Ghana’s leading medical research centre, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) is on the verge of shutting down its advanced research laboratory due to the non-replacement of obsolete machines.
Authorities at the Institute are warning that if steps are not taken to resource the advanced laboratory, they may be compelled to shut it down as key machines including filters designed to contain pathogens are antiquated and need immediate replacement
Professor Abraham Kwabena Anang, the Director at the Institute made this known on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 after Chinese firm Sunda and Keda presented products such as detergents, medicated soap, washing powder and wipes to the Research Institute and the Legon Hospital.
NMIMR has been at the forefront of Ghana’s test response to the Coronavirus and has developed a platform for detection and diagnosis for other facilities across Ghana.
Looking at the rate at which Ghana’s Coronavirus cases are increasing, Prof Anang is asking the country to set up structures to obviate further spread of the pandemic.
“You should be worried as a Ghanaian and fight against fear because health is just not physical wellbeing but emotional as well, therefore, fear must not be allowed to take over the country.
“For now, the government must analyze the situation, undertake mass testing to get a clear picture of the situation and then make a decision on the way forward,” he added.
Managing Director of Sunda International, Victor Zhang and Regional sales manager for Keda, Jason Hu disclosed that the gesture is to encourage Noguchi and other medical facilities to work extra hard for the country.
“We consider this coronavirus an issue of international concern and, therefore, any state agency working to test, prevent further spread deserves support to work extra hard.
“As a company specializing in fast-moving consumer goods, we came here to show appreciation to the workers here and to say they are not alone in this and that Sunda and Keda are behind them,” he said.
Story by: Christian Yalley | universnewsroom.com