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Pharm. Bariatoa Demua

Pharm. Bariatoa Neyeko Demua is the Director, Pharmaceutical

Services, Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board. He graduated from the

University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State where he obtained his B. Pharm degree in 2000. Pharm

Demua also studied at the Imo State University, Owerri for his master’s degree in Public Health

(MPH) in 2016. He holds an international certificate in Quantification for Health Commodities

Programme conducted by the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute, Arusha,

Tanzania. He joined the Rivers State Civil Service in 2006 as a Pharmacist Grade 1 and worked

first at General Hospital, Degema after a brief stint with Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries

Limited, Lagos, Nigeria as a Medical Representative.

In 2008, he was posted to the Public Health Services Department, Rivers State Ministry of

Health to head the newly established South South Zonal Tuberculosis and Leprosy Drugs Store

of the Federal Ministry of Health, a position he successfully occupied for over a decade and

developed innovative Supply Chain Management strategies and solutions that resulted in less

than 2% Stock -outs rate of TB and Leprosy Medicines in the Zone. In the same year, he was

also appointed to serve on the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) of the Rivers State Malaria

Control Booster Project (WORLD BANK ASSISTED) as Procurement and Supply Chain

Management Officer where he contributed to the achievement of 84% State Ownership of

Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLINs) in households in 2014 through a well-coordinated LLIN

replacement campaign.

In 2017, with the increasing roles and responsibilities of the Rivers State Logistics Management

Coordinating Unit (RSLMCU), he was appointed as the State Performance Improvement

Coordination (PIC) Officer where he worked to provide strategic Leadership and built capacity

and skills of programs’ officers required for better performance of the State Supply Chain

System.

In 2019, He was a Research Assistant with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime during

the National Survey on Quantification of Narcotic Medicines and Estimation of Psychotropic


Substances and Precursors funded by the European Union. In 2015, he was a member, Rivers

State Essential Medicines List (EML) Review Committee.

Driven by his insatiable appetite for knowledge and his passion for better health services,

Pharm Demua has attended several procurement supply management and logistics trainings on

Public health commodities. These include: Nigeria’s National Integration Supply Chain

Management (ISCM) course, Applied TB Quantification and Pipeline monitoring, Store and

warehouse management, Quantification of Narcotics Medicines and Psychotropic

Substances/precursors, Malaria Commodity Logistics System(MCLS),Logistics Management of

MDR-TB Medicines & Pharmaceutical Care, Performance Management and Pharmacovigilance

amongst others.

He is dynamic and intentional in his pursuit for excellence and service delivery. His expertise

and interests are in: Learning & Leadership, Supply Chain Management, Personnel

Management, Performance Management, and Public health, Pharmaceutical Research &

Development, Pharmacovigilance and Logistics.

He is happily married and blessed with four (2 boys and 2 girls) children. He is a member of

several professional bodies including the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Rivers State. He has

innate passion for reading, travelling and music.