COVID-19 : STOP CUT & PASTE APPROACH TO INFECTIOUS DISEASE FIGHT- AIR COMMODORE AKINWALE AT CLWA CONFERENCE 2021
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COVID-19 : STOP CUT & PASTE APPROACH TO INFECTIOUS DISEASE FIGHT- AIR COMMODORE AKINWALE AT CLWA CONFERENCE 2021



By Jerry Akornor 


Laboratory Quality Assurance Manager at Henry M. Jackson Foundation for Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) in Nigeria Air Commodore Edward A. Akinwale (Rtd)  has urged African leaders to stop the consistent cuts and paste approaches to the battle against infectious disease including Covid-19. 

According to him,  apart from basic protocols such as getting vaccinated, wearing masks, physical distancing and hands washing, the phenomenon where African governments consistently copy blindly from the developed countries without home grown remedy is not too good.

Speaking at the 7th CelebraeLAB annual meeting and inaugural Conference for laboratory professionals in West Africa 2021 in Accra, Air Commodore Akinwale (Rtd) said "What I don't like is the cuts and paste approach to infectious disease fight where Europe goes for lockdown and African governments quickly copy same". 

"Let develop our facilities  at home and stop flying leaders when they are sick"

Meanwhile, President of Ghana Association of Medical laboratory Scientists Dr. Abu Abudu Rahamani wants PCR testing at Kotoka International Airport extended to those who travel through porous borders in order to reduce cross border transmission of Covid-19.  

Contributing to the debate, Chief Executive and Scientific Officer of Shufflex Biomed, USA and Liberia Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan has urged African health experts to resort to data sharing in containment, combating and preventing spread of infectious diseases in the era of pandemic.



Dr. Dougbeh Nyan said "apart from basic Covid-19 protocols such as getting vaccinated, wearing masks, physical distancing and hands washing, let collaborate to share data".


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