Speaking at the ceremony on Tuesday in Lagos, Payette said that the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa underscored the need for countries to intensify cooperation and coordination to prevent the spread of diseases and to effectively counter epidemics.
“In this context, the governments of Lagos State and Canada joined together to design and build a new biological containment laboratory and secure storage facility,’’ she said.
She commended the Lagos State Government for containing the 2014 Ebola outbreak, saying that the facility would better equip the state to mitigate post-Ebola threats.
Local media reports quoted Payette as saying that the facility will also assist to strengthen capacity to prevent, detect and respond to all manner of future disease threats naturally occurring or deliberately caused.
She noted that the incidence of infectious disease if not contained can do so much damage and ravage so many lives.
Payette said that Canada was very glad to have filled that gap with this laboratory and Biobank.
“We will continue to collaborate with you in this important effort. We also work in Canada in our microbiology laboratories to contain other infectious disease and still working on Ebola and other treatments.
“The disease is very deadly. We have experimental treatments that are now coming up so that the possibility that we can cure or treat diseases better is in front of us.
“And we have to continue towards that goal so that diseases like Ebola do not anymore mean a death sentence,’’ she added.
In his remarks, The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, said that the facility would help public health practitioners not only to detect, but boost clinical management of the outbreak of diseases.
He assured that Lagos State would bear the cost of training, maintenance and community engagement.