US Boosts Health Ser­vice in La­gos, Do­nates States-of-the-Art Lab­o­ra­tory

THISDAY - - HEALTH NEWS - Labake Fashog­bon

The United States Gov­ern­ment through Wal­ter Reed Army In­sti­tute of Re­search in part­ner­ship with the Nige­rian mil­i­tary has sup­ported health fa­cil­ity in La­gos State with a ge­nomics and molec­u­lar di­ag­nos­tic re­search lab­o­ra­tory.

The project, which was de­liv­ered by the Joint West Africa Re­search Group (JWARG)/ African Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lent for Ge­nomics of In­fec­tious Dis­ease (ACEGID), was com­mis­sioned by Iko­rodu Gen­eral Hospi­tal in La­gos and sited at the Redeemer’s Univer­sity in Ede,Osun State to en­hance health ed­u­ca­tion and re­search, as well as strengthen health ser­vices in La­gos State.

Com­mis­sion­ing the project, the Chief Medical Direc­tor, Iko­rodu Gen­eral Hospi­tal, Dr. Olu­fun­mi­layo Bankole noted that it was the first time the mil­i­tary is part­ner­ing with Civil­ian Agency to es­tab­lish a Lab­o­ra­tory of this cal­iber that would al­low for tests within three hours for rapid de­tec­tion of a wide range of pathogens such as malaria par­a­site, Lassa fever virus, Ebola virus, Dengue and Mon­key pox to men­tion a few.

“Pro­vi­sion of a co­or­di­nated sys­tem to re­spond to these dis­eases is long over­due as the fa­cil­ity for their di­ag­no­sis is very lim­ited and not eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble. The ac­tiv­i­ties of the re­search lab­o­ra­tory would make it pos­si­ble to de­tect the emer­gence of the new in­fec­tious dis­eases. Prompt di­ag­no­sis and clin­i­cal man­age­ment leads to bet­ter prog­no­sis, hence es­tab­lish­ment of this re­search lab­o­ra­tory is a gi­ant stride in the his­tory of medical prac­tice in Iko­rodu Gen­eral Hospi­tal, La­gos State and other West African Coun­tries.

“We are highly ap­pre­cia­tive of this ges­ture which will pro­mote the growth of medical ser­vices in La­gos State and Nige­ria.” Joint West Africa Re­search Group (JWARG) made large con­tri­bu­tions to the an­cil­lary re­search lab­o­ra­tory in­clud­ing in­stal­la­tion and val­i­da­tion of state of the art di­ag­nos­tic equip­ment and ge­nomics se­quenc­ing ca­pa­bil­ity.

The Con­sul Gen­eral U.S Con­sulate, Mr John Bray, re­it­er­ated the com­mit­ment of US Gov­ern­ment to health ser­vices in Nige­ria. Ac­cord­ing to him,the USA Gov­ern­ment com­mits $One Bil­lion an­nu­ally to Nige­ria health sec­tor.

He added “The US be­lieves in the health of Nige­ria. Bi­lat­er­ally cor­po­ra­tion be­tween the agen­cies of US for In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment and U.S Pres­i­dent’s Emer­gency plan for Aids Re­lief and Malaria Ini­tia­tive have strong part­ner­ship with the Nige­ria mil­i­tary. Se­condly, the project is not just a part­ner­ship only be­tween US and Nige­ria but it is a re­gional re­la­tion­ship to Liberia and Ghana. Nige­ria is the re­gional hub for WRAIR, JWARG ac­tiv­i­ties. Joint West Africa Re­search Group lab­o­ra­tory train­ing is pri­mar­ily based at the 661 Nige­rian Air Force Hospi­tal in La­gos. This is a Civil­ians, mil­i­tary, and La­gos State re­la­tion­ship which is a wel­come devel­op­ment. It a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Nige­rian mil­i­tary, Wal­ter Reed Army In­sti­tute Re­search, La­gos State Gov­ern­ment, U.S Gov­ern- ment and the Aca­demic world. This Ex­cel­lent project is sited in La­gos State be­cause La­gos is the cen­ter of Ex­cel­lent.”

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