INTEGRATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY AND LABORATORY SCIENCE IN NIGERIA: A REVIEW OF RESPONSES TO COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted the criticality of an integrated approach between public health policy and laboratory science, especially in countries like Nigeria, with unique healthcare challenges. This study aimed to comprehensively analyze the synergy between these two domains, focusing on their collaborative potential and implications for pandemic response in Nigeria. Adopting a mixed-methods approach, the research combined qualitative and quantitative data to provide a holistic perspective. The study delved into Nigeria's pre-COVID-19 public health landscape, the historical context of health policy and laboratory collaboration, and this synergy's economic, social, regulatory, and ethical facets. Key findings revealed that Nigeria's public health policies during the pandemic were adaptive, with laboratory science showcasing innovations in diagnostic tools, techniques, and infrastructure enhancements. Mutual feedback mechanisms and international engagements marked the collaboration between policymakers and laboratories. The study concludes that fostering a robust synergy between health policy and laboratory science is paramount for future pandemic preparedness. Recommendations include the need for continuous training, infrastructure development, and international collaborations to bolster Nigeria's healthcare system. This research offers valuable insights for policymakers, healthcare professionals, and researchers, emphasizing the importance of a collaborative approach in health crises.
Keywords: Public Health Policy, Laboratory Science, COVID-19, Nigeria, Pandemic Response.
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