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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has approved the appointment of Prof Adesegun Fatusi, as the new Vice-Chancellor of University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED), Ondo, Ondo State.

The appointment of Fatusi who replaced the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof Friday Okonofua, whose tenure expired in March after completing his five-year tenure, takes immediate effect.

In a statement issued by the Registrar of the institution, Dr Woleola Ekundayo, said Fatusi is a Professor of Community Medicine and Public Health.

He stated that Fatusi graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in 1987 with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree with Distinction in Community Health.

He said the new VC won the Lawrence Omole Award for the best graduating student in Community Health, while he also won the Federal Government’s award as the best candidate in the Part I Examinations of the Faculty of Public Health, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria in 1992.

Fatusi graduated from the International Masters of Public Health programme of the Hebrew University, Hadassah, Israel in 1995 with summa cum laude honours and was the best graduating student.

He obtained the Fellowship of the West African College of Physicians in Community Health in April 1995.

Fatusi had a PhD in Public Health from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.

The statement read: “Fatusi was a former Provost of the College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.

“Prof Fatusi also served as the Director of the Institute of Public Health and Head of the Department of Community Health in OAU.

He was also the pioneer Director of OAU’s Population and Reproductive Health Programme (PRHP) – a partnership between Bill & Melinda Gates Institute of Population & Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA (JHSPH) and OAU.

“He previously worked as Technical Adviser with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Nigeria and before his appointment, he was with the Guttmacher Institute, New York as Director of International Research,”

The statement noted that Fatusi served as the national team leader for the development of Nigeria’s proposal for funding from the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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