Buhari appoints Prof. Ohaegbulam into the Governing Board Of NNMA - AFRICAN PARLIAMENTARY NEWS



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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Buhari appoints Prof. Ohaegbulam into the Governing Board Of NNMA

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Professor Samuel Ohaegbulam as one of the seven-member Governing Board of the Nigeria National Merit Award (NNMA) with effect from May 2020 to represent the South East geo-political Zone.

The Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) Award is conferred on deserving Nigerians who have contributed outstandingly to national development in the areas of Science, Medicine Engineering/Technology, and Humanities, including Arts and culture and other fields of human endeavor. The award usually conferred on the recipient by the President, Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the first Thursday of December every year. The NNOM Award, which is distinct from the National Honors Award, is a separate order of dignity that specifically aims at recognizing, promoting and rewarding academic achievements in all fields of human endeavor.

It would be recalled that Professor Oheagbulam was on December 6, 2012 at Abuja, conferred with Nigeria’s highest merit award for intellectual achievement the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) by President Goodluck Jonathan. Past recipients of the award include famous writers Chinua Achebe, J. P. Clark and Wole Soyinka and a host of prominent citizens in medicine, like Professor C Nwokolo and Professor Thomas Lambo.

Professor Samuel Ohaegbulam pioneered neurosurgery in Eastern Nigeria, first at the University of Nigeria and UNTH but later established Memfys Hospital for Neurosurgery Enugu which has become one of the  major neurosurgery training centres in West Africa. He remains the Neurosurgeon in Chief and CEO of the hospital.

He graduated MB, BCh with Honours, and distinctions from Cairo University. His subsequent neurosurgery training in Britain concluded at St George’s Medical School (Atkinson Morley’s Hospital) and earned him Fellowship of both Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and of England.

He served University of Nigeria at different times as Head of Neurosurgery, Anatomy, Associate Dean, Dean and Deputy Vice Chancellor.  His vast working experience in Europe, Asia, America, and Africa prepared him for the subsequent global leadership roles in African and World neurosurgery. He served as Chairman Nigeria Surgical Research Society, Secretary Faculty of Surgery WACS, Treasurer WACS, Foundation President African Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (AFNS) and now Honorary President of NANS, AFNS and Continental Association of African Neurosurgical Societies(CAANS). He has also served World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) in the Nominating Committee and Executive Committee for many years.

He is widely published locally and internationally including Geographical Neurosurgery published by the American Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) as its first E-Book.

He recently served  NNMA as  an Assessor of aspirants for the NNOM Award and has recently been appointed  by President  of the  Federal Republic of  Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR as Member of the  Governing  Board of the  NNMA. He is also Chairman of Board of Trustees to NMA, NSNS and the Nigerian Spine Society.

He is recipient of numerous national and international awards culminating in the 2012 Nigerian National Order of Merit Award (NNOM) for Medicine, “the highest National Prize for Academic and Intellectual attainment”.

He is married to Marcelle and they are blessed with three sons and many grandchildren.


This ultra-modern Private Hospital provides neurosurgical,  neurological, Intensive Care and  high-level diagnostic services that are of international standard including  Signa Explorer 1.5T MRI with advanced  protocols, 64-Slice CT, Revolution 16-slice CT, 0.35T MRI, Pentero 900 Operating  Microscope, Doppler-US (4D) and Digital  X-ray, C-Arms, and 10-Bed ICU/HDU.

Memfys Hospital has managed over 32,000 patients for neurosurgical, neurological, paediatric and cardiology diseases as well asdiagnostic services in radiology, EKG and EEG.

MHN is accredited for Postgraduate training in neurosurgery by the West African College of Surgeons and the Nigerian Postgraduate Medical College, the first and only Private Hospital to enjoy that status. Nigeria has only about 80 Neurosurgeons for our huge population and Memfys Hospital has trained about 25% of them without external support. About 25 neurosurgeons have benefited from Memfys Hospital training Program. There are currently 10 other neurosurgical trainees in the hospital at various stages of their training. Other senior surgical trainees have passed through the hospital for the mandatory Postings required by their respective Faculties for the award of FWACS and FMCS in Ophthalmology, ENT, Anaesthesia and Radiology. To date over 100 postgraduate doctors have passed through MHN.

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