Nigeria’s First professor in Medicine,Oladipo Akinkugbe is dead

Akinkugbe, who was the First Nigerian Professor of Medicine at the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, died at the capital city on Monday at 86 years

He studied and taught at some of the world’s most prestigious universities, including the University of London, Balliol College, University of Oxford England and Harvard Medical School Boston, USA.

He was the chairman of the Board Management of University College Hospital Ibadan, Nigeria and also has one-time been the Chairman of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board.He was also the Chairman of Vesta Healthcare Partners and Chairman of the Presidential Projects Implementation Committee (PPIC) on refurbishing of Teaching Hospitals in Nigeria.

He also served as Pro-Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt; was a former Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria; a former Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin; and a former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ibadan.

Before he retired from work, Akinkugbe practised medicine for 60 years. During the period, he established two clinics, one in hypertension and the other in renal disorders at the UCH, Ibadan,which both first clinics in Africa

After retirement, Akinkugbe established his own clinic, the Ibadan Hypertension Clinic, which he managed for 20 years. He died quietly in a private residence in Ibadan.

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