Reportage. Professor Didier Raoult is a native of Teranga and was recently in Dakar. For “local children”, this is a scientific accommodation.
voltDuring this period of the Covid-19 pandemic, this is an unnoticed visit in Teranga land. It is the Senegalese who are known for defending the use of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin as treatments for Covid-19, but they have also caused controversy around the world. Is it necessary to indicate that this is related to Professor Didier Raoult? This infectious disease expert and professor of microbiology at the Faculty of Medicine and Complementary Medicine of Marseilles, he led the Méditerranée infection work at the Hospital University Faculty of Medicine (IHU), so he stayed in Senegal from March 26 to 31. Among its plans: monitor work in progress, study samples of Covid-19 variants, meet with caregivers and scientists, and even transfer diagnostic tools. In short, a busy week.
On March 31, he held a meeting at the Institute of Hygiene Research, Epidemiology Surveillance and Training (Iressef) at the Science Center of Diamniadio, 25 kilometers from Dakar. Professor Didier Raoult ) Reiterated his “joy” and “happiness” in Senegal. He once “left deep memories” of his homeland and maintained close personal and professional contacts there. He had to postpone his 2020 travel plan due to the pandemic. Senegalese biologist Dr. Cheikh Sokhna explained: “You should know that since 2008, he has spent at least one week in Senegal every year conducting research and training young researchers.” Dakar Development Research Center (IRD) ), is also the head of the IHU research team in Marseille.
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One of the reasons for the arrival of infectious disease and pathologists specializing in tropical environments is the launch of research on the emergence of Covid-19 variants. “We spent a few days in the Bandia Reserve, 80 kilometers from Dakar, and sampled green monkeys and primates near their homes to see if they are carriers of the viral pathogens and whether they can be transmitted. To humans,” Dr. Cheikh Sokhna explained. In addition to the samples, the Maasai IHU is also collaborating with researchers from Iressef in Dakar to find the source of the first variants found in Africa and to study the emergence of Covid-19 variants.
In order to facilitate diagnosis and enhance the capacity of Senegal’s health structure, IHU transferred specific PCR tests to IRD to detect these variants. “Before that, it is necessary to sequence to obtain this information. This is complicated, long and expensive. This test has been tried by IRD and is being tested in Iressef,” he added before notifying the Senegalese expert , Due to the transfer of diagnostic tools, variant tables can be placed, which will make it possible. It is possible to position the variant well, so in the long run, an effective response strategy can be proposed to the Senegalese Ministry of Health and Social Action. “
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Professor Raoult’s scientific investment in Senegal can be traced back to 2008. In 2012, IHU installed a research platform at the Dakar Main Hospital by equipping it with a mass spectrometer to facilitate the rapid diagnosis of bacteria. It is the first of its kind in Africa. Especially in cooperation with the tax bureau, Nursing points (POC) was created in three regions of Senegal (Dakar, Fatiq and Sinnar Salum). These small laboratories can quickly diagnose diseases and play an important role in screening for Covid-19. Dr. Cheikh Sokhna said: “We plan to create an important religious festival in Tuba in September to commemorate the brotherhood of Mourides, and in Casamance and Saint-Louis. Copy a model.”
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During his stay, Professor Didier Raoult also insisted on using the most modern tools to transfer technology in the field of scientific research, so that research institutions in the North and South can cooperate under the same conditions. He said: “Our idea is to cooperate between research institutions to make the level of technology and equipment the same, and to help us train Senegalese young people together.” By helping to carry out this transfer, it will also help the country better Willingness to manage virus mutations. Dr. Sokhna pointed out that out of the desire to collect equipment and knowledge, this is a matter of transferring the IRD team to the Diamniadio de l’Iressef Science Center, “These teams are conducting other research.”
Collaboration between Iressef of Pso Souleymane Mboup, IRD of Dr. Cheikh Sokhna and IHU of Pu Didier Raoult has been effective , Because two doctoral students from Iressef received alternative training at IHU in France and Iressef in Senegal. Subsequently, other doctoral students should join the program to conduct work research training on two continents. Professor Mboup’s position is: “We have the same goal: to train the next generation, especially the training of future technologies.”