The Embassy of Japan signed a $140,000 grant agreement with Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) to procure and install an incinerator for proper laboratory waste management. The grant will enable Noguchi Institute manage its infectious properties, toxicity, and volume of medical waste. The funding support is part of the Government of Japan’s Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGHSP).

Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Japan in Ghana Mr. Hiromoto Oyama remarked that staff of Noguchi Institute face the risk of health hazards caused by improper waste disposal, and that the Government of Japan was happy to to support the Institute to provide the needed protection through the procurement and installation of an incinerator in line with Japan’s key policy.

Mr. Oyama noted that several other GGHSP projects across Ghana continued to demonstrate the fruits of a close friendship between the two countries over the past six years. He described this friendship as being key to collaboration between both countries across a range of areas in development, including health. He singled out Japan’s support to and through the Noguchi Institute over the years as a good example that makes Japan proud, especially as both countries work together to address the challenges of COVID-19.

Mr. Oyama asked stakeholders to ensure the proper use and maintenance of the incinerator after it is installed, noting that the institute’s partners in Japan expect the institute to value their gift of goodwill.

Director of Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) Prof. Abraham Anang expressed his appreciation to the Government and People of Japan for the project. Prof. Anang said, upon completion, the project would ensure that waste generated from biological, dangerous pathogens would be properly handled to enhance biosafety, bio-security as well as global health security. He gave the assurance that the Institute would take good care of the incinerator when installed.

Credits: | Jamila Akweley Okertchiri