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UNFPA Executive Director, Babatunde Osotimehin dies at 68
June 24 2017, 05:19 | Irvin Gilbert
Former Health Minister and NACA Boss, Babatunde Osotimehin, is Dead
The 68-year-old Nigerian doctor and public health expert died at his home.
He was also a former minister for health and ex-head of the National Agency for Control of AIDS.
Before this appointment, with the rank of United Nations Under-Secretary-General, he was the Minister of Health for Nigeria.
Another former Minister of Health, Professor Eyitayo Lambo, described Osotimehin's death as "unbelievable, unexpected and a most unfortunate dream that is not supposed to come true".
"His keynote address and acceptance speech clearly enunciated his vision and expectation of partnerships that make the world a better place to live through accountable reproductive health outcomes", said Ogirima in a tribute.
"Dr. Osotimehin was bold and never afraid of a challenge, and his strong leadership helped keep the health and rights of the world's women and girls high on the global agenda".
"Staff and management of the ECA convey their deepest condolences to Dr. Osotimehin's family, to UNFPA's staff and to the people of Nigeria", said Mr. Hamdok.
Further, it was gathered that the deceased, who was with his son, Dr Babajide Osotimehin, reportedly took ill suddenly and was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, but gave up soon after.
"He devoted his intellectual knowledge and professional skills in ensuring that reproductive health rights particularly of the vulnerable population are promoted and enforced both at national and global levels".
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigeria's Permanent Mission to the United Nations has continued to receive condolence messages to Nigeria from several countries over the passing away of Osotimehin.
Also, the wife of the Senate President, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, said the global health community would miss Osotimehin, who has been an ally in improving conditions and outcomes of pregnant women, newborns, children, adolescents and their communities.
Muhammad-Bande also said that the gesture by was a testimony to the distinguished service of the late UN Under-Secretary-General to humanity.
He was married, had five children and several grandchildren.