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Dr. Siyeofori Dede

Dr Dede Siyeofori Belema, (MBBS, MScPH)

Is a Public Health Physician with over 15 years’ experience in various sub-fields of Public Health. He is a seasoned Public Health Administrator with a passion for effective health systems strengthening to achieve universal health coverage. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery, a Master’s degree in Public Health and several certifications in leadership and capacity building. He has a preference for Public Health Genomics and Precision Health, and has several certificates from the West African Bioethics Training Program.

He is the Acting Director of the Department of Medical Services (April 2020 – till date) and is responsible for improving the quality of care in over 340 Primary Health Care facilities through health strengthening and resource allocation strategies. These include: individual and institutional capacity building, equitable distribution of the health workforce, maintenance of infrastructure and equipment, monitoring, integrated supportive supervision, strategic partnership and the introduction of specialized primary care services in Primary Health Care facilities for effective, efficient and equitable health service delivery.

He has held several leadership positions including the Coordinator, Public Private Partnerships/National Health Insurance where he facilitated the design, setup and coordination of several community health insurance schemes in the State. He was involved in the design and review of the Operational guidelines for both the Basic Health Care Provision Fund at the National level and the State Health Protection Bill at the State level for achieving universal health coverage. He was the Medical Officer of Health for several Local Government Areas (LGAs) including Ahoada- East (April 2011- January 2012), Oyigbo (Jan 2012 – December 2012) and Bonny LGAs (Jan 2015 – Jan 2017), where as head of the Public health department, he was responsible for the administration of all public health activities including primary care, maternal and child services, health promotion campaigns, mass immunization campaigns, disease surveillance and prompt response to public health emergencies in a population of over three hundred thousand (300,000) people in each Local Government Area. He was also Head, Policy Thrust, Clinical Development and Planning (Jan 2013- Jan 2015), where as an expert in capacity building, he was involved in identifying strategic gaps in Human Resources for Health and coordinated cross-cutting capacity building workshops for over 500 Health workers in critical leadership and clinical skills. He served as the Head, Public Private Mix (PPM-DOTS, 2009-2011) for the Tuberculosis Buruli Ulcer and Leprosy Control Program where he supervised the implementation of the Public-Private Partnership framework for management of Tuberculosis in private clinics

He is a former Chairman, National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners, Rivers State Chapter, a medical association with a membership of over 500 Doctors (2018-2020). He is a Member of the World Medical Association, Nigerian Medical Association, Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria, American Public Health Association, Canadian Public Health Association and the Public Health Association of British Columbia. He is a Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow of The Rotary Foundation. His hobbies are watching soccer, swimming, traveling, listening to music and exploring history. He is married with a son.

He can be reached at siyeoforidede@yahoo.com