GHANA’S TECHNOLOGICAL innovation, according to Dr Thomas Mensah, an American fibre optics inventor, is placing the country ahead of its neighbours in the Sub -Saharan region of Africa.
The inventor, who is spearheading the Silicon Valley of Ghana, told the Business.com.gh that the launch of the Silicon Valley of Ghana will link Physicians in Leading Medical Institutions in Ghana with other internationally known Hospitals like the Mayo Clinic, John Hopkins in the United States of America and other institutions in the United Kingdom and Germany.
He said, “I am demonstrating my creativity and ingenuity so that medical experts can deal with medical issues and diagnostics in real time using advanced Broadband Telemedicine platforms to help the Health Sector in Ghana.”
According to Dr Mensah, he is working with the Minister of Health, Mr Kwaku Agyeman Manu on the project to bring innovation to the health sector as part of his E-Health Sector. He indicated that “the Silicon Valley in California is taking notice, especially with the new business accelerators in Ghana’s Silicon Valley that will work on nanotechnology-based batteries for laptops, cellphones and other devices.
“The Silicon Valley of Ghana will also support his High-Speed Rail proposal using the Kenya Model that is cheaper ($2.8 Billion vs $22 Billion approaches) moving freight and passengers using diesel locomotive instead of electricity. This can be done in three years; it will examine cybersecurity issues in the country, an important area for His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Minister of Communications, National Security Minister, Mr Kan Dapaah and the Silicon Valley of Ghana.” He stated.
Dr Mensah, an international expert on infrastructure development has been invited to South Africa, by the Premier of Gauten, the largest Province to be a VIP speaker and participant at the South Africa Innovation Conference in February. The Gauten Province includes Johannesburg and has the Highest Gross Domestic Product in Sub-Saharan Africa (10%) and stills wants to widen the lead through technological innovation through the global conference with experts like Dr Mensah.
About Dr Thomas Mensah
Dr Mensah is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, United States of America (among only three Blacks Honored alongside 167 Inventors Worldwide in 2015 at CalTech, California Institute of Technology).
He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, as well as the Technical Director of Region II.
He is the author of four books on innovation, notably- Fiber Optics Engineering 1987, Superconductor Engineering, 1992. The Right Stuff Comes in Black Too 2013, His Autobiography and Nanotechnology Commercialisation 2017.
He has seven patents in fiber optics alone awarded over a six-year time frame and has been recognised internationally by many scientific institutions and countries. He received the Nkrumah Genius Award for 2017, and gave the RP Bafuor Lectures at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and DSc Honoraris Causa from the same Institution.