FG Launches Medical Research Foundation
- Written by Oluwafemi Olowookere
Nigerian Institute of Medical Research has launched Medical Research Foundation with a view of funding health medical research across the country. The foundation was launched on Friday, 7th September, 2018 in Abuja during National Workshop on Strengthening Health Research Capacity organized by the Institute.
The foundation is a public private initiative that focusses on funding of medical research and development. It is expected that private stakeholders would contribute immensely to the development of medical research in Nigeria.
Speaking at the event, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, represented by the Director, Public Health, Dr. Evelyn Ngige, said that health research is critical to the economic growth and development of the country.
The Minister said “role of research cannot be over emphasized especially in a developing nation with a rapidly increasing population like Nigeria that is faced with a lot of challenges especially in Health, Medicine, Agriculture, Economy and Infrastructure Development.”
The Minister expressed determination to provide necessary support to medical research in Nigeria.
“We in the Federal Ministry of Health will not rest on our effort to provide the enabling environment for the improvement of health and wellbeing of Nigerians”, he said.
The Chairman of the Foundation, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, who is the Minister of Power, Works and Housing said that the present administration was investing in infrastructural development of Nigerian Universities where most of the researches were conducted.
He said electricity and road network of most of the Nigerian Universities are improved.
Fashola said Research is important in policy formulation and implementation. “We are now in the era that what we know is more important then what we own, we must investigate, we must ask question, we must prioritize activities based on the high demand by the people, and that can only be through research”.
Earlier, the Director General, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Dr. Babatunbe Lawal Salako said that the foundation was an opportunity for private sector to contribute in medical research in Nigeria especially now that government has a lot to offer.
He said the overall goal of the foundation was to generate resources to support health research in Nigeria which consequently would improve health indices in the country.