Dr. Joy Tonye Wihioka

Dr. Wihioka is the current Director, Community Health Services Department overseeing the Immunization and  cold chain system; Reproductive, Maternal, New born, Child, Adolescent health and Nutrition (RMNCAH+N) including the  State Health Education and School health units at the Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board.

She is a strategic leader and seasoned Public Health Specialist with over 15 years of valuable experience in both clinical and field management, coordination and implementation of various levels of health programs. She has worked with a number of individuals, donor agencies, implementing partners and MDAs to deploy essential primary health care strategies in line with the goal of health care for all.

Barely assuming office as the Director, Community health Services, she contributed towards the successful roll out and completion of the first Phase of the COVID-19 vaccination for populations in Rivers-State. In addition, there is an increased visibility for the Adolescent, Youth Sexual and Reproductive health program in Rivers State thus supporting more young peoples’ rights to quality sexual and reproductive health information and services.

Prior to her current position, Dr. Wihioka served as the Medical Officer of Health/ Primary Health Care Coordinator of Ikwerre Local Government Area (2016 to December 2020) responsible for planning and implementation of all Primary Health care and health-related programs in the LGA including new policy formation and implementation.

From 2014 to 2016 she served as the Head of facility of Model Primary health Centre Rumuolumeni, and at Model Primary Health Centre Rumuigbo (2012 to 2014) both wards of Obio-Akpo the largest LGA in Rivers State, providing comprehensive primary health care services to significantly large target populations. She ensured notable community participation and ownership in the health sector in a bid to improve overall community health. Previously, she served as a Medical Officer in the paediatrics department of the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital where she provided clinical care for children and dedicated a significant hours to the Special Care Baby Unit. (2009-2012).

She has experience in private sector practise as she has worked in private hospitals in Rivers state and beyond.

Dr. Wihioka obtained her medical degree from the University of Calabar, Cross Rivers State Nigeria (2005) and holds a Master of Science degree in Public Health from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, United Kingdom (2018) She is certified humanitarian response expert in conflict and disaster from HarvardX University, USA.(2019).

Envisioned to promote creativity and collaboration, Dr Wihioka’s mission is to inspire a generational pool of talented and innovative individuals who would catalyse dauntless initiatives to improve the health of the Rivers people; extending same nationally and globally. She is a serving member of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners of Nigeria (NAGGMDP), Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria (APHPN) and Lions Club International.

She is a wife, mother and a lover of God. She has two dogs and likes music, reading and dancing.

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