Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

Agriculture Minister visits icddr,b, its research, clinical laboratories

Published 7:24 pm | September 22, 2019

Agriculture Minister Dr Mohammad Abdur Razzak along with scientists and employees from the ministry today visited icddr,b and its research and clinical laboratories. During the visit, the minister stressed on icddr,b’s cooperation to set-up an internationally recognised testing and certification laboratory to strengthen qualities of food and agricultural products, including products which Bangladesh exports, imports and consumes.

Executive Director of icddr,b Professor John D Clemens welcomed the minister at icddr,b and presented an overview of the international research institute, said a press release here today. Professor Clemens also explained how icddr,b provides basic and implementation research and knowledge translation to solve major public health problems facing low- and middle-income countries in the world.

The minister and his team toured icddr,b’s three research and four clinical laboratories. Senior Scientist and Head of Mucosal and Immunology Laboratory Dr Firdausi Qadri, Senior Scientist, Enteric and Respiratory Infections Dr Rubhana Raqib and Senior Director, Laboratory Sciences and Services of icddr,b Dr Niyaz Ahmed were present, among others.

The agriculture minister said, “Icddr,b is doing a highly commendable job. We would like to collaborate with this institution to help set-up an international standard lab for the Ministry of Agriculture. We want our staff to have hands-on training here at icddr,b.”

Professor Clemens said icddr,b has always been supportive to the government and will extend its full cooperation to the ministry’s effort in setting up the lab, said the release.


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