Dr Young said she was “delighted” to hand over her position to Dr Hajkowicz, who she described as the “perfect person to take on the role at this point in the pandemic”.
“He has been our lead in the treatment and management of COVID cases and it is no accident that Queensland has only had 7 deaths out of our 2,048 cases so far,” she said.
Dr Hajkowicz is an infectious diseases specialist who has worked on the frontline of the state’s COVID-19 response at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital for the past 18 months.
“I’m thrilled and honoured to become the next chief health officer of Queensland.” Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled
 
“I’m thrilled and honoured to become the next chief health officer of Queensland,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
“There’s a big problem and that is it’s going to be very hard to follow in the footsteps of Dr Young, who is brilliant, outstanding and has the respect of all of the doctors, all of the nurses looking after COVID in the state.
“Look at what we’ve achieved, and it’s because of people getting tested, getting vaccinated, following the QR codes and doing all of that sort of thing.
“The people of Queensland are the main reason we are in such a good state at the moment.”
Dr Jeannette Young, who has been in the role for more than 16 years, will become Queensland governor from November 1.
Queensland recorded two new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday – one locally acquired and one acquired interstate.
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