GAEC Ladies Association Donate Towards Covid-19 Fight

The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) Ladies Association has donated assorted items to their mother organization to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, in a short ceremony held at the Commission’s auditorium.

The presentation of the donated items coincided with its one-year anniversary celebration.  

Prof. Mary Boadu, GAEC Ladies Association President giving her opening remarks

In her opening remarks, the President of the Association, Prof. Mary Boadu, stated that due to the current global pandemic and the ban on all forms of mass social gatherings in the country, the Association decided to celebrate its one-year anniversary on the quiet by donating items to support the efforts GAEC is making to fight the disease.  

“On 11th March 2020, the Director-General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, implying that the disease is not just a public health crisis, it is a crisis that will touch every sector. Global data shows how fast the disease is spreading and Ghana has also seen a rapid increase in people infected with the virus”, she added.

Prof. Boadu said that the best method of protection against COVID-19 has been shown to be regular washing of hands, surfaces, wearing of face masks, and maintaining social distancing. 

“Hence water, soap, hand sanitizers, paper towels, etc. are very essential and key in the fight against COVID-19”, she said.

She revealed that the Commission since the declaration of the disease as a pandemic and the prescription of the associated precautionary measures has been providing the needed essentials. 

“With this observation, GAEC Ladies Association thought of a way to support GAEC even if on a limited scale”, she revealed.

“It is with great joy and honour that I present the items before us to the Director-General and Management of GAEC on behalf of GAEC Ladies Association, to support the efforts of the Commission to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus in the offices of GAEC. We are ready to use our imagination, creativity and our curiosity to impact the Commission and our World, both in technical and social forms”, said the President.

Prof. BJB Nyarko, Director-General, GAEC

The Director-General (DG) of GAEC, Prof. Benjamin J.B. Nyarko, in a short statement thanked the Ladies’ Association for their kind gesture to help curb the spread of the disease. He also took the opportunity to congratulate them on their one-year anniversary celebration.

Prof. Nyarko was also thankful to all the associations of the Commission for their immense support nationally and within GAEC during this trying period. 

He revealed that the Research Scientist Association (RSA) made a donation to the GAEC hospital to help augment their efforts to fight against the disease. 

Also, the DG indicated that in addition to some equipment and kits supplied by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Research Scientists Association (RSA), and Association of Senior Members in Administration (ASMA) of GAEC, made a cheque donation to the Government. 

Prof Nyarko also revealed that the Technical Staff Association (TSA) of the Commission in conjunction with the National Nuclear Research Institute (NNRI) has submitted a hand sanitizer formulation to the Food and Drugs Authority for certification. This he said will enable them to produce hand sanitizers for the Commission and also on a commercial scale.

He added that The TSA has also submitted some drawings produced by the Mechanical Workshop of the Commission for approval and onward manufacture, to help dispense water and soap from Veronica buckets without touching them. 

He revealed that GAEC is contributing immensely to the fight against the disease. 

“Officials from Noguchi Memorial Institute and the Ghana COVID-19 secretariat have inspected the Radiological and Medical Sciences Research Institute’s (RAMSRI) laboratories and a report has been sent to the Minister of Health for the building to be used in this fight”. 

The Director-General indicated that GAEC has also placed a request through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the IAEA to support the Accra Veterinary laboratory with equipment to test for the presence of the virus in animals, bearing in mind the belief that the virus is zoonotic, that is, can be transmitted between animals and humans. 

He indicated that the IAEA is supporting member states in Asia, Latin America, and Africa including Ghana with equipment for the frontline laboratories and workers to fight the disease.

He finally thanked the GAEC security for their tireless efforts in protecting Staff and equipment especially during the lockdown.

By OCPA

Atomic Energy Commission Donate €82,982.62 Worth of Equipment to MOH

The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) on Thursday, May 14, donated ₵10,000.00 cash and several equipment to the tune of €82,982.62 to the Ministry of Health in Accra, to help combat the COVID – 19 menace.

The cash component was given by the Research Scientists and the Association of Senior Members of GAEC, while the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) paid for the equipment to help Ghana on its fight against the disease.

Prof. Benjamin J.B. Nyarko, Director-General of GAEC

Speaking at the event, The Director-General of GAEC, Prof. Benjamin J.B. Nyarko, noted that the items included, Covid-19 Positive Control systems, an MIC-PCR System by Eurofin Genomics, a TaqMan Fast Virus Master mix, a Class III Biohazard Safety Cabinet, a Class II Biohazard Safety Cabinet, an HP laptop among others.

“The Cost of the items is estimated at Euros 82,982.62 and we wish to express our gratitude to the Director-General of the IAEA, H.E Rafael Grossi, and the entire team for the support given to Ghana over the years, especially throughout this coronavirus pandemic”, he said.

The Director-General revealed that GAEC is putting in place the necessary protocols to enable it to use Gamma Irradiation Technology to sterilize some PPEs used in the country to ensure their safety, especially in this COVID-19 era. 

Also, he added that the Ghana Space Science & Technology Institute (GSSTI) of the Commission is proposing to employ Deep Learning Approach (a technique used in artificial intelligence), to better understand the patterns of images produced and learning how the disease manifests itself in Computed Tomography (CT) Scans or X-ray images. “This can shorten the time of diagnosis as well as provide a lot of insight into the disease”, he said. 

The Chief Director of the Ministry, Nana Kwabena Adjei – Mensah, on receiving the items on behalf of the Minister, thanked GAEC for spearheading this noble gesture.

Mr. Adjei – Mensah indicated that the donated PCR equipment and other items will be handed over to the University of Health and Allied Sciences to help boost their testing capabilities. This he said was due to the numbers testing positive in the Volta region and surrounding areas.

He opined that Ghana is one of the highest testing countries with about 9 testing centers and this equipment is going to further strengthen that fact.

Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Letsa receiving the donation

The equipment and kits in addition to the cash donation were handed over to the Chief Director by the Chairman of the Board of GAEC, Dr. Kwaku Aning, who also doubles as the Governor for Ghana at the IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna Austria. 

Present at the program was the Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Letsa, The Vice-Chancellor of UHAS, Prof. John Owusu Gyapong, Chairman of the Parliamentary Caucus of the Volta region and some Directors of the Ministry of Health.

Also, present on behalf GAEC, was the Deputy Director-General, Prof. Shiloh D. Osae, The Director of GSSTI, Prof. Dickson Adomako, the Ag. Director of Administration, Mr. William K. Srekumah, 

the President of Research Scientist Association, Dr. Adolf K. Awua, the Chairman of Association of Senior Members in Administration, Mr. Bismark T. Nyarko, the Head of Procurement, Mr. Paul Adika, the Head of General Administration, Ms. Justine Akpedonu and Dr. Shiraz Issahaku, a Research Scientist as well as other members of Staff.

By OCPA, GAEC

Research Scientists Donate PPE’s to Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) Hospital

The leadership of Research Scientists from the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Authority, on Wednesday, May 6, donated some Personal Protective Equipment (PPE’s) and Sanitary items to Management of the GAEC hospital, to help fight the COVID-19 menace.

The team was led by the President of the Research Scientists Association, Dr. Adolf Kofi Awua in a short ceremony held at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission’s Hospital in Accra.

 

Speaking on behalf of the Association, Dr. Awua acknowledged the enormous risks that the doctors, and nurses, as well as other health professionals, are exposed to as they interact with their clients without knowing the status of these clients. He expressed the need to keep staff and patients safe whilst they are engaged in the provision of healthcare and the discharge of their duties.

 

He indicated that this was a token of support, from the members of the Association, to show their appreciation for the hard work of the staff of the hospital.

On receiving the items, the Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Dr. Anthony Quampah, thanked the RSA on behalf of the Director-General of GAEC, Prof. BJB Nyarko.

“COVID-19 has come to add to the usual cost that we have always incurred in running the hospital. The need to acquire this protective equipment is very important to ensure proper protection. We are therefore very grateful for this gesture”, he said.

 

Additionally, Dr. Quampah revealed that these items will help ease a lot of pressure on hospital finances. He appealed to well-meaning Ghanaians and corporate bodies to emulate the steps taken by the RSA in the provision of items such as Veronica buckets, nose masks, hand washing soaps, and sanitizers.

The items donated to the hospital included surgical gloves, liquid soap, multipurpose paper towels, disposable face masks, and plastic surgical aprons.

 

Present at the donation were other officials of the RSA, the Vice President, Dr, Anita Asamoah, the General-Secretary, Mr. Daniel Ofosu, the Chairman of the Investment Committee, Dr. Cecil Odoi, the Chairman of the Constitution, By-Law and Disciplinary Committee, Dr. Fidelis Ocloo and some members of the GAEC hospital’s Management.

By OCPA