FG launches National Health Research Board | Guardian Nigeria News

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on Thursday inaugurated the National Health Research Council (NHRC) to promote translational research on health-related issues.

The Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Tunji Alausa, inaugurated the 13-member committee at a program held at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Lagos.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Alausa said the current administration's vision for health research in Nigeria is rooted in the pursuit of excellence, innovation and inclusivity.

Alausa said the NHRC will serve as a pioneer in health research that will foster collaboration across different health sectors and institutions in the country.

He said: “The establishment of this commission marks a pivotal moment in the nation’s journey towards making Nigeria a healthier and more resilient nation.

“Our vision for health research includes a holistic approach that integrates scientific excellence, technological innovation, community engagement and global collaboration to improve the health of all Nigerians. Masu.

“We envision a nation where cutting-edge research is the foundation of our health care system, and we aim to harness the power of knowledge to address the unique challenges facing our diverse population.” said.

According to the minister, the Tinubu-led government's vision for health research includes several pillars including innovation and technology, disease surveillance and early warning systems.

Others include equity and access, translational research and implementation science, community-centered research, and capacity building and collaboration.

He, however, praised the members of the NHRC for assuming the responsibility of bringing the country to the forefront of health research.

Also, the newly installed NHRC Chairman, Professor Olufunmilayo Olopade, in her acceptance speech, thanked the Minister and the members of the committee for the trust and confidence bestowed upon her.

Mr Olopado said: “I left the shores of Nigeria as a knowledge officer over 40 years ago and it is a great honor for me personally to take on this role.

“I would like to thank President Bola Tinubu for making sound research a priority for Nigerians, as this will achieve sustainable development not only for our country but also for other countries that are looking forward to Nigeria's progress. This is because it plays an extremely important role in

Speaking earlier, NIMR Director Professor Babatunde Salako commended the Minister for selecting experts who have made national and international contributions in health research to the committee.

“The chair of this committee, like the other members, is a person who is internationally known in the research world.

“The minister's enthusiasm and passion for taking health research to the next level was the driving force behind bringing together the members of the committee.

NAN reports that other members of the committee chaired by Prof. Olopade are Prof. Bala Sanni, Prof. Babatunde Salako, Prof. Zarki Abubakar and Prof. Noshir Shaibu.

Others include Dr. Obi Adigwe, Professor Mayowa Owolabi, Professor Christian Happi, Professor Stephen Abah, and Professor Ibrahim Abubakar.

Source: guardian.ng

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