NCDC boss, Ihekweazu bags WHO appointment

Adeze Ojukwu

Director-General of Nigeria Center for Disease Control(NCDC) Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu has bagged a new appointment, as Assistant Director-General of World Health Organization(WHO).

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO, stated this in a release, made available to www.devcomradar.org.

‘He will lead the work on strengthening pandemic and epidemic intelligence globally, including heading the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence in Berlin.’

Dr. Ihekweazu, who is serving a second tenure as the NCDC Director-General, is an infectious disease epidemiologist.

He has over 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 (NICD), the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency, and Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

He has led several short-term engagements for WHO, mainly in response to major infectious disease outbreaks around the world.

‘Dr Ihekweazu, who was born in Germany, is a graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria(UNN) and has a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the Heinrich-Heine University, Dusseldorf, Germany.’

‘In 2003, he was awarded a Fellowship for the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET) and subsequently completed his Public Health specialization in the United Kingdom. He is widely published in medical peer-review journals.’

‘Dr Ihekweazu’s appointment will help further accelerate WHO’s work in health emergencies.’

Ihekweazu, was born to Nigerian and German parents. According to him, his parents met during protests of the Biafra war in South-Eastern Nigeria. ‘His father was a Nigerian doctor and the mother, a German professor,’ it added.

‘His early years were spent in the small university town of Nsukka, where he obtained his foundational education; his secondary school education was obtained at the Federal Government College(FGCE) Enugu, from 1983 to 1989.’

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