Public health and environmental stakeholders have extolled a global consultant in public health and environment, Dr. Edwin-Isotu Edeh, on his 40th birthday.
At the birthday celebration in Abuja yesterday, they described him as a transformational leader, pathfinder par excellence, patriot as they acknowledged his unwavering service to humanity.
The event, titled “40 Shades of Gratitude – 20 Successful Years in Public Health and Environment Leadership”, exemplified Dr. Edeh as an exceptional, visionary, environmental and public health expert and a corner stone, who has contributed immensely towards strengthening institutional growth and advancing policy formulation and implementation in federal ministries of health, environment and water resources.
Registrar of the Environmental Council of Nigeria (EHCON), Dr. Yakubu Mohammed, who was the chairman of the event, praised his remarkable journey from a humble beginning to becoming a vital figure in the health sector, committed to fortify public health as a pivot of preventive healthcare in West Africa and the entire African continent.
Dr. Mohammed pointed out that “There are only a few Nigerians at 40 I know, who have made such milestone achievements and impacts as Dr. Edeh. He was instrumental to the development of over 50 national policies and guidelines for sustainable environment and healthcare, coordinated the 3rd and 4th cycles of implementation of the United Nations Global Analysis and Assessment on Sanitation and Drinking Water (GLASS) Initiative, championed Sanitation Safety (SSP), Hand Hygiene Initiative, Electronic Waste and Child Health intervention in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Kano, Bauchi, Nassarawa, Abia, Sokoto, Akwa Ibom states and FCT.”
The celebrant who is championing the “One Health Approach” of the World Health Organization and Open Defecation Free (ODF) Nigeria, has also supported the preparedness and response to COVID-19 pandemic and HIV/AIDs and addressing seven top priority diseases, expressed gratitude to God for his new age and 20 years of public service.
He credited his career journey to consistency and result orientation, and encouraged Nigerians, especially young people, to work towards building their dream Nigeria, emphasizing their roles as national ambassadors.
Dr. Edwin Isotu Edeh holds a Global Health and Humanitarianism certification of the University of Manchester, United Kingdom; Inter-professional Health Informatics from University of Minnesota, United States; Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree in Environmental Management and Control from University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
He is an author of four environment and public health textbooks used as a standard text in seven African universities.
The event also featured in the Honouring of 24 African Icons Positive Leadership & Influence, including renowned Cameroonian, Dr. Richard Munang (UNEP), foremost Nigerian chemist and environmentalist, Prof. Oladele Osibanjo, AfDB President, Dr. Akinkunmi Adesina, Chief Alfred Diete-Spiff, Mr. Tein Jack Rich and Nigeria’s Senate President, Obong (Sen.) Godswill Obot Akpabio.