NCDC: Adetifa Takes Over From Ihekweazu

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday approved the appointment of a new Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control, NCDC, to replacing Chkwe Ihekweazu who was apponied Assistant DG, World Health Organization, WHO, in charge of global health emergency intelligence.
He is Ifedayo Adetifa
Adetifa, a pediatrician and infectious diseases epidemiologist, received his first degree from the University of Ilorin in Kwara state, before heading to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos, Nigeria, for his residency training in Paedtatrics. He was subsequently awarded Fellowship of the West Africa College of Physicians in Paedtatrics.
Thereafter, he proceeded to the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he bagged an MSc in Epidemiology before acquiring his PhD on the same discipline
In a statement issued by Presidential Spokesperson, Garba Shehu, Adetifa, by his appointment, also becomes a member of the health sector reform committee, which will be chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the setting up of a Health Sector Reform Committee to commence the development and implementation of a Health Sector Reform programme for Nigeria in collaboration with the State Governments and the FCT administration,” the statement reads.
“This is sequel to a Health Sector Diagnostic Review Report developed by a consultant, Vesta Healthcare Partners and the Federal Ministry of Health.
“The committee will undertake a review of all healthcare reforms adopted in the past two decades and lessons learnt and factor them into the development of the new Health Sector Reform Programme.
“Meanwhile, President Buhari has also approved the appointment of Dr Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa as the new Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The President has named him as a member of this important committee

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