Edward Nyarko became the officer in charge of public health at the Ghana armed forces base hospital in Accra in 2008.
He previously served in UN missions in the subregion in Sierra Leone, Cote d'Ivoire and DRC as a field medical officer and is aquainted with the challenges of ensuring force health protection measures in the field.
In his current role, he is charged with ensuring the preventive health of troops. His work involves disease surveillance, preventive interventions and assessing the environment into which troops are deployed.
His research interests include acute febrile illness, avian influenza, and antimicrobial resistance surveillance in gonorrhea. This is in collaboration with partners like the US Naval Medical Research Unit 3 and Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.
He serves on national committees for disease outbreak preparedness and response and was instrumental in formulating a national response during the West Africa Ebola outbreak.
He oversaw the rotation of peacekeeping troops in affected West African countries without incident.
- Biosecurity measures to reduce influenza infections in military barracks in Ghana with Agbenohevi et al, BMC Research Notes 8:14 DOI 10.1186/s13104-014-0956-0, 2015
- Imported Lassa fever: a report of 2 cases in Ghana with Kyei et al, in BMC Infectious Diseases 15:217 DOI 10.1186/s12879-015-0956-2, 2015
- Novel, Potentially Zoonotic Paramyxoviruses from the African Straw Coloured Fruit Bat Eidolon helvum with Baker et al, Journal of Virology p. 1348–1358 February 2013 Volume 87 Number 3, 2013
- Exposure to Bat-Associated Bartonella spp. among Humans and Other Animals, Ghana with Mannerings et al, in Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vol. 22, No. 5, May 2016.
- Sentinel surveillance for influenza among severe acute respiratory infection and acute febrile illness inpatients at three hospitals in Ghana with Jones et al, in Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses 10(5), 367–374, 2016