Three distinguished and accomplished icons in the Nigeria healthcare sector would be honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award (LAA) by the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA) on June 21, 2019 in Lagos. The awardees are Emeritus Professor Oladapo Olujimi Akinkugbe, former Minister of Health; Professor Eyitayo Lambo and Dr. Stella Chinyelu Okoli, Founder/ Group Managing Director of Emzor Pharmaceutical.
A statement on Monday, signed by Moses Braimah, Director, Marketing, Communication & Strategy, said that the ceremony, which is part of a bigger awards night that would honour over 35 individuals and organisations that have made tremendous impact in the Nigeria healthcare sector in 2018, would take place at a grand ballroom event in Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos.
Dr. Wale Alabi, NHEA Project Director, said, “We feel honoured and excited by these personalities and their immense contributions in the development of healthcare both locally and internationally. They have exhibited excellence and distinguished themselves. We are proud of them.”
Oladipo Olujimi Akinkugbe, an Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Ibadan, received his medical degree from London University in 1958. After residency at The London and King’s College Hospitals, went up to Balliol College in Oxford University in 1962 for the D.Phil, working under Sir George Pickering FRS, Regius Professor of Medicine.
He proceeded to his MD (London) and Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and later to the Chair of Medicine in 1968. He was subsequently Dean of Medicine at Ibadan, Foundation Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, and in the 1980s Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council of the University of Port Harcourt. He was the foundation Chair of JAMB and Chair of the Management Board, University College Hospital, Ibadan.
He has served on many World Health Organisation Expert Committees on Cardiovascular Diseases and Health Manpower Development and on the prestigious WHO Global Advisory Committee on Health Research. He was also on the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Ciba Foundation in London for many years.
Professor Eyitayo Lambo holds both B.Sc., M.A. degrees in Economics and a Ph.D. degree in Operational Research applied to health systems. He is an awardee of the Fellowship of Operational Research (England), the Fellowship of the Nigerian Economic Society, and a Degree of Doctor of Science (D.Sc., Honoris Causa) by Bingham University.