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Ogoni professionals in USA celebrate Idemyor over int’l award in Pharmacy

Barth Ndubuwah, Port Harcourt

Ogoni professionals in the United States and North America have joined in the swell of accolades to Prof. Vincent Idemyor over his international award in Pharmacy last December.

The Council of Ogoni Professionals (COP) International described the award as well-merited and a strong attestation to the brilliant mind and resilience of the Ogonis, when set in the right direction and towards a noble course.

Prof. Vincent Idemyor, an Ogoni Professional and expert in Pharmacy at the University of Port Harcourt Nigeria is the 2023 recipient of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP) Board of Directors Donald E. Francke Medal.

The award conferred on Prof. Idemyor has also been widely acclaimed and celebrated by Ogoni people at home and abroad as a notable achievement by a worthy Ogoni son, a reputable and globally recognized Pharmacist and health-systems administrator.  The award was presented at the December 4, 2023 meeting of the ASHP in Anaheim, California, USA.

Expressing great delight and felicitating with Prof. Idemyor over his ASHP award, the Executive Chairman of the Council of Ogoni Professionals (COP), Comrade Anstem Dornubari John-Miller hailed the ASHP Board for the honour accorded his fellow Ogoni Professional, who he said has been tirelessly studying, researching and working to help proffer solutions to the health/social challenges of the times.

Addressing newsmen in Port Harcourt recently, comrade John-Miller lauded the efforts and achievements of Prof. Idemyor in HIV/AIDS research and the role science plays in the advancement of medical treatment.

“Prof. Idemyor’s ASHP medal award reflects the spirit of doggedness, focus, patience, commitment and determination to succeed of the Ogonis.

“We are proud of our own, there are so many of us out there making headlines in medicine, space technology, Information Communication Technology ICT, artificial intelligence, engineering, finance and so on.

“We are poised to import our human resources back home to contribute to our economy and the advancement of our state and nation,” the Cop Chairman declared.

Mr. John-Miller, an Alumnus of University of Port Harcourt, an Economist and Ogoni mobilizer in the diaspora, also commended the leadership and staff of University of Port Harcourt for celebrating their own.

According to a  press release from the University, Prof. Idemyor’s dedication to scholarship and research led to his appointment as a John D. and Catherine T. Mac Arthur Visiting  Fellow to University of Port Harcourt.

The ASHP Donald E. Francke Medal is given to individuals for Pharmacy practice. Prof. Idemyor has done extensive work for the last 15 years in Nigeria.

Prior to that, he worked for 20 years at major hospitals and academic institutions in Chicago, Illinois, USA.  An authority in HIV/AIDS and the rote science pays in advancing medical treatment, he has been instrumental in starting the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences in University of Port Harcourt – in 2006, and he was engaged by the UNDP to evaluate providers of a nation aids program in Nigeria that delivered a series related to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and malaria.

 Idemyor is extensively published in peer-reviewed journals and was co-editor of 3rd edition of Drug Discovery and Development (CRC, 2020). In view of these notable achievements, Comrade John-Miller encouraged Prof. Idemyor to press on his good works and contributions to the betterment of Ogoni Land, Rivers State, Nigeria.

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