UDUS to establish infectious diseases centre

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The Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto (UDUS), said it has plans to establish an Infectious Disease Centre to facilitate research and diagnose of infectious diseases.

UDUS Vice Chancellor, Professor Lawal Bilbis, stated this during a symposium tagged ” Emerging and Re-emerging of Viral Infections: The Story of Lassa Fever and COVID-19” on Thursday in Sokoto.

Bilbis, represented by Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) Academics, Professor Lawalli Abubakar, said the plan was to ensure expert engagements and services to the community.

In his lecture, Habib Abdulrazaq, a professor of Infectious Diseases and Head of Department of Internal Medicine at Bayero University, Kano, described the symposium as timely and relevant to present challenges.

Abdulrazaq emphasised the need for increased health education at all levels which was cardinal in curtailing spread of diseases.

He canvassed for more commitment from stakeholders on prevention and management of viral diseases.

The highpoint of the symposium was when Abdulrazaq shared his insights on Lassa fever, CONVID-19 and others diseases, their mode of spread, contacts and risks faced by health managers and measures to be taken to ensure safety.

Dr John Oladejo, Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), used the event to assure the public that the Nigerian Federal Government had put in place measures to prevent spread of CONVID-9 and other diseases in Nigeria.

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Oladejo said NCDC has emergency centres on infectious diseases and it was collaborating with national and international agencies on their management.

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