DG NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, appointed WHO Asst DG 

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Abuja – The Centre for Disease Control Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu, has been as the World Health ’s assistant director-general Health Emergency Intelligence.

This was disclosed in a letter signed by the WHO Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, on Tuesday.

Mr Ihekweazu begin his tenure on November 1.

“I am pleased to welcome Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu as an assistant director-general for Health Emergency Intelligence from November 1, 2021,” the letter said, “He lead the work on strengthening pandemic and epidemic intelligence globally, including heading the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence in Berlin.”

Mr Ihekweazu, born in Germany, has served in various public health positions, including the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency, and Germany’s Robert Koch Institute.

Mr Ihekweazu graduated from the College Medicine, of Nigeria, and got his master’s degree in Public Health from the Heinrich-Heine University, Dusseldorf, Germany.

In 2003, Mr Ihekweazu was awarded a fellowship for the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training in the United Kingdom.

In 2008, Mr Ihekweazu served as a consultant medical epidemiologist at the UK’s Health Protection Agency, providing emergency services and advice to the National Health Service (NHS), managing the South East England’s Regional Epidemiology Unit (REU) catering to over 10 million people.