The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has called on Nigerian governments, universities and research institutions and agencies, particularly the National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (NACA), to invest more in research aimed at discovering a global cure for HIV/AIDS.
The NMA was reacting to the announcement in the United States that a baby in Mississippi may have been successfully cured of the virus.
In a statement by its chairman, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, the association praised the efforts of the research team responsible for the discovery of the possible “functional” cure for the pandemic, and called for the encouragement of similar research locally to enable Nigeria join the league of nations around the globe who are finding solutions to human difficulties.
On its part, the NMA said it has already directed its research committee to study the findings of the US research team with a view to repeating the same feat in Nigeria.
“The Nigerian Medical Association has directed its Research committee as well as its HIV/AIDS Committee to deeply understudy the research finding with a view to replicating similar research studies in Nigeria, in collaboration with relevant research institutions, Universities and the National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (NACA).”
The association said it expects the latest development to energize researchers in Africa, particularly Nigeria, which is said to have one of the highest reported cases of the virus in the world.
Furthermore, Nigeria’s ruling class is notorious for preferring foreign medical treatment, a preference blamed by medical professionals in the country on the nation’s poor medical facilities.