Buhari Appoints New Heads for Fed. Medical Agencies


President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday approved new appointments for five critical agencies in the health sector.

They include Dr. Chikwe Adreas Ihekweazu as Director-General of the National Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Sani H. Aliyu is to Head National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) while Professor Babatunde Lawal Salako, was appointed Director-General,Nigerian Institute for Medical Research.

Others are Professor Echezona Ezeanolue, Director General of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency and Professor Usman Yusuf appointed as Head of National Health Insurance Scheme.

These appointment confirms the sack of Professor John Idoko of National Agency for the Control of AIDS and four other existing heads of parastatal in the sector.

Until his appointment, Dr. Ihekweazu served as 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.

Dr. Aliyu on his part was 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 also worked as a medical officer at the State House Medical Centre, Abuja from where he moved to Cambridge in 1998.

He rose through the ranks until he became a Consultant in Microbiology.

Dr. Salako until his appointment to head the Nigerian Institute for Medical Research was 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 Edinburg and London.  He is also a member of an International Panel of Experts, United States Institute of Disease Control in Atlanta.

Prof Ezemolue worked as a Professor of Paediatrics and Public Health at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA.

He got his medical degree at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1995.

He did his paediatric internship and residency at the Howard University, Washington DC, USA and obtained his Fellowship in Paediatric Infectious Disease from New Jersey Medical School.

He moved to Nevada in 2005 where he remains to date practicing Paediatric medicine.

Professor Yusuf is currently a Professor of Paediatrics at St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America.

He graduated in medicine from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and worked in the University Teaching Hospital from 1984 – 1989. He worked in the United Kingdom from 1990 – 1995 from where he moved first to South Carolina, USA, where he rose to become a fellow in Paediatric Hematology/Oncology in 1998.

He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the West African College of Physicians and the American Academy of Physicians.

Culled from: http://independentnig.com/2016/07/30/buhari-appoints-new-heads-for-fed-medical-agencies/#


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