Visit to Usmanu Danfodiyo University in Sokoto

Assoc Prof Hoe was invited by the Vice Chancellor of Usmanu Danfodiyo University in Sokoto, Nigeria to visit the university as part of the Asia-Africa Development University Network. Assoc Prof Hoe went to the University of Sokoto on the 26-30 Nov 2013. The visit was arranged by Dr Oche M Oche from the Department of Community Health, and hosted by the Head of Department, Professor Taofeek. Ibrahim. The trip from Kuala Lumpur to Sokoto was very long, Assoc Prof Hoe has to first take a flight to Dubai in United Arab Emirates, and then to Lagos. From Lagos he took another flight to Abuja, before finally connecting to Sokoto. Sokoto is situated on the Northern part of Nigeria near to Niger. It is about 600 km from Abuja the administrative capital and 1000 km from Lagos its main commercial centre.

This is the first time for an academic staff from the COEHUM and University of Malaya to visit the university. During the trip Assoc Prof Hoe had a discussion on research opportunity between Usmanu Danfodiyo University and the University of Malaya. He also managed to have a discussion with two potential PhD candidates, delivered a public lecture on “Occupational Hazards of Nurses” at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital and another lecture on “Occupational Health Services” at the University to the post-graduate students.

He also has a chance to visit the Zanfara State Ministry of Health’s Health and Demographic Surveillance station in Zanfara. Zanfara is about 200 km South-East from Sokoto. The stations consisted of the computer network and workstations to enter and manage the health and demographic surveillance data collected in the nearby community. The data is collected every six months by enumerators and is entered by data entry clerks into the individual workstations that are connected to the central server in the stations. The stations have their own backup power in the form of battery and generator to ensure the safety and integrity of the data.

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