The Water Research Institute is calling on the government of Ghana for financial support to investigate unconfirmed case of fish “poisoning” which has led to lip discoloration among some residents in the Volta Basin.
The Locals have attributed the cause to the consumption of pygmy herrings,locally known as “weive” which is a popular fish delicacy in the area.Despite claims by the locals,no scientific research has been conducted into the incident for scientific evidence hence the call for government support. Toxic carrying fishes are harmful to human health if consumed ,according to scientists hence the need for urgent laboratory investigations into the claims for swift interventions..
The Water Research Institute (WRI) is one of the 13 institutes of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). It was formed in 1996 from the merger of the Institute of Aquatic Biology and the Water Resources Research Institute. WRI has a mandate to conduct research into water and related resources.
WRI generates and provides scientific information, strategies and services toward the rational development, utilization and management of the water resources of Ghana in support of the socio–economic advancement of the country.Especially in the agriculture, health, industry, energy, transportation, education and tourism sectors.The Institute also provides scientific research into water and related resources for sustainable socio-economic growth and conduct research into all aspect of water resources (both living and non-living) in order to provide scientific and technical information and services, as well as strategies for the sustainable development, utilization and management of such resources for the socio-economic advancement of the country.
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