As a response to the Ebola Virus outbreak that hit West Africa, the Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium (GET) was instrumental in facilitating the acquisition of a BSL3 biobank hybrid facility laboratory for the Lagos State’s Ministry of Health with a kind and generous donation from the Canadian Government. The laboratory was built in South Africa and is presently being assembled on the Mainland Hospital site in Yaba, Lagos State.
On request by the Honourable Commissioner of Health who has been spear heading this initiative, GET has been requested to assist with the Lagos Biobanking and Biosecurity Training – a programme with ten modules to be delivered over the next 5 months. This is made possible by ageneours grant from His Excellency the Governor of Lagos State HE Mr Ambode. The participating individuals will become the nucleus of emergency response in laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases in Lagos State and they will manage the BSL3 biobank laboratory upon completion of the training. The team has 12 members and is headed by a seasoned Infectious Disease Specialist Dr Bamidele Mutiu. The laboratory’s Principal Investigator is an expert virologist Prof Sunday Omilabu who is also involved in the training process.