Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo mni, MB: BS; MPH-Int; MWACP; NPOM, is a public health physician with in-depth knowledge and skills in diverse areas of public health, especially in the areas of policy, strategy, leadership, management, partnerships, as well as health & risk communications.
Sani-Gwarzo hails from Kano State, and his academic achievements include: the best graduating medical student of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (MB:BS, 1989); recipient of the 1988/89 international Bursary Award from the Association of Common Wealth Universities, London. In 1994, he received a British Chevenning Scholarship Award to study in Leeds University, UK, where he graduated with MPH-International with Distinction. He is a Member of the West African College of Physicians – MWACP-PH, 1997. He is widely traveled, speaks three International Languages and has over 50 professional peer reviewed publications to his credit.
Dr. Gwarzo’s work/experience spans across Community, LGA, State, National and International levels. His hallmark in all the places he served is “Strategy & Innovation”. He designed and pre-tested the three-pronged Innovative Strategy of “Gezawa Initiative on Polio” (2008-2009) which led to the successful resolution of Non-Compliance to Polio Immunization in the entire Northern Nigeria, thus paving way for the successful eradication of Polio in Nigeria. For this singular act, he received the Nigerian Presidential Award of the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM – August 2012).
Sani-Gwarzo led the team that characterized the Lead poisoning Epidemics associated with Artisanal gold mining in Zamfara and Niger States as well as institutionalized the appropriate Response and Control Strategies (2009 – 2014). In 2014, he led the team that screened, and mounted Surveillance on all the Airport related Risk Cases that turned out to be Ebola Cases as a result of direct contact with the Index Ebola Case, thus helped in preventing the further spread of the Epidemic in Nigeria.
Dr. Gwarzo has served Nigeria in various Capacities as a one-time Chief Epidemiologist of Nigeria; Director of the Port Health Service; Coordinator of the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program; and Coordinator of the National AIDS/STDs Control Program. At International Levels, he served as the Medical Epidemiologist of the United States centers for disease control and prevention – USCDC, (2006 – 2011) and also with the World Health Organization Head Quarters in Geneva, as the focal point for Polio transition and Vaccinations in Humanitarian Emergencies (2017).
Sani-Gwarzo is a Member of the National Institute “(mni)” for policy and strategic studies, (NIPSS – Kuru, SEC-27. 2005), and also a graduate of the American Leadership and Management Institute (LMI) of the United States – CDC Atlanta, Course-9, Nov. 2007 – Aug. 2008).
Dr. Gwarzo’s other merit awards of excellence for Professionalism and Leadership, include, two-time Awards of the United States of America ‘Superior Honor Award – SHA’ (2008 and 2010, respectively); and most recently, the World Health Organization Honor Award in recognition of Exemplary Contribution to improving Immunization in the African Region (Nov. 2019).
Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, mni was sworn-in by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on the 18th of December 2019, as a Federal Permanent Secretary and deployed to the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investments with immediate effect.