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UK-Based Nigerian Scholar, Dr. Ejohwomu Receives International Recognition Over Research On Blood Platelets

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Dr. Obuks Ejohwomu

By Daniel Dafe, Abraka

A Nigerian professor based in the prestigious University of Manchester who hails from Umiaghwa Abraka Kingdom in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State and also son to HRM Luke Erede Ejohwomu, Adakaji 1 (JP) KSJI of blessed memory, Ovie of Abraka Kingdom (1994 – 2010), Dr. Obuks Ejohwomu, has received international recognition over an article published in the prestigious International Journal of Management Science and Engineering Management.

The article explained the short shelf-life of platelets together with their stochastic demand and variable supply create problematic decision making for inventory managers who seek to maintain optimal stock levels.

The said paper hints on a novel simulation model that acts as a decision support tool for identifying optimal stock levels to guarantee the availability of stock and, eliminate wastage and outages within the platelet supply chain.

An abstract from the paper explains further: “A multi-method approach is delineated upon that combines agent-based and discrete event modelling built on Anylogic software using data collected from typical UK Stock Holding Units (SHUs). The model simulates the demand and supply of 24 different platelet types and recommends the appropriate stock level at SHUs. Adopting these stock levels guarantees stock availability and improves performance at the SHU by reducing wastage by 78%. This research not only represents the first attempt to fully understand the UK platelet supply chain but also presents an advanced simulation model that adopts a ‘pull’ system of platelet inventory management.

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“Further, the concept of resilience is integrated into the design of the solution methodology by testing the model’s behaviour on unexpected disruptions in the supply chain.”

According to the university don: “I’m pleased that the study I led @Judy Too @David John Edwards has been internationally recognised as not only representing the first attempt to fully understand the UK platelet supply chain but also represents an advanced simulation model that adopts a ‘pull’ system of platelet inventory management.”

The said study is titled: ‘A resilient approach to modelling the supply and demand of platelets in the United Kingdom blood supply chain (2021).’
https://doi.org/10.1080/17509653.2021.1892548

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