Investment needed to tackle infectious diseases, says ex-NIMASA DG


Former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr Dakuku Peterside, has emphasised the role of medical laboratory science in the attempt to combat infectious diseases in the country.

Dakuku said medical laboratory scientists occupied a strategic place in the effective detection, diagnosis, and response to diseases.


He stressed that those were key to combating emerging infectious diseases, like COVID-19, longstanding scourges, such as tuberculosis and malaria, and the growing burden of antimicrobial resistance.


The former House of Representatives member made the assertions in a speech to open the 18th Annual Lecture and National Executive Council Meeting of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, which took place recently in Akakiliki, the Ebonyi State capital.

AMLSN is the professional association for registered Medical Laboratory Scientists practicing in Nigeria.

Its mission is to lead and advocate the advancement of global best practices in the Medical Laboratory Science profession and national health services in the country.


Speaking to the theme of the lecture, ‘Mitigating intractable disease outbreaks through strengthened medical laboratory services’, Peterside, who was chairman of the occasion, said, “The challenge of intractable diseases requires the concerted action of professionals to find new ways to work together more effectively in pursuit of our determination to solve humanity’s most significant health challenge.

“And reflect on whether we should invest enough in research, education, and laboratory investigations to find the root causes and possible solutions to these rare health occurrences.”


Dakuku expressed the hope that the outcome of the meeting would help in efforts to alleviate intractable disease outbreaks.


He commended the Ebonyi State Governor, Francis Nwifuru, who was the guest lecturer and Special Guest of Honour, for his “early signs of promise” in terms of “significant strides, bold statements, and revolutionary steps in healthcare and also infrastructure”.


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