Canadian Governor-General Launches Lagos Biobank
Governor Ambode of Lagos and the Canadian Governor-General Payette. Source: Punch

The Governor-General of Canada Julie Payette has inaugurated the $4.5m Lagos Biobank on Tuesday in the Yaba axis of the commercial nerve center.

Concise News understands that the Biobank is for the management of the outbreak of diseases, development of vaccines and research.

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According to Payette, the West Africa Ebola outbreak reveals the importance of increasing cooperation and coordination to halt the spread of diseases.

“In this context, the governments of Lagos State and Canada joined together to design and build a new biological containment laboratory and secure storage facility,’’ Payette said.

Payette said: “I must say I had a thought knowing that we were coming here to open such an important facility.

“A facility to prevent, detect and respond to about the worst calamities possible outcomes that could happen.

“The incidence of infectious disease if not contained could do so much damage and could ravage so many lives.

“It is absolutely essential to have a facility like this to make sure that it never happens.

“As serious as the outbreak was here in Nigeria and elsewhere in West Africa, it could not have been much more and worse.”

She assured that “We will continue to collaborate with you in this important effort. We also work in Canada in our microbiology laboratories to contain other infectious disease and still working on Ebola and other treatments.

“The disease is very deadly. We have experimental treatments that are now coming up so that the possibility that we can cure or treat diseases better is in front of us.

“And we have to continue toward that goal so that diseases like Ebola do not anymore mean a death sentence.”