DAR ES SALAAM- Tanzanian president John Magufuli has sacked deputy health minister Faustine Ndugulile in the latest Coronavirus fallout.
Dr Ndugulile sacking would come as a surprise to many and follows massive changes made at the Tanzanian Health Ministry a fortnight ago.
Dr. Ndugulile has been replaced by Dr Godwin Mollel as the new deputy health minister who according to a statement from the Directorate of Presidential Communications begins his appointment on today Sunday May 16.
This is the second shake up within weeks at the ministry following the transfer of Permanent Secretary, Dr Zainab Chaula, to the communications docket and the retiring of Chief Medical Officer Prof Mohamed Bakari.
Dr Ndugulile, 51, a Microbiologist and public health advocate, has served at the ministry for about three years.
He assumed the post in 2017 when President Magufuli reshuffled his cabinet.
He replaced Dr Hamisi Kigwangala who is now minister of tourism and natural resources.
The changes have come at a time of a COVID-19 pandemic when all eyes are on the ministry which is responsible for health docket.
Prior to becoming deputy minister, he served in a number of regional and global bodies, including as Chairman for the Inter-Parliamentary Union Advisory Group on HIV/AIDS, as a member of the Governing Council representing Africa in the International AIDS Society, and as a member of the Pan African Parliament.