Brief History of Dr Jonathan Yisa Jiya



Dr Jonathan Jiya Yisa was born on the 30th May, 1950/in Gaba, Lavun LGA to the family of Mr and Mrs SY Jiya, both of blessed memory who were missionary workers there. He had his primary education in the famous ST. John's Anglican primary school Bida in 1957. Jonathan later gained admission into the then Provincial secondary school Bida in 1964 to 1968. He was admitted into the second set of the Ahmadu Bello Universities Pre-med class of 1969 and graduated from medical school in June 1976. He has work experience at the university teaching hospital Kaduna and them joined the private sector working with the Lafiya clinic from August 1978 to July 1981. He proceeded for a post graduate / specialization training and qualified as a Public Health Physician majoring on Epidemiology and Environmental Health from Boston University in 1983. He has had management and administrative trainings in various institutions within and outside Nigeria, these include the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, (Course 8) Nigeria.

He's a medical doctor, public health physician and an astute administrator with five years experience in private clinical practice and over 35 years working experience in public health sector. He managed numerous public health and other development projects in collaboration with international agencies (WHO, UNICEF, UNDP and the Word Bank) and some non government organization collaborating with the federal and state governments.

He was also privileged to head some parastatals when he served with the government of Niger State. These include state health services management boards State Environmental Sanitation committee and Director Primary Health Care and Disease Control.

Dr Jiya transfered his service to the Federal Ministry of Health and was appointed the team leader for WHO sponsored and APOC Sir Dr d program for Onchocerciasis control, 1994 to 1998. The project was acclaimed the best and most successful program in Nigeria during the period General Abacha was head of Government. Dr Jiya was later appointed the National Coordinator and Chairman of the National programme for prevention of Blindness (NPPB) from 1997 to 2005. He had the very rare privilege of serving as Director on four Department  (Planning Research and Statistic, Office of the Honorable Minister of State for Health, Family Health and Public Health) at the Federal Ministry of Health Abuja Nigeria. He retired from Public service in December 2009 and have been engaged in consultancy, political activities and programme management. He registered as a full time member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in 2010

Currently, He's a member of the advisory committee on Adverse Effects for following Immunization, two important committees put in place by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) to monitor adverse effects of immunization and see delivery of Vaccines to effectively prevent childhood diseases respectively in the country.

Dr Jiya is involved in community mobilization to raise the standard of living in his immediate community and local government. This is by assisting with the provision of community health care services to reduce maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. 

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