Abuja - The Treatment Research Group (TRG) says its stakeholders meeting scheduled for Abuja on October 10 will help to develop a national plan to contain emerging diseases including the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
Co-chair of the group, Prof Innocent Uja, disclosed this on Wednesday at a news conference on the meeting in Abuja.
The Minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, had, in the wake of the Ebola outbreak in Lagos, inaugurated the TRG to, among other things, review available treatment options for the disease.
Uja said the meeting would be a gathering of Nigerian experts based at home and in the Diaspora.
He said the group would consolidate on the achievements recorded by Nigeria in containing Ebola and build a strong defence mechanism in the event of another outbreak.
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On his part, Prof. Karniyus Gamaniel, also a co-chair of the group, said the meeting was aimed at harnessing the abundance of talents that the nation could boast of in the field of medical sciences.
Gamaniel, however, said funding was the only challenge militating against effective research in Nigeria, adding that the country is endowed with the requisite manpower needed to improve its health system.
He said the meeting would open up the system for possible investments in the areas of pharmaceutical and medical research.
He said Nigeria was capable of producing vaccines and drugs required for the prevention of virus diseases including Ebola, if the needed support was extended to experts in the field.
A member of the research group, Prof Maurice Iwu, said the meeting would open a new vista in the history of medical research in Nigeria.
He said Nigerian experts from all over the world would be in the country to share their experiences and help build a formidable structure for research in the country.
Iwu said it would be the first time a deliberate attempt would be made by Nigerians to find solutions to their local health issues without looking outward for aid.