JUST IN: Buhari names new NCDC DG after Ihekweazu’s exit

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.

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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.

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