By Jesusegun Alagbe
On Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Dr Ifedayo Adetifa as the Director-General for the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) after his predecessor, Dr Chike Ihekweazu, got a job as the Assistant Director-General of Health Emergency Intelligence at the World Health Organisation.
Adetifa’s appointment was announced in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.
Here are 10 things you should know about the new NCDC boss:
• He is a paediatrician and infectious diseases epidemiologist.
• He is an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is also a Fellow of the West Africa College of Physicians in Paediatrics.
• He got his medical training at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, and completed his residency training in Paediatrics at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos.
• He studied Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and was awarded his MSc by the University of London in 2009.
• In 2012, he got his PhD from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands for his research in Tuberculosis Epidemiology.
• He was a Clinical Epidemiologist at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kilifi, Kenya.
• He also previously worked as a Clinical Epidemiologist at the Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
• He is a co-principal investigator and co-investigator respectively on the vaccine effectiveness studies in Kenya-Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Impact Study (PCVIS) and the Rotavirus Immunisation Programme Evaluation in Kenya (RIPEK).
• His research interests are in vaccine impact/effectiveness studies, innovative approaches/surveillance tools for monitoring vaccination, Tuberculosis Epidemiology, and evidence synthesis including systematic reviews.
• He is a member of the Kenyan National Immunisation Coordinating Committee, and a member of the World Health Organisation, Africa Region’s (WHO-AFRO) Regional Immunisation Technical Advisory Group.
Sources: The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and KEMRI|Wellcome Trust.