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Contrary to an age-old belief that eggs are not good for pregnant women, a senior research fellow at Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, has said eggs are rather nutritious.

 At the launch of a national egg consumption campaign in Accra on Thursday, Dr. Gloria Folson a nutritionists said eggs contain, amongst many nutrients, choline, which is highly required during pregnancy and lactation.

 The development of central nervous system, she explained was heavily dependent on choline, and that its deficiency could affect he development and functioning of the brain’s learning and memory Centre.

The campaign, which would feature social and mainstream media education, is to create awareness on the nutritional value of egg, break myth about egg and increase its consumption.

 It is being facilitated by Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers (GNAPF), Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and other partners.

 Dr. Folson, who is also a senior lecturer of the University of Ghana, School of Public Health, dismissed the claim that eating eggs increased blood pressure, saying that they were a source of balanced diet.

 However, she said that some persons might reduce the intake of egg due to its peculiar biological reasons.

 Citing a study done by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, she said the average egg consumption in Ghana had increased from 16 per persons per year in 2009 to 18 per persons per year in 2017.

 She said despite this progress, there was the need for the citizenry to increase their egg consumption so they could get the nutritional value needed for personal growth.

 Kwamina Akorful, Director, Animal Production Directorate of MOFA, said several researches had proven that egg contained the needed proteins to prevent malnutrition and stunted growth

 He said the ministry was considering partnering the Ghana School Feeding Programme Secretariat to introduce one-egg per week into the menu of students to boost egg consumption.

 He said due to the negative perception about eggs, the local industry was collapsing, stating that the reverse would help create more jobs and reduce unemployment

 Napolean Agyemang Oduro, Chairman of GNAPF, lamented the low patronage of eggs, and expressed the hope that the campaign would help resurrect the sector and move the consumption from 30 to 100 per person per year.

 He urged the government to introduce a special policy to encourage the consumption of eggs, saying producers of poultry products were ready to increase production to meet demand.

 President of GJA, Roland Affial Monney urged journalists to use their platforms to disabuse the minds of Ghanaians on the myths on egg consumption.

 

Source Ghanaian Times and Citi FM

 

 The Director of the Institute Professor Kwambena Mante Bosompem has been appointed a Visiting Professor to Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU).

 Professor Shiroh Iwanaga, the project leader of AMED J-Grid NMIMR-TMDU Project, officially announced the appointment and handed over the official document of the appointment on his visit to the Institute. Prof. Shiroh Iwanaga presented the document on behalf of President of TMDU, Prof. Yasuyuki Yoshizawa .

  TMDU appreciates Professor Bosompem's contribution and support on the project and looks forward to more achievements under continuous collaboration with NMIMR.

 The status is effective from now until March 31, 2019.

Prof. Kwabena Bosompem, Prof. Shiroh Iwanaga and Prof. Mitsuko Ohashi

 

 

 

A billion-dollar endowment fund for the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) will be launched to commemorate Dr. Hideyo Noguchi’s 90th death anniversary.

The Institute was established in 1979 in honour of Dr. Hideyo Noguchi, who came to Gold Coast (now Ghana) in 1927, to help find the causative agent of Yellow Fever during a devastating epidemic that swept through West Africa.

Prof. Kwabena Mante Bosompem, Director of the Institute made this known when he addressed the Ghana Investment Seminar held in Tokyo, Japan for over 150 leading Japanese businesses.

He said the fund will be used for training and capacity building in public health emergencies; to conduct research into infectious and non-infectious diseases; as well as conduct operational research to improve national health systems.

 “While in Japan, our objective is to find Japanese partners including; individuals, organizations, businesses and Government agencies, as well as others who are interested in promoting the Hideyo Noguchi vision to contribute to the fund”, he explained.

Honourable Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister for Finance who was leading a government delegation to Tokyo, endorsed the fund and appealed to Japanese public and the private sectors to build on the 90-year relationship started by Noguchi by contributing generously to the fund.

from left Hon. Aboagye-Gyedu, Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta, Prof. Kwabena Mante Bosompem and Mr. Hiroshi Zengo

 

He canvassed for patronage of this fund during all his meetings in both the public and private sectors, including meetings with the Taro Aso, Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Finance; State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Masahisa Sato and Mr Hiroshi Kato, Senior Vice President of JICA.

The delegation which also included the Deputy Minister for Health, Mr Kingsley Aboagye-Gyedu also made the four-hour trip to the birth place of Noguchi, Inawashiro, in the Fukushima region where a museum, exhibiting his memoirs and work in Ghana and the rest of the world had been built in his honour.

They were met by the Mayor of the town Hiroshi Zengo, who disclosed that the Museum is a major attraction in the town.   

After the tour, the delegation stopped to inspect a tree planted by former Ghana’s ambassador to Japan Honourable Bafour Adjei-Bawuah during the Japan-Ghana Friendship Memorial Sakura Planting Ceremony in April, 2004.

Delegation at the Sakura Tree Planting site

Prior to coming to Gold Coast, Dr Hideyo Noguchi had made notable contributions to science including the discovery of the causative agent of Syphilis. Ironically, Dr Hideyo Noguchi lost his life to yellow fever barely a year later in 1928 in Ghana.

The NMIMR has grown over the years to become a regional reference laboratory for West Africa with strong global presence. The Institute provided leadership and technical support to countries affected by the recent Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in the sub-region, thus promoting the Hideyo Noguchi’s mission to stop misery and death through diseases.

Through the Institute, Dr Noguchi’s legend continues to grow and influence the world in a way that kindles the flame of scientific research for disease prevention, detection, diagnosis, management and control.

Japan is currently funding establishment of an Advanced ResearchCentre for infectious diseases, at the Institute which will be completed in August this year.

Prior to going to Tokyo Ken Ofori-Atta paid a visit to NMIMR at Legon where he laid a wreath on the tomb of Dr. Noguchi.

The week long visit ended with the Investment Seminar organised by Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre and the Ghana Embassy in Tokyo.

The Ghanaian delegation who were in Tokyo to strengthen and chart a new course for bilateral economic and trade relations has since returned home.

 

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.  

Yale University, an American private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut over a decade ago established an unyielding partnership with the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), University of Ghana Legon. This Partnership has since led the two institutions in attaining ground breaking results which led to the visit of the 23rd President, Mr. Peter Salovey to Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research. (NMIMR) on 12th March 2018. His visit was earmarked to renew the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Yale and NMIMR and also to establish new partnership with the School of Medicine and Dentistry


Prof. Margaret Lartey and Peter Salovey signing the MOU

 

According to Mr. Salovey, his psychology background has influenced him to establish partnerships across the world and allowed him to appreciate the profoundness of the partnership the two institute share, thus fostering research collaboration within the faculty and student exchange.

He further stated that “the collaborative relationship between Yale and NMIMR has allowed the two Universities to share expertise with NGOs, business communities and government ministries to solve human problems and reduce the burden of infectious diseases.

 


Peter Salovey interacting with NMIMR staff who have benefited from the Yale-NMIMR exchange programme

He however, emphasized on the research findings from Noguchi and Yale Collaborations which he forcefully stated, may have led to the discovery of global medicine for the treatment of HIV and Malaria. ‘I hope through our shared commitment we will continue to work together collaboratively to produce fantastic global health research and continue to educate talented young people and ultimately reduce the burden of infectious diseases.” He reiterated.


Peter Salovey interacting with NMIMR staff who have benefited from the Yale-NMIMR exchange programme

Mr. Salovey added that this partnership has become a model for other countries including South Africa, Kenya, Jamaica, Brazil, etc.

Speaking at the welcoming ceremony Prof. Elijah Paintsil of Yale School of Medicine and Institute for Global Health recounted the success of the partnership which started in 2006. He used the occasion to expressed his profound gratitude to the Ex-President, John Agyekum Kuffuor for giving the seed money which started the Yale NMIMR exchange programme. He was also grateful to Prof David Ofori-Adjei and Prof Michael David Wilson former Director and Deputy Director of the Institute respectively.



The Director for NMIMR Prof. Kwabena Mante Bosompem was thankful to have Yale University being one of its trusted partners, with regards to research support and building of an infrastructure for grantsmanship and also overseeing research project.

 

NMIMR staff who have benefited from the Yale-NMIMR exchange programme

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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