District 4 Public Health Director Dr. Olugbenga Obasanjo resigns

Published 3:04 pm Tuesday, July 7, 2020

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Dr. Olugbenga Obasanjo has resigned as the director for Georgia Department of Public Health District 4.

Georgia Department of Public Health Director of Communications Nancy Nydam confirmed Obasanjo’s resignation on Tuesday, but did not release more details.

“Beyond that, DPH does not comment on personnel matters,” Nydam said.

District 4 oversees 12 counties, including Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup and Upson.

According to the DPH website, before entering his director position, Obasanjo’s served for more than five years on the front lines of public health in Africa. He worked with the AIDS Prevention Initiative, a project of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to develop and deliver health policy and programs to control and prevent HIV infection in Nigeria. He also developed health communication intervention programs for private companies and Nigerian governments at the local, state and national levels. 

He returned permanently to the U.S. in 2009 as a medical officer with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In May 2011, he began work as a physician in Prince William County in Northern Virginia then took a tour of duty in the Middle East with the U.S. Army as a Preventive Medicine Officer.