Dr. Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa has been appointed Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
He takes over from Prof. Chikwe Ihekweazu, who was recently appointment the deputy director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Garba Shehu, the Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari announced Adetifa’s appointment on Monday.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the setting up of a Health Sector Reform Committee to commence the development and implementation of a Health Sector Reform programme for Nigeria in collaboration with the State Governments and the FCT administration,” the statement reads.
“This is sequel to a Health Sector Diagnostic Review Report developed by a consultant, Vesta Healthcare Partners and the Federal Ministry of Health.
“The committee will undertake a review of all healthcare reforms adopted in the past two decades and lessons learnt and factor them into the development of the new Health Sector Reform Programme.
“Meanwhile, President Buhari has also approved the appointment of Dr Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa as the new Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The President has named him as a member of this important committee,” said Shehu in the statement.
Adetifa, a paediatrician and infectious diseases epidemiologist, got his first degree from the University of Ilorin in Kwara state.
“I studied for the MSc in Epidemiology at the School and got my PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands,” Adetifa said in his profile,