration of all.

Adegbenro died of complications from COVID-19 at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo on Thursday, 2nd July.

Fatusi is the current Vice Chancellor of the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo and he is expected to continue from where late Adegbenro stopped.

A statement from the state government said his appointment is aimed at preventing a vacuum as the State experiences a disturbing spike of repeated cases of COVID-19.

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Prof. Fatusi is also 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 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.

Fatusi served previously, on the Ministerial Committee on Health Sector reform as well as on the Board of the National Universities Commission (NUC) of Nigeria.

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