100 Days in Office: Building a stronger health sector for Ekiti State

When I was asked by His Excellency, Governor Kayode Fayemi to join his cabinet as Honourable Commissioner for Health and Human Services in Ekiti State, I saw it as one of the greatest honours possible. Over the last…


The past few weeks have been exciting, to say the least. Results of some of our work are gradually beginning to bear fruit and there is quite a bit more in the pipeline 😁. …


Lesson 7: I can’t control expectations, but I can manage them

Being in public office comes with quite a number of expectations and this is not absurd. Quite often I get an interesting number of requests from people who have very high expectations of me. Being of assistance to people…


This time last year, I was getting ready for my inauguration. I got sworn in on the 31st August 2020 and commenced work on the 1st of September 2020. …


Vaccines save lives, get vaxxed!

Towards the end of July and the first 3 weeks in August, we saw a sharp spike in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the State. While we acknowledge the fact that our increased testing allowed us pick up more cases, we have had…


  1. Vaccines save lives, take the leap!

The Ekiti State Government has continually displayed leadership and commitment in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, through several innovative interventions such as the establishment of a molecular laboratory, the use of RDTs for testing, the establishment of Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in all…


Protocol

It is a pleasure and honour to be invited as a keynote speaker at this scientific conference organised by the ARD. Pleasure because as an alumnus, LUTH holds many memories for me and this Old Great Hall in particular, contributed to shaping the foundation of what I have become…


I was away from Ado for some days, and didn’t have much time to pen my thoughts. While away, I tried to get some rest and also explored my environment. Usually, I would share my top 3 takeaways, but I have several thoughts and experiences to share, a culmination of…


The past two weeks have been quite busy at the Ministry of Health. Today again, I share my top 3 reflections:

1. You cannot solve a problem by wishing it away

Driven largely by shocks caused by COVID-19, Nigeria in 2020, experienced its worst recession in the last 40 years


1. A Gift Worth Giving

Essence

Noun /ˈɛs(ə)ns/

The intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something, especially something abstract, which determines its character.

See also: Quintessence, nature, lifeblood

Some people believe that a person’s essence is in their blood. As a result, people who hold this belief do not donate…

Oyebanji Filani

Health Systems Reforms and Health Financing Expert

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