NIMR ex-director Essien dies at 86

 


A former Director and Chief Executive of the Nigeria Institute for Medical Research, Yaba, Lagos, Prof. Etim Moses Essien, is dead.


Although the details of his death were still sketchy, family sources said Essien, a close associate of a former Minister of Health, Prof. Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, died on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at Uyo after a brief illness.


His daughter and Consultant Haematologist at the National Hospital, Abuja, Dr. Ekaete Essien-David, confirmed his death to journalists on Thursday.



“Yes, daddy died on Thursday at Uyo after a brief illness. He would have been 86 on December 31. We will really miss him,” she said.


He was reputed to have in 1981, proposed to Ransome-Kuti and the Federal Ministry of Health, the setting up of a management structure for the impending HIV/AIDS pandemic before its most likely arrival in Nigeria.


The proposal was accepted and the instrument was established as the National Expert Advisory Committee on AIDS, later the National Action Committee on AIDS, and now the National Agency for the Control of AIDS.



 

Born in 1934 in Ikot Eko Ibon, a village in ONNA Local Government Area Akwa Ibom State Nigeria, the Nigerian Professor of Hematology and former Chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian National Merit Award, began his career in 1970 at the University College Hospital, Ibadan as a lecturer and Consultant of Hematology.


In 1977, he became a professor of Hematology in same university. He is a member of the World Health Organisation Expert Panel on Blood and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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