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UK-based agency to help upgrade Unilorin Vet Teaching Hospital

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A United Kingdom-based donor agency, the Flaming Fund Foundation, has expressed interest in helping the University of Ilorin to strengthen the capacity of its Veterinary Teaching Hospital in terms of diagnosis and innovation.
Towards this end, the representatives of the Foundation visited the University to assess the Teaching Hospital with a view to identifying
areas of possible intervention.
The leader of the visiting team, Dr. Ayuba Phillip, said that the Flaming Fund Foundation has decided to help the University of Ilorin upgrade its Veterinary Teaching Hospital to a world-class standard.
Dr. Phillip disclosed that 70 per cent of human diseases are contracted from animals, saying that when the capacity of the hospital equipment is strengthened, such dangerous diseases will be noted immediately and prevented from becoming danger to the workers and
society at large.
He said, “Our visit is to see how we can help the University of Ilorin Veterinary Teaching Hospital increase its capacity and to make sure we
advance its laboratory even in diagnosis, equipment and innovation”.
Dr. Phillip said that the ultimate goal of the intervention is to ensure that the University of Ilorin has a good veterinary laboratory that will compete favourably with its contemporaries across the globe.
He added that “diagnosis that are made are usually tentative, we want to increase the capacity for definitive diagnosis. By the time the
capacity of the equipment is strengthened, the results of a research or tests carried out will be instant and accurate and the University
and society will benefit a lot from it” he added.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, thanked the donor agency for showing interest in the University of Ilorin and described their intervention as a thing of joy to the
University management.
Prof. Abdulkareem expressed confidence that the support will further place the Unilorin Veterinary Teaching Hospital on a global map in terms of innovation and standard diagnosis, as well as aiding quality research that will give birth to sound and qualitative education.
The Vice-Chancellor said that such intervention will also afford the University the opportunity of realizing its dream of rendering more effective community services in fulfilment of the third leg of the University’s tripartite mandate.
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