Ebola: Nigerian directs laboratories to provide infection preventive measures

Ebola patient being attended to during the last outbreak

The Minister for State for Health said it has become necessary to look at both curative and preventive strategies to contain the disease.

The Federal Government on Tuesday directed all laboratory centres to put in place infection preventive measures.

The Minister of State for Health, Haliru Alhassan, gave the order at the inauguration of the Defence Reference Laboratory, DRL, extension building at the Mogadishu Cantonment in Abuja.

Mr. Haliru said that the directive became necessary since it has been discovered that health personnel were at high risk while providing treatment for victims.

According to the minister, it has now become necessary to look at both the curative and preventive strategies to contain the disease.

He noted that the inauguration of the DRL was timely because the country was grappling with HIV/AIDs scourge and the Ebola emergency.

He also promised that the Federal Ministry of Health would partner the military authorities towards finding a lasting solution to the Ebola challenge.

On his part, the Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, said that if the military was encouraged they would to do more in the area of research.

He said that the military was capable of coming out with drugs that would checkmate most medical challenges, adding that there will be no need to run overseas all the time for medical attention.

Mr. Obanikoro also said that the speedy completion of the laboratory underscored government’s commitment to invest in specialised disease detection.

The minister described the facility as the apex medical laboratory of the military, adding that it would serve as bedrock for advancement of research into the control of infectious and emerging diseases such as Ebola.

He explained that the DRL was established in partnership with the United States Department of Defence aimed at building national capacity for laboratory diagnostic research in Nigeria.

He disclosed that the construction of the new extension block and its speedy completion was the federal government’s way of investing in specialised diagnostic services and research as bedrock for advancement of medical care and control of infectious and emerging diseases.

“Naturally, there is no better place to make such an investment than the military.

“I am optimistic that that the frontiers of research would be further extended beyond the military to the civilian establishments like teaching hospitals and the academia,” said the minister.

The Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Alex Badeh, disclosed that the referral laboratory would enhance Nigerian armed forces medical requirements “particularly at this period that our troops are deployed in response to national security challenges”.

Mr. Badeh said that the project was proof of government’s commitment to the welfare of troops in line with the President’s agenda to reposition the armed forces through a well motivated, trained, and equipped military.

“It will no doubt enhance the ability of the armed forces to meet the security aspirations of defending a united democratic Nigeria,” he said.



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  • ikenna

    Muhammadu Buhari, a frail 72 year old, ex-general, with questionable academic standing, who has no track record of investments in leadership and respect for democratic tenets, still has the impetus to contest another election in 2015.Well said

    • Innah Marte

      Whatever its a choice the devil and the blue sea.we have to start somewhere,as of now the choice is between the two.if buhari is frail,osibanjo is not frail,if buhari didn’t deliver we would definitely vote him out which give way to the vice.

  • Sanmi Falae

    The trouble with the author is that the more she tries to demonstrate her ‘neutrality’ the more she betrays her partisanship or bias towards PDP.
    You shut down proper debate when you attempt to insult the intelligence of your audience in this way. It is understandable that the author would
    mistake party loyalty for national interest. There is no such thing as party loyalty (which ultimately begets personality cult or god-fatherism that in turn leads to corrupt and inept leadership that is destroying Africa) in Euro-American politics. In Britain’s Tory or Conservative party, for example, there are die hard pro and anti European Union. Their opposing stance is dictated by what they reasoned would be in the best interest of their country, as opposed to the party or leadership. Secondly the author makes conclusions that are not based on analysis and therefore logical foundation. For example, Mr Buhari does not make and is not intellectually representative of the APC – much as any unbiased, intelligent or rational critical analysis of him would agree that he is eminently intelligent, experienced, ethical, and well educated. But he has the leadership values and ethics that Nigeria needs to get out of our current total immersion in corruption. Whereas Mr Jonathan Goodluck and those around him are exact opposites of Mr Buhari – on the strength of evidence of the author’s own admission and over six years of disservice to Nigeria. Her habit of jumping
    into conclusions without analysis and foundation shines through by her claim that Nigerians are averse to debate – despite our army of world class debaters or regular columnists that grace our national news outlets (i.e her own colleagues)!

    • onyema22ohaka

      Someone has to come to equity with clean hands.Buhari’s antecedent is so unworthy and dirty, and can not in anyway take you to that your heart desired promise land.He has been there before and was a to

      But the school has presented that now?

      This is not the kind of certificate I have. I don’t think
      this one is tenable. If they can be fooled, I cannot. That is why I think Jega
      should come in. Though Jega doesn’t want to be seen as supporting anybody, from
      the law that he is expected to implement, Buhari has not satisfied the
      Constitution. Jega is only trying to shift responsibility by saying people
      opposed to Buhari’s qualification for the polls should go to court. I heard the
      APC saying Buhari has been contesting election for the past 12 years and nobody
      said anything about it, why now? And my answer in form of question is, if
      someone has been committing robbery and getting away with it, the day he is
      caught, you are now asking, why has not been caught all this while?

      Are you saying it is as good as INEC disqualifying the man
      based on what is on ground?

      Except you are saying the law should not be obeyed. The law
      is not made for fun. We should not be sentimental about this thing. That is why
      we say there are two standards, one for Ayo Adebanjo and one for Buhari. That
      is what is happening in the secondary schools. When they say examination
      cut-off mark is this but lower cut-off mark for those in the North, that is the
      kind of thing we have been going through since amalgamation and we have been shouting
      that let us educate the people of the North, but they don’t want to be educated
      as we are, yet they want to be qualified as we are.

      You are 87 now and mummy is 85, what is the secret of your

      It is about honesty. We are at peace with our minds. I won’t
      see black and call it white because of monetary gain. It is the grace of God.
      Although I try to eat well and exercise, all still amounts to the grace of God.tal failure by any stretch of imagination.

  • Yusuf Joseph

    Is this now how Harvard post grad reason or analyse things?

  • Ayelala

    Post graduate studies in Garvald but yet, no sense. Ohaeri and Okey ndibe has been trying to do this false equivalence

  • Olatunde Alamu

    The clearing of the mess that Nigeria is now, must start somewhere. You don’t build on nothing. The choice before Nigerians is between Buhari and Jonathan at this point in time. Change is a process that starts somewhere. That wind of change is blowing now. Buhari is not the best Nigeria can produce, but he represents the beginning of that change process. Somebody must stem the tide of the rot. Buhari embodies that. Fence-sitters may sit on their fence, it is their choice. But they cannot stop the idea whose time has come. Buhari clearly symbolises that, at this point in time for Nigeria. Enough of ineptitude and corruption. Welcome, #Change 2015 ! Nigeria will rise again ! – Olatunde Alamu