The body responsible for testing the highest chunk of samples from suspected COVID-19 patients from all over the country Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) has announced receipt of some USD100,000 donation from Ghana’s ambassadors and diplomats on missions abroad on Friday, May 22, 2020.
In the post announcing the said donation, NMIMR has said that the donation was intended to supplement government’s effort in supplying the needed resources that will enable the facility to carry out its duty of testing effectively without depleting the scarce resources available.
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According to Noguchi, Hon. Michael N. Oquaye (Esq) , Ghana’s High Commissioner to India and Dr. Charles Dwamena Deputy Ambassador to China who were led by Hon. Mohammad Habibu Tijani, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration presented the cheque on behalf of their colleague diplomats.
In speaking at the donation ceremony, the deputy minister for health has charged all well meaning Ghanaians abroad to show love to the country in any little way they can in these trying times.
A statement read by Hon Oquaye on behalf of the Mission noted that with government’s strategy to test more people, the resources of NMIMR could deplete at a faster rate and facilities overstretched, hence the need to support the institute to acquire the requisite resources to carry out its mandate to curb the spread of the virus in the country.
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“Hon. Mohammad Habibu Tijani, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, who led the delegation expressed joy over the good job being done by NMIMR, and encouraged every Ghanaian to show interest in what they are doing.”
He revealed that beside these collective contributions from the Ghana missions abroad, an additional support of 100,880 test kits from Hon Mike Oquaye were added as a personal donation to help fight the pandemic.