Dr Samuel Ato Duncan, a Fellow of the Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration (FCIDA) was at the weekend awarded an Honorary Professor for his discovery of a potential cure for HIV/AIDS in Accra.
He was awarded under Extraordinary Achievement Heroes of Africa (EXAHA) for being the first on the globe to discover a potential cure for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) among other achievements.
The EXAHA is an organisation working with the United Nations Global Compact, African Union and universities and other organisations worldwide with the aim to profile all extraordinary achievers and recognise them for young ones on the continent to follow their steps and achieve more.
Managed by the Alfred Nobel University (ANU), the EXAHA seeks to encourage more technical know-how and programmes in institutions by using those that have already achieved to set the example for the African to learn from.
Prof Kozhushiko Svitlana, the Scientific Secretary of the Academic Council at the ANU conferred the award on behalf of the Prof Kholod Borys, the President of the ANU.
Dr Duncan was also honoured for the discovery of a cure for cancers, renal diseases, Hepatitis B and C as well as other chronic diseases.
Among his achievements, he had also established seven treatment centres in Ghana and South Africa as well as an organisation that seeks to address issues confronting peace globally.
Dr Duncan in an interview said “I feel greatly honoured today” and that it would motivate him to continuously explore more to come up with more innovative ways of living in a disease-free continent through research works.
He said although he was honoured by the award, “I was expecting from Ghana but not Ukraine,” adding that at certain times, it became unfortunate when one was doing a lot for the country and the world at large and “your own country cannot recognise what you are doing, it’s very painful”.
He said the discovery for the potential cure for HIV/AIDS was a serious achievement for him, the country and the world at large since Universities all over the world had been looking for solutions to the disease for some years now and for about 14 years he single-handedly researched into finding a lasting solution.
Dr Duncan said to be a hero in African meant a lot and that it was time that the government came to his aid towards doing more for the country to benefit from his research discoveries.
He said it would have been prudent for his home country to honour his achievement before an institution in Europe could do that, but it did not deter him from serving his country with all his discoveries.
Prof Duncan, who is also the Executive President of the Centre of Awareness (COA) Global Peace Mission has since 2012 announced the breakthrough technology, outdooring the COA Drug, which is purely herbal based, and has the potential to destroy about 80 per cent of the HIV virus within two hours of its administration.
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