The government of Ghana and Japan has officially commissioned the all-new, ultra-modern Noguchi Advanced Research Laboratories at a ceremony on the forecourt of the new edifice at the University of Ghana in Accra.
Dignitaries from both governments graced the event.
The government of Japan in 2016, approved a grant aid of 2,285,000,000 Japanese Yen (approximately $20.7 million) in support of the construction of the Advanced research laboratories for infectious diseases at the Noguchi memorial institute for medical research of the University of Ghana Legon and supply of research equipment for the laboratories.
Speaking on behalf of the Ghana’s president Akufo-Addo, Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo stated that the Noguchi Memorial Institute for medical research at the University of Ghana has become a national asset and the government will continue to support it.
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is an important facility which is critical for our collective good. The people and government of Japan have generously done their part. You are now in charge of it and the least that is expected from you is to ensure effective maintenance of this asset.”
Japan’s ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Tsutomu Himeno, reiterated that the Noguchi memorial institute remained a symbol of the cordial and progressive relationship and partnership between Japan and Ghana. He assured Ghana of continued commitment and contribution to the peace, stability, and development of the country.
“Honourable Senior Minister, we are not only happy to continue this relationship with the government of Ghana but also happy for the impact that this advanced center will make in Ghana and globally in the fight against infectious diseases”.
The new facility will strengthen regional capacity for early detection and effective response to disease outbreaks, including those emanating from highly pathogenic agents such as Ebola, HIV, H1N1, pandemic flu, Lassa fever, and yellow fever among others.
The facility will also enable the institute to function effectively as the go-to regional reference biomedical institute for West Africa.