The statement issued by Mrs Boade Akinola, the Director Media and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health on Friday in Abuja said the new country representative “is a  Public Health expert’’.

“The new country representative is an Ethiopian national, has assumed duties on Nov. 28, in Abuja,’’ she said.

She said that Dr Wondimagegnehu had accumulated 28 years experience in epidemiology, disease surveillance, prevention and control and public health at technical and managerial levels.

She said that he coordinated the implementation of the WHO Regional Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response in the African Region from 1997 to 2008.

Akinola said that the WHO representative also led and coordinated development of tools, guides and protocols on disease surveillance working with concerned programme managers.

According to her, his international experience includes UNICEF, Ethiopia from 1994 to 1997, WHO Zimbabwe 1997 to 2006, WHO Regional Office for Africa, Congo Brazzaville 2006 to 2008.

“He was the WHO Country Representative for Sierra Leone from 2008 to 2013 and Uganda from April 2013 to 2016.

“He also holds a doctorate degree in Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia in 1983 and a Masters Degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Tulane University, New Orleans, U.S.,” she said.