Government of Nigeria

Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu Honourable Minister of Health
Started term: Nov 2010

Professor C. O. Onyebuchi Chukwu, a distinguished academic, health administrator, renowned orthopaedic and trauma surgeon and a father is the Minister of Health of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He is a fellow of both the West African and the International College of Surgeons and a member of the Board of Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (Nigeria) of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GAFTM) and the West and Central African Constituency representative on the Board of the GAFTM; as well as the Chairman of the Bureau of Ministers of Health of the African Union (CAMH6).

Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu was first appointed Minister of Health of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in April 2010 and re-appointed in June 2011. As Minister of Health of Nigeria, he has championed the Transformation Agenda of the President in the health sector with considerable success. He ensured the approval of the National Strategic Health Development Plan (NSHDP) by the Federal Executive Council and the signing of the International Health Partnership (IHP+) compact securing partners’ commitment to the implementation of the plan.

Under his stewardship, the health sector has recorded so many achievements: Improvement in the country’s health indices – declining infant, under five and maternal mortality ratios; decreasing HIV prevalence and increased uptake of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT); increased domestic funding for reproductive health services; increased number of skilled birth attendants at the Primary Health Care Centres through the Midwives Service Scheme (MSS); Introduction of the Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme in maternal and child health to stimulate demand for maternity and immunization services; introduction of the female village health workers as community mobilizers for maternal and child health; Saving One Million Lives Initiative; introduction of the MenAfric vaccine for cerebrospinal meningitis and the pentavalent vaccines; establishment of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Under his leadership, Guinea Worm Disease was eradicated in Nigeria for which the WHO in December 2013 certificated Nigeria as a Guinea Worm Free country.

Born on the 22nd of April 1962 in Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria. Prof. Chukwu trained as a medical doctor at the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos in 1986. Subsequently, he obtained post-graduate qualification in orthopaedic surgery from the West African Postgraduate of Medical College. He is a Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons. He is an International Affiliate and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the Societe Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopedique et de Traumatologie (SICOT).

He was the Chief Medical Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki (2003-2008). In 2007, he was appointed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Ebonyi State University Abakaliki Nigeria and visiting Professor of Surgery at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus in 2010.