Africa proffers solution to infectious disease

Temitope Mustapha

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The African Center of Excellence in Genomics of Infectious disease, ACEGID says through evident research, it has proven to the world that Africa can compete in proffering solution to infectious disease.

The Center Leader of ACEGID, Professor Christian Happi said this in Ede ,Osun state,while speaking on efforts made by the center to tackle outbreak of 2014 Ebola Virus disease, Lassa fever, monkey pox and other infectious diseases.

Professor Happi also hinted that the center recently developed a ten minutes test kit for lassa fever and Ebola.

“The center of Genomics of infectious disease here in Redeemer’s university in 2014 developed a ten minutes Ebola test kit and afterwards we also developed ten minutes test kit for Lassa fever and these two kits are already approved by the W.H.O and the U.S.F.D.A”

Sequencing Machine used by ACEGID to diagnose Ebola Virus disease for Nigeria and other African countries in 2014

 

He added that Africa has adequate human resources to address issues of infectious disease affecting the continent.

” ACEGID has taken research to a different level and through this center we have been able to translate research to output, all of these were made possible through self confidence and abilities in what we can do”

He acknowledged that the Nigerian government established the platform but added that more needed to be done to support research activities in both Private and Public universities in Nigeria.

Speaking on tackling Lassa fever in Nigeria, Professor Happi said Nigeria can develop vaccine to tackle problems of Lassa fever.

The research scientist said more resources needed to be deployed to the cure and diagnosis of the disease.

“Nigerian government needs to develop interest in supporting institutions working for the country to address disease affecting all Nigerians,” Professor Happi said.

“Research can change the landscape of Nigeria, the government needs to support us to produce indigenous vaccine,cure and diagnosis for Lassa fever” he added.

On collaboration, Professor Happi says ACEGID is collaborating and presently supporting Irua specialist hospital in diagnosing and tackling cases of Lassa fever.

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