President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement says the Federal Government has provided funds for the establishment of laboratories in all Federal tertiary institutions and its research centers.
Mr Buhari said this while speaking at the 2nd Regional Annual Scientific Conference and Induction of Elected Fellows of the West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science, WAPCMLS, on Monday, in Abuja.
President Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said with the support of development partners Federal Government has strengthened laboratory capacity in the country than ever before in history.
The President said World Health Organization, WHO, also helped in training Nigerian scientists, improving their capacity to conduct test and get to where the country were today.
He said: “Our monocular laboratory assets has since then increased in both private and public fare. while knowledge and skills, to conduct testing has spread to hundreds of laboratory scientists around the country.
“This rapid and wide spread expansion of their diagnostic capacity was one of the advantages and benefits that helped us to manage the COVID-19 pandemic with whatever accuracy we have talked about today and with safety that has come along with it.
“With all the asset we have, with all the training and skills we must dedicate ourselves to productivity to show that we can do more.
“We are going into the academic sequencing research, we have taken first step in trying to produce vaccines. Which was label novel which is a warning that the properties and behaviors were just on folding.
“This means that there is a lot of work to do to know more about it today. We are still grappling with new revelations about this virus some of which surprise us which means we still have a long way to go to use what we understand to protect ourselves.
“We must continue to be alert and provide an opportunity for our scientists to contribute to the body of knowledge on this subject and other subject.
In his opening remarks, the Minister of Health, Mr Ehanire who was represented by the Director of Hospital Services, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi, said the theme of the conference, ‘Improving Global Health by Strengthening Laboratory Capacity in Africa’’ was well chosen.
“This is where the West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science needs to play the critical role of ensuring relevant human resource capacity is developed in the West African sub region to compliment efforts of government at strengthening laboratory capacity.”