DR. AUGUSTINE OBAYEFAVWOR KOGORO
Dr. Augustine Obayefavwor Kogoro (AOK) has a two decade working experience in the medical profession in both clinical services and in the field of Public Health. Dr Kogoro won the Prestigious National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Presidential Honours award while serving the Nigerian Nation in Jalingo, Taraba State in 1994. Dr. Kogoro has international working experience having worked as a missionary contract medical officer for seven years in two missionary hospitals, Catholic Mission General Hospital, Shisong, and Banso Baptist Hospital, Kumbo all in North West Province of the Republic of Cameroon. In Cameroon, Dr Kogoro was leading Physician in Immunization and health education activities to surrounding towns and villages. Dr. Kogoro was involved in setting up Missionary health centres, employment of staff nurses and other paramedical staff throughout the North West province of the Republic of Cameroon. Dr. Kogoro was involved in operational research in Banso Baptist Hospital in HIV and TB Prevalence survey supported by the Department of Pathology, University of Missouri, Kansas City, U.S.A between 1998/99. Dr. Kogoro also served in several administrative positions while working for the mission in the Republic of Cameroon.
After completing his Master’s degree in Community Health and Health Management (MSc CHHM) from the University of Heidelberg, Germany in 2001, Dr. Kogoro returned to Nigeria and was appointed Medical director of Federal Government staff clinic, Makurdi, Benue state, in 2001. As Medical director, he was responsible for the overall leadership and administration of the clinic on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja. Dr. Kogoro also worked with both indigenous and international partners in the provision of supportive supervision to the Benue state health services. Dr. Kogoro was involved in the development of public health training manuals for nurses in the state owned nursing school and attended so many executive courses organized by the Federal Government of Nigeria in the field of public health and health care financing. Dr. Kogoro served in many positions of responsibility while working for the Federal government in Makurdi, Benue state. He served as General Secretary, Association of Federal Government Establishments in Benue state (AFHE), National Treasurer, Forum of Federal Government Establishments in Nigeria, Chairman, Federal Staff School Management Board, Makurdi. Dr. Kogoro started annual de-worming campaign exercise for primary school pupils in the federal staff school, Makurdi, an exercise that became wide spread through the state in both private and public schools.
Dr.Kogoro went for residency training programme at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Benin City, Edo State in 2008 and became a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians (FWACP) in Public Health in October, 2011 with sub specialty in health care financing and project implementation. The West African College of Physicians (WACP) is a professional body established by the Governments of Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Other countries like Senegal and Ivory Coast have joined the professional body, bringing the total number of countries to seven in recent years.
On his return to Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja in 2011, Dr. Kogoro was appointed Principal, National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Training Centre (NTBLTC) in June 2011. Dr. A.O. K as he is some time called by close friends loves learning new things, team work and he is at his best when faced with challenges.