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CDT AFRICA Hosts a Workshop on COVID-19 Two Years On

Centre for Innovative Drug Development and Therapeutic Trials for Africa (CDT-AFRICA) hosted a workshop on COVID-19 Two Years On: Consequences and Lessons Learned at Ras Mekonnen Hall Addis Ababa University (AAU) on December 30, 2022.

Andualem Deneke (PhD), Chief Executive Director of College of Health Sciences (CHS), in his opening address said that College of Health Sciences has developed structures for the fight against COVID-19 and prepared operational protocols.

According to Andualem, CHS advised the Ministry of Health to develop national guidelines and conducted clinical and epidemiological basic science researches as well as capacity building trainings. CHS treated thousands of patients and established isolation centres and rendered support with other health facilities, he added.

He also stated that the professionals of CDT-AFRICA and College of Health Sciences have played a significant role for the prevention, treatment and control of COVID-19.

Professor Tassew Weldehanna, President of AAU, in his keynote speech explained that COVID-19 epidemic has challenged the economy and the social interactions of the society. The Federal Government implemented significant activities in stabilizing the economy and enabling the social cohesion to continue in a strong coexistence, he added.

Prof. Tassew explained that it was difficult to find sanitizers and carryout tests around the first outbreak of COVID-19, but the Federal Government dealt on the problem shortly and set out solutions by opening a number of quarantine centres so that the patients could be treated and receive vaccinations instantly.

He also stated that the Federal Government’s health protection office and the Ministry of Health have done commendable activities in preventing and controlling the COVID-19 epidemic, as well as properly vaccinating citizens and providing awareness education about the epidemic.

Prof. Tassew proudly stated that AAU played a very prominent role during the construction of the Renaissance Dam and similarly, it did a very impressive job in fighting the epidemic and as an example of this, the institute’s research findings were widely produced and disseminated to citizens by the university’s researchers.

Professor Abebaw Fekadu, Leader at CDT-AFRICA, in his turn said that we can trust our leaders, our doctors/health professionals as well as our people during times of crisis, and we have to act quickly to put in place the critical capabilities.

 “All are needed—but making all the critical capabilities to produce our own drugs, vaccines and diagnostics cannot be negotiable. Our universities and research institutions have to be built to be dependable sources of knowledge and innovation,” Prof. Abebaw urged.

Reporter: TheodrosShewangizaw

Photographer: AndualemAssefa

Editor: Abraham Girmay