Health: Katsina Governor Visits Sanger Institute In UK

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By; SULAIMAN AHMED MISAU, Katsina

Mallam Dikko Umaru Radda of Katsina state was in Wellcome Sanger Institute a prestigious School, Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) for partnership to revolutionize the health sector in the state.

The collaboration aimed to establish a center of excellence in Katsina, becoming the first of its kind in the northern part of Nigeria dedicated to combating infectious diseases.

A statement by Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dikko Radda, Ibrahim Kaula Mohammed, said founded to sequence human genome, the Wellcome Sanger Institute today was a biomedical research center recognized globally for undertaking large-scale science that forms the foundations of knowledge in biology and medicine.

Mohammed Kaula explained that,

Governor Radda’s recent visit to the Wellcome Sanger Institute showcased his commitment to improving healthcare and fostering international collaborations.

Kaula said during his visit, the Governor was accompanied by esteemed individuals, including Ibrahim Ingawa, a student and scholarship recipient from the Federal University Dutsin-Ma (FUDMA) in Katsina state and Dr. Aliko Mohammed, a lecturer at Cambridge University and Chatham House fellow. 

According to Ibrahim Kaula Mohammed Governor Dikko Umaru Radda was well received by the Chief Operating Officer of the institute, Dr. Martin Dougherty, and Prof. Nicholas Robert Thomson, the institutes Head of Parasites and Microbes Programme, both men provided valuable insights and assured the governor of their overwhelming support.

He reiterated that, the Wellcome Sanger Institute at Cambridge is renowned for its expertise in research and its comprehensive approach to tackling infectious diseases. 

 “By harnessing this knowledge, Governor Radda aims to establish a state-of-the-art center of excellence in Katsina and This groundbreaking initiative will serve as a hub for cutting-edge research, advanced diagnostics, and innovative treatment strategies,” he noted.

Consequently, he disclosed the proposed center of excellence 

would address the pressing healthcare challenges faced by the northern region of this Country.   specifically focusing on infectious diseases. 

He emphasized that, through strategic partnerships, the center would leverage the expertise of international and local researchers, healthcare professionals, and policymakers to develop sustainable solutions and strengthen the healthcare ecosystem in Katsina State.

 He said Governor Radda expressed his excitement about the partnership.pointing out that,

“This collaboration with the Wellcome Sanger Institute marks a significant milestone in our efforts to transform healthcare in Katsina State. By establishing a center of excellence, we will enhance our capacity to combat infectious diseases and improve the overall health outcomes of our citizens. We look forward to working closely with international experts and local stakeholders to achieve our shared vision.

 “All Universities including the School of Hygiene, Oxford University, and Cambridge University are partnering with Wellcome Sanger Institute to conduct high-impact research. 

“Therefore, a partnership with Sanger Institute is like building a network with all UK universities,” Malam Umaru Radda assured.

He said the Katsina State Governor’s dedication to healthcare innovation and his proactive approach to fostering collaborations with international institutions highlighted his commitment to improving the well-being of the people of Katsina.

“This groundbreaking partnership signifies a remarkable step forward in the state’s healthcare sector and positions Katsina as a leader in the fight against infectious diseases in Nigeria,” the Chief Press Secretary to the Katsina State Governor said.

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