UNILORIN TO DEVELOP EBOLA VACCINE

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The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin(Unilorin), Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali, has revealed that the institution has Ebola Research Committee, which is working on developing a vaccine for the dreaded virus disease.

Prof. Ambali gave the hint on Sunday in Abuja in an interview he granted the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN).

He said, “What is happening is that the committee is just monitoring events in terms of the vaccine, it will take a while because there are processes that you have to follow before you develop a vaccine.

“For example, you have to isolate the virus, grow the virus, attenuate the virus, bring it out for testing before the final usage. So those are the processes that any vaccine candidate will have to pass through before you can now use on victim.

“But right now, what they are doing is monitoring events across the borders and then we have put in place the facilities to be able to advise our staff as well as students that want to visit those places (High risk Ebola countries).

The vice-chancellor said that the committee was monitoring developments in neighbouring countries, especially in Liberia where there was a resurgence of Ebola.

He said that people, staff and students who travelled would be advised on proper precautionary measures while those returning from high risk areas would be properly screened before entry.
Ambali stressed the need for Nigerian universities to step up the publications of their research findings in order to improve the global rating of Nigerian universities.

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