Following the unfortunate death of the former Commissioner for Health of Enugu state, Prof. Anthony Ugochukwu, last week, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on Thursday, swore in Dr. Emmanuel Ikechukwu Obi, as the new health commissioner.
Dr. Obi, until his appointment was a consultant public health physician and lecturer at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku-Ozalla and College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, respectively.
Swearing -in the new commissioner, Gov. Ugwuanyi disclosed that the compelling need to re-establish commanding leadership for state health care system under a commissioner in the face of the escalating coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) necessitated the urgent replacement of the deceased commissioner.
The governor added that the action was taken pursuant to the confirmation of Dr. Obi’s nomination by the Enugu state House of Assembly.
While congratulating Dr. Obi on his appointment, Gov. Ugwuanyi expressed the hope “that you will bring your expertise and the requisite gravitas to bear on your new role as commissioner for health, especially in these unusual times.”
Responding, Dr. Obi expressed gratitude to the governor for finding him worthy to serve as the commissioner and pledged to carry out his duties with all diligence and the best of my ability.