Ebola: Unilorin to establish virology complex, train more virologists

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ABUJA – The University of Ilorin is set to establish a Virology complex to carry out researches on Ebola virus disease (EVD) and how to curtail its spread.

Prof. Abdul-Ganiyu Ambali, the Vice Chancellor of the University, disclosed this on Sunday in Abuja at a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum.

He said that the university recognised its responsibility in conducting researches as well as community development services which was why its senate set up a committee on Ebola recently.

“We met and decided that we should have a functional virology complex where we will assemble all our virologists within the University of Ilorin.

“We want to empower them to have a befitting laboratory and enough consumables to carryout research.

“We want to give them the necessary capacity so that they will be able to carry out research on some of these communicable viral infections. [eap_ad_1] “The senate also decided that we should set up an Ebola Senate committee where all our human resources could be assembled and challenged to educate not only the university community.

“Apart from Ebola, we have laser fever, we have HIV and AIDS; hepatitis C is there; so we are very concerned about that aspect of our responsibility.

“We want to devote some amount of money in the training of more virologists because there is a shortage of virologists all over the country.

“There should be effort to train more virologists across the nation and University of Ilorin will surely contribute.’’

He said that members of the Ebola committee set up by the university were drawn from the college of medicine and agriculture.

In terms of the community service, Prof. Ambali said that the university published information on Ebola regularly on its website and on its weekly bulletin to educate readers.

“Now every week through our university bulletin and through our website, we have Ebola information where you can read and educate yourself on Ebola.

“Very soon, there will be community awareness within Ilorin and its environs to sensitise and educate the people on how they can fight Ebola.”

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