Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli has replaced Ndugulile with Godwin Mollel as the new deputy minister for Health.
Dr Ndugulile’s sacking comes as the redeployment of Health Permanent Secretary (PS) Zainab Chaula to the communication docket and the retirement of Chief Medical Officer Mohamed Bakari.
Dr Ndugulile, 51, a microbiologist and public health advocate, has served in the ministry for about three years.
The shake-ups also came amid fear Tanzania was experiencing a worrying spike in COVID-19 after the US Embassy cautioned its citizens that the risk of contracting the virus in Dar Es Salaam was high.
The changes have come at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic is ravaging the country with all eyes trained on the Health ministry.
On Saturday, May 16, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered closure of borders with Tanzania as cross-border Covid-19 infections continued to rise. Uhuru, who said the number of cases in Kenya had climbed to 830 after 49 more tested positive, also shut the Kenya Somalia border.
President Uhuru also extended the dusk to dawn curfew and the cessation of movement into and out of the expanded Nairobi Metropolitan Area and the counties of Mandera, Lamu, Mombasa and Kilifi up to June 6.
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