Akwa Ibom Names Umoette as New State Epidemiologist

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The Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Health has appointed Dr. Ntiense Rapheal Umoette as the State Epidemiologist.

A statement signed by the Commissioner for Health Dr. Dominic Ukpong, said the appoitment, which is an internal reorganization to match skills and competence to role, takes effect immediately.

Until her appointment, Dr. Umoette was Deputy State Epidemiologist.

She is a graduate of Medicine and Surgery and holds a Master of Public Health, Medical Epidemiology Practice.

Umoette has also attended several World Health Organisation training programmes and has received several awards and accolades including Presidential Award for Meritorious Service for Ebola Response – Monrovia, Liberia – 2015; Africa Union (AU) Award of Excellence for ASEOWA participation – Addis Abba, Ethiopia -2015; and Full MPH Scholarship Award to NFELTP -2014.

According to the statement, Dr. Umoette is a member of several professional bodies including Nigeria Medical Association, Akwa Ibom State Chapter, and the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP)

The statement said she brings to bear a wealth of experience and expertise acquired in the course of her career and from the several training programmes she had attended.