Mr Kingsley Aboagye-Geydu, the Deputy Minister of Health, says Ghana will forever remain grateful to Dr Hideyo Noguchi for his dedication and commitment not only to Ghana but the world at large.
He said Dr Noguchi Hideyo arrival in Ghana in 1927, brought relief to the people of Ghana with his work, interest and dedication in the area of yellow fever, until his death on May 21, 1928 led to the discovery of yellow fever vaccine.
“Ever since this, the Ghana-Japan relation has been growing from strength to strength and we are grateful for that as a country,” he said.
Mr Aboagye-Gyedu said this at the 90th Anniversary Symposium of Dr Hideyo Noguchi’s arrival in Ghana, held in Accra on Thursday on the theme: “Japan-Ghana Collaboration, Past, Present and Future.”
He said the Japanese Government had assisted the country in the scaling up of CHPS implementation in the Upper East for the past 10 years, which focuses on the attainment of the Universal Health Coverage, adding “This support has been extended to the Northern Region.”
“The Japanese government has also been supporting Ghana towards the eradication of Guinea worm, HIV/AIDS prevention and control, and human resource for health development,” he said,
The Deputy Health Minister therefore urged researchers, policy makers, and business partners to make a maximum use of the meeting to further strengthen the relation between the two countries.
“The Ministry is looking forward to a more deepening collaboration between the academia and policy makers to facilitate efficient and effective policy formulation especially at the health sector,” he said.”
Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana (UG), said the symposium would build on the existence dynamic culture between UG and Japan.
He said the Noguchi Memorial Institute had built on the legacy of Dr Noguchi and therefore lauded Dr Noguchi for living a life of humanity.
Mr Karou Yoshimura, the Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, said it was his hope that the collaboration in research areas between Ghana and Japan’s would be the pivot of the two countries relationship.
Mr Hirofumi Hoshi, the Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, said the symposium would offer a better opportunity for the relationship between Ghana and Japan to be strengthened.
The two-day symposium organised by the Japan Embassy would have lectures and discussions on Dr Noguchi.
At the opening, there were lectures on the topic: “Dr Hideyo Noguchi and Complement from Cobra Venom factor to Lectin Complement Pathway” and “A Great Scientist, Dr Hideyo Noguchi from Inawashikro to Accra.”