N.D. names fifth state health officer in a year

BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) – North Dakota has another new State Health Officer.

Gov. Doug Burgum, R-N.D., named Dr. Nizar Wehbi to the post and is expected to take responsibilities on May 1.

Wehbi will be the fifth person to hold the office in either a permanent or interim basis in the past year.

“Dr. Wehbi brings the right combination of experience in clinical medicine, policy development and health administration that we need to create the best public health system in the country right here in North Dakota. We look forward to him serving the citizens of our state and leading the outstanding team at the North Dakota Department of Health, who through their tireless efforts during COVID-19 have shown what it means to empower people, improve lives and inspire success,” Burgum said.