Plateau State Governor, H.E Simon Lalong inaugurated a Special Committee for Research on Coronavirus and Other Infectious Diseases. The responsibility of the committee is to utilize all available resources in the state to find a solution to infectious diseases.
While inaugurating the team on Monday at the Government House in Rayfield he the State has had to deal with many infectious diseases in the past, it has not been confronted with anything like the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19). Noting that there is a need to look outside the box for a solution and not only to upgrade medical facilities.
The team members comprise of researchers from various tertiary institutions within the State as well as the State Ministry of Health. The lead researcher of the team is a Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Jos, Noel Wannang.
The committee’s role is to search for conventional and/or alternative drugs for the treatment and cure of the coronavirus. Design treatment protocols for the treatment of the virus. Conduct clinical trials on the candidate drug(s).
The committee has been given one week to present a proposal to the Government. Within three weeks, the Government will be expecting a draft of research prospects, while fortnightly; a progress report should be submitted.
In the governor’s statement, “indeed, our generation is facing perhaps one of its most difficult times. Clearly, COVID-19 has reminded us of the need to be proactive in not only upgrading our medical facilities and improving manpower but also working ahead to develop a preventive and curative capacity for infectious diseases” he said.
Plateau State is richly blessed with several natural herbs and other medicinal gifts of nature which is going to be useful to the entire state and the people. This needs to be tapped.
“We must not only look inwards to find a solution to the current COVID-19 challenge but also use today’s experience to prepare for the future in order to avoid panic and desperation”.
“It is a known fact that Plateau State is endowed with herbal and medicinal products that could be harnessed towards building our capacity to withstand the threat of diseases such as the coronavirus if, and when they spring up”, Simon Lalong said.