Obafemi Awolowo University Inaugurates its One Health Team

The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Inaugurated its ‘One Health team’ on Friday, at The College of Health Sciences Board room.

The Provost of the College of Health Sciences, OAU, Prof.

Babatope Kolawole, disclosed this in a statement signed by Prof.

A Onipede, the Media Chairperson.

Who was represented by the Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, Prof Morenike Ukpong, a member of the One Health Team.

One Health is a collaborative, multisectoral, and trans-disciplinary approach – working at local, national and global levels – to achieve optimal health and well-being outcomes, recognizing the interconnections between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment.

It can also be viewed as an approach towards designing, signing, and implementing programs, policies, legislations, and research in a systematic and integrative manner for optimal health outcome.

“It can also be viewed as an approach towards designing, signing, and implementing programmes, policies, legislations, and research in a systematic and integrative manner for optimal health outcomes.

“Globally, the threat of infectious diseases, particularly emerging infectious diseases, originating at the human-animal-environment interface has caught health systems off guard.

“The emergence and re-emergence of diseases such as Lassa fever, Avian influenza, Ebola and Coronavirus diseases, which threatened socio-economic disruption, have heightened the need for inter-sectoral coordination/collaboration,” Kolawole said.

Kolawole noted, there was also the need to support national and local multi-sectoral emergency preparedness against such disease that leads to an endemic.

He also said that the health team initiative was for the first time, promoting interactions among researchers in the college of health sciences, as well as in the faculties of agriculture, pharmacy and science.

In addition, this would help to foster integrative and systems thinking in research for the benefits of humanity, animals, the environment and the ecosystem as a whole.

“The primary aim of the team is to provide research-based evidence to drive the implementation of the 2019-2023 National One Health Strategic Plan.

“Also another major aim is to connect with global stakeholders and institutions driving the one health agenda.

“Already, links have been established with the Institute for Translational and Emerging Research in Advanced Comparative Therapy (INTERACT), Oklahoma State University, U.

S.

, as well as the Humanimal Trust, United Kingdom.

“The efforts in this direction is to work with the Oklahoma State University to implement a Memorandum of Understanding,” Kolawole said.

He further explained that, the MoU promises to strengthen capacities for the course integration of the different disciplines and cadre of manpower development engaged in all the interfaces of health at the university.

He stressed that the impact of the MoU, would also enhance the capacity of the health team to lead cutting-edge research on pathogen genomics and molecular diagnostics

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