Medical and Public Health Professionals see GMOs as a potential to solving hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity problems in Nigeria.
According to the President of the Nigerian Medical Association of Nigeria, Prof Mike Ogirima: “where there is poverty, hunger and injustice, there is no choice than to adopt GM Technology.”
He said this at the 12th annual scientific conference organized by the Association of the Catholic Medical Practitioner of Nigeria (ACMPN). He added that the church should support the efforts to use GM foods to fight hunger and poverty in Nigeria. GM food pose no more harm than conventional foods. The OFAB Nigeria chapter coordinator, Dr Rose Gidado took part in the conference where she delivered a keynote on the topic: GMO, Harmless, harmful or beneficial. The presentation sensitized the participants on the importance of biotechnology in Agriculture. The participants were overwhelmed and asked for partnership with OFAB to continue creating awareness on the potentials of the technology.
As a follow up on this outcome, the association invited the Dr Gidado to speak to their Abuja chapter on GMO technology. After the event, Dr Daniel Adamu, a Medical Director and a physician, said: “This lecture was an eye opener and it took away a lot of fears and concerns we had on Genetically Modified Organisms and Dr Rose made us to understand the benefits of the technology. We welcome it; we encourage our patients to go for it when they become available.”
Similarly, Dr Jeremiah Abutu, Former National Chairman of the association and a Medical Director, General Hospital Gwagwalada commenting on the impact of the lecture said: “I have been worried a lot about issues concerning GMOs but with the lectures and presentation Dr Rose made on studies done on GMOs in US and other parts of the world, I must say I am highly impressed. Before now, I was sceptical but with this presentation, I have a different opinion about GMOs. My only suggestion is that we do more studies to test the efficacy of this technology in the Nigerian environment so we can have our own data and domesticate appropriately.”