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August 18, 2008 | Sci/Environment

Support Biomedical Sciences in Ghana… Researcher urges gov`t

Charity Addo & Naa Betty Nelson - Ghanaian Chronicle

Mr. Peter Atadja, Group Leader and Senior Research Investigator at the Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research, has attributed the inefficiency on the side of Biomedical Science in Ghana, to lack of support structures, like equipment, to help advance their research.

According to him this has created a big hole in the development of biomedical science in the country.

He noted that biomedical scientists played an important role in the country, since they produced to save lives.

He made this known at the first Ghana Biomedical convention in Accra yesterday.

The convention, which was under the theme “Opportunities and challenges of the new technologies in biomedicine,” was aimed at disseminating scientific information among Ghanaian biomedical scientists, and to build collaborations both home and abroad, to create a platform for Ghanaian biomedical researchers

He said it was part of the priorities of the biomedical scientist, to maximize the benefits of the World Biomedical Revolution within the Ghanaian context, but due to lack of support by the government, they always faced problems, thereby making them incapable of accomplishing their aims.

According to him, it would be beneficial, if parliament legislates permanent funding to help them boost their research

On his part, the Provost of the College of Health Sciences, Mr. Aaron Nii Lantey Lawson, said the convention would help address issues, which would go along way to improve the health conditions of Ghanaians, and that of the people in the sub-region.

He added that the conference would address some of the aims of the College of Health Sciences, to achieve its mission of producing highly qualified and competent health professionals and medical scientists, who would provide curative services, to meet the health needs of the nation, and the global community.

He further urged the biomedical scientists in the Diaspora, to come home occasionally, to help produce the needed human resource required to move biomedical science forward.

“Put at the disposal of this nation, your expertise to provide services,” he concluded.

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