Adetifa Ifedayo steps in as new NCDC DG

Adetifa Ifedayo steps in as new NCDC DG

  • Chikwe Ihekweazu bows out to for WHO job

IN: Dr Ifedayo Adetifa








OUT: Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu

Clinical Epidemiologist,  Dr Adetifa Ifedayo, on Monday October 18, assumed duty as the new Director General  of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), His appointment was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari on September 6.

 Dr. Ifedayo formerly took over from  Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, who  has been appointed  as Assistant Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) and head of the newly established WHO Pandemic Intelligence Hub in Berlin from 1st November 2021.

The official handover ceremony held on 18th October 2021 and was declared open by the Honourable Minister of Health– Dr Osagie Ehanire. 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.

In his remarks at the ceremony, Dr. Ihekweazu who lead NCDC for five years as its first Director General  noted that the agency has, since August  2016 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.

“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,” Dr. Ihekweazu said.

The incoming DG, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa is a Clinical Epidemiologist with a strong public health and research background. Prior to his appointment, he was an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Dr Adetifa received his undergraduate medical training at the University of Ilorin and completed his residency training in paediatrics at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria. He holds an MSc in Epidemiology from LSHTM and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Amsterdam.

While accepting the baton of leadership from the outgoing NCDC Director General, Dr Adetifa spoke on his plans for the future with NCDC:

“I must congratulate Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu and the NCDC Team for the incredible work they have done so far, for Chikwe’s 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.”

The handover ceremony was also an opportunity to reflect on NCDC’s contribution to health security and nation building. Attendees included representatives of the National Assembly, heads of government institutions, Country Heads of United Nations Agencies, members of the diplomatic corps, other health security partners including the private sector. They shared their experience working with the NCDC and reiterated commitment to sustaining collaborative efforts with the incoming Director General to achieve the NCDC mandate.


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