Krispin Hajkowicz has been named as the man to take over as Queensland’s next Chief Health Officer.
Dr Hajkowicz is currently the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Director of Infectious Disease.
He will take over as Chief Health Officer on November 1 when Dr Jeanette Young moves into the role of Queensland Governor.
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Dr Hajkowicz was well equipped to take on the role.
“He has managed pandemics and has more than a decade being involved in the management of that including the 2009 flu pandemic, Ebola and Zika,” Ms Paklaszczuk said.
“He has worked in Brisbane, Rockhampton and Gympie as well as interstate.
“He is also the Associate Professor at the University of Queensland’s Centre for Clinical Research and has an extensive record in research and has published more than 27 times in medical journals.”
Dr Young also backed Dr Hajkowicz’s appointment.
“I’m delighted that Dr will be taking on the role of Chief Health Officer,” Dr Young said.
“He is the perfect person to take on the role at this point in the pandemic because he has been our lead and I have been going to him over the last two years for advice.
“He has been the lead in the treatment and management of COVID cases.
“It is no accident that Queensland has only had seven deaths out of our 2048 cases so far.
“Every single one of those deaths are regretted but at least it wasn’t more and that was due to the work that he’s done and lead across our state.”
Dr Hajkowicz said he was excited for the opportunity.
“I’m honoured to be joining this team and I think that the results that Queensland has achieved during the pandemic to date speak for themselves and I’m really honoured to serve the people of Queensland,” he said.