The Chief Medical Officer for the Bermuda Government, Dr Ayoola Oyinloye, has stepped down after three years in the post.

Appointed by the Ministry of Health in August 2020, he was instrumental in helping the Government devise a strategy to contain the COVID19, once it hit our shores.

Health Minister Kim Wilson thanked thanked Dr Oyinloye for his dedication and commitment.

“I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for Dr Oyinloye’s incredible contributions during his time at the Ministry of Health,“ she said.

“His dedication, hard work and positive attitude have left an indelible mark on all of us at the Ministry of Health. I am particularly grateful for his expert guidance and invaluable assistance during the Covid-19 pandemic,“ she added.

“Dr Ayo was key to our pandemic response. After Dr Cheryl Peek-Ball retired, Dr Ayo jumped in and helped us navigate the challenges of the pandemic. Our medical community and the people of Bermuda were fortunate to have his exceptional leadership. We will miss Dr Ayo and wish him all the best.”

According to a Ministry of Health spokeswoman, Dr Oyinloye stepped down “for personal reasons”.

Meanwhile, Dr has been appointed to act as Chief Medical Officer until further notice.

Dr Oyinloye took over as Bermuda’s new Chief Medical Officer, following the retirement of Dr Cheryl Peek-Ball on August 31st 2020.

“Dr Oyinloye trained as a doctor at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and had his postgraduate training in the Universities of Ibadan and Liverpool [UK]. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health [UK].”

A spokesperson added, “Before stepping down, Dr Oyinloye released his first Annual Report; the Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report 2023: A Post-Pandemic Focus on Health Inequalities, which is an independent assessment of the state of health in Bermuda.”