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Press Release

May 3, 2017

The Sod Cutting Ceremony for the Project for the Construction of Advanced Research Center for Infectious Diseases at Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research

DATE: 3rd MAY 2017

VENUE FOR SOD CUTTING: Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Accra.

Prof. Kwadwo Koram, Director, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research of University of Ghana together with His Excellency, Parker Allotey, Ghanaian Ambassador to Japan, Hon. Agyemang Manu, Minister for Health and Prof. Kwesi Yankah, Minister of State at the Ministry of Education in charge of Tertiary Education have cut the sod for the construction of Advanced Research Center for Infectious Diseases under the assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The Project aims to provide an efficient and safe research and teaching environment for the staff and students of the institute by constructing an Advanced Center for research into infectious diseases. The Centre upon completion, will contribute to the positioning of Noguchi Memorial Institute's role in responding to the ever expanding research and training needs of the country as well as the West African sub-region and to respond effectively to disease outbreaks, including highly pathogenic agents such as Ebola Virus. JICA shall extend a grant up to approximately twenty-one million US dollars for a new Bio Safety Level 3 laboratory, Virology, Bacteriology and Immunology laboratories and training spaces.

Mr. Hirofumi Hoshi, Chief Representative, JICA has congratulated the Institute on its remarkable contribution to the research and public health service in Ghana, as well as West African sub-region. He also commented an elevating expectation to the Institute for leading regional disease surveillance network, capacity building for laboratory and research in West Africa.

For more information, please contact: Ms. Miyuki TAN, JICA
Tel: 0244-879047, Email: Miyukitan.gn@jica.go.jp

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