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Nigerian scientists get boost for COVID-19 knowledge, research devp



SCIENTISTS in Nigeria will be afforded with every necessary support to sharpen their skills and increase their knowledge in the area of research and development in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

   President Muhammadu Buhari made the promise during the 2nd Regional Annual Scientific Conference and Induction of Elected Fellows of the West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science (WAPCMLS) in Abuja, yesterday.

  Buhari was represented at the event by Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire.

  The theme of this year’s conference was Improving Global Health by Strengthening Laboratory Capacity in Africa.

  Explaining that the need to support research in COVID-19 was because it was labelled “novel” in the early days, Buhari warned that its properties and behaviour were not known, or just unfolding.

  “We know more today, but are still grappling with new revelations about the virus, some of which surprise us, showing that we still have more to learn. We must therefore continue on alert.

This is where the West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science needs to play the role of ensuring that relevant quality human resource capacity is developed in the West African subregion, to upgrade laboratory capacity and strengthen the health system.  

Government has provided funds for establishment of molecular laboratories in all Federal tertiary health institutions and research centres. State Governments and Development Partners have also supported laboratory strengthening in different ways,” he said.

  Speaking earlier, Ehanire who was represented by Director of Hospital Services, Adebimpe Adebiyi, said that the global health has been challenged since 2019, with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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