Ebola: Ambode, Canada Gov-General To Launch Lab In Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and the Governor-General of Canada, Rt Hon Julie Payette, will on Tuesday inaugurate a new biosecurity laboratory in Lagos.

The Lagos State Government said the inauguration of the biobank will take place at the Mainland Hospital in Yaba, housing the isolation unit used by the state government to contain the 2014 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak, according to a statement from the government on Sunday

The Laboratory, funded by Canada in partnership with the Lagos State, would serve as a single repository for all high-concentration pathogens in the state.

It would also help the State mitigate post-EVD threats and build capacity for prevention, detection and response to future outbreaks in Nigeria and West Africa.

The launch is coming days after the 62nd posthumous birthday of Dr. Stella Adadevoh who died of Ebola in 2014 while treating infected patients and trying to stop the spread of the deadly disease in Lagos.

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, would also be part of the delegation to accompany Governor Ambode to receive Hon. Payette before unveiling the new facility.

The visitor would also visit students participating in the CodeLagos computer literacy program.

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“Her Excellency will visit Akande Dahunsi Memorial Senior High School to interact with students taking part in the CodeLagos program and talk to them about her background in informatics. During this time, members of the Canadian delegation will give presentations on their own experiences and careers in other classrooms,” the statement said.

The CodeLagos program, currently running in public and private schools in the State, is an initiative of the Lagos State Ministry of Education aimed at educating over one million residents for the future of work – by teaching how to write code and creatively solve problems.

The statement added that the August visitor would have a lunch discussion with members of the Lagos business community, where she would deliver brief opening remarks which would bring the business community together.

It said she would round off her visit with a reception for Arts and Culture Friends of Canada.

The statement further said that the reception would see her meet with individuals who have made and continued to make exceptional efforts in promoting and enhancing the Canada-Nigeria relationship.

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