Dr Obianma Onya

Regional Representative (West Africa) & Zonal Coordinator south-south nigeria

Dr. Obianma Nneka Onya is a Chief Consultant Family Physician as well as the current Deputy Chairman Advisory Committee (DCMAC) in charge of National Health Insurance Scheme & Service Delivery at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) in Rivers State, Nigeria; a Lifetime member of WONCA and SOFPON (Society of Family Physicians of Nigeria); and a Life Fellow of the West African College of Physicians and Examiner in the Faculty of Family Medicine.

In April 2014, she delivered a lecture on “Overview of Lifestyle Medicine at the 36th AGSM of the Association of General & Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN).As Chairman of SOFPON (Rivers State Zone) she delivered the keynote lecture on “Smoking Cessation & the Family” at the WONCA World Family Doctor Day commemorated in Port Harcourt on 19th May, 2016.

Passionate about research, she took part in the multicentre study in 2017 (on Body Weight Perception and Weight Management of Overweight/Obese Patients Seen at Primary Care Settings) organised by the Society of Family Physicians of Nigeria (SOFPON) National Practice-Based Research Network.

Recently, she became a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and a foundation member of the African Lifestyle Medicine Association (ALMA).  Worthy of note is that the Medical and Dental Consultants of Nigeria (MDCAN), UPTH branch recently appointed her the Chairman of the MDCAN Health Promotion Committee.

It is against this enabling background that she was instrumental in setting up one of the first Lifestyle Medicine clinics in a Nigerian public health institution in January, 2018. The latter is domiciled at the NHIS/Staff Clinic. The first Lifestyle Medicine Clinic was set up at National Hospital, Abuja by Dr. Ifeoma Monye, the founder of the Society of Lifestyle Medicine of Nigeria.Currently, she is writing an article on “The Pattern & Determinants of Compliance with Lifestyle Modification Measures Prescribed to Adult Hypertensive/Diabetic Patients attending the UPTH Family Medicine Clinic”.

She is happily married to her heartthrob, Dr. Reason Onya PhD, a former Rivers State Commissioner for Urban Planning and Physical Development. Together, they have 4 beautiful children, 3 of whom aspire to become doctors.

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