The Association of Good Clinical practice in Nigeria (AGCPN) has called on all stakeholders in the health sector in Africa to join hands and work together to foster a mutually beneficial collaborative partnership to drive clinical trial operational efficiencies and meet African healthcare delivery objectives.
The AGCPN Chairman, Prof. Ifeoma Okoye who made this call during the opening ceremony of the 1st All Africa Clinical Trial Summit held at the Civic Center, Victoria Island Lagos on Tuesday said that the desire of the association was to collaboratively partner with stakeholders to potentiate its next phase of activities to assist the African region in addressing her triple burden of health priorities while also providing medical knowledge to healthcare professionals.
Prof. Okoye noted that Africans at home and in Diasporas have come to the conclusion that the low volume of drug research and development (including clinical trial) is counterproductive to the vision for healthy Africa.
At the event graced by eminent personalities including Prof. Pat Utomi, a trustee of AGCPN, Prof Maurice Iwu, a renowned researcher and former chairman INEC and Mrs. Yetunde Oni, acting director general, NAFDAC; the AGPCN gave awards of excellence to some distinguished healthcare practitioners.
Among those awarded were Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, president, PSN, Prof. Mike Ogirima, president, Nigerian Medical Association(NMA) and Prof. Issa Marte Hussaini of University of Maiduguri.