The Lagos State government, in partnership with Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium, is set to hold the seventh annual African Conference on One Health and Biosecurity in the state.

This was announced in an official statement by the state government on Thursday.

The event is part of the government’s efforts to ensure that the African continent braces up for the challenges posed by emerging infectious diseases and biosecurity threats.

The conference, themed, “Universal Approach to Addressing Biosecurity Threats – Genomic Intelligence and Vaccines”, is scheduled to be held at the Civic Centre, Lagos between Wednesday 27th and Friday 29th October, 2021.

According to the State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, the conference is seventh in the series of conferences organised by GET, in partnership with governments around West Africa and the African continent.

The aim of the event is to help develop a biosecurity road map and to increase resilience in dealing with pathogens of high consequence.

“Lagos has teamed up once again this year with GET to organise the seventh African Conference on One Health and Biosecurity. We have a very important thematic initiative this year to address the universal approach to biosecurity threats using genomic intelligence and vaccines”, the statement quoted Abayomi as saying.

He further explained that the conference’s thematic areas cover “Vaccine Strategy, Genome Research, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Biosecurity and Bio-threat, Biobanking Infrastructure, Climate change and Cultural Anthropological Social and Economic Impact of Emerging Infectious Diseases.”

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According to Abayomi, resolutions at the conference will help chart a positive course for strategic response against biosecurity threats in Africa and by extension, the world.

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