Toyota Ghana supports Kpone Health Centre

Accra� Toyota Ghana Company Limited on Tuesday donated an ultrasound scan machine worth GH20, 000.00 to the Kpone Health Centre, to enable it deliver quality health care services to the people in the Kpone and its environs.

Mr Takuya Kajiura, Toyota Ghana, Managing Director presenting the machine said it was to fulfil the company’s mission as a socially responsible automobile company.

He said at Toyota Ghana, we believe that good health care has a direct link with business, as such, we have taken a clear decision to constantly support the government’s long term policy to deliver good health care.

He said over the period, the management of Toyota has concentrated most of their health care support to national and regional health facilities, however, they have now adopted a new policy direction to proportionally, divide their resource allocation to all health Centres that are in need in the country.

He said the Company was of the view that an adequate and well-resourced health facility makes possible an efficient work force for the nation, and urged management of the health centre to take good care of the equipment to serve the maximum purpose.

He expressed the hope that the donated items would help raise the level of health care delivery to the patients of the hospital and the gesture would go a long way to better the lives and health status of Ghanaians in general.

Dr Rita Frimpong-Mansoh, the Director of the Centre, who received the items, commended management of Toyota Ghana for the device and said it would go a long way to help the entire Municipality.

She said that the Health Centre had a lot of staff with technical know-how but lacked the necessary equipment and infrastructure to work with.

The Kpone Municipality does not have a District Hospital; however, the Kpone Health Centre is the biggest facility but had no ultrasound machine and pregnant women have to travel long distances before they get access to scan machines, she said.

She assured Toyota Ghana, that she would see to it that patients and staff of the Centre take good care of the device to serve the purpose for which they were purchased.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Poor infrastructure in the North affects human activities – NDF

Accra� Major Albert Don-Chebe (Rtd), Chairman of the Northern Development (NDF) on Tuesday said the poor nature of infrastructure in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions negatively affect all human activities.

He said this makes production and the movement of goods and services expensive, thereby, causing irregular migration and denying the skilled professional from giving their services in the health, education, business and manufacturing sectors.

Major Don-Chebe said this when he addressed a press conference organized by the NDF in Accra.

The press conference was in response to the citizens’ demand for evidence to be provided regarding efforts being made to address the Northern Ghana Development Agenda.

Major Don-Chebe said poor Information and Communication Technology infrastructure in the north was undermining innovation and frustrating creative young people.

He said: except the Tamale-Paga road, all other roads leading to the regional capitals and district capitals of the northern regions are in terrible shape undermining regional integration.

Sixty-one years after independence, there are still two regions in Ghana, between the Upper West and Upper East, the Northern and Volta Regions, which are not linked to their neighbouring regions by tarred roads and they are both in the North of Ghana, he said.

Major Don-Chebe said the NDF believed that the infrastructure budget of the country should be managed in a manner that ensured that basic infrastructure such as roads, hospitals, schools and electricity were distributed fairly across the country to ensure equitable development.

This he said was a norm, which President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had enunciated in his vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid, adding that, the provision of infrastructure was vital for the growth of Northern Ghana.

He appealed to development partners to increase, re-channel and coordinate their development assistance to the three northern regions to build the infrastructure to unlock the development potentials of Northern Ghana.

He said poor people were compelled to pay 25 per cent more for physical infrastructure in Ghana and that this situation was unattainable and should be corrected.

The State has used policy to ensure that some items such petrol and beer are sold at the same price throughout Ghana irrespective of the distance and appeal to the Government to use the same Gross Subsidy Policy intervention to ensure that prices of building materials are same throughout the country.

He appealed to the Government, development partners, civil society organisations, Parliament and Political Parties to do objective analysis and create avenues to dialogue on the needs to bridge the development gap between the south and the north.

Major Don-Chebe said the NDF was passionate to ensuring that the actualization of the vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid was achieved, adding that, it is in the interest of Ghana that no part of Ghana is left behind in terms of development.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Kempinski Hotel to host 2018 AWCON Draw

Accra- The Confederation of African Football (CAF), would on October 21, host the official draw for the 2018 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON), at the plush Kempinski Hotel in Accra.

A statement released by Africa’s football governing states that, the draw would determine which countries would be housed in each of the two groups and the venues as well.

Ghana, would host seven other African countries; Nigeria, South Africa, Mali, Equatorial Guinea, Algeria ,Zambia and Cameroon in a competition scheduled between November 17 to December 1.

The AWCON which doubles as the African qualifiers to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup would see the top three teams qualify for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.

The Black Queens would be seeking to win Ghana, her first trophy in the women’s tournament since it inception in 1991 and also make the fourth World Cup appearance, having missed out

on the last two editions in Germany and Canada.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Confusion over freedom, anarchy creates havoc in Ethiopia: president

ADDIS ABABA- Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome said on Monday that confusion between freedom and anarchy creates mass destruction and human displacement.

Teshome made the comments amid increasing ethnic-based clashes that are challenging the east African country’s recent positive developments. Last week, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said more than 70,000 people had fled their homes due to communal violence in western Ethiopia’s Benishangul Gumuz regional state.

Attacks late September also drove more than 15,000 people to flee and seek refuge in schools and other public facilities across Addis Ababa.

“For centuries, Ethiopians have lived in peace and harmony even under difficult times,” Teshome said, adding that “in recent years there has been confusion between freedom and anarchy.”

According to Teshome, this confusion has created “destruction of property, mass displacement of people and lawlessness.”

Teshome urged Ethiopians to refrain from destructive acts.

“It is clear that the fate of a country without laws is social crisis, internecine and even fragmentation,” he told a joint session of the two houses of the Ethiopian parliament.

Over the weekend, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed called on Ethiopians from all walks of life to maintain the long-standing peace and togetherness and avoid misunderstandings that lead to conflicts.

Ethiopia’s ruling coalition, Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, during a congress meeting that concluded on Saturday, vowed to sustain ongoing socioeconomic and political reforms and effectively respond to conflicts and violence.

Source: Ghana News Agency

2,010 people confirmed killed in Indonesia’s quakes, tsunami

JAKARTA- Disaster agency has put the figure of casualties in Indonesia’s multiple strong quakes and an ensuing tsunami on September 28 to 2,010 people with over 5,000 others missing, an official of the agency disclosed here on Tuesday.

Most of the victims of the catastrophes striking Central Sulawesi province were retrieved from Palu, the provincial capital, followed by the districts of Donggala, Sigi, Parigi Mountong and Pasangkayu district situated in nearby West Sulawesi province, spokesman of national disaster management agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

“All the victims have undergone mass funerals and been buried by families,” Sutopo said. The figure of survivors, who have escaped the deadly disasters and are taking shelters in encampment or under tarpaulin, has risen to 82,775 people, he said.

Meanwhile, a total of 10,679 people sustained from wounds when they were hit by collapsing buildings or falling blocks of concrete during the jolts, while some others were hit by the strikes of the tsunami, Sutopo said.

As many as 67,310 houses, 2,736 school buildings and 20 health facilities, were devastated by the catastrophes, according to the spokesman.

Sutopo also said about 5,000 residents were reported missing in two residential areas, where the jolts instigated a soil movement phenomenon called “liquefaction” in Petobo residential area and an oil movement of up-and-down in Balaroa residential area, where most of the houses were sunk by the soil.

Commander of joint task force in the province Maj. Gen. Tri Suwando called the residents who have left the province to return as the life and economy in the catastrophe-rattled areas have been restored.

On search and rescue mission for the victims of the deadly disasters, head of the national disaster management agency Willem Rampangilei said, the operation will be terminated on Thursday, which will be the 14th day after the strikes on September 28.

“For the search mission, it will not be continued on October 11. After 14 days, the corpses will stink and could spread disease,” he said.

For the affected areas where the victims remain under the ruin, further efforts will be discussed between the communities and the local administration, according to him.

Powerful and shallow quakes of 6.0, 7.4 and 6.1 magnitude that triggered a tsunami devastated the province on September 28 with the hardest-rattled area in Palu city and Donggala district.

The jolts had caused a tsunami with the height of 0.5 to three meters, which devastated coastal areas near Talisa beach in Palu city and Donggala district, the meteorology and geophysics agency said.

Source: Ghana News Agency