Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL), a subsidiary of the Jospong Group of Companies (JGC), has donated US$20,000 (GH¢120,000) to the University of Ghana Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), one of the leading laboratories at the forefront of testing samples for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
Chief Corporate Communications Officer-JGC, Sophia Lissah, who made the presentation on behalf of the Executive Chairman of ZGL and JGC, Dr. Joseph Siaw-Agyapong, explained that the contribution was to help the advanced laboratory and research facility fight COVID-19.
Madam Lissah was accompanied by the Operations Manager-ZGL, Emma Akyea-Boakye, and the Writers Bureau Manager-ZGL, Mr. Robert Adjei.
According to Madam Lissah, Zoomlion was moved by a call by the NMIMR for support to aid its work, particularly with regard to sequencing and testing processes of the global pandemic
She used the opportunity to commend NMIMR for their efforts in the fight against COVID-19.
She said Zoomlion has been in the forefront of the battle against COVID-19 ever since the virus made its way into the country.
This, she said, has included disinfecting market centres and lorry parks across the country.
In this regard, Madam Lissah gave assurance that her outfit will not relent in its efforts to help fight and eliminate COVID-19 in the country.
Receiving the cheque for US$20,000 , the Director-NMIMR, Professor Abraham Kwabena Anang, expressed his profound gratitude to Zoomlion for the gesture.
He went on to describe the donation by Zoomlion as a “very unique gesture of a presentation”.
The director of NMIMR was happy to announce that the advances made by his outfit relating to sequencing COVID-19 has been done in partnership.
“It has been done by the University of Ghana Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research and our sister partner institution called the West African Centre for Cell Biology and Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP),” Prof Anang revealed.
This milestone, he stressed, is a very good thing that has been achieved by collaborating with others to work on breaking barriers.
He explained that it was necessary, indicating: “As we all know, sequencing has its significance”.
To this end, Prof Anang acknowledged Zoomlion for standing tall in the waste management space.
“…and we see Zoomlion very well, very clearly in this country. We all know the role that Zoomlion has been playing as far as personal and environmental hygiene is concerned, and we know today even as we speak in this COVID era that Zoomlion has again assumed strategic positioning and leadership in providing wide-scale disinfection. As we speak, already at the University of Ghana, Zoomlion has started working and disinfecting the lecture halls and various facilities.
“We are very grateful to you, Zoomlion, for your leadership, for these wonderful efforts that you are making; and we believe that this relationship, adding on to the partnerships that we are building, is going to go very far,” he expressed.
Prof. Anang seized the chance to disclose that NMIMR testing for COVID-19 has been advancing well, mentioning that “in recent times we are able to do 2000-3000 tests per day, and this is a major achievement”.
Present at the donation was the Director-WACCBIP, Prof. Gordon Awandare, and other senior officers of NMIMR.