Dr. Alassane SEIDOU

Minister of Health, Benin

Dr. Alassane SEIDOU

Minister of Health, Benin

Biography

Dr. Alassane SEIDOU is a Medical doctor, specialized in gynaecology obstetrics and currently serves as the current Minister for Health, Benin. Earlier in his career he served as an obstetric gynaecologist at the Saint Jean de Dieu hospital in Tanguiéta and as Chief Medical Officer at the KOMBE Health Center in Parakou and at the ZAMAN-LAHIYA Clinic in Kandi for several years.

As an individual who values people, Alassane SEIDOU is convinced that it is necessary to be in the spheres of decision making to influence the policies of development. Thus, early on, he became involved in social and political activism for the well-being of the population. In early 1990s, he led the information, education and public awareness campaigns on non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension.

In 1996, he was elected to the second legislature of the National Assembly. In 2003, Dr. Seisou was elected Mayor of the commune of Kandi, a position he held until 2007. He then returned to Parliament from 2007 to 2008 before being appointed Minister of Decentralization, Governance Local, Administration and Town and Country Planning in 2008, a position he held from 2008 to 2011.

He was appointed as minister of health in April 2016. With an inclusive approach and the pursuit of efficiency, he aims at tackling the following challenges, in line with the key measures contained in President Patrice Talon’s societal project: to train more health workers, to strengthen the technical platform in training health; to develop the emergency medical device; to dialogue permanently with the staff. The crowning achievement of his action will be to reorganize the health system for wider and more effective health coverage.

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