Adaeze Oreh, the daughter of former Rivers State governor Peter Odili, has been appointed Rivers’ commissioner of health.
Governor Siminalayi Fubara has forwarded the third batch of five commissioner-nominees to the Rivers House of Assembly for vetting.
On Friday, the governor presented the names to the parliament for review.
Other nominees include Christopher Green, a former commissioner for sports, and Jacobson Barineka Nbina, a former commissioner for transportation under the administration of Nyesom Wike.
Mrs. Oreh, a family physician, public health specialist, and universal health care champion, was recently elevated to senior medical officer in the Federal Ministry of Health’s Department of Hospital Services.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and is a graduate of the Imperial College Business School at the Imperial College London.
Her areas of study included global health systems, healthcare strategy, healthcare funding, organisational management, health informatics, and innovation.
Oreh also has a master’s degree in public health from the United Kingdom.
She fights for blood policies that lower maternal and child mortality rates, minimise the transfer of infectious illnesses through unsafe blood transfusions, and enhance the distribution of safely-screened blood to remote and conflict-affected areas, working alongside policymakers.
She also serves on the Pamo University of Medical Sciences’ governing council.