Second Lady donates PPEs to Noguchi

The Second Lady of the Republic and founder of the Samira Empowerment and Humanitarian Projects (SEHP), Her Excellency Hajia Samira Bawumia has also donated Institute in support of the COVID-19 testing and research. This according to her, forms part of the Project’s commitment to support the delivery of healthcare in Ghana in general, and specifically to acknowledge the good work being done by the Institute during these unchartered times. On behalf of the SEHP project she donated one thousand (1000) KC100 protective gowns, one thousand (1000) pairs of surgical gloves, one thousand (1000) pieces of nose masks, hand sanitizers, boxes of biscuits, water and fruit drinks to the Institute.  She was hopeful that the donation would complement the Institute’s existing resources in the discharge of its duty in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Her Excellency Hajia Samira Bawumia

In her remarks, Hajia Samira Bawumia noted that she deemed it fit to support the NMIMR which is at the forefront of the fight against the global pandemic, COVID-19.   She said in line with the objectives of SEHP, which includes healthcare, her foundation decided to donate their widow’s mite to the NMIMR.   She further commended the University of Ghana for availing its resources to the fight against the pandemic. She acknowledged the hard work being put in by the Institute with respect to testing samples and  assured the Institute of her fullest support. 

The Director of the Institute, Professor Abraham Kwabena Anang gave a brief background of the  Institute by  acknowledging  the role played by Dr. Hideyo Noguchi whose work on yellow fever and his subsequent death led to the establishment of the Institute by the Japanese government in his memory. Prof. Anang also noted that the Institute was on track in relation to its core mandates.

He expressed his profound gratitude to the Second Lady and pledged the commitment of the Institute to use the items judiciously.  He again extended his appreciation to the government for supporting the Institute during these challenging times.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, while welcoming the Her Excellency  expressed immense gratitude to her for her generous donation and sentiments expressed.  He said; as a University, research is a vital part of its core mandate.  He acknowledged the importance of bilateral and scholarly collaboration which he said resulted in the funding of the Noguchi Advanced Laboratories by the government and people of Japan.  He said as a strategic facility, the Advanced Laboratories has in large measure contributing towards the country’s fight against the pandemic.

Professor Oduro Owusu advised that Ghanaians should exercise discipline in all spheres, adding that one of the lessons learnt in fighting the COVID-19 is that it would help in understanding the need for real independence as a nation.

The Second Lady presenting items to the VC

The Provost of the College of Health Sciences, Rev. Prof. Patrick F. Ayeh-Kumi also expressed the college’s heart felt gratitude to the Second Lady and SEHP project for joining the fight. Her Excellency was accompanied by Prof. Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, the Director of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), who is currently the Chairman for the Board of Advisory for SEHP and Mr. Kwame Twum Asiamah Esq her aide. Also Present at the ceremony waere the Director of Public Affairs, Mrs. Stella A. Amoa, , faculty, administrators and staff of the Institute. Source UG, PAD



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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