The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research has appealed to the government to regularly provide them with financial support so they can efficiently play their role in the country’s health sector.
Director of Noguchi, Prof. Abraham Kwabena Annan, made the plea to President Akufo-Addo when he visited the Institute to familiarize himself with their operations.
Prof. Annan says that the support Noguchi has received from the government because of the coronavirus outbreak has been helpful.
However, he believes that if the government will regularize its support, it will go a long way in helping the Institute maintain its role in undertaking medical research in the country.
“I will like to also say, on behalf of the Institute and the University, a very big thank you to you for that foresight to dedicate some funding for the exercise. It has come in handy and we’re very grateful for it and we look forward to the future. We believe that in future, we will benefit from some regular annual budget to run the Institute to maintain the facility and that will be the flagship,” Prof. Annan noted.
He further appreciated the President’s commitment in leading the country in the fight against the disease which has since claimed 22 lives in the country.
He described Akufo-Addo’s response to the outbreak as very mature and was hopeful that things will soon be brought under control.
“Since we started this journey of COVID-19 emergency response, we have experienced very very mature competent leadership from you and everything has gone smoothly so far. We believe that as we continue putting in the hard work, the way you are driving the ship, we will be very soon be able to contain COVID-19,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo, in response, was grateful to Noguchi for leading the country’s efforts in the testing of COVID-19 samples.
Noguchi, which is located on the campus of the University of Ghana, is the leading biomedical research facility in the country.
Being Ghana’s biggest COVID-19 testing site, Noguchi is coordinating all other laboratories that are involved in testing of coronavirus samples in the country.
Ghana has so far conducted 160,501 COVID-19 sample tests with 4,700 being positive.
Ghana has administered more tests per million population than any other country in Africa.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com