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Nigeria hosts W’Africa infectious disease institute


Prof. John Idoko

Prof. John Idoko

Nigeria has been chosen for the location of proposed West African Infectious Disease Institute (WAIDI). The choice was necessitated by the its effective handling of the dreaded Ebola disease and others as polio.

Co-Chairman of the Institute and Director General of the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA), Prof. John Idoko, disclosed this in Abuja, at a meeting with the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu.

The proposed institute, which has the task of building the health capacity of the country and the entire West African sub region, is in reality with modern demands, where a similar venture was making the difference in East Africa.

The centre is expected to drive research in infectious disease, which accounts for 70 percent of morbidity and mortality in West Africa.

Idoko said, “It is a world class institute, which in the last three decades has been instrumental to the training of many Africans including Nigerians.”

According to him, “It has been able to raise the level and standard of clinical research.”

He reiterated that, “The center will support and catalyst top West African universities using our health infrastructure and leadership, particularly in infectious disease training.”

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