It is my vision to build the confidence of Nigerians in the NCDC as the body established to protect the health of citizens through information, inclusion and timely response to health concerns.

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Dr Jide Idris MBBS, MD, MPH, is the 3rd Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC). He is a distinguished healthcare leader with over three decades of experience in medical practice, health system administration and management, consulting, and research. He has played a pivotal role in shaping and overseeing the public healthcare landscape in Nigeria steering the largest subnational health system for almost two decades. Dr Idris’s comprehensive background spanning medical practice, healthcare policy design, and implementation has seen him pioneer several health sector reforms with local and international collaborators.

In addition to his exemplary contributions to healthcare delivery, he has demonstrated exceptional leadership in public health emergency response and preparedness when he led the Lagos State response team during the rapid containment of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Nigeria. Following the EVD containment he continued to champion the continuous investment of the Lagos State Government in pandemic response and countermeasures which significantly improved the country’s response during the COVID-19 pandemic where Lagos was an epicenter. During the COVID-19 pandemic response, he also actively supported the Lagos State Ministry of Health as a member of the Lagos state COVID-19 response think tank.

Dr Jide Idris attended King’s College Lagos for his secondary education and received his undergraduate medical qualification from the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He furthered his education with a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Yale University, Connecticut, USA, and pursued post-doctoral research at Columbia University, New York, USA. Dr. Jide Idris is a respected and proud member of the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria, the Nigerian Medical Association and the American Public Health Association. He also serves as a Board member for the University of Ibadan Research Foundation and the Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria. His unwavering commitment to advancing public health and healthcare excellence underscores his invaluable contributions to the health sector in Nigeria and beyond.

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