11th July, 2011
Dr. Paul Orhii, Director General, National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has called on students to imbibe the culture for research to improve health care delivery in the country.
Orhii made the call in Gwagwalada at the opening of a National Scientific Conference with the theme, â€œRaising the Medical Scientist,â€ organised by the Nigerian Medical Students Association (NiMSA).
The NAFDAC boss, who was represented by Mrs. Adeline Osakwe, the Deputy Director of Pharmacovigilance of the agency, said the use of medicine as a tool to improve and maintain health could not be undertaken successfully without research.
â€œI am particularly impressed by the realisation of medical students themselves that there is a need to raise the level of medical research interest in our country to a level comparable to any country in the developed world. â€œMedical practice is synonymous with the use of medicine to improve and maintain health but cannot be undertaken successfully without medical research.â€
Orhii said the call for a culture of research by the students followed the need for new knowledge, opportunities for exploration and inventions in which the students could be seen as chief beneficiaries.
He attributed poor medical research in some institutions in the country to lack of personal interest from the researchers because the quest for knowledge was low.
â€œMost great countries of the world are great as a result of engaging in a form of research, and any country without young researchers is a country without vision.
â€œTherefore, for our country to be great, we have to start producing young researchers because the knowledge gained as a researcher on any subject is an intellectual property.â€