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President Buhari Appoints new Heads of Health Institutions



President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

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.


  1. Muse

    July 29, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Finally, NIMR has a new head, hopefully, This institution is revamped structure wise and other wise.

  2. Mazi Okafor in Baltimore

    July 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Wawu! These people are so qualified with great profiles
    Ihekweazu and Yusuf are round pegs in round holes. I hope they’ll be given the latitude to do great things

    • tunmi

      July 30, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      I know right!!!!

  3. Err

    July 29, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Buari is getting the message,left to him all appointments would be northerners

  4. Tealakes

    July 29, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Great! Hopefully this brings innovation to our health system. The newly elected professionals have contributed immensely to public health. We wish them greater exploits in their institutions and above all sustained integrity at work.

  5. Naijatalk

    July 30, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Please get to work vite vite. Heathcare is in a state of emergency.

  6. Ibi

    July 30, 2016 at 7:22 am

    while, they all have enviable CVs, they are all coming from enabling environments, systems that allows people to be their best. Unfortunately, Naija is a different story. I wish them the best but hope they will not be frustrated in the long run

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