By Patrick Biddah
The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), has launched a symposium series on covid-19 at a ceremony at the center located on the campus of the University of Ghana.
The symposium series, is aimed at sharing findings of the covid-19 data to the public in view of the role the center played and continue to play in the fight against the pandemic in Ghana.
The symposium series will among others, highlight the measures put in place by the Institute against the pandemic in the short, medium and long term.
The Director of NMIMR, Prof. Dorothy Yeboah Manu, who addressed the gathering indicated that the role of the Institute in its fight against the pandemic, has been recognized by many which has culminated in several prestigious awards it has received.
She, therefore further called for a more collective effort to the fight of the pandemic.
Under the theme: Covid-19 In Ghana : The Noguchi Story, presentation was made by Dr. John Kofi Odoom on the topic : Covid-19 Control In Ghana: Noguchi’s Contribution To Diagnosis.
Dr. Bright Adu, also made a presentation on the race for survival and Dr. Frederica Dedo Partey, also made a presentation on Covid-19 and the specific antibody response in vaccinated Ghanaian adults.
On her part, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Nana Aba Amfo, who chaired the programme, said the symposium is in line with her vision of improving the visibility of the University by maintaining a positive media presence.
She added that the Symposium, emphasizes the need to increase resources in science and biomedical research.
She said the Institute as a result of the Covid-19 success, has earned its place as a centre of excellence and that the university intends to guard this feat it has chalked.
The Chairperson of the Covid-19 Trust Fund, Justice Sophia Akuffo, who was present commended the institute for their hard work.
“Ghana success story can not be complete without the mention of the Institute’s effort”, Justice Akufo emphasized.
She said, the Trust fund is proud to be a partner to the successes chalked by the Institute through the allocation of funding to the Institute.
“Apart from logical support the Trust Fund allocated to the Institute Gh3million to enhance testing and periodic research”, she added.