I have never been been convinced that "restructuring" on its own solves any problem in any organisation. But at least the new Minister of Health is not spending as much time as the president spent on his appointment.
After 7 months in quasi limbo....he is changing things around. We are incurable optimists about the future of the Nigerian health sector. No doubt one reason is that you just cannot imagine it could get any worse.
While we wait for a vision statement and a strategy on how to achieve his vision....find below the change in personnel.
The first surprise is Dr Abdulsalami Nasidi, Director of Public Health for just 5 months which he took over from Dr Ngozi Njepuome has been reassigned to the vague "Special Duties Dept", while Dr. Jonathan Y. Jiya mni, erstwhile Director of Family Health now becomes the Director of Public Health.
Other changes - Dr. Mrs. P. Momah replaces him in the Family Health Dept.
Dr. Mrs. Folake Ayo has been moved from the National Blood Transfusion Service to become the Director of Hospital Services
Dr R.E Akerele-Nwaha will head the Food and Drugs Dept
Dr. Mohammed Lecky will continue in his post as the Director and Head of the Health Planning, Research and Statistics Dept.
Public Private Partnership which will be led by Dr. Tolu Fakeye
Tertiary Institutions Commission under Dr. J Adetunji
States Coordination Team made up of Dr. M Anibueze, Dr. W.T. Balami and Dr. Toyin Salawu who will be the Convener of the Team.
There is also a new Task Force on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which will similarly operate under the direct supervision of the Minister consisting of the Heads of the departments as previously constituted for the three diseases viz; Dr T. Sofola (Malaria), Dr. B. Coker (HIV/AIDS) and Dr. M. Kabir (Tuberculosis)...
You might wonder why we have gone into the trouble of stating all the names on this blog. The reason - YOU. These appointments are made to serve the best interests of Nigerians. You have a right to know. You should hold them accountable!