Hasman Technical Services Limited (HTSL), a Ghanaian-owned company, has presented a cheque for GHC100,000 to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) to enhance its testing activities in the fight of COVID-19.
The cheque was presented by Mr William Andoh Wood, the Managing Director of the company, and received by Professor Abraham K. Annan, the Director of the NMIMR.
Mr Wood noted that since Ghana recorded its first case of COVID-19, the NMIMR, being the leading biomedical research institute, had been the receiving point and testing of samples from health institutions across the country and the sub-region.
He said the company’s gesture was prompted by the critical and sensitive role by the NMIMR, especially in the management and control of the COVID-19 pandemic, and also other diseases such as meningitis, to support its continuous service to the country.
“Your team at the Institute put their lives at risk considering the highly contagious nature of the new COVID-19 to support the country to manage this disease, and we commend your efforts,” he said.
He wished the Institute well in its endeavours and appealed to the public to abide by all the directives outlined by the Government and health professionals to control the pandemic to facilitate the smooth return of social and economic life.
Giving a brief on the activities of the company since its establishment in 2014, Mr Wood said it provided world-class technical services to power generation and the oil and gas sectors.
He said the company also delivered new unit construction and installation, project planning, operation and maintenance services as well as facilitating project commission among its clients.
He said as a homegrown organisation it remained committed to caring for the community in which it operated and to delivering quality services for the benefit of its clients to impact Ghana’s economy and its development.
Professor Annan, on his part, thanked the HTSL for the donation, which, he said, was significant to the Institute and would tremendously enhance its operations.
He said such supports confirmed the society’s appreciation of the work of the NMIMR.
Prof Annan said the Institute had performed an enormous task not only in conducting testing for communicable and non-communicable diseases, but also training of research scientists and building capacities of health institutions.
He welcomed HTSL for its new partnership with the NMIMR and called on other organisations to emulate the gesture to advance the operations of the Institute to curb the spread of the virus.