Buhari Appoints New Heads for National Health Agencies


By Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja

 President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday ratified the appointment of five medical professionals to head critical agencies in the nation’s health sector.

According to a statement signed by Bolaji Adebiyi from the Office of the Secretary for Government of the Federation, the new appointees are, Dr. Chikwe Adreas Ihekweazu, Head of the National Centre for Disease Control;  Dr. Sani H. Aliyu, Head of National Agency for the Control of AIDS; Professor Babatunde Lawal Salako, Head of Nigerian Institute for Medical Research;  Professor Echezona Ezeanolue, Head of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency; and  Professor Usman Yusuf, Head of National Health Insurance Scheme.

Dr. Ihekweazu is currently the Managing Partner of EpiAfric, a public health consultancy firm that focuses on Africa.  He obtained his medical degree at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1996 and had worked in Berlin, Germany, the United Kingdom and in South Africa before he established his consulting firm in 2014.

Aliyu is currently a Consultant in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Cambridge University, United Kingdom.  He got his medical degree from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria in 1993.  He worked as a medical officer at the State House Medical Centre, Abuja and from there moved to Cambridge in 1998.  He rose through the ranks until he became a Consultant in Microbiology.
Dr. Salako is currently the Provost, College of Medicine at the University of Ibadan.

He graduated from the same University in 1986.  He is a fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians in both Edinburgh and London.  He is also a member of an International Panel of Experts, United States Institute of Disease Control in Atlanta.

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