Her Ladyship, Justice Sophia Akuffo, former Chief Justice of Ghana, has complimented the whole administration and staff of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research at the University of Ghana for their crucial participation in the battle against the Covid-19 epidemic.
According to her, the Institute has never rested on its laurels since the outbreak of the pandemic in the nation in March 2020, but has continually pushing the goalposts to guarantee the illness is brought under control and lives are effectively safeguarded.
Justice Sophia Akuffo also said that she has realized, and hopes that others will as well, that Ghana’s accomplishment in the battle against the virus is now being recognized throughout the globe, which cannot be achieved without the Institute being recognized for its relentless work.
“I therefore like to applaud the Institute on my own behalf and on behalf of my fellow board members of the Covid-19 National Trust Fund for this fantastic effort that you have done up to now and will continue to perform towards the battle of this awful illness.”
She said this while making a lecture at an occasion to formally inaugurate “the Noguchi Covid-19 Symposium Series.”
The event, themed “Covid-19 in Ghana: The Noguchi Story,” included authorities from the health and education sectors, government appointees, members of Civil Society Organizations, International Organizations, business entities, and other stakeholders.
According to the Institute’s Director, Prof. Dorothy Yeboah-Manu, the symposium’s opening is an opportunity to publish discoveries from the Covid-19 data at the Institute in order to teach the public about the pandemic’s history, present, and future prospects.
The University of Ghana’s Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIFMR) has been recognized on several platforms at both the national and global levels for their mandate in conducting research into diseases of public health importance, training postgraduate students in biomedical sciences, and supporting the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service’s public health programs.
The Institute was just awarded the 2021 Millennium Excellence Award for Science and Research. Prof. William Ampofo, one of its senior teachers, was named the winner of the Covid-19 Heroes Distinction Award from the West Africa International Press Limited for being the Outstanding Frontliner of the Year for his substantial involvement in the battle against Covid-19.
In addition, two of the Institute’s female scientists, Dr. Mary Amoakoh-Coleman and Dr. Ivy. Asantewaa Asante, were recently acknowledged by the Humanitarian Global Awards for their outstanding contributions to the battle against Covid-19 in Ghana.
For her part, Fatimatu Abubakari, Deputy Minister of Information, said that Ghana’s Covid-19 reaction in general has been a success, while praising the Institute for their leadership and unwavering dedication in research and contact tracing in the Covid-19 battle.
She underlined the government’s desire to continue cooperating and collaborating with the Noguchi Memorial Institute in order to attain higher heights in the country’s medical sector.
Fatimatu Abubakari presided over the event on behalf of Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Minister of Information.