The Health Sector in Imo State under Ohakim


This blog will remain apolitical…even in a climate of intense politics in Nigeria. We will not suggest how people should vote, but we will try to point you to some things that should influence your decisions.

Enough has been written on the fate of the people of Imo state in the past 4 years. Vanguard reports that judges in Imo State are on strike over the kidnap of one of their colleagues – yes judges! At least doctors are no longer alone in receiving this treatment in Ohakim’s Imo. We will not report further on the catholic priests being beaten and their appeasement. Citizens of Imo State already know that their resources now and in the future are being ‘wisely’ used for the dredging of Nwaorie river. Citizens of Imo know, they are not stupid!

Below we share pictures from the tertiary health care sector in Imo State, taken late in 2010….then we let you decide! You have a vote in April 2011, make it count. 

This is the “new” face of Imo in 2011
…the one you don’t see

Pictures and story are courtesy of a bright new blog “Hold it Together, Princess

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has…Margaret Mead

Chikwe Ihekweazu is an epidemiologist and consultant public health physician. He is the Editor of Nigeria Health Watch, and the Managing Partner of EpiAfric (, which provides expertise in public health research and advisory services, health communication and professional development. He previously held leadership roles at the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the UK's Health Protection Agency. Chikwe has undertaken several short term consultancies for the World Health Organisation, mainly in response to major outbreaks. He is a TED Fellow and co-curator of TEDxEuston.

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