Dr Denisa Igoche is the co-founder of Ojuma Health. He currently works in United Kingdom as a General Practitioner
As an extended part of his National Health Service role, Dr Igoche has special interests in skin diseases as well as drug and alcohol misuse. He completed his Primary Medical and GP training in Poland, before relocating to the United Kingdom in 2007.
Born in Ijadoga Otukpa of Benue state in Nigeria, Dr Igoche attended Wesley Primary Ipole-Otukpa. He then went on to achieve GCE/GCSE certificates at Methodist High School Igumale.
Whilst his first employment was with the now defunct Lobi Bank in
Nigeria, he went on to achieve a scholarship to study Medicine at the Medical University of Gdańsk in Poland, graduating in 1993. He has since been a great advocate of Poland's top medical school and is passionate about helping those aspiring to a career in the medical profession to achieve their goals by following in his path.
"Both my parents were peasant farmers. Throughout their lives, both practised natural medicine as a means of helping to resolve common ailments. Dad collected roots, which were ground to later be used as remedies for wound healing or for other illnesses. Mum collected herbs for all kinds of conditions. She acted as the only untrained midwife in the village. Often she would have to attend a patient further afield and would be away from us for over a day. This absence upset us greatly, but we respected her for helping others.
In those days, I never imagined that one day in the future, I would be helping others just like my parents did back home. Looking back, I feel that owe them a lot in helping create the ambition which led me to a career in modern day medicine.
Their selfless efforts also inspired me to set up a business to help enable others to take the same course to a brighter future with a great career helping others."
Dr Ewa Igoche is now a dental practitioner in the United Kingdom with over 20 years experience in the profession.
She qualified at the Medical University of Gdańsk in Poland where she first met her Nigerian husband to be - Dr Denisa Igoche.
"When I first visited my husband’s village, I was astonished about the warm reception I got from the villagers and his family.
In exploring the area, I discovered that was a local health centre which had the status of a general hospital. To my dismay, there was no dentist within a range of 70 km. This was disappointing, not just in terms of treatment for existing dental problems, but also from the point of view of prevention.
From my experience, simple dental problems can become very serious for people if they are unable to access help on time. Untreated or poorly treated dental disease can lead to many complications, including blood poisoning. In extreme cases death can occur.
My aim is to share knowledge and experience in this field and educate people about oral health, prevention of gum and tooth disease and other dental problems. I would like to train individuals to provide first aid in emergency dental situations.
Ojuma Health is the official partner of the Medical University of Gdańsk in promoting the training of students from Africa to become doctors, nurses and dieticians.
We also aim to advise and lobby local politicians in Africa to improve health services in their areas. By various means, we will also communicate general health advice directly to vulnerable populations."