A statement on Monday by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said Adetifa is replacing Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, who will be resuming an international appointment with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in November this year.
Specifically, Ihekweazu is to resume as the new Assistant Director-General of Health Emergency Intelligence at the WHO and will have his office located in Berlin, Germany.
Garba Shehu said Adetifa has also been named a member of the health sector reform committee, which will be chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the setting up of a Health Sector Reform Committee to commence the development and implementation of a Health Sector Reform programme for Nigeria in collaboration with the State Governments and the FCT administration,” the statement reads.
“This is sequel to a Health Sector Diagnostic Review Report developed by a consultant, Vesta Healthcare Partners and the Federal Ministry of Health.
“The committee will undertake a review of all healthcare reforms adopted in the past two decades and lessons learnt and factor them into the development of the new Health Sector Reform Programme.
“Meanwhile, President Buhari has also approved the appointment of Dr Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa as the new Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The President has named him as a member of this important committee.”