Okowa canvasses for support of the medical research


Delta State Governor, Okowa

Worried by the dwindling fortunes of the health sector, Delta State
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has urged big companies and members of the
organized private sectors and individuals to support medical research
in the country so as to improve the health of the common man.
Okowa who spoke yesterday in Asaba during a visit by the
Director-General of the Nigeria Institute of Medical Research (NIMR),
Lagos, Prof. Innocent Ujah Okowa promised to fast track the
establishment of the outstation in Asaba.

Okowa pointed out that whatever money is put into the research
institute goes in one manner or the other to assist the poor as the
larger number of Nigerians, adding that the more research and policy direction are improved the more the impact on the health status.

While commending NIMR for their research efforts in the country, Okowa called on Nigerians to cooperate with the institute in its researches into communicable and non-communicable diseases opining that the researches enriches “policy decisions, directions and provides new approaches to achieving the goals of the health sector.”

He said that the outstation would bring research closer to the people and lead to closer collaboration and partnership with Medical School of the State University Teaching Hospital and other health institutions as well as provide employment for Deltans.

He said: “For us in Delta state it is a privilege for us to have an NIMR outstation and it is something that we must take seriously, we are going to put the processes in place in order for us to have the office in the state, there is a lot to be gained by the fact that NIMR is bringing a research facility closer to us and the fact that we also have medical institutions, it is necessary that having this outstation will create room for collaboration for research between our medical institutions and NIMR and this collaboration and partnership is definitely needed.”

The governor pleaded with Nigerians to realize the importance of supporting NIMR especially top companies who have opportunities to assist because it is one of the easiest ways of assisting the poor. Ujah said he was in Asaba with his team to explore the possibility of establishing the Institute’s South-South Out-station and solicit for the support of the state government to achieve this explaining that the institute already have outstations in other zones.

He said: “Some of the benefits derivable form the establishment of the outstation include increased tempo of health research and capacity development which will lead to evidence based quality health care for the people of the South South Zone; employment generation and wealth creation Deltans; collaboration with the State University Medical School in areas of health research and capacity development and attraction of donor funding and support as well as international partnership for development expected to enhance the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”

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