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Dr. Onyebuchi Chukwu (Award-winning Medical Practitioner)

Onyebuchi Chukwu is a distinguished Nigerian, known for his career in academia, medicine, administration, government and public service. He is a renowned professor of medicine, a Fellow of West African college of Surgeons, a Fellow of International College of Surgeons. He was the Minister of Health of the Federal Republic of Nigeria until his resignation in October 2014 to pursue his governorship ambition in his home state of Ebonyi.

Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu is an indigene of Afikpo, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. He was born April 22, 1962. From a very young age, he was known for his intelligence as he had Distinctions in the First School Leaving Certificate Examination (1974), after which he then proceeded to Federal GovernmentCollege Sokoto where he sat for West African School Certificate Examination in 1979 and he came out with a Distinction-Best Result for the year. He attended the Lagos State University where he studied Medicine and in 1986 he was the Best All-Round Student in Medicine in the Final year Examination. Onyebuchi was awarded as the Best Student in Primary Health Care and also the Nigerian Medical Association Annual Prize and May & Baker Prize for the Best Performance at the Final Professional Examination for MBBS, (University of Lagos 1986).

After Chukwu was trained as a medical doctor at the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos in 1986 and he became a Medical Doctor, he then proceeded to the West African Postgraduate of Medical College where he further bags his post-graduate qualification in Orthopaedic surgery.

From the year 2003 to 2008, Chukwu was the Chief Medical Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital Abakiliki, Ebonyi, State and also the Deputy Provost, College of Health Sciences, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki. In 2007, he was appointed the Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Ebonyi State University Abakaliki Nigeria and in 2010 he was the visiting Professor of Surgery at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus.

During his tenure as Chief Medical Director of the Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital, the hospital witnessed phenomenal growth in personnel, physical structures, utilities, clinical services, the number of clinical departments accredited for internship and residency training, and the number of staff who underwent in-service training.

He was appointed the Honorable Minister of Health of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in April 2010. As the Minister of Health, he championed the approval of the National Strategic Health Development Plan for the health sector by the Federal Executive Council of Nigeria and the signing of the International Health Partnership Plus (IHP+) Compact securing partners commitment to the implementation of the plan. He served in capacity of the Chairman of the Assembly of ECOWAS Health Ministers; Board member, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health; First Vice President of the 64th World Health Assembly and the current Chairman of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) Nigeria of the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He was the Chairman of the 60th Session of the Regional Committee for Africa of the World Health Organization.

As a minister, he led the huge successful fight against the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Nigeria. During his term, Guinea Worm Disease was eradicated in Nigeria for which the WHO in December 2013 certificated Nigeria as a Guinea Worm Free country. He is also known for how he championed the Transformation Agenda of the President in the health sector with considerable success.

In October 2014, Onyebuchi Chukwu resigned as the Minister of Health in order to run as a candidate for Governor of Ebonyi State, Nigeria.

Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu is married to Osinachi Buchi-Chukwu with children (Chinyere, Ezeogo, Amarachi, Chinedu).

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