Nigerian-born medical doctor, Njideka Udochi, practicing in the United States, and younger sister to the current WTO DG, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has received a major award for COVID-19 Community Engagement and Response in Howard County, Maryland, USA.
Njideka was awarded the sum of $65,000, coming three months after she was recognized as Maryland’s Family Physician of the year by Maryland Academy of Family Physicians in United States.
Dr Udochi pledged to utilize the $65,000 grant to increase access and engage children and families of BIPOC in vaccinations in the country.
“The negative impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on families is huge.
Child vaccination is one of the veritable ways to stem the COVID-19 scourge.
The Covid-19 pandemic has heavily impacted families, especially families of color, leading to economic instability, loss of jobs for many parents, isolation for kids and increase in mental health symptoms.”
Dr Njideka added that vaccination is a great strategy to enable children return safely to school, increase socialization and improve mental health issues.”