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African diaspora: Nigerian man appointed as surgeon general in Florida, USA

Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis has appointed Nigeria-born Dr Joseph A. Ladapo as Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of the Florida Department of Health.

Dr. Ladapo, was born in Nigeria but immigrated to the United States when he was 5 years old, along with his family. His appointment came in as a result of a superb and impeccable academic record he has held overtime.

According to reports, Dr. Ladapo is a physician and health policy researcher who specializes in clinical trial intervention and reducing the population of cardiovascular disease. He is also a graduate of Wake Forest University and has a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

He has also served as an Associate Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Not quite long ago, the University of Florida (UF) college of Medicine made him a professor.

Following his rich background and experience in medicine, Dr. Ladapo’s appointment is believed to be an excellent choice for the position where his strong vision to effectively serve the people of Florida at the helm of public health agency is highly needed.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Ladapo noted that service to the people is a privilege and that health policy decisions must be built on data and not fear, especially at a time when the world is facing serious health challenges.

He went further to commend the Governor of Florida for his determination to ensure that the people of Florida get the opportunity to maintain their health and wellness.

The US has thousands of doctors who were either trained in Africa or left Africa to the US for higher studies. A report released by Mo Ibrahim revealed that African countries footed a bill of $4.6 billion in training doctors who were later recruited by the UK,USA,CANADA and AUSTRALIA.

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