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NCDC: Finally Dr. Adetifa Resumes Duties as New DG/CEO

NCDC: Finally Dr. Adetifa Resumes Duties as New DG/CEO

By Frank Ajufo

Dr. Adetifa Ifedayo has formally assumed office at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), as the new Chief Executive Officer and Director General of the Centre.

Vision FM recalls that Dr. Adetifa was appointed as new DG of NCDC by President Muhammadu Buhari, following the appointment of Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, as Assistant Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) to head its new pandemic intelligence hub in Berlin from 1st November 2021.

A statement signed by the Head of Communications at the NCDC, Dr. Yahaya Disu reveals that the official handover ceremony held on 18th October 2021.

“The ceremony was also an opportunity to celebrate the remarkable transformation journey of NCDC in implementing it’s 5-year strategic plan for national health security in line with its mandate to lead the preparedness, detection, and response to public health emergencies.

“Under the leadership of Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu since 15th of August 2016, the agency has witnessed transformational growth from a young parastatal to a science-based institution leading the public health response to the largest pandemic in recent history under the Federal Ministry of Health.

“Despite the general pessimism at the ability of public institutions to deliver on their mandate, Dr. Ihekweazu’s vision was to build the confidence of Nigerians in the NCDC as the body established to protect the health of citizens.

“His visionary leadership at NCDC enabled the establishment of strategic partnerships and exponential investment in research, infrastructure, and human capital development critical to strengthen Nigeria’s health security”, the statement read in part.

Dr Ihekweazu was quoted as saying that “During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead our young agency. Dr Adetifa is a proven leader with strong epidemiology, academic and research background as well as the ability to bring people together. His vision for effective utilisation of scientific-evidence to prevent, detect and respond to public health emergencies is exactly what NCDC needs build on the gains achieved so far.”

In his acceptance speech, the incoming Director General congratulated his predecessor and the NCDC Team for the work, exemplary leadership, and for the smooth transition process.

“For several years now, I have closely followed the activities of the agency without any inkling that I would ever be the one to lead it. My focus in the next few weeks is to work with colleagues and partners to understand their work better so we can collectively build on the gains made so far, in line with the NCDC mandate.”

Dr. Adetifa is a Clinical Epidemiologist with a strong public health and research background, and prior to his appointment, he was an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) among other details.