Africa CDC Director Nkengasong gets second 4-year term

John Nkengasong, Africa’s Director of the Centers for Disease Control, speaks during an interview with Reuters at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 11, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Africa CDC’s Director Dr John N Nkengasong will serve his second four year term after approval by the Governing Board of Africa CDC.

In a statement by the African Union chair of the Governing Board of Africa CDC Professor Moustafa Mijiyawa the board held an extraordinary meeting on February 20 and approved the renewal of the second term.

“ The Board congratulated Dr John N. Nkengasong for the tremendous work accomplished in his first term to build a respectable public health institution that is now well recognized globally”.

“The remarkable progress made by Africa CDC in supporting Member States to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and Ebola outbreaks in Africa were highlighted.
The Board decided by an overwhelming majority to recommend to the Commission the renewal of the mandate of Dr John N. Nkengasong for a second four-year term in line with the Statute of Africa CDC,” Mijiyawa, who is the Minister of Health of Togo, said in the statement.

He thanked members of the governing board for their active participation during the meeting and the vote of confidence in Dr Nkengasong.

Minister Mijiyawa also appealed to member states to support Dr Nkengasong to fulfil the duties of his new mandate; and also enable Africa CDC to achieve its critical mission.

“Given the impact of ovid-19 on lives and livelihoods, now is the time to ensure that existing commitments are translated into concrete actions towards a New Public Health Order for Africa.”

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