Imo State governor, Hope Uzodimma has congratulated Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on his appointment as the Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) in charge of Health Emergency Intelligence.
The Governor described the appointment as most fitting, saying he was not surprised over Dr Ihekweazu’s appointment because he demonstrated capacity and exhibited professional competence as DG of NCDC.
The WHO Director-General, Dr Tedios on Tuesday announced that Dr Ihekweazu will, effective November 1, 2021, work as Assistant Director-General of the WHO in charge of Health Emergency Intelligence, including leading the global health organization’s Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence in Berlin.
Gov. Uzodimma in a statement issued by his media aide, Oguwike Nwachuku on Wednesday, said Dr Ihekweazu is one of Imo State’s best and brightest, adding that the state is proud to be part of the human capital contributing towards the wellbeing of the global family.
Governor Uzodimma reiterated that Dr Ihekweazu’s pick is fundamental because it will help to further bring Imo State into global focus, particularly Amaigbo in Nwangele Local Government Area of the state where the NCDC DG hails from.
The governor, therefore, urged Dr Ihekweazu to continue to do the state proud the way he knows best, assuring him of the support of the government and people of Imo State to ensure that his outing at the WHO is exemplary.
Dr Ihekweazu, is a graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria.
He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) from the Heinrich-Heine University Dusseldorf, Germany.
President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him DG NCDC in 2016.
He was at a time Acting Director of the West Africa Regional Centre for Disease Control and is widely published in medical peer-review journals.