The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) Tuesday launched a state-of-the-art multi-campus of excellence in public healthcare, training, and research in Abuja.
Speaking during the ceremony, the Chair, IHVN’s Board of Directors, Professor Emeritus Umaru Shehu, who was represented by Sir Steve Omojafor, Board Director of the institute, said Nigeria would soon become the destination for medical tourism, clinical diagnostics, treatment, and care for people with infectious and non-infectious diseases as a result of the facilities found on the campus.
The Chief Executive Officer of IHVN, Dr Patrick Dakum, said the IHVN Campus accommodates an organizational structure consisting of two functional centres; the Programme Implementation Centre and the International Research Centre of Excellence.
Dr Chukwuma Anyaike, National Coordinator, National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP) of the Federal Ministry of Health said IHVN was one of the strong partners that supported the increased TB case finding in Nigeria, adding that the campus would help tackle the disease burden in the country.
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The United States Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Rolf Olson, said the global partnerships that IHVN is building and strengthening through the new campus, would help produce world-class, quality research that will have an impact beyond Nigeria’s borders.