FUTO: School of Health Tech holds 5th lec­ture

Daily Trust - - CAMPUS ROUNDUP - From Mo­hammed Sani

A renowned lec­turer of Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health, Federal Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, Ow­erri, Dr. Uchechukwu Chuk­wuocha, has de­scribed malaria as a dis­ease caused by poverty and a ma­jor hin­drance to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

He spoke dur­ing the 5th Lec­ture of the School Of Health Tech­nol­ogy [SOHT], Federal Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, Ow­erri, re­cently.

In a paper ti­tled: “Anti-malar­ial drug re­sis­tance: Molec­u­lar con­sid­er­a­tions and im­pli­ca­tions for ev­i­dence based re­search in Nigeria,” Chuk­wuocha noted that some of the fac­tors that con­trib­uted to hu­man re­sis­tance to some malaria drugs were hu­man be­hav­iour-drug pres­sure due to com­pla­cency, in­dis­crim­i­nate drug us­age and adul­ter­ated drugs and bi­o­log­i­cal in­flu­ence as in phar­ma­coki­netic of drugs and re­ac­tion with par­a­site, de­creased im­mu­nity, mal­nu­tri­tion and cross re­ac­tiv­ity with drugs for other ail­ments.

He, there­fore, listed the tools that can be used to mon­i­tor drug re­sis­tance to in­clude ther­a­peu­tic ef­fi­cacy test, in vitro stud­ies of par­a­site sus­cep­ti­bil­ity to drugs in cul­ture, case de­tec­tion, and molec­u­lar meth­ods of gene mu­ta­tions or gene amplifications as­so­ci­ated with par­a­site re­sis­tance.

He urged the need for high qual­ity mon­i­tor­ing of anti-malar­ial drug re­sis­tance, sus­tained fund­ing and en­cour­age­ment of high level re­search for rou­tine mon­i­tor­ing, con­tin­u­ous sur­veil­lance of molec­u­lar drug re­sis­tance to in­form bet­ter plan­ning and ef­fec­tive/timely im­ple­men­ta­tion of drug poli­cies based on ev­i­dence which will help in the timely de­tec­tion of re­sis­tance for any par­tic­u­lar drug in use.

In his re­mark, the Dean, School of Health Tech­nol­ogy called on the stu­dents to be ded­i­cated to their aca­demic stud­ies, say­ing the fu­ture of Africa lied in their hands.

“Malaria, HIV/AIDS and Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis are the ma­jor dis­eases af­fect­ing Africa, so I en­cour­age you to go into re­search in these and many more dis­eases,” he said.

Mo­hammed Sani, Pub­lic Health Depart­ment, FUT, Ow­erri

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