Ghana, Brazil sign deal for sickle cell centre
Ghana government and Brazil have signed a $13.66-million agreement for the establishment of a Blood and Sickle Cell Centre in Kumasi, to help address issues on sickle cell and blood-related diseases.
The project is the initiative of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Ghana, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, governmental and non-governmental agencies in Ghana with foreign institutions.
Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, who signed the agreement in Accra, on behalf of government, said, “Ghana stands to benefit from this project in view of Brazil’s technical expertise in the area of sickle cell”, adding that the incidence of sickle cell diseases will be reduced in Ghana when infrastructure and capacities of human resources are improved
The Minister said a sod-cutting ceremony has already been performed by Dr. Benjamin Kunbuor, the former Minister of Health, on November 25, 2010 for work to begin on the centre at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi.