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Ihekweazu hands over to new NCDC DG, Adetifa, heads to WHO



Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, outgoing Director-Basic of the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC), has handed over to Dr Ifedayo Adetifa.

The well being company made the announcement in a Fb submit.

“As we endure this transition in management, we mirror on our collective efforts in constructing an efficient establishment and strengthening capability for nationwide and international well being safety”, NCDC famous.

In September, President Muhammadu Buhari tapped Adetifa, an Affiliate Professor and medical epidemiologist, as Ihekweazu’s successor.

Adetifa is a member of the Well being Sectors Reform Committee chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The workforce will develop and implement Nigeria’s well being reforms in collaboration with states and the FCT.

Thought to be among the finest performers of the Buhari administration, Ihekweazu has acquired native and worldwide accolades for his administration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At present, the NCDC is a number one parastatal with hundreds of thousands of social media followers.


On November 1, Ihekweazu will resume because the Assistant Director-Basic, Well being Emergency Intelligence on the World Well being Organisation (WHO).

The UN well being physique made his appointment public in late August.

Ihekweazu will lead the efforts on strengthening pandemic and epidemic intelligence globally.

The Nigerian will oversee the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence in Berlin, Germany.

Director-Basic Tedros Ghebreyesus described Ihekweazu as the proper individual to imagine the position.

“He brings imaginative and prescient and expertise and can be a wonderful addition to our WHO management workforce,” Ghebreyesus stated.

Born in Germany, Ihekweazu studied drugs on the College of Nigeria (UNN) and obtained a Grasp’s diploma in Public Well being from the Heinrich Heine College Düsseldorf.

He was an epidemiologist on the Robert Koch Institute, and co-director of Centre for Tuberculosis on the Nationwide Institute for Communicable Ailments in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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