Sponsored: Dr. Paul Orhii and things to know about him
Dr. Paul Botwev Orhii was born and raised at Lessel in our Benue State of Nigeria. He attended St. Francis College, Otukpo, Benue State, which he successfully completed in 1980 with a “Distinction” in the West African School Certificate Examination.
He was admitted to study Medicine at the University of Jos, Dr. Orhii won a highly competitive scholarship award and became one of the 23 successful candidates selected from a pool of more than 168,000 applicants to study medicine in Russia for the 1982 academic year.
Paul graduated with Honors from the Stavropol State Medical Institute, Russia in 1989, and was immediately offered an opportunity to pursue a Ph.D. in Medicine (emphasis in Chrono-Neuropsy chopharmacology).
That made him the first foreigner ever, to be sponsored by the school and to be awarded a teaching assistantship.
Prior to being appointed into NAFDAC, he served as the “expert witness” to the Federal and Kano State governments in the lawsuit against Pfizer, the US pharmaceutical giant, over the company’s Trovan drug trials in Kano.
He has worked as a lecturer at the University of Jos, Nigeria, and as a Biomedical Scientist at the University of Texas, Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas
He has over 20 years cumulative working experience in the field of medicine in Nigeria and the United States of America.
HIS ACHIEVEMENTS AT NAFDAC
Dr. Paul Orhii improved upon the achievements of his predecessor and consolidated on the gains and legacy bequeathed by the last person at the helm of affairs. He in the year 2015 in his fundamental approach to radically solving pressing issues and tackling challenging situations has embarked on and made successful completion of several projects that seeks to enhance the functionality and work output of its staff all over the country.
In addition, his dedication to waging war against the country’s counterfeiting cabal, grinding their nefarious activities to a halt with all the attendant pressure shows a man ready to swim the murky waters and excel at the highest level in public service and imprint his footsteps in the sands of time.
The landmark achievement of Dr Orhii in reducing the circulation levels of fake anti-malarial drugs from 19% down to a minimal level of 3% cannot go unheralded, this is a rare feat considering the fact that it was his administration who actually worked towards the first reduction from its initial high of 64% to 19% when he assumed office, with increasing regulatory pressures and the drive towards wholesome manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturers need efficient ways to perform accurate raw materials identification, these considerations birth the innovative ideas that brings about the introduction of several sophisticated anti-counterfeiting technologies such as TruScan, Mobile Authentication Services (MAS) an SMS based swift confirmation service and Deep Infrared Technology in the fight against counterfeiters.
On Saturday Dec 10 2011 the Russian trained doctor got an award at the modemen magazine man of the year Award 2011.
on September 17, 2012. Dr Paul Orhii alongside other 149 Nigerians had been conferred with National Honours by the then president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr.Goodluck Ebele Johnathan, As an officer of the order of the Niger. (OON)
In 2013 the landmark achiever was selected among other 193 Member-Nations as the first substantive chairman of the Member state mechanism (MSM) a created mechanism of the World Health Organisation’s for the international fight against spurious, substandard, and counterfeit medicines.
The high powered and coveted activities leading to the selection of the NAFDAC Boss as Chair of the MSM actually started in November, 2012 at a meeting convened by WHO in Buenos Aires, Argentina to discuss the structure, headship, tenure, work plan and other issues surrounding the new mechanism established by WHO in 2011.
In September 2014 the former NAFDAC Boss Dr.Paul Orhii had been honored with the fellowship award by the Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN).
Dr. Orhii was honored with the Honorary Fellow of the society along with former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Obong Goodswill Akpabio for their contributions to growth of chemistry and development of science in Nigeria.
He assumed office as the Director of NAFDAC in 2009, until his disengagement on February 15 2016 after serving out for seven good years.
Dr.Paul Botwev Orhii is happily married and he is Blessed with God fearing Children.
He got associated with prominent personalities in Nigeria such as Wale Soyinka, Chris Ngige, Gabriel Torwua Suswam among others.
His hubbies include:
This is not a comprehensive Biography of Dr. Paul Orhii but just some Vital informations you may need to know about him.