Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, has joined World Health Organization.
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, who has been Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control since August 15, 2016, is expected to join the World Health Organization as Assistant Director General of Health Emergency Intelligence on November 1, 2021, according to ENigeria Newspaper findings.
This was revealed in a letter signed by Tedros Ghebreyesus, the Director General of the World Health Organization.
The letter, which our reporter saw, was written to all members of the organization’s staff.
“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu as an Assistant Director-General for Health Emergency Intelligence, effective November 1, 2021,” it says in part.
He Ihekweazu will be in charge of global efforts to strengthen pandemic and epidemic intelligence, as well as the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence in Berlin.
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu is the Director-General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control at the moment.
He has over 20 years of experience working in senior public health and leadership positions in many National Public Health Institutes, including the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases, the UK’s Health Protection Agency, and Germany’s Robert Koch Institute.
He has led a number of WHO short-term engagements, usually in response to major infectious disease outbreaks around the world.
“A Nigerian national who was born in Germany is a graduate of the University of Nigeria’s College of Medicine and holds a master’s degree in public health from Dusseldorf’s Heinrich-Heine University.
He received a Fellowship for the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training in 2003 and went on to complete his Public Health specialization in the UK. He has a long list of publications in peer-reviewed medical journals.”