Friday, September 17, 2021

Nigeria Alert September 7, 2021

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Ifedayo Adetifa
as the director-general of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The appointment was announced in a statement issued by the presidency on
Monday.The new NCDC DG replaces Chikwe Ihekweazu, who was recently
appointed as an assistant director-general of the World Health Organisation
(WHO) in charge of health emergency intelligence.According to his profile on
the website of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Adetifa, a
paediatrician and infectious diseases epidemiologist, got his first degree from
the University of Ilorin in Kwara state.

“I received my undergraduate medical training at the University of Ilorin, Kwara,
Nigeria and completed residency training in Paediatrics at the Lagos University
Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos, Nigeria for which I was awarded the
Fellowship of the West Africa College of Physicians in Paediatrics,” the profile
reads.“I studied for the MSc in Epidemiology at the School and got my PhD in
Epidemiology from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.”According to
the statement by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, Adetifa has also been
named 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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