Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo has lavished praises on various stakeholders in the fight against the novel pandemic Coronavirus including health professionals, corporate Ghana as well as individuals for their respective roles.
The President was very happy as scientists from the nation’s premier University, the University of Ghana successfully sequenced geneomes of the virus responsible for the Coronavirus pandemic last week to obtain “important information about the genetic composition of viral strains in fifteen (15) of the confirmed cases in Ghana.”
He issued the commendations in his 7th COVID-19 address to the nation last night Sunday, April 19, as he lifted the three-week old lockdown on the Greater Accra and Kumasi and their surroundings.
Regarding the genome sequencing victory, Nana Addo said ‘is a significant milestone in Ghana’s response to the pandemic, as it will strengthen surveillance for tracking mutations of the virus, and aid in the tracing of the sources of community infections in people with no known contact with confirmed cases.”
“The Ghanaian scientific community is to be warmly applauded for this advance and contribution to global knowledge.
Their work makes us proud to be Ghanaian, and, who knows, God may work through them to discover a vaccine. What a triumph that would be!”
The President went on to say that the amazing discovery shows the very need to establish the enabling framework for sustainable vaccine manufacturing in Africa and also revealed the very critical need to have an advanced African-led partnerships to move scientific innovations and inventions for the control of viral and pandemic diseases by vaccination.
“Ghana, recognising this critical public health tool, will support the African Vaccine Manufacturing Initiative, which is chaired by Noguchi’s Prof William Ampofo, to promote the agenda for vaccine development and manufacturing in Africa by Africans for the world.”