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Nigerian Professor Of Dermatology, Femi Soyinka Dies At 85

Nigerian Professor Of Dermatology, Femi Soyinka Dies At 85

Nigerian professor of Dermatology, Venereology and Clinical Immunology, Femi Soyinka, has handed on.

He was 85 years outdated.

The don died within the early hours of Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at his residence in Kukumada Village, Ibadan, Oyo State, an announcement signed by Ayodele Soyinka, son of the deceased on behalf of the household, stated.

The household stated burial preparations can be introduced by the household later.

The Soyinka Family of Ake/Isara, Ogun State, on Tuesday introduced the passing of (*85*). Soyinka in an announcement obtained by SaharaReporters.

His profile obtained by SaharaReporters reads, “Born in 1937, Professor Femi Soyinka acquired a medical diploma in Medicine and Surgery MBchB from University of Heidelberg, 1964; and Doctor of Medicine (MD) diploma from the identical University in 1965. He specialised and practised as a Dermatologist, Venereologist and Allergologist on the University of Giessen, 1969.

“In 1972, he obtained a Master of Public Health diploma from Hadassah Medical School, (MPH) Israel.

“He labored within the educational subject for 30 years, holding numerous positions from Chief Medical Director to Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Provost of College of Health Sciences of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. 

“He was additionally concerned in in depth analysis work on Tropical Skin Diseases and Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in collaboration with the Federal authorities, worldwide donor companies and organisations such because the World Bank, UNDP, DFID, the British Council; and the International Development Research Centre, Canada.

“He pioneered a number of researches within the subject of HIV/AIDS and labored as a marketing consultant to numerous worldwide and native companies together with the World Health Organization, DFID, UNDP and Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health primarily based on his in depth expertise on the topic in numerous components of the nation.

“(*85*). Femi Soyinka was on the forefront of mitigating the impression of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. By translating the outcomes of his researches into scientific apply. He impacted considerably not solely within the lives of quite a few people and households dwelling with the illness, but additionally on the nation as an entire. 

“He initiated the Ambassador of Hope program in Nigeria, encouraging folks dwelling with HIV/AIDs (PLWHAs) to talk up, thereby bringing the much-needed public consciousness to the illness at a time when data was low and stigma was excessive.

“He additionally demonstrated technical data and was concerned with many different HIV/AIDs associated packages together with HIV/AIDS prevention, care and assist, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, ARV packages, voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) and home-based take care of PLWHAs in Nigeria.

“Subsequently, he contributed considerably to capability constructing of indigenous organizations throughout the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria via his non-governmental group – New Initiative for the Enhancement of Life and Health (NELAH) beforehand often known as; Network on Ethics/Human Rights, Law, HIV/AIDS-Prevention, Support and Care (NELA). He was a previous president of Society for AIDS in Africa and he efficiently coordinated the International Conference on AIDS and STIs In Africa (ICASA) in Abuja, Nigeria within the yr 2005.

(*85*) Soyinka is survived by his spouse, kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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