Increase in medical research funds announced
The executive secretary of the fund, Professor Suleiman Bogoro, added that the agency is also looking at the possibility of how the research could lead to a breakthrough in the World Health Organization’s certified vaccine against COVID-19, infectious diseases and other diseases that lead to more deaths. Specifically, Bogoro added that the initiative would also go a long way to consolidate the new research and development strategy in the nation’s tertiary institutions.
President Muhammadu Buhari approved the sum of NGN5 billion (US$12.8 million) for research purposes last year and this was increased to NGN7.5 billion in the 2020 budget. A former lecturer in the department of mass communication of the University of Lagos, Professor Idowu Sobowale, said if TETFund is to fund research, it should select people with experience and history. The pandemic, he said, has opened the country’s eyes to its inadequacies in several areas.
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