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Jun 7, 2012

New Mobile Mini-Lab for MOH


Hon. Rojo Mettle Nunoo, the Deputy Minister of Health (MoH), says the MoH has received a mobile mini-laboratory worth €4,000 to help detect counterfeit medicines in Ghana.

He adds that the facility will be used by Food and Drugs Board to augment existing fake drug checking facilities.

Mr. Nunoo made this known in Accra, during an event to officially hand over the machine, saying that the facilities that are already in place in other parts of the country have helped in the detection of counterfeit medicines like, Coartem (antimalarial).

He therefore extended government’s gratitude to the two organizations for the initiatives, adding that the programme will help Ghana to deal with the disease.

According to him, the new facility brings to 22 the number of mini-laboratories currently in the country. Mini-laboratories are machines that ensure quick, on-the-spot-checks in preliminary assessment of the quality of medical products.

The mini-laboratory was donated to Ghana by the Global Pharma Health Fund (GPHF) with funding from the global pharmaceutical and chemical company, Merck.

The initiative is also being supported by a Ghanaian-born German international footballer.

Source: ISD