On the 10th of October we attended the 2nd annual lecture and dinner of the Global Infectious Disease Initiative (GIDI) aimed to train, educate, and enlighten the medical community on new developments for top infectious diseases. In attendance were representatives from the Lagos State Ministry of Health, public and private health sector, medical students, local and international experts in infectious diseases, and other distinguished guests.
This year’s event featured the launch of a new telemedicine service at the outpatient clinic of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) – a major upgrade for LUTH. The telemedicine platform will allow health workers at LUTH to work closely in consultation with a panel of American Board Certified infectious disease physicians to further elevate the standard of care provided. This was launched in collaboration with University of Lagos College of Medicine.
During the event, lectures on various infectious diseases such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Tuberculosis (TB), and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) were delivered by world-renowned experts.
Some interesting facts shared during the event include:
Overall it was a great event for learning and connecting with experts doing great work in the area of infectious diseases and one of the biggest takeaways was the need for prevention.
Let us all ensure we do our part in protecting ourselves from infectious diseases by practicing good hygiene and handwashing; supporting our immune systems with the right diet and adequate sleep; and reporting to health facilities for professional help when needed.