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Indian, Nigerian Scientists Brainstorm on Ebola, Lassa fever Vaccines

Some Indian and Nigerian scientists have gathered in Abuja to brainstorm on the development of vaccines for infectious and re-emerging diseases like Ebola, Lassa fever and others.

Speaking at the three-day workshop on Modern and Emerging Trend in Vaccine Development at the National Biotechnology Development Agency [NABDA] in Abuja on Tuesday, experts said developing countries lack the capacity to tame infectious diseases because of inadequate facilities and expertise.

A Nigerian scientist, Dr Barth Ibeh, told Daily Trust in an interview at the sideline of the workshop that finding vaccines for infectious diseases was necessary because some of these diseases keep re-emerging.

“The country doesn’t really have the capacity to contain these infectious diseases as they keep re-emerging. At the slightest attack by one of them, Nigeria runs abroad to conduct tests which often delays treatment.

‘’The only best bet to tame them is to develop third generation vaccines to be giving to people to guard against the diseases’’, he said.

He said the workshop was about developing facilities and capabilities to tackle the infectious diseases in the developing countries such as Nigeria.

“We want to develop therapeutic agents towards containing infections’’, he said, adding ‘’we are going to start from developing from known to unknown.’’

Also speaking with Daily Trust, an Indian scientist, Professor Harish Padh, said thousands of citizens of developing countries are being killed every year by preventable infectious diseases.

He said a lot of economic benefits would come from developing vaccines for infectious diseases.

‘’Vaccine is not only for health, it is also for the economic benefit of a country. If the people are sick they can’t produce economically. Even with the vaccines the GDP improves’’, he added.

Our reporter noted that NABDA in conjunction with the Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and other developing countries [NAM S&T Centre] New Delhi, India organised the workshop.

Daily Trust

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