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Finance Minister Visits Noguchi

The Honourable Minister for Finance Ken Ofori- Atta visited the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) on Friday 6th April 2018. The Minister for Finance will be visiting Japan as part of a second leg of a year-long roadshow which is aimed at creating awareness of new business opportunities in both Ghana and Japan. His visit to the Institute is to familiarize himself with the research activities so as to tell the Noguchi story and how this collaboration has enhanced the relationship between the two countries.  He mentioned that “I do go to Japan next week and it will be an injustice to not visit NMIMR before my trip to Japan, More so Japan is about people and spirit” The Director of NMIMR, Prof. Abraham Kwabena Mante said that the ‘Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) presented a unique opportunity for growing Ghana and Japan relationship because of the vision and brand the renowned Japanese scientist, Dr. Hideyo Noguchi already established.”

 

 

 

The Director however indicated that the institute lacked core funding to boost research. He added that due to the lack of direct funding into public health emergences the institute have had to over the years, use its own resources to fund public health issues. He further stated that he wished that the institute will be isolated from frequent power outage that affects the institute’s critical management.

 According to Prof. Kwabena Mante Abraham, NMIMR needs parliamentary approval for tax and funds for reagents. He said that inadequate biosecurity in terms of fencing of the institute had become a threat since the institute is a biohazard facility which could easily cause a hazardous outbreak.

The Minister asserted that “indeed the institute obviously should be viewed as a national asset’ and continued by saying that he will try his best to be a good ambassador and hence represent the issues that had been raised.

 

 

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro alluded that issues of corruption had become severe and had to be critically looked at and urged researchers on to continue with the good work of combating corruption.  

The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), set up in 1979 as a semi autonomous institute of the University, is the leading biomedical research facility in Ghana.

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