Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the re-appointment of Chikwe Ihekweazu as director general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) – The federal ministry of information made the announcement through a short message to the public – Ihekweazu has worked for and with many health institutes including the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Dr. Ihekweazu’s appointment was confirmed by the federal ministry of information through a social media message. “We are proud to announce that our director general, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has been re-appointed into office by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Nigeria’s Centre for Disease Control says Ihekweazu, a trained infectious disease epidemiologist, was, until January 2018, an acting director of the regional Centre for Disease Control for West Africa (CDC). It is learnt that Ihekweazu has over 20 years experience working in senior public health and leadership positions in several national public health institutes, including the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the UK’s health protection agency, and Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI).