Minister of Health Dr. Jean Kalilani has appealed to all individuals and non – governmental organizations to take Health research findings more purposeful to Malawians.
Dr Kalilani made the remarks in Lilongwe at Crossroads Hotel Thursday as she opened the 2014 joint COM-NAC Research and Best Practices Dissemination conference.
“It is very commendable to carry out research and it must serve a purpose only if you share the findings of research work to the people,
“We need those individuals or NGOs who conduct health related research in the country to take it more seriously specifically on HIV and AIDS, “said Dr. Kalilani.
The conference which is being held under the theme, ‘’Reduction of disease burden in Malawi: Evidence-based public health approach’’ shall run from 27 to 28 of November 2014.
According to the minister the conference will among other advantages allow different researchers to share findings of various research works which would help in guiding policy formulation on which areas to be improved on.
However, Dr. Kalilani further asked researchers to be ethical when discharging their respective research works.
“Researchers ought to follow their ethics when doing their work so that it benefit Malawians, this conference has been jointly organised this year to bring together those people who have carried out various research studies, I hope this will continue even in the exceeding years,” said the minister.
“Research results must be used for the advantages of everyone; if research is carried out in those high lightened areas we know it will help us on policy development and improved service delivery,” she articulated.
Responding to problems associated with ARVs which sometimes make men develop breasts or women having other deformities the minister said “It is inevitable to have side effects on any medication like any other medicine including aspirin has its own negative effects,” added Dr Kalilani.
The joint conference has come at the time when the Ministry of Health is persuading people to go for free HIV/AIDS testing as one way of combating the spreading of the virus in the country.–(Reporting by Malawi News Agency)Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :