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COVID19: NCDC Chikwe Ihekweazu given an International by the World Health Organisation

The Nigerian Center for Disease Control Boss Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu has been handed an international appointment by the World health Organisation has the Assistant Director General of the body.

This appointment was made due Dr Chikwe's effort in containing the outbreak of Corona Virus in Nigeria.

Many Nigerians have continued to shower encomiums on the director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, over his appointment as an assistant director-general of the global health body- World Health Organisation (WHO).

The WHO’s director-general, Tedros Ghebreyesus, on Wednesday, in an official letter addressed to Mr Ihekweazu, confirmed his appointment as the deputy in charge of health emergency intelligence at the global health organisation.

Whilst Mr Ihekweazu still serves as the head of Nigeria’s infectious disease agency, the letter disclosed that he will assume the new office on November 1, 2021, and will be in charge of WHO’s pandemic and epidemic response hub in Berlin, Germany.

General for Health Emergency Intelligence from November 1, 2021.

“He will lead the work on strengthening pandemic and epidemic intelligence globally, including heading the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence in Berlin,” the letter reads in part.

About Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu

Mr Ihekweazu, who currently heads the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, was trained as an infectious disease epidemiologist with more than 20 years of experience working in senior public health and leadership positions in several national public health institutes, including the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases, the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency, and Germany’s Robert Koch Institute.

The new appointee is said to have led several short-term engagements for WHO, mainly in response to major infectious disease outbreaks around the world.

The letter added; “Dr Ihekweazu, a Nigerian national, who was born in Germany, is a graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria and has a Masters in Public Health from the Heinrich-Heine University, Dusseldorf, Germany.

“In 2003, he was awarded a Fellowship for the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training and subsequently completed his Public Health specialisation in the United Kingdom.

“He is widely published in medical peer-reviewed journals.”

Serving Nigeria

Mr Ihekweazu was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in August 2016 as the acting head of the NCDC, the agency responsible for the control and prevention of communicable diseases in the country.

The epidemiologist became the first substantive head of the disease agency in November 2018 following the signing of the NCDC act into law.

As NCDC director-general, Ihekweazu has led the response to large outbreaks of infectious diseases such as yellow fever, Lassa fever and monkeypox.

Since the coronavirus outbreak in early 2020, Ihekweazu has led Nigeria’s public health response to the pandemic through the NCDC.

He has been serving on the WHO’s IHR Emergency Committee for COVID-19, chaired by Didier Houssin.

Mr Ihekweazu serves as a Member of the Africa Task Force for Coronavirus Steering Committee, where he chairs the Infection Prevention Control Sub-Committee.

He is also a Member of Nigeria’s Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

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