ABABII Ion, Minister of Health, Born on February 11, 1944 in the village of Ochiul-Alb, Drochia Rayon, Republic of Moldova.
Ion Ababii graduated from the State Institute of Medicine in Chişinău, the Department of General Medicine.
After his graduation in 1966 and until 1969 he is General Practitioner, then Otolaryngologist at the district Hospital of Străşeni.
During 1969-1972 he is completing his doctorate studies at the Institute of Scientific Researches in Otolaryngology in Moscow and then in 1983-85 – his post-doctorate, having qualified for Doctor’ degree and Doctor Habilitate of Medicine.
He follows his career at the State Institute of Medicine in Chişinău as Lector at the Chair of Otolaryngology, and Pro-rector of Clinical Medicine, Head of the Chair of Otolaryngology. Since 1994 Ion Ababii is Rector of the State Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy of Nicolae Testimitanu of the Republic of Moldova.
Meanwhile, having obtained the academic qualification of University Professor, Ion Ababii is elected Member Correspondent of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Moldova, and since 2000 – Charter Member.
Also, he is Honorary Member of the Academies of Sciences of Poland and Finland, Honorary Member of the USA Otolaryngology Academy, the Russian Navy Academy of Otolaryngology and the Russian Society of Otolaryngology.
Author of 367 scientific works, including 5 monographs, 4 manuals, 30 methodical guidebooks, he has obtained 17 patents of invention. He has supervised 8 Doctoral thesis and one for the qualification of Doctor Habilitate in Medical Sciences.
Throughout his professional career, Ion Ababii holds important civil positions: Chairman of the Scientifico-Practical Society of Otolaryngologists of the Republic of Moldova, Senior Expert of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Republic of Moldova, Member of the Special Scientific Council for the qualification of Doctor’s Degree, Chair of the Senate, Scientific Council, Senate Bureau and Board of Administration of the State Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy of Nicolae Testimitanu.
For outstanding merits Ion Ababii has been conferred the degree of Honoured Person, awarded the Order of Friendship among Nations (1981), Order of the Republic (2004), Gold Medal of P. Erlich (2002) Medal of Robert Koch (2004), Medal of Nikolai Pirogov (2005).
Upon the confidence vote of the Parliament, and by Decree of the President of the Republic of Moldova, on November 8 2005, Ion Ababii is appointed Minister of Health and Social Protection.
He is married and father of two children.