The Associate Director of Immunization, United States of America Centres for Disease Control(CDC), Dr. Lora Davis, has commended the World Bank sponsored African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Disease(ACEGID) at the Redeemer's University for its efforts towards control of Ebola virus in Nigeria.
Speaking during the facility tour of the laboratories and equipment for confirmatory tests of the Ebola virus at Redeemer's University, Dr. Davis noted with gratitude that Redeemer's University and LUTH are the only recognized centres for diagnostic and confirmatory testing of the dreaded virus in Nigeria because of the calibre of manpower and equipment available at the two centres.
She noted that the Ebola virus episode has become public health concern to the extent that people live with trepidation because of the way the stories are being carried around.
The Public Health expert added that her agency was working hard to kick-out the virus through integration of national efforts at different levels to control the disease from Nigeria.
While giving reasons for limited confirmatory centres, she explained that only few centres could boast of the highly competent personnel, sophisticated equipment and controlled environment needed for diagnosing the deadly virus. She added that safety is crucial in handling the high-tech procedures.
While welcoming the Immunization expert, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Debo Adeyewa noted that Redeemer's University has become a centre of excellence in the handling of infectious diseases for the whole of Western and Central African regions. The university is therefore proud of its achievement in correctly diagnosing reported cases of Ebola in the country so far.
Decrying a situation where funds go to the wrong hands with no impact being made to control the dreaded disease in Nigeria, Professor Adeyewa requested for more funds to further equip the laboratories to improve research capacities, train and develop more manpower for West and Central Africa.