Yobe to Partner UK Research Institutions on Kidney Disease
By Uche Friday
Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni has announced that the state government will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with research institutions in the United Kingdom to commence research on kidney failure in the state.
The agreement follows a visit by Governor Buni to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he met with renowned epidemiologists and researchers.
During the meeting, the parties agreed to investigate the remote causes of kidney failure among communities living on the banks of the Yobe River.
“We have had very fruitful discussions that raise our hope to finding solutions to this health menace, as well as to promote research and training in the state.
“We will sign the MoU to define our levels of commitment to commence the partnership,” Governor Buni said.
Governor Buni explained that the state government was committed to finding international funders to support the research, which he described as ‘capital extensive.’
He also noted that the research and training programs would attract economic gains to the state.
“We are committed to creating a research and training hub at the Biomedical Research and Training Center of the Yobe State University.
“The research center will serve us locally, provide quality training to scientists, and attract researchers and scientists from across Nigeria and Africa,” he added.
The governor also met with Professor Neil Pearce, an internationally celebrated professor of epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and other professional luminaries in the field.
At the end of the meetings, these professionals agreed to partner with the Yobe State government in its quest to fight kidney disease and promote research and training in the state.