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Dr. Ahmed Leaving Health Unit For Provincial Position

Friday August 20th, 2021, 9:44am

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Windsor-Essex’s medical officer of health will be leaving the Health Unit this fall, officials announced today.

Health Unit board chair Gary McNamara announced Dr. Wajid Ahmed will be leaving effective October 1st, 2021 to take a position with the province as associate chief medical officer of health.

Dr. Ahmed has been with the Health Unit since 2014, McNamara said. He became associate medical officer of health in 2016 and medical officer of health in January 2019.

“On behalf of the Board of Health I would like to sincerely thank Dr. Ahmed for his unwavering leadership and tireless commitment to the health and well-being of the Windsor-Essex Community,” said McNamara. “Dr. Ahmed’s guidance and decisive action has marshalled our community through one of the most challenging crisis we have faced.”

McNamara announced an acting replacement, Dr. Shanker Nesathurai, the former Medical Officer of Health for the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit.

Dr. Nesathurai, who will take over the role until a search can find a permanent replacement.

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