Femi Soyinka dies at the age of 85

Femi Soyinka, the renowned researcher and former Rector of the Obafemi Awolowo University Faculty of Health Sciences, Ile-Ifehas died. According to a statement from his family, Mr. Soyinka died early Tuesday morning at his home in Kukumada Village, Ibadan, Oyo State. He was 85 years old. Mr. Soyinka was the younger brother of the Nobel laureate and professor of comparative literature, Wole Soyinka. Read the family statement below: The Soyinka family of Ake/Isara, Ogun State, has announced the passing of their father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, Professor Femi Soyinka, in the early hours of Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at their home in the village of Kukumada. Ibadan, Oyo State. Born in 1937, Professor Femi Soyinka received the degree of Doctor of Medicine and Surgery MBchB from the University of Heidelberg, 1964; and Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the same University in 1965. He specialized and practiced as a Dermatologist, Venereologist and Allergist at the University of Giessen, 1969. In 1972, he obtained a Master of Public Health from the Hadassah School of Medicine, (MPH) Israel. He worked in the academic field for 30 years, holding various positions from Chief Medical Director to Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Chancellor of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He was also involved in extensive research work on tropical skin diseases and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in collaboration with the federal government, international donor agencies and organizations such as the World Bank, UNDP, DFID, the British Council; and the International Development Research Centre, Canada. He pioneered various research in the field of HIV/AIDS and worked as a consultant to various international and local agencies, including the World Health Organization, DFID, UNDP and the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health, based on his extensive experience in the issue in various parts of the country. . ALSO READ: Seek international help on insecurity, Wole Soyinka tells Buhari Prof. Femi Soyinka was at the forefront of mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. She translating her research results into clinical practice. It had a significant impact not only on the lives of the many individuals and families living with the disease, but also on the nation as a whole. Initiated the Ambassador of Hope program in Nigeria, encouraging people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) to speak out, thereby generating much-needed public awareness of the disease at a time when awareness was low and stigma was high. He also demonstrated technical knowledge and participated in many other HIV/AIDS-related programs, including HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, ARV programs, voluntary counseling and testing (APV) and home care. for PLHIV in Nigeria. Subsequently, he contributed significantly to the capacity building of indigenous organizations in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria through his non-governmental organization: New Initiative for the Improvement of Life and Health (NELAH), formerly known as; Network of Ethics/Human Rights, Law, HIV/AIDS-Prevention, Support and Care (NELA). He was past president of the Society for AIDS in Africa and successfully coordinated the International Conference on AIDS and STIS in Africa (ICASA) in Abuja, Nigeria in 2005. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Burial arrangements would be announced by the family later. Sgd: Ayodele Soyinka (Son) For the family Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Femi Soyinka dies at the age of 85