Welcome back from the holidays and the festivities. I believe that we all had a good rest and spent quality time with family and friends.
The past year was relatively better to us as an Institute as the heavy toll of uncertainty resulting from the energy crisis of the previous year’s abated. We all individually and collectively put in our bit to move the Institution forward. We managed to accomplish some of the tasks we set ourselves at the beginning of the year but we still have others to complete. Notable among these is the establishment of our Quality Management System (QMS) in all departments. Congratulations to all of you who begun this work and have kept at the task despite several difficulties. I will mention especially Dr. de Souza and colleagues in the Department of Parasitology and our indefatigable Mrs Susan Adu-Amankwah and Mr George Mensah of the Department of Epidemiology. It is my hope that this work will be completed in the coming months and we will all keep the standards that continue to set us apart.
The New Year promises lots of opportunities for us to expand our research portfolios, especially in the area of clinical research that will be engendered with the opening of the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMS). I urge all of us to position ourselves to exploit these opportunities to the full. All being well, work on the construction of the new labs should start in the first quarter of this year. I also employ all of us to accommodate the anticipated challenges that such a major construction work will bring to our lives in the Institute.
As we are all painfully aware we lost one of our colleagues, Dr. James A. M. Brandful of the Department of Virology, a few weeks before the year ended. Mr. Joseph Asaah, formerly of the transport unit also departed this life during the year. May we spare a thought for them and their families and all those who lost loved ones during 2016.
This is the last time that I am sending a welcome /new year message to you as the director, and would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to you all for your support during my tenure as the 7th director of the Institute. As I leave the stage and the mantel is passed on to a new director, I do pray and hope that you will continue with greater zest for the work of the Institute. I wish all of you a very happy and prosperous new year as we advance the work of the Institute.