Why Nigeria must establish medical research council — NIMR DG

Mr Salako explained that the lack of adequate funding for medical research is responsible for the poor health indices in Nigeria.

ByNike Adebowale-Tambe

 June 6, 2023

The Director General of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Babatunde Salako, says establishing a Medical Research Council (MRC) will provide opportunities to solve health challenges locally.

Mr Salako said this while speaking during a meeting with stakeholders in Abuja on Tuesday, noting that the research council will also address funding challenges restricting research in the country.

He said countries with existing medical research councils have opportunities to focus on the variance of health challenges.

“Globally, the medical research council funds medical research and the advantage is that countries, where they exist, can actually focus on the variance of health challenges that are affecting the people and providing solutions,” he said.

Mr Salako noted that health research contributes most to human development worldwide; hence the government must key into it.

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