The Minister of Science and Expertise, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, on Thursday known as on African nations to benefit from science and know-how to speed up growth within the continent.
Onu gave the recommendation at a digital assembly of African ministers of science, know-how and innovation in Abuja.
The assembly was to change concepts on finest practices on science, know-how and innovation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He mentioned it was necessary that the collaboration and cooperation amongst African nations be sustained to be able to surmount the COVID-19 disaster.
Onu additionally hinted that efforts had been being made by Nigeria to supply home-grown options to the pandemic.
The minister mentioned the ministry had developed a strategic response in prevention, monitoring, testing and therapy (PT3) within the quick, medium and long-term to tackling COVID-19.
He mentioned the ministry had achieved a lot within the space of training, together with the manufacturing of specialized gear for disinfecting public locations.
We now have additionally in collaboration with Nigerian scientists on the College of Sheffield within the UK, developed an RNA swift extraction kits.
Onu described the testing kits as environment friendly, correct and reasonably priced and that they had been 20 per cent cheaper, in comparison with these produced in different nations.
He disclosed that Nigeria was collaborating with researchers in america and getting ready crucial protocols to supply native vaccines for COVID-19.
We now have made spectacular progress in unlocking the super potential in lots of medicinal vegetation in Nigeria.
In response to him, the ministry has assembled a panel of consultants from the Nigerian Academy of Science, to confirm and study claims of doable cures and administration of the virus.
He known as on different African nations to benefit from the COVID-19 pandemic by additionally paying extra consideration to the event of medicines for sexually transmitted infections.
Onu additionally known as for collaboration amongst African nations to make the battle in opposition to the virus an enormous success.
He knowledgeable his counterparts from different nations that as at Aug. 17, Nigeria had 49,600 confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 with 36,834 folks discharged and 11,674 energetic circumstances.
The minister mentioned that 977 folks had additionally misplaced their lives to the virus.
Edited By: Joe Idika/Silas Nwoha (NAN)