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Sanwo-Olu Donates N200m For Indigenous Research in Health

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has donated N200 million for the funding of indigenous local research in health in the state.

Prof. Akin Abayomi, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health said this on Tuesday.

Abayomi made his known in Lagos at the ongoing 2022 Annual International Conference on Health Advances, Innovation and Research (ICHAIR), organised by the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that ICHAIR is a meeting for bio-medical professionals and stakeholders within Nigeria and beyond.

He said: “Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has given us N200 million and it is for the purpose of funding indigenous local research in the state.

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“We are presently going through the applications submitted so we can shortlist the applicants while the winners for the grant will be announced next month.

“This will trigger the process for research, innovations, and medical advances in health.

“The governor also funded COVID-19 research to the tune of N300 million and this research has resulted in 40 journal articles and were made possible through partnership with various health institutions such as NIMR.”

The commissioner added that plans were also on to create an intellectual property desk in the state.

“We are working on an intellectual property desk because it is necessary for our researchers to understand how important their intellectual work is,” he said.

He then urged researchers in the country to carry out research that will bring forth solutions to issues that were peculiar to our domain.