President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of heads of five strategic health institutions in the country.
This was made known in a series of tweets by the president’s personal assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmaad.
“The institutions are: Centre for Disease Control (CDC), National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA), Nigerian Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), and National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
The head of the CDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, was the managing partner at EpiAfric, a public health consultancy firm that focuses on Africa.
The head of the NACA, Dr. Sani Aliyu was a consultant in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Cambridge University, UK.
The head of the NIMR, Professor Babatunde Salako was the Provost, College of Medicine at the University of Ibadan before his new appointment.
The head of the NPHCDA, Echezona Ezeanolue was a professor of Paediatrics and Public Health at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA.
The head of the NHIS, Usman Yusuf, was a professor of Paediatrics at St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
All the five appointments have already taken effect,” Ahmaad tweeted.