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Kumasi gets bio-safety laboratory for research into viral diseases

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The Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) has inaugurated a new state-of-the-art bio-safety laboratory to aid research into diseases caused by viruses and other pathogens.

The “BSL3” facility would handle a wide range of research including rabies and hemorrhagic fever such as Lassa, yellow fever and flu.

It is also expected to play key role in keeping surveillance and monitoring of bacteria.

The “BSL3” Laboratory is a collaborative work between Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) in Hamburg, Germany, Ministry of Health and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

It is the second of its kind to be established in the country after that of the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research.

Dr Thomas Kruppa, Interim Director of the KCCR, said research involving the use of such facilities leads to rapid diagnostic methods and advanced surveillance to open up avenues for new treatment methods.

Mr Alban Sumani Kingsford Bagbin, the Health Minister, in a speech read for him, said health and medical research should provide treatment to diseases that burden the society.

Source: GNA

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  1. Wow. I’d always assumed that the human species destroying pandemic would emerge as a result of an accident at a US lab.