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Clinical research in Nigeria: Experts decry dearth of infrastructure, data, funding

 

The Director, Project Management and Business Development (Africa), Clinique Research Development Ltd, Ms Mutiah Ipaye-Macaulay, says Nigeria still lag behind in clinical research globally in the health sector.

According to her, there is currently a void in clinical trials in the country which needs to be filled.

Director, Project Management and Business Development (Africa), Clinique Research Development Ltd, Mrs Mutiah Ipaye-Macaulay

Ipaye-Macaulay spoke at a one-day Clinical Investigators’ Summit held at Radisson Blue Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, tagged “Nigeria 2020’’ with the theme: “Strategy for Collection of Quality Data/Site Preparedness.’’

“We are here to revolutionise clinical trials in Nigeria and put it on the world map,’’ said Ipaye-Macaulay, an American trained, who boasts of at least 15 years in the field.

“There is no funding backup from the government and even the private sector.

“No infrastructure, no light, no data, no quality assurance and this has made other countries to shun Nigeria,’’ she told Persecondnews on the sideline of the event.

Guests and participant at the summit

Describing the maiden summit as a pace-setting event in Nigeria, Ipaye-Macaulay promised that the organizers would henceforth host it annually to further create awareness and mo