Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has pointed out that Nigeria cannot keep on depending on other countries for vaccines during disease outbreaks.
The minister said it is necessary to develop human capacity in medical research to proffer solutions to existing diseases of public health concern.
He made this known at a media briefing organised by the Nigeria Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) Foundation, on Tuesday.
According to him, the foundation was initiated to raise funds to promote medical research that will benefit Nigerians.
“We cannot continue as a nation to depend on other nations of the world for vaccines during outbreak of pandemics,” he said.
“NIMR was founded in 1977 with the vision to lead medical research, while her contemporary in the US, UK, India and other parts of the world are undertaking groundbreaking, farsighted development via research work in biosciences and biotechnology.
“NIMR has been limited due to funds, but it might surprise you that NIMR has demonstrated clearly to come up with research works despite this challenge, in the areas of diagnostic kits for COVID-19, sickle cell, therapies and remedies that are life changing.”