Uniport, GSSHealth to Explore More Partnership

The University of Port Harcourt under the auspices of Centre for Malaria Research and Phytomedicine (CMRAP) and the United States-based Global Scientific Solutions for Health (GSSHealth), have agreed to explore more mutually beneficial activity to both institutions aimed at promoting heathcare and wellbeing.

Briefing the Vice Chancellor at a courtesy visit on him by a GSSHeath delegation on Monday, July 1, 2019. Director of CMRAP, Professor Orikomaba Obunge, disclosed that he reached out to the organization for assistance in assembling facilities that would ease sample collection and analysis in the university. He added that the team was in the University to install and demonstrate the equipment, as well as offer training to relevant personnel that would operate the the facilities at the Centre.

Founder and Chief Executive officer of GSSHealth, Dr Paula Fernandes, who was accompanied by Jordan Schermerhorn, noted that her group translates health policy into practices by enhancing public health programmes. “We do this through planning, training, mentoring and evaluation of the processes. We are here to train your personnel on a new technique for mass sequencing of mosquito DNA as a part of ongoing research against malaria. Because of its multiple uses, this instrument can   also   be    used for effective disease surveillance as well. We are interested in the University of Port Harcourt because of the diverse range of scientific disciplines and expertise available here and it is one of the best universities in Nigeria. In addition, we are seeking further research collaborations in other areas, “ Dr Fernandes said.

Receiving the visitors, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Ndowa Lale, commended Professor Obunge who was the former Deputy Provost of the College of Health Sciences for initiating the collaboration. “ Despites the serious threat posed by other ailments, it is on record that malaria still claims more lives and we are in dire need of critical research efforts to tackle this scourge that kills mostly children and pregnant mothers in this part of the world. We are thrilled by the installation of a technology that would enable our research team to improve field survey. Let me, on behalf of Management, express gratitude to GSSHealth for finding our University suitable for this important collaborative research,” Professor Lale said, pledging the support of Management to the successful implementation of the project.

GSSHealth visit featured:

* Seminars

*Laboratory on Nanopore Technology