Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu leads change in Nigeria’s health sector

Despite the apparent absence of the “Change” promised by APC leader and Nigerian Head of State, President Muhammad Buhari, there have been some recent steps in the right direction in five strategic health institutions.

These institutions are: The 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 the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

These institutions saw major changes, as their former heads were replaced with five new appointments by President Buhari. Of these five new heads, a dear friend of ours, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, was named the head of the Centre for Disease Control. Dr Chikwe is the Managing Partner of EpiAfric and Curator for Nigeria Health Watch, an organization that uses informed advocacy and communication to influence health policy and seek better health nd access to healthcare in Nigeria.

Earlier this year, Dr Chikwe and Nigeria Health Watch partnered with us on our Social Media Week Masterclass – A Beautiful Mind. The panel consisted of professionals from the dichotomous religious and medical fields, who discussed and answered probing questions about mental health issues in Nigeria. Dr Chikwe’s contribution to the panel was invaluable as he broke down the infrastructural difficulties Nigeria faces in dealing with mental health. He left us with the shocking and sobering quote that,

“with approximately 200 registered consultant psychiatrists across the nation, the scale of mental health problems in our society are as a result of the negligible resources in the health sector”

We could not think of anyone more suited for this position; Dr Chikwe, we at asktoks.com wish you all the best!

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