File photograph of NCDC Director-Common, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu throughout a gathering with Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma in Owerri on April 18, 2020.
The Director Common of the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, has been appointed because the Assistant Director Common of Well being Emergency Intelligence on the World Well being Organisation (WHO).
Ihekweazu’s appointment – which comes into impact on November 1, 2021 – was disclosed in a letter signed by the WHO Director Common, Tedros Ghebreyesus.
“I’m happy to welcome Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu as an Assistant Director-Common for Well being Emergency Intelligence from November 1, 2021.
“He’ll lead the work on strengthening pandemic and epidemic intelligence globally, together with heading the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence in Berlin.
“Dr Ihekweazu is at present the Director-Common of Nigeria Centre for Illness Management. He was skilled as an infectious illness epidemiologist, has over 20 years of expertise working in senior public well being and management positions in a number of Nationwide Public Well being Institutes, together with the South African Nationwide Institute for Communicable Ailments, the UK’s Well being Safety Company, and Germany’s Robert Koch Institute.
“He has led a number of short-term engagements for WHO, primarily in response to main infectious illness outbreaks world wide.
“Dr Ihekweazu, a Nigerian nationwide, who was born in Germany, is a graduate of the Faculty of Medication, College of Nigeria and has a Masters in Public Well being from the Heinrich-Heine College, Dusseldorf, Germany. In 2003, he was awarded a Fellowship for the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Coaching and subsequently accomplished his Public Well being specialization in the UK.
“He’s extensively revealed in medical peer-reviewed journals,” Ghebreyesus’ assertion partly learn.
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Sources within the NCDC additionally confirmed the event to Channels Tv and disclosed that the inauguration of the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence is predicted to happen afterward Wednesday.
Dr Ihekweazu is predicted to partake in a panel session on the ceremony, even because the hub seeks to carry collectively companions worldwide to collaborate and create instruments and knowledge wanted for international locations to arrange, detect and reply to pandemic and epidemic dangers.
This particular occasion can even embody a ceremony to acknowledge Chancellor Angela Merkel’s excellent management in world public well being.