The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), a constituent of College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana and a leading biomedical research institute in the subregion, in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is organizing a training program for selected West African healthcare professionals at the Noguchi Memorial Institute.

The training program: “Third Country Training Course on Enhancing Laboratory Skills for Infectious Diseases in West African Countries for Post Ebola”, is designed to provide an intensive and detailed training in modern laboratory technology to improve disease surveillance and prevention and to upgrade the skills of laboratory technicians in Ghana and neighbouring countries.

According to the Director of the Institute Prof. Abraham Kwabena Anang, in a release copied to Newsghana.com.gh, “One of the most important priorities of international cooperation based on human security is the improvement of the healthcare systems, to ensure prevention and management of various live-threatening infections.

Securing sufficient healthcare workers and developing their abilities are important elements of such efficient healthcare system. And that is what we are trying to build at the Noguchi Memorial Institute with the support of the Japanese government.”

He continued: “Since the need for functional medical teams comprising physicians and other health professionals including lab-technicians is paramount for the operation of efficient and effective healthcare systems, there is an urgent need for the development of specialists in biomedical laboratory technology. This is due to the critical role they play in the diagnosis and treatment of infections.”

The course has been established, to provide an intensive and detailed training program in modern laboratory technology at an African Centre of Excellence for Disease Surveillance and Prevention in Ghana, namely, the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR).

This is to help improve the skills of laboratory technicians across West Africa.

The training program which aims at improving the laboratory staff’s techniques and skills for the diagnosis of infectious diseases caused by bacteria, parasites and viruses, will be held in Ghana for 8 weeks from 7th January 2019 to 1st March 2019. Participants for the first course are drawn from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Ghana.

As part of the training, participants will learn best laboratory practices and latest innovations from technologists in the Bacteriology, Parasitology and Virology departments of the Noguchi Institute. At the end of their training, they will have the opportunities to improve the quality of diagnosing, treatment and prevention of infections at medical institutions or laboratories in their various countries.

JICA remains committed to supporting the Noguchi Memorial Institute in its quest to providing world-class biomedical health services and training in Ghana and beyond. The Japanese government continues to support Ghana’s efforts at actualizing quality and accessible universal healthcare.

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