…As Omotosho, Braide, Aina Bag Lifetime Achievement Awards
It was historic and unprecedented as Pharmanews Ltd, the 43-year-old Nigeria’s leading health journal, beat other publications like ER International Magazine; Health Standard Journal; and Pharmatimes to win for the fifth consecutive time, the Nigerian Healthcare Media Excellence Award –Print of the Year.
In the same vein, three healthcare professionals who had distinguished themselves in various health fields, including Chief Adebowale Omotosho, an industrialist, philanthropist, and renowned pharmacist cum elder statesman; Prof Ekanem Ikpi Braide, a renowned educationist, former vice-chancellor, Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH), and pioneer vice-chancellor, Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State, and Prof.Joseph Oyeniyi Aina, an Emeritus Professor of Nursing, were presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards to rousing applause from the audience.
The colourful ceremony which was held Friday, 24 June 2022, attracted several healthcare professionals, as well as eminent personalities from both pharmaceutical an medical subsectors, including the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire and Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnibe Mamora, who were both represented by Dr Adedamola Dada, chief medical director, Ebute Metta Federal Medical Centre; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by Prof. Akin Abayomi, commissioner for health, Lagos State; Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, director general, NCDC; Engr Yakubu Nuhu Danja, commissioner for health, Katsina State; Dr Olaokun Soyinka, former commissioner for health, Ogun State, and Pharm. (Sir) Ifeanyi Atueyi, publisher, Pharmanews, among many others.
Speaking after receiving the award, the elated Atueyi, expressed his delight with the NHEA, which he said has carved a niche for itself in the healthcare sector, adding that its performance had continued to improve every year.
According to the octogenarian pharmacist, he was selected in 2015 as the first pharmacist in the country to receive the most prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, saying despite the fact that he has numerous awards to his credit, the NHEA Award gave him the greatest joy because it embraces the entire healthcare sector.
Speaking further, the Pharmanews publisher noted that his media outfit has won in the category in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022, making it the fifth time consecutively, adding that it has been a manifestation of God’s grace, as the world has recognised the unique contribution of the journal in the healthcare space. It is now the time to take it a step further and win in other categories, he enthused.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman Advisory Board of NHEA Dr Anthony Omolola, applauded the contributions of all the nominees and winners to the development of the healthcare sector in the country, adding that the NHEA Award is an annual event that celebrates distinguished personalities and organisations who have contributed immensely to the growth of the Nigerian health sector.
He stated that NHEA which started in 2014 has become a high-profile event in the healthcare industry, gaining wide acceptance from stakeholders in the healthcare community, public and private sectors. He added that the award is an initiative of the Global Health Project and Resources in Partnership with the Anadach group.
“Over the years, the NHEA has endeared more awareness on the quality and standards of services provided by various stakeholders in the industry, by inspiring them to adopt International best practices and aspire to be the benchmark for excellent healthcare service delivery in Nigeria and Africa in general.
“NHEA’s recognition aims to stimulate quality improvement and innovation in the Nigerian health sector leading to improved service delivery & management of key health issues and the capacity of individuals to influence and set new performance standards in Nigeria and beyond”, Omolola said.
Described as the Oscar of the health sector, the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA) is jointly supported by Global Health Project & Resources (GHPR) in collaboration with Anadach Group in the United States.