Visiting Senegal as part of his epidemiological research, Professor Didier Raoult was made Commander of the National Order of the Lion by Senegalese President Macky Sall. A “great pride” for this epidemiologist born in Dakar.
The famous epidemiologist Didier Raoult went to Dakar in Senegal on March 27 as part of his research which relates in particular to the variants of Covid-19. On March 30, the Marseille doctor was received by Senegalese President Macky Sall, who made him Commander of the National Order of the Lion. On the social network Twitter, the professor, who also heads the University Hospital Institute (IHU) Mediterranean infection of Marseille, mentioned this decoration which he says he received with “great pride”.
I had the honor of being made Commander of the National Order of the Lion of Senegal by the President of the Republic, Macky Sall.
It is a great pride for me. pic.twitter.com/tJwcWCX3za
– Didier Raoult (@raoult_didier) March 31, 2021
Didier Raoult was received the same day by the Minister of Health and Social Action, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, with whom he was able to meet the authorities in charge of this epidemic crisis. During his stay, he will discuss with Senegalese researchers on the response to the coronavirus pandemic and discuss with the authorities the “transfer of new technologies that will further help to manage virus mutations”, it is mentioned in a note from the ministry. of Health and Social Action. In a tweet published on March 30, Didier Raoult also declared that Senegal had “a lot to teach us”.
I am this week in Senegal, where I am conducting research on the emergence of COVID-19 variants.
I was received by the Minister of Health, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, who introduced me to the teams in charge of the fight against the virus. Senegal has a lot to teach us. pic.twitter.com/HbjIZbdxWb
– Didier Raoult (@raoult_didier) March 30, 2021
Close working relations with its Senegalese counterparts
This working visit is the first carried out by Didier Raoult in Senegal since the appearance of the Covid-19 epidemic. The epidemiologist is a regular in Dakar, since he was born there in 1952 and lived there for several years before going to live in France. As reported by the media Sene News, Didier Raoult collaborates in particular with Professor Souleymane Mboup from IRESSEF (Institute for health research, epidemiological surveillance and training) or even Doctor Cheikh Sokhna Paludologue from IRD (Research Institute for Development).
Since the start of the pandemic, Didier Raoult has aroused a number of controversies in France by his positions often at odds with those of his colleagues. Professor Didier Raoult draws attention to the low level of danger of the Covid-19 virus, defends hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin to treat affected individuals, considers that the containment measures taken by the authorities are ineffective and regularly denounces the weight pharmaceutical lobbies in political decision-making.
Professor Didier Raoult, who was initially a member of the Scientific Council formed on March 11, 2020 by the executive, had qualified this assembly as “total bankruptcy” before withdrawing from it. Since the end of December, the scientist has also been the target of a complaint from the Order of Physicians after comments deemed controversial about the epidemic.