The fifth avenue extension road has been renamed in honour of Dr Hideyo Noguchi by the government of Ghana.

A signage has been mounted at the beginning of the 900-metre road from the Switchback area. The signage was unveiled on Tuesday, 4 November 2018 in honour of Dr Noguchi.

Dr Noguchi was a prominent Japanese bacteriologist. He discovered the agent of Syphilis as the cause of progressive paralytic disease in 1911.

Dr Noguchi researched into Yellow Fever in Ghana and died from the disease in the country in 1928.

A leading biomedical research facility in Accra, was set up in 1979 and was named after him. The centre is called the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR).

The Institute is the result of joint efforts by Prof. E. O. Easmon, former Dean of the University of Ghana Medical School, Prof. Kenji Honda of Fukushima Medical School in Japan and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). It was built by the Government of Japan and donated to the Government and people of Ghana in honour of Dr Noguchi.