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‘He led NCDC through period of remarkable transformation’ — FG commends Ihekweazu

‘He led NCDC through period of remarkable transformation’ — FG commends Ihekweazu
September 07
23:35 2021

The federal government has commended Chikwe Ihekweazu, former director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), for his efforts in improving infectious disease control in the country.

Ifedayo Adetifa was appointed on Monday to replace Ihekweazu, following the latter’s appointment as an assistant director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in charge of health emergency intelligence.

Ihekweazu was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to head the NCDC in July 2016.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, said Ihekweazu’s new appointment by the WHO is in recognition of his excellence and professionalism.

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The statement was signed by Mamman Mahmuda, permanent secretary, ministry of health, and made available to NAN.

“Dr Ihekweazu joined NCDC as a nascent institution and has led the agency through a period of remarkable transformation and global recognition,” the statement reads.

“Under his leadership, Nigeria’s health security capacity has improved, evidenced by the improved capabilities and resources for infectious disease control.

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“His appointment by WHO is a recognition of his excellence and professionalism and reiterates Nigeria’s contribution to global health.”

Mahmuda added that the ministry of health also welcomed the appointment of Adetifa as the incoming NCDC DG.

“As incoming Director General of NCDC, Adetifa will carry on the mandate of the agency in leading the prevention, preparedness for, detection of and response to infectious disease outbreaks and public health emergencies in Nigeria,” he added.

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