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Prof. Abdulsalam Nasidi Oon

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Prof. Abdulsala Nasidi is a medical officer with over 36 years of experience in Public Health, Virology and Biotechnology. He was born in 1952 in Garko, Kano State, Nigeria, and graduated in 1977 with an M.D. degree in Medicine from Kalinin State Medical Institute, USSR. He also acquired a Masters Degree (M.Sc) in Epidemiology in 1979 and a PhD (Virology) in 1983.

He was Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Medical Research, Yaba, Lagos, and later became Head of the Federal Vaccine Production Laboratory, Yaba, where he served for seven years. Prof. Nasidi was later appointed the nation’s Chief Epidemiologist, Director, Special Duties, as well as Director, Public Health at in the Federal Ministry of Health.

He was the first Chairman of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, where he oversaw the development of proposals that generated more than $680 million for Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria programmes.

In 2008, Prof. Nasidi was appointed Chairman of the Presidential Task Force for Polio Eradication. Under his supervision, the Task Force developed strategies that led to the sharp reduction of Polio by more than 95% and the virtual elimination of circulating wild poliovirus in Nigeria by 2010. His other achievements include the co-development of Hepatitis B vaccine and an anti-venom against the carpet viper and two other Nigerian poisonous snakes.

He initiated and organised the National Response to the Ebola Viral Disease outbreak in Nigeria in 2014 and was appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan to coordinate Nigeria’s Ebola response and to support countries affected by the EVD, especially through the support by the African Union to Ebola-affected countries in West Africa (ASEOWA).

Prof. Nasidi served as the pioneer Director/Chief Executive Officer for the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and as a result of his experience and professional acumen, he was appointed to establish the ECOWAS Centre for Disease Control (ECOWAS CDC) by the ECOWAS Council of Heads of States.