Nigeria: Microbiologists Offer to Assist Government Solve Cases of Mysterious Deaths
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
London, May 9, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Nigeria Society for Microbiology (NSM), has offered to assist the Nigerian government in its quest at reducing the increasing incidences of questionable deaths among the people often caused by preventable diseases.
The society said “mysterious deaths” can be stopped through the efforts of microbiologists” who have been adequately trained to solve such preventable mysteries
Speaking to this effect at the Society’s South West Zonal 3rd Annual Symposium with the theme; “Harnessing Microbiology Potentials for Sustainable Development”; the Vice Chancellor, Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, Professor Julius Oloke who was the lead Guest Lecturer at the occasion, stressed the importance of microbiology to man’s existence.
At the 3-day programme flagged off on Tuesday at the Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State, in his paper titled; “Biofilms and Microbial Ecology,” professor Oloke advocated the consumption of mushroom, and carrots to help build people’s immune system which in turn, could fight against prevalent diseases in the country.
According to the Vice Chancellor, while the disposition of industrial wastes into streams could be dangerous to human health, the inoculation of microbial organisms in plants, could lead to bumper harvest of farm products.
“Immune modulating products are needed in the treatment and management of diseases caused by biofilm. More aggressive root colonizing organisms, can be introduced into the tissue of plants for enhanced food production. Organisms with excellent biofilm formation, should be introduced into the science of microbial fuel cell” the VC PCU advised.
In the same vein, the society’s National President, Professor Muhammed Bello Yerima, said the country’s problems in the area of agriculture, medicine and environmental, among others, could be solved through microbiology.
To this end, Yerima implored the government, and related stakeholders, to look inward with a view to harnessing potentials that could be geared towards fast tracking growth and reducing incidences capable of compounding the identified problems.
In his welcome address to participants at the well attended symposium by scholars from tertiary institutions, the Adeleke University VC, Professor Samuel Ekundayo Alao, lamented the neglect of microbiologists by the authorities in the country
Professor Alao called for the inclusion of Microbiologists in government,stressing “mysterious deaths” can be stopped through the efforts of microbiologists”.
Other speakers included Professor Olu Odeyemi, Professor Bayo Adeyemi,former VC, Bells University,Otta,Ogun State and Professor Kehinde Eniola, the Country Ambassador, America Society of Microbiology.