By Jesusegun Alagbe
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday named a new Director-General for the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
He is Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, according to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.
Adetifa replaces Dr Chike Ihekweazu, who recently got a new job as the Assistant Director-General of Health Emergency Intelligence at the World Health Organisation.
The new DG got his medical training at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State and completed his residency training in Paediatrics at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.
He got a master’s degree in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Adetifa was also a Clinical Epidemiologist at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kilifi, Kenya, and also worked as a Clinical Epidemiologist at the Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.