Ghana Must Have A Research Fund

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Accra, Ghana, March 25, 2020//-I have been a board member for the CSIR Institutional Review Board for over four years. Contributing my quota as a communications person I feel this is the time that I am most useful.

This is the time where government has to be really serious with research. Sitting  in the various meetings and speaking to researchers at Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research scientists I was told government spending in research is not more than 10%.
The last time any proper investments were done in Nugochi was in 2009, 11 years ago. From the scientists I spoke with indications were that foreign organisations with their varied interests put money into their research and take away the data or breakthroughs.
Its time we got serious as a country.
Set up a research fund to investigate various diseases including a possible vaccine for malaria. Malaria is killing more children below 5, pregnant women below five and older people more than Corona.
Yes I reckon this is a national emergency but as part of the short to medium term solutions in the health sector we cant do without research.
Set up a strong National Institutioanal Review Board where scientists can easily get permits to conduct research. If we want to make Ghana a pharmaceutical hub as we claim, then this is one of the ways.
By Odelia Ntiamoah
Deputy News Editor

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