Thursday, 5 November 2015

Nigeria, Finland to share expert experience on health research



The Republic of Finland has expressed  readiness to share expert ideas on medical research with Nigeria.

Finland Ambassador to Nigeria, Pirjo Suomela-Chordury gave the hint on Tuesday during a visit by a delegation from the Finland National Institute for Health and Welfare to the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Lagos.

She said there are ways both countries could collaborate to make progress against various communicable and non communicable diseases.

NIMR Director General, Prof. Innocent Ujah said a renewal of the exchange program between Nigeria and Finland (which was previously cancelled) will help to streamline this new collaboration attempt.

According to him, NIMR's Bio safety lab should be upgraded from level three to four to effectively tackle clinical trials for Ebola and other infectious diseases as a foremost research institute.

Also, the Executive Director Nigerian Heart Foundation, Prof Kingsley Akinroye stressed the need for the incoming minister of health to implement the national health act.

Akinroye said impediments to health research include policy makers not appreciating the importance of health research to national development, infrastructure deficit and the lack of biomedical engineers to maintain equipment.

He said, "We fly in expert from abroad to maintain our equipment. If we are able to address those challenges and put things in proper shape, we should be able to attend to local medical needs. If we must continue to carry out research, we must train our researchers no two way to that, it might be very expensive but they must continue to train both within and outside. Nigeria must be ready to invest in health research."

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