President Muhammadu Buhari has approved with immediate effect the appointment of 5 new heads of strategic health institutions in the country, a Presidential aide said on Friday.
The institutions include: Centre for Disease Control, 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.
According the President’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, who tweeted the information on his twitter handle, Babatunde Salami has been appointed to replace Innocent Ujah at the NIMR as Director General, Sani Aliyu would replace, John Idoko as DG NACA, Usman Yusuf would take over from Abimbola Alale as DG NHIS, Echezona Ezeanolue takes over from Ado Muhammad as Executive Secretary, while Chikwe Andreas Ihekwazu takes over the helm of CDC.
Bashir said all five appointment has already taken effect.
Salami was the Provost, College of Medicine at the University of Ibadan before his new appointment while Aliyu was until his appointment a consultant in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Cambridge University, UK.
Yusuf, was until his appointment a professor of Paediatrics at St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, while Ezeanolue was a professor of Paediatrics and Public Health at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA.
The new head of the CDC, Ihekweazu, was the managing partner at EpiAfric, a public health consultancy firm that focuses on Africa.