DR ANIEKEME ANIEFIOK UWAH
Outstanding Medical Doctor
Aside from Dr Aniekeme Aniefiok Uwah, presently the National Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, only three other Akwa Ibom indigenes have had the privilege to serve on the National Officers Committee of the 60 year old body- Dr Edmundson Udo Uyoata Akpabio ( National President 1984 to 1988) and Dr Chris Enoch ( National Deputy Secretary General 2008 to 2010). Prof. Augustine Umoh who is currently serving as the Editor of the Nigerian Medical Journal.
Before the call to national service, Dr Uwah was the State/ South-South zonal Chairman of the body (2016 to 2018) as well as the State Chairman of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners, NAGGMDP.
Beyond activism, Dr Uwah is an award-winning and exceptional Epidemologist who, in 2014, was honoured by the government and people of Liberia for his outstanding and patriotic services towards the control of the Ebola Virus Disease and the African Union with a medal of Honour for his sacrifices to the continent and humanitarian spirit exhibited during the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak.
He has served the state in various capacities including that of State Epidemiologist and Team Doctor to the Akwa Ibom State Pilgrimage contingent to Israel in 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The alumnus of the Federal Government College, Ikot-Ekpene where he obtained his Senior School Certificate and the College of Medicine, University of Calabar, Cross River State where he bagged a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery ( MBBCh) degree is also a holder of a Master of Public Health(MPH) from the premier University in Nigeria, University of Ibadan.
He is equally a graduate of the University of Washington and a Cohort 5 graduate of the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Program (NFELTP).
In 2005, he won an NYSC Benue State Honours Award for outstanding community service to the government and people of Benue State and in 2017, the NMA bestowed on him a Distinguished Honours Award as the most outstanding State branch Chairman in Nigeria.
A prolific writer, public analyst and Radio/Television presenter, the Atan Offot, Uyo born Dr Uwah is a newspaper columnist and the author of ‘End of Mission ‘ – An eye witness account of a volunteer in the frontline of the battle against Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)in Liberia, published in 2017.
Akwa Ibom Celebrates an Outstanding Medical Doctor