The College of Medicine, University of Ibadan (CoMUI)
Mourns the Passing of
Dr. (Mrs) Cecilia Olayide Amotsuka nee Oni
CoMUI MBBS Class of 1981 &
Past President, Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Oyo State Branch
The funeral Service will take place on the 2nd of February 2024.
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THE MEMORY OF THE JUST IS BLESSED!
DR. (MRS) CECILIA OLAYIDE AMOTSUKA NEE ONI
It is with deep sorrow and a heavy heart that we extend our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Dr. Cecilia Olayide Amotsuka. A shining beacon in the field of medicine, Dr. Amotsuka's departure is an immense loss to the medical community and a void that cannot be filled.
Dr. Amotsuka's contributions to healthcare in Nigeria were nothing short of extraordinary. Her dedication to community health, particularly in the areas of women's wellness and the prevention of cervical cancer, showcased her unwavering commitment to improving the lives of those she served. As the Program Director at Save Our Future Foundation and as CEO & Medical Director of J-Rapha Hospital and Maternity, her impact was felt far and wide.
Beyond her professional accomplishments, Dr. Amotsuka was a compassionate healer, ensuring the safety of women during pregnancy, labour, and delivery. Her legacy lives on through the numerous lives she touched, healed, and inspired. The void left by her passing will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege of knowing and working alongside her.
During this difficult time, we extend our deepest sympathies to Dr. Amotsuka's beloved husband, Reverend Emiko Amotsuka, children, grandchildren, family, friends, colleagues, and the broader Christian and medical community. May her memory serve as a source of inspiration for us all, reminding us to strive for excellence, compassion, and a genuine commitment to the well-being of others.
Professor Olayinka Omigbodun
Provost, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan
PROFILE OF LATE DR. CECILIA OLAYIDE AMOTSUKA
Dr. Cecilia Olayide Amotsuka, an eminent and well-known Private Medical Practitioner and Public Health physician, dedicated her career to advancing community and national health initiatives, particularly focusing on women's wellness programmes. With a robust background in general medical practice and community mobilization, she exhibited outstanding communication and cross-cultural skills, driven by a fervent desire to enhance the healthcare landscape in Nigeria, especially for children and mothers.
As the Program Director at Save Our Future Foundation in Ibadan, Nigeria, from October 2001 to 2023, Dr. Amotsuka made significant strides in increasing awareness of cervical cancer prevention through training programs for healthcare professionals, awareness campaigns for women, and screenings using Visual Inspection with Acetic acid and Pap Smears. She played a pivotal role in designing and implementing the HIV & AIDS Prevention Program for Youth (HAPPY) Project in collaboration with YouthCare 2000 & Beyond, impacting six secondary schools in Oyo State.
In tandem with her role at Save Our Future Foundation, Dr. Amotsuka concurrently served as the CEO and Medical Director of J-Rapha Hospital and Maternity in Bodija, Ibadan, Nigeria, from January 1987 to 2023. In this capacity, she provided health solutions to corporate organizations, fostering sustainable business relationships with health insurance organizations. Her oversight extended to general clinics, in-patient care for obstetrics, paediatrics, infections, and other medical conditions, as well as specialist services for surgeries and specialized medical cases.
Dr. Amotsuka's commitment to professional excellence was evidenced by her active involvement in various medical associations, including the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN), Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), and the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN). She also received notable grants and fellowships, such as the Department for International Development (DFID) grant for the HIV & AIDS Prevention Program and the Hubert Humphrey Alumni Impact Award for cervical cancer prevention training.
Dr. Amotsuka was an ardent lover of knowledge. Her educational journey reflects a commitment to continuous learning, including a Master of Public Health in Reproductive Health from Tulane University and ongoing professional development, such as the Entrepreneurship Development Course organized by CBN in Oyo State. Dr. Amotsuka's leadership roles further exemplify her dedication to the medical community, serving as the Internal Auditor for AGPMPN, President of MWAN Oyo State Branch, and holding positions in the Nigerian Medical Association and AGPMPN Oyo State Branch.
Dr. Cecilia Olayide Amotsuka's tireless efforts and impactful contributions have left an indelible mark on the healthcare landscape in Nigeria. This is epitomized in her commitment to the well-being of communities, women, and youth.
May the Lord preserve her memory and the beautiful family she left behind. Amen.