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LASG will embrace biotechnology to advance healthcare — top official

He explained that biotechnology combined the problem-solving skills of engineering with medical and biological sciences to improve healthcare diagnosis and treatment. “Our current methods of…

He explained that biotechnology combined the problem-solving skills of engineering with medical and biological sciences to improve healthcare diagnosis and treatment.

“Our current methods of organising and delivering care are unable to meet the expectations of patients and families.

“The science and technologies involved in healthcare, knowledge, skills, devices and drugs have advanced more rapidly than our ability to deliver them safely, effectively and efficiently,’’ he noted.

Idris said that Lagos State was willing to improve the health status of its citizenry by embracing biotechnology.

“It is estimated that 15 years from now, 50 per cent of the global economy would be bio-economy and knowledge economy,’’ he said.

He said that Nigeria was endowed with bio resources such as mangrove and swamp, rain forests, savannah and plateau.

“What matters most is how Nigeria uses the new information technology domain of bio informatics to drive the growth and development of modern biotechnology,” he said.

Idris said that the state government would organise a one-day public lecture on biotechnology and the future of medicine for stakeholders in the health sector.

The commissioner said that the aim of the lecture was to give the stakeholders a better understanding of the role of advanced technology in healthcare. He said that the lecture, to hold on July 21, would be on the theme “Exploring the Impact of Technological Advancement on Health Policy’’. (NAN)

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