- A Nigerian doing the country proud has been honoured by a global organisation monitoring iodine deficiency disorder
- The Nigerian, Professor Onuorah Louis Ekpechi was recognised for his contribution towards ensuring people are healthy
- The professor was specifically commended for ensuring the control of Iodine Deficiency Disorder in Nigeria and Africa
Oakland, USA - The Louis Love Nest Foundation in conjunction with the board of Directors of the International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorder has commended Professor Onuorah Louis Ekpechi for his contribution towards the control of Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) in Nigeria and Africa.
Professor Ifeoma Modebe and Ndali Modebe in a statement seen by Legit.ng on behalf of the foundation, said Professor Ekpechi championed and coordinated effective action towards iodine deficiency in Africa, hence saving the lives of millions of people from several ailments.
The ailments include mental impairment, goiter, High Blood Pressure, stunted physical and mental growth, infertility, ulcers, among others.
The statement said Professor Ekpechi who served as chairman and regional coordinator of IDD for Africa devised elaborate plans and strategies to carry the fight against the scourge down to various countries both in urban and rural areas.
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Part of the statement read:
“With zeal and a high sense of purpose, Professor Ekpechi campaigned for technical and financial support for the IDD control Programme in Africa.
“By dint of hard work and commitment, he received positive response from donor agencies who trusted the task force for Africa in their work with the rural peasantry for being able to better manage the aid.”
The African task force on IDD according to the statement laboured with the conviction that good health is a duty for the progress of the world.
The statement observed that under Professor Ekpechi's watch, IDD Public Enlightenment Campaigns gained currency, people embraced preventive measures and manufacturers started adding iodine in salt, oil, and food supplements for proper nourishment.
The statement noted that it was Professor Ekpechi's dedicated service that laid the foundation for Nigeria’s achievement of universal salt iodization in 2005.
Legit.ng gathered that Professor Ekpechi's recognition is part of activities marking the 2021 World Iodine Day Celebration with the theme; 'Mother-Baby-Iodine: The Importance of Iodine on the Woman and her Baby.’
Another Nigerian professor honoured recently
In a related development, Bayelsa-born Professor Steve Sinikime Azaiki has been elected as a board member of the Board of the Parliamentary Network.
By virtue of his appointment, Azaiki will sit on the board of the forum focused on the World Bank and the International Monetary Forum.
Azaiki is currently a House of Representatives member representing Yenagoa/Kolokuna/Opokuma Federal Constituency of Bayelsa state.