Meet Prof Dorothy Yeboah-Manu: She Joined Noguchi’s Virology Department To Fight Coronavirus

Professor Dorothy Yeboah-Manu

In most of Ghana’s history, we have heard how women joined the frontlines in the fight against oppression and any adversary we face.

We’ve had Yaa Asentewaa, we’ve had Rebecca Naa Dedei Aryeetey and other illustrious women who have helped Ghana in our hour of need.

This time, it is Professor Dorothy Yeboah-Manu who is racing to the frontlines of Ghana’s current battle.

Prof Dorothy, according to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) is a Microbiologist with their Bacteriology Department.

However, due to the demands of the amount of work coronavirus has required of the scientists of Noguchi who are testing most of the samples, Prof Dorothy has decided to join the coronavirus team.

This is her, willingly putting her life on the line.

At NMIMR, the team is being led by the Virology Department – which means Prof Dorothy has moved from the Bacteriology Department to the Virology Department.

“The call to COVID-19 testing and research is a national duty and I am here to contribute my quota,” NMIR quoted Prof Dorothy to have said.

She has made an amazing career in the field of science.

In 2018, she received the Royal Society Africa Prize 2018 for her contributions and innovative approaches to understanding Mycobacterium ulcerans and Mycobacterium africanum, combining microbiology, genetic studies and epidemiology in the areas of her work.

She received an £11,000 grant towards her research project, a bronze medal and a gift of £1,000. 

The Royal Society Africa Prize recognises research scientists in Africa who are making an innovative contribution to the biological sciences, including basic medical science, which contributes significantly to capacity building in Africa.

She is a heroine.


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