NDU DON Advocates Proper Management of Virus Infections

The 36th Inaugural Lecture of the Niger Delta University took place on April 17, 2019 at the University's Main Auditorium. Speaking on the topic "Viruses: Ignored, Neglected, Poorly Understood with Resulting Devastating Consequences", the Guest Lecturer, Kemebradikumo D Pondei, a professor of Medical Microbiology (Virology) at the College of Health Sciences , explained the seriousness of the threat of viruses. Viruses, he said are troublesome non-cellular organisms;  they present many diagnostics and treatment challenges; are fatal and deadly as they invade and destroy cells  in the body and is a major cause of most public health crises and hazards such as the Spanish Flu (after the 1st World War that claimed about 10% of the World Population by then) and recent outbreaks like Monkey Pox, Zika, Lassa Fever, Bird Flu, Rabies, Polio, Mumps, Measles, Yellow Fever, Ebola and even many cancers, just to mention a few.  If viruses have these serious public health implications, the Professor  lamented why policy makers have paid little attention to this problem with its "devastating consequences" His solution and recommendations: adequate training and re-training of health professionals with knowledge in virology, establishment of specialist institutions for research, diagnostics, treatment and containment of viral infectious diseases, amongst others. The well attended lecture was chaired by the Vice Chancellor Prof Samuel G Edoumiekumo, Principal Officers, Deans of Faculties, Directors , amongst others.
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