28, June 2018. The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) United State Naval Medical Research Unit-3 (NAMRU-3) Molecular Laboratory has been commissioned by the United State (US) Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Robert Rockson on Thursday 28, June 2018 at the premises of the 37 Military Hospital near the Anns Mess.
In his address, Ambassador Rockson stated that the laboratory was a strategic initiative by the US Department of Defence (DoD) called the Joint West Africa Research Group (JWARG) whose aim was to focus on the execution of clinical research in infectious diseases relevant to the West Africa region.
The Ambassador expressed his profound gratitude to the GAF for their readiness to partner them in executing the Molecular laboratory which ultimately aims at protecting the lives of military personnel and the general public at large.
The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Obed Boamah Akwa was grateful to the US Department of Defence and the JWARG for funding the project. He noted that GAF had over the years established numerous research projects on social and health issues and some of these findings had been used to formulate military and national policies such as the Force Health Protection which seeks to protect lives of troops.
Lt Gen Akwa cautioned management of the facility to take absolute care of the laboratory to ensure that it is well maintained for the benefit of all. He urged corporate bodies, individuals, institutions and philanthropists to support the hospital with logistics and equipment to enable its effectiveness to clients.
A tape was cut to commission the Molecular Lab by the US Ambasador to Ghana and the CDS and later had a tour of the lab. There was also an exchange of plaque from both the GAF and the US-JWARG to commemorate the occasion.
In attendance to grace the occasion were the Commander 37 Military Hospital, Brigadier General Michael Akwasi Yeboah-Agyapong, Commanding Officer 37 Military Hospital, Col Nii Adjah Obodai, Team Members of NAMRU-3 and US Department of Defence and some staff of the hospital.
Meanwhile, Park Foundation donated two thousand pieces of sanitizers to the facility.