Saturday, 14 November 2015

Nigeria Awarded $10Million To Fight Ebola

The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland has granted awards to Kenya and Nigeria in order to strengthen biological capabilities.

A total of $10 million was awarded to Nigeria to allow the development of early detection and response capabilities for emerging diseases that threaten public health in the country. Kenya received an award of $13 million to support laboratory capacities and overall infrastructure to be able to manage infectious diseases.

The announcement said that the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa highlighted several gaps in national and international response to emerging pathogens.

In Nigeria, the IHV has also facilitated the operation of training hubs for nurses and community health workers to be able to identify and treat cases of HIV and AIDS. Nigeria also has a branch of the IHV that works with the IHV Division of Epidemiology and Prevention.

I dare to hope the $10m will be judiciously spent and not used to line "personal pockets" or buy unnecessary items like "SUVs labelled #FightEbola" for the Executives to ride in when the labs are empty.
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