4 December 2020 By Florence Adewale.
The Nigeria Biological Safety Association is to develop a National Biosafety Policy and guideline to enhance training of healthcare personnel across the country.
The President of the Association, Professor, Abiodun Denloye made this known at the 10th annual conference of the Association in Abuja.
Professor Denloye said the Association in collaboration with the Management Science for Health Association and other stakeholders through the Ministry of Health had carried out Biosafety and Biosecurity risk management assessment to ensure the policy meets international best practices.
Our resolve Presently, is that never shall will be caught unawares by another epidemic, our Association is providing partnership and support for the Federal Ministry of Health, Medical Laboratory Services division to develop a national Biosafety policy, guideline and training healthcare personnel in their facilities across the six Geopolitical Zones.”
In a keynote address, the Chairman National Technical Committee on covid nineteen, Professor, Oyewole Tomori who attributed ineffectiveness of policies to lack of application of knowledge acquired needed for Biosafety said all hands must be on deck to prepare for emergencies.
“Biosafety is the application of knowledge, techniques and equipment to prevent personal laboratory and environmental exposure to potentially infectious agents or biohazard.
In their separate goodwill messages the Minister of Environment Mahmud Mohammed and the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika said Government would not hesitate to carry all stakeholders along in the fight against bioterrorism.
“If there is anything our covid nineteen experience has taught us is that no Country, City , State or region can act in silos in the fight against bioterrorism. There must be a concerted and coordinated effort in which all hands must be on deck to push back to back and defeat the pandemic.”
The theme of the conference is “Next step towards preparedness for biological threats.”