Ede (Osun) Oct. 12, 2017 (TNE) The African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Disease (ACEGID), based at The Redeemer’s University in Ede, Osun, has launched a research into the suspected monkey pox virus currently spreading across Nigeria.
The centre is working in collaboration with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and has taken samples from Bayelsa, Lagos and Ekiti which are part of the states the virus has spread to in the country.
The samples are being diagnosed and analysed and results will be out ‘within the next few days’ to ascertain if the cause of the apparent monkey pox virus.
The ACEGID team leader, Prof. Christian Happi, said in Ede that the results would show if the epidemic is monkeypox or existing virus which needs to be addressed urgently.
Happi urged the Federal Government to take the result from the institute as primary while that of Dakar in Senegal as secondary.
“We learnt samples have been taken to Dakar, Senegal for analysis and results forwarded but that would be secondary.
”We trained the researchers in Senegal tactically in this genomic research whenever they come to Redeemer’s University.
”Our own results would be out within the next few days and that will be primary,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Debo Adeyewa, praised the Federal Government for giving adequate attention to the university due to its intellectual properties and technical know-how.
Adeyewa said the research centre has the contact tracing mechanism to get the realities of monkeypox.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adebowale, whose representative, Mr Oluremi Omowaye was in the institution on Wednesday, had enlisted the support of the centre in getting to the root cause of monkeypox saga.
Omowale, who is Osun Commissioner for Innovative Technology and Science, stressed the need for surveillance network in order to diagnose and check the spread of monkeypox.
The minister thanked the Osun Government for the relentless efforts towards ensuring that the monkeypox is put to check.
Omowaye also said that the state government has set up quarantine facilities to prevent infection and urged citizens to report early symptoms of any strange disease.
He said that awareness campaign would be taken to schools, religious organisations, market places, villages and towns .
He applauded Redeemer’s University for its intellectual preparedness towards ensuring that the disease is put to check.