THE government is proud of the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) for conducting key research that contributes towards improving and providing information used to formulate and improve various policies and treatments in the country.
This was said by Dar es salaam Regional Commissioner, Mr Abubakari Kunenge on Wednesday while celebrating NIMR 40th anniversary in Dar es salaam which was held at NIMR Mabibo Traditional Medicine Research Centre.
He further said that these studies have helped in the provision of services and how people can protect themselves from indicators of various diseases in the country.
"Among the studies and researches that should be given priority by NIMR are traditional medicines as directed by President John Pombe Magufuli," He said.
He added that Non-Communicable Diseases have been identified as a threat to public health as they have been spreading rapidly, so there is a great responsibility for NIMR to make sure such diseases do not spread further.
"I would like to commend you for fulfilling your responsibility to oversee and regulate health research in the country, and to ensure that they are carried out professionally in accordance with the values and research conducted in the country," he said.
He called on Dar es Salaam residents to have a culture of testing for prostate cancer since many people have been afraid to go for tests while they can get treatment and medication through the NIMR centre.
NIMR Director General, Prof Yunus Mgaya said NIMR will continue to ensure that research findings reach policymakers, decision makers and community members.
Prof Mgaya noted that NIMR has strengthened the network of local and international partners from 10 stakeholders in 1980 to 100 stakeholders in 50 countries.
During the celebrations, several health checkup services continued to be provided, including blood pressure testing, eyes, teeth and cervical cancer.
On the same occasion, Chief Research Scientist for NIMR Muhimbili Centre, Prof Sayoki Mfinanga said the centre's research has been instrumental in improving health services for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and non-communicable diseases and contributing to national and international policies.