The EATSET clinical trials just concluded in
Nigeria have saved 84 (eighty-four) women whose lives were threatened following massive
intra-peritoneal bleeding from acute rupture of the fallopian tube as a result of ectopic
pregnancies. The studies were a follow up of the successful Alpha trials which took place
at the Department of Experimental Medicine of the University of Geneva in 1996.
The trials were carried out at the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital, the General Hospital
(Ayinke House),and at the Military Hospitals in Lagos and Kaduna.
The trials were coordinated and collated/analysed by Dr. Ayemoba of the Department of
Haematology of the University of Lagos Teaching Hospital between 1999 and 2001 Dr. Oviemo
Ovadje was the principal investigator.
Results of the trials will be discussed at the International Conference for Military
Medicine (ICMM) at the Sun City in South Africa in September 2002.
REKNOWNED SCIENTIST FOR EATSET WORKSHOP.
- By Fregson Roberts- Sierra-Leone
Top world rated scientist from Europe, USA, India, South Korea and Nigeria will
collaborate with the EATSET project in organizing an extensive and far reaching scientific
seminar and workshop in Abuja, Nigeria that will provide the fulcrum for delivering
Nigeria into the Biomedical research and technological psyche of the new age. The EATSET
workshop scheduled for August 2002 will also attract eminent industrialists from, India
and South Korea amongst whom are Sagae Precision, , Medi-Hut Industries, Jinhwa of South
Korea; Hyderabad Dies and Moulds and MRK Healthcare Industries of India. These companies
are individually working with the EATSET project of Nigeria on a south-south collaborative
arrangement to assist Nigeria in acquiring the know-how for medical manufacturing in the
drive towards boosting the productive aspects of the Nigerian economy through increased
productivity. Colonel Ovadje, inventor of the EATSET has continued to pursue a program of
transfer of medical technology to Nigeria with the support of the Nigerian Army. The Chief
of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Alexander Ogomudia, had earlier given a promise of total support to
issues of professional excellence arising from activities of officers and men of the
Key lectures are to be delivered by Prof F. Nicholas Jacobs (FACHE), the President and CEO
of Windber Medical Centre and Research Institutes of the United States of America, Prof.
Mbaya Kankwenda of the UNDP and Prof Ibironke Akinsete, chairman, NACA on issues of
biomedical research,; Sustainable Development and the quest for Safe Blood Transfusion and
HIV control in Africa
Other visiting guest lecturers are Dr. Richard Somiari, Associate Professor, Drexel
University, Philadelphia, Dr. Tzoren Aydin, Bioinformatics Director Drexel University
Philadelphia & Director Whitaker Foundations, USA. Others are Dr. Sonny Ohia, Assoc.
Dean, School of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, Creighton University, Omaha. N.E. USA
and Professor Michael Liebman, Director, computational Biology, Abramson Family Cancer
Research Institute & Professor of Cancer Biology, University of Pennsylvania Cancer
Centre, Philadelphia, USA; All top experts will discuss the place of biomedical research
and bioinformatics in solving health problems of Africa and developing countries.
Other eminent scientists expected at the seminar are, Prof. Osato Giwa Osagie of the Lagos
University Teaching Hospital, Prof. Martins Aghaji, College of Medicine, UNTH - Enugu,
Prof. F. Okonofua, Dean College of Medicine, Uniben, Brig Gen. Edowande, Director General
Defence Industries, Brig. Gen. (Dr.) S.O Njoku and Col. (Dr.) OO Ovadje, both of the
Nigerian Army Medical Service. Others are Dr. I Nnadi, of the Scientific Equipment
Development Institute, Dr. Obiaga DG. NASENI and Dr. Okongwu DG NOTAP all of whom are
committed to the industrial and technological development of Nigeria.
President Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR , President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria whose
government has continued to promote a culture of development and productivity in academics
and industries is proposed to declare the seminar/ workshop open as special guest of
honour. Prof A Nwosu, Hon Minister of Health and Prof. Mbaya Kankwenda of the United
Nations Development Program (UNDP) will co-chair the occasion. Dr. Yumkella of UNIDO and
Chief Kola Daisi are proposed to be special Guests of honour during the business meetings
between the foreign companies and the industrial sessions of the seminar respectively. The
Honourable Minister for Science and Technology will declare the workshop closed on the
10th of August.
It is also expected that officials of the World Health Organisation, World Intellectual
Property Organisation and ARCO Petrochemicals and members of the diplomatic community will
grace the occasion which will hold at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, FCT in early August. This
occasion will witness the full and successful commercialization and launching of the
EATSET Blood Transfusion device.