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Fund encourages innovation in health sector

07 June 2013, 11:02

Lagos – Lagos has established a N1,5 billion (US$9,4 million) research fund to encourage innovation among medical students at tertiary institutions.

Babatunde Fashola, State Governor, said the money would encourage students to develop new strategies through adaptive, innovative and creative thinking in the country’s commercial capital.

“The training of our doctors must adapt to what we are seeing today.

"Public health issues, life style diseases like hypertension, heart and kidney diseases and cases of cancers. We must find ways to treat these locally and keep the jobs here. Our medicine must now focus also on sports medicine which is a growing area of need and which requires specialisation.

"We must stop thinking about treating malaria, and start thinking about how to eradicate plasmodium or create a vaccine for it. We have put a research fund there and students must use it,” said Fashola.

A committee to set guidelines for access of the research fund has already been inaugurated while an innovative council, headed by the Commission for Science and Technology, has been set up.

– CAJ News

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