Ghana Atomic Energy Commission Welcomes Its 9TH Batch of Students for their Post-Graduate Education Course in Radiation Protection

The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission on Monday, 2nd November, welcomed the 9th batch of students to undertake an IAEA Regional post-graduate education course in Radiation Protection and Safety of Radiation Sources held in the conference room of Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS)

The five-month course to be undertaken by SNAS, University of Ghana is designed to educate its participants to efficiently add to the competent workforce of the nuclear industry.

In his address, the Chairperson for the occasion, Prof Cyril Schandorf admonished the participants to remain humble and cooperative throughout the duration of the course. “I employ the participants to put on the clock of humility, a learning and cooperative attitude throughout the course” he stated.

He further said that the knowledge the participants will acquire through the course will be a stepping stone to other carrier pathways that will include being the radiation protection officer for authorized facilities in the various countries.

Additionally, Prof. Schandorf stated that it is his expectation that the Planning Committee of the Post-Graduate Education course (PGEC) will assist in creating a network for knowledge sharing among professionals in the field of radiation protection.

Prof Augustine Faanu, the Course Coordinator, delivered a message from Edwerd Mickel, the IAEA Technical Officer on behalf of Prof Yaw Serfor-Armah, the Course Director.

He congratulated the participants on their admission for the course and said that the participants should be proud for being selected out of the numerous applications received by the IAEA. “The PGEC fellows should be aware that they were nominated as a result of a thorough process. Like in previous years, we evaluated approximately 230 applicants and based on established criteria, you were selected” he added

He encouraged them to accord the highest interest and dedication to the course so that they can build their competence and contribute effectively to the development nuclear industry.

The Director General of GAEC, Prof B.J.B. Nyarko in his address advised the students to observe all the COVID-19 protocols. He stated that a lot of factors had to be satisfied before the green light was given to undertake this training course

Prof Nyarko further advised the students to use the laid down channels to register all their grievances. “Make sure you talk to your Course Coordinators if you have any challenge, otherwise talk to the Course Director. But if the problem still persists, you can bring it to me for redress” he stated.

He officially welcomed them and wished them well in their studies.

By: Corporate Affairs, GAEC

Ghana Atomic Energy Commission Donates PPE’s to three Hospitals in Accra

The Radiological and Medical Sciences Research Institute (RAMSRI) of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) has presented personal protective equipment to three hospitals in Accra.

The gesture was done in collaboration with the Medical Physics Department of the School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (University of Ghana) and the Physics Department of the University of Liverpool with the aim to help protect frontline workers against corona virus infection.

The hospitals, Ga East Municipal Hospital, GAEC Hospital and the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC), at three separate ceremonies, took delivery of protective face shields and hand sanitizers.

Presenting the items on behalf of the Director General of GAEC, the Director of RAMSRI, Prof. Mary Boadu disclosed that, calls for identification of home-grown solutions in the fight of the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the action by her outfit and supporting partners to undertake a project on the production of face shields for frontline health workers.

“Through the project, 3D printers were donated by the University of Liverpool to the partner institutions in Ghana to print face visors to support in the fight against COVID -19.” She was thankful to the University of Liverpool for their collaboration and singled out the efforts of Dr. Jon Taylor who is leading the project in the United Kingdom.

Prof. Boadu added that the sanitizers and reusable face shields were carefully produced to ensure the safety and comfort of users. She explained that, the shield can protect the pathways of viral entry, reduce the potential of the wearer from touching their face and serve as a reminder to maintain social distancing.

Prof. Mary Boadu presenting donated items to Medical Superintendent of Ga East Municipal Hospital Dr. Oduro Mensah
Prof. Mary Boadu presenting donated to items to Medical Superintendent of GAEC Hospital Dr. Anthony Quampah

Receiving the items on behalf of Ga East Municipal Hospital, the Medical Superintendent Dr. Oduro Mensah was thankful to GAEC for the gesture. According to him, although number of active cases has been reducing, the COVID-19 infection cases may resurface, asking the general public to be cautious.  He advised that the safety protocols are observed to avoided the spread of the virus.

Prof. Mary Boadu presenting the items to Medical Director of  University of Ghana Medical Centre, Dr. Kwame Anim Boamah

The Medical Superintendent of GAEC Hospital, Dr. Anthony Quampah  expressed gratitude at the gesture.  He said, GAEC has remained generous at a period all donations have ceased. He expressed worry at how most patients have refused to seek professional medical care at the hospital due to corona virus scare. He urged Ghanaians to continue to seek professional medical care to avoid being misled by quacks.

Receiving the items on behalf of the University of Ghana Medical Centre, the Medical Director, Dr. Kwame Anim Boamah thanked GAEC for the donation and urged other institutions to continue to support since the virus is still in the system. He added that UGMC’s collaboration with GAEC will continue to greater heights.

By: GAEC Multimedia

Atomic Energy Commission Donates additional Covid-19 Testing Equipment to Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Equipment worth about 100,000 euros were donated to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture by the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) on Tuesday to support the COVID-19 fight in the northern sector of Ghana.

This donation was done by GAEC on behalf of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as part of efforts to reduce the spread of the disease from animals to humans.

Chief Director for Ministry of Food and Agriculture  Mr. Patrick Robert Ankobea

Receiving the items on behalf of the Minister, the Chief Director of the Ministry.  Mr. Patrick Robert Ankobea was thankful to GAEC and the IAEA for this immense support to Ghana to help fight the disease and to reduce animal to human transmission.

He was also particularly grateful to GAEC for the immense technological support to the Ministry, throughout their years of collaboration helping them deliver on their mandate.

Mr. Ankobea said that most people are not aware of the major support the Veterinary Services Directorate has played in the management of COVID-19 in Ghana. “Our role has been to assist in the testing of samples taken from humans to check the infection or otherwise of the population and we have been doing so with the Noguchi Memorial Institute” he revealed.

He added that an ultramodern facility donated by the Canadian government has been in use in the testing of suspected COVID-19 cases and this equipment from GAEC is going to help boost their capacity.

“We all know that the COVID-19 has created a lot of anxiety and Ghana is fortunate and adjudged one of the countries to have managed it very well. It is because of gestures like these from you that it has been possible, and we are happy that the equipment is going all the way to Pong Tamale in the Northern part of the country, having already catered for the southern side”, he stated.

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

The Director General of GAEC, Prof. BJB Nyarko, in a short statement indicated that as part of the IAEA’s quest to contain the pandemic, the agency has assisted hundreds of laboratories around the globe with this nuclear driven testing technique called Real Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RTPCR). “The method is currently the fastest and most accurate for the detection of the SARS COVID 2 virus which is causing COVID 19”, he revealed.

Prof. Nyarko indicated that the equipment is capable of analyzing over 4,600 samples in a day. “This is the second time IAEA is donating this set of RTPCR COVID 19 testing equipment, accessories, quantities of consumables and other molecular biology reagents to the Ghana government and the people of Ghana” he added.

He further indicated that the first equipment was donated to the Ministry of Health and was taken to the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho.

“It is of interest to note that the donated equipment by the IAEA through the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission is worth over 100000.00 Euros. The other one to the Ministry of Health was about 98,000.00 Euros, so the two equipment is about 200,00.00 Euros” he said.

In his closing remarks, Prof Nyarko indicated that this donation by the IAEA is part of a project known as the Zoonotic Diseases Integrated Action (ZODIAC) initiative, launched in June, 2020. He opined that the main objective of the ZODIAC project is to support IAEA member states to prevent future pandemics resulting from the spill-over of pathogens from animals to human populations. “The ZODIAC initiative will help member states to rapidly detect and respond to outbreak of such diseases”, he revealed.

By Corporate Affairs, GAEC

Technical Staff Association of GAEC Inaugurated

The Director General of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), Prof. BJB Nyarko last Thursday inaugurated the Technical Staff Association (TSA) of the Commission as the newest worker group in a short ceremony held in the GAEC Auditorium, Accra.

Vice Chancellor of the Accra Technical University, Prof. Samuel Nii Odai, Special Guest of Honour.
Director General of GAEC, Prof. B.J.B Nyarko

The Technical Staff Association is a worker group that provides a common platform for the Technical Staff of GAEC to discuss personnel development and work-related issues that promote the safe application of nuclear science and technology.

The Special Guest of Honour was the Vice Chancellor of the Accra Technical University, Prof. Samuel Nii Odai, who gave the key note address.

Executives of GAEC Technical Staff Association (TSA)

Representatives of Technical Staff Associations from the University of Ghana, Ghana Standards Authority and other worker groups of the Commission, such as the Research Scientists Association, Trade Union Congress, Senior Staff Association and Association of Senior Members in Administration gave solidarity messages to support the formation of the TSA.

The welcome address for the occasion was delivered by the Director of Administration, Mr. William Srekumah.

The Chairman of the Association, Mr. Jacob  Asomaning was grateful to God and all invited guests for making the inauguration a success.

By: Corporate Affairs, GAEC

BNARI and CMT of GAEC Set to Promote Best Farm Practices

               Aerial view of GAEC, BNARI research Cassava and Plantain  farm

The Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute (BNARI) in partnership with the Creative and Multimedia Team (CMT) of the Technology Transfer and Marketing Centre (TTMC), both of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), has initiated a project to promote research-proven practices in farming.

The move is targeted at reaching out to active and potential farmers to adopt effective, research-proven farming methods, beginning from seed handling to harvesting, including pest and disease management as well as postharvest processing of farm produce.

The project involves extensive video production of practical demonstrations of scientific activities at the BNARI in both field and laboratory by the CMT.  Accordingly, Dr. Michael Osae, Director of BNARI, has outlined and recommended some commercially viable technologies which can benefit farmers enormously and improve their livelihoods. These including protein bait, cassava cultivation and radiation processing for postharvest management technologies.

Dr. Osae has further indicated that the current BNARI–CMT initiative will draw people’s attention to the in-depth research work carried out by his outfit to ensure standard and healthy farm practices. He is of the view that most unacceptable farm practices that result in poor yields and negative impact on the environment could be corrected through this project or initiative. He has added that BNARI will organise training programmes for interested persons who would seek further knowledge.

Ms. Sheila Frimpong, Manager of TTMC who doubles as the leader of CMT, has disclosed that the initiative will be replicated for every commercially viable technology available in all GAEC institutes. This, according to her, would help market the various technologies as a means of building new revenue streams or expanding the revenue sources of GAEC to support its activities and remain competitive.

Ms. Frimpong has hinted that there is a possibility of promoting the video contents on traditional media (e.g. television) aside the provisions made to carry out extensive promotions on all social media platforms.

By: GAEC Multimedia