Noguchi Memorial Institute, Commended For Its Research And Training Expertise

Story by Carlos Afanou

Laboratory Technicians from nine African countries have commended Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research for its research and training expertise.

The Laboratory Technicians gave the commendation in Accra on Thursday during a ceremony to climax an eight weeks training of the Laboratory Technicians.

The training which was organized by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in collaboration with the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) was under the theme: “The Third Country Training Course on Enhancing Laboratory Skills for Infectious Diseases in West African Countries for Post Ebola”

The health professionals drawn from Ghana, Togo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Republic of Guinea, Cote d’ivoire, Burkina Faso and Benin also presented a plaque to the Noguchi Institute and JICA to express their profound appreciation to the two organizations for the knowledge imparted in them during the 8 weeks training.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Japan, Mr. Oyama disclosed that the training was funded by the government of Japan through JICA.

According to him, one of the policies for his government providing assistance is to promote human security stressing that the training is one of such.

“This is one of the policies designed to help people develop their skills in fighting infectious diseases” Mr. Oyama said.

The deputy chief of Mission later commended Noguchi Memorial Institute for their role in training the Technicians adding that it is his hope that the participants would make valuable contributions to the health sector of their respective countries.

On his part, the Director of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Prof. Abraham Kwabena Anang stressed that the course was established to provide an intensive and detailed training program in modern laboratory technology at an African Centre of Excellence for disease surveillance and prevention in Ghana which is the Noguchi Memorial Institute.

According to him the training is worth it since it is going to help upgrade the knowledge of the participants in the field of biomedical laboratory technology.

“Our President has declared a Ghana beyond aid but this training is an Africa beyond aid and we are happy to be part of the history” he said.

Prof. Anang later urged the participants to use the knowledge acquired in the training as a weapon to combat infectious diseases in their respective countries.

The Participants were later presented with certificates of Participation.
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