Laboratory technicians graduate in Tamale

Tamale, Seventy-five students, who have undergone a two-year training on Medical Laboratory Technology at the Tamale Campus of the Advance Global College, have graduated.

Dr Jacob Mahama, Northern Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, whose speech was read on his behalf during the graduation in Tamale on Saturday, entreated the graduates to abide by the standards of the profession.

He said the work of laboratory technicians was important in health care delivery expressing the hope that the graduates would augment the work of those already practising for improved health care.

Alhaji Ahmed Zaruk Nuhu, Principal of Advance Global College, appealed to government to absorb the graduates into the health sector to help in providing quality health care for the people.

He said the Advance Global College was working to roll out additional programmes to train quality health professionals for service to the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

VALD praises FDA for placing ban on Adonko Bitters

Accra, The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD), a non-governmental organization, has lauded the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) for placing a temporarily ban on Adonko Bitters, an alcoholic beverage.

The FDA had placed a ban on Adonko Bitters after patrons of the product, due to excessive intake during a sponsored event, passed out at an Easter Monday Adonko Bitters Aseda Bash at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.

The event was organized by the Angel Group of Companies, the manufacturers of the product on Monday, April 17, to reward loyal consumers of the product.

VALD said this in a statement signed jointly by its Director, Mr Issah Ali and Mr Labram Musah, the Operations Director and copied the Ghana News Agency.

It said the organisers of the Aseda Bash had violated Section 3.2.19 of the FDA guidelines for the advertisement of food products that governs their operations and engagement.

VALD quoted a statement by the FDA saying: The criterion for gaining access to the concert was solely on condition that each individual purchased a 750ml bottle of the alcoholic beverage at a cost of GH10.00, a situation which resulted in the alcoholic beverage being sold to minors as well.

It also resulted in excessive consumption, clearly putting the consumers at risk of flouting the caution of drinking responsibly.

VALD said it was clear from the FDA’s guidelines that the Adonko Bitters had violated the rules of Section 3.2.19 which states that: No alcoholic beverage shall be advertised in relation to a public function where persons under the legal drinking age are likely to attend.

It expressed surprise at some public comments to the effect that the action taken by the FDA was harsh, unfair and some even went as far as claiming that the FDA was collapsing businesses.

VALD said: Is it wrong to suspend the registration and advertisement license of Angle Group of Companies whilst investigation into the incident continues?

It said there is the need for the authorities to carefully monitor the influx of alcoholic advertisement on our airwaves.

Only few programmes on the television and radio are aired without an advert on alcoholic products. We must be mindful that our kids who are the future generations are glued to TV every day from morning to evening, it said.

VALD said the harmful use of alcohol has been a cause for great concern globally and even at the nation level � our parliamentarians recently called for regulation of the alcoholic industry.

The current trend of consumption and the inadequate regulation of alcohol advertisements in both the print and electronic media is a source of worry.

The misuse of alcohol causes many problems ranging from serious health and socio-economic effects which ends up affecting the family, community and society as a whole. It is one of the major causes of non-communicable diseases in the world today, it said.

VALD said scientific evidence have proven that before the ages of 25 years, the human brain is still undergoing development and the prefrontal cortex is the area of the brain that governs judgment and decision-making, and it is the last part of the brain to develop.

This amongst other reasons is why people less than 25 years old are more prone to risk-taking behaviours like the use of psychoactive substances leading to addiction, whilst this also explains why persons 25 years and below are particularly vulnerable to alcohol and drug abuse, and why exposure to alcohol and other psychoactive drugs before this critical time of their lives may cause future substance use issue, it said.

VALD said it is important to also note that the harm caused by alcohol is acknowledged globally that was why the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) specifically Goal 3.5 states: Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol.

The Goal emphasizes that alcohol is a major obstacle to achieving the SDGs.

VALD urged the Ministry of Health to as a matter of urgency to take active interest in the development of an appropriate Alcohol Regulation framework to effectively regulate the alcohol industry.

It said they were much concerned about the medium to long term effects of alcohol use which would negatively affect the development of the country and that they support the action of the FDA.

VALD said the FDA’s position is to ensure the protection of public health and this is unlike the manufacturer whose interest is to make profit at the expense of its consumers and urged the Authority to be resolute in its efforts.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Olympics silence Kotoko

Accra, Accra Great Olympics worsened the plight of Kumasi Asante with a 2-0 win in the 14th week Ghana Premier League match played at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.

A goal in each half ensured the “Wonder Boys” secured the three maximum points to boost their chances of survival in the league.

Paul Fiatsi opened the scores for Olympics in the 15th minute after the home team had dominated proceedings.

Kotoko came back strongly after the goal but unable to equalize, leaving Olympics to maintain a first half lead.

Coach Frimpong Manso sent in Obed Owusu and Ashietey Ollenu in the second half to strengthen the attack in search of the equalizer, but their presence was not enough to threaten the defence of Olympics.

Olympics managed to increase the tally in 73rd minute through Francis Atsu who capitalized on a defensive blunder on the part of Kotoko.

Kotoko later on scored when a shot deflected off the body of an Olympics defender but it was ruled offside by the referee.

Source: Ghana News Agency

2016 GAR best midwife calls for media support

Tema, Miss Dorcas Afia Sarpomaa Aborga, Greater Accra Best Midwife award winner for 2016 has appealed to the media to dedicate part of their space and airtime to the promotion of women’s health.

Miss Aborga said it was sad that instead of promoting good health among women especially those in the reproductive ages, a lot of airtime was being allocated for the promotion of alcohol consumption and political issues.

She made the call in an interview with the Ghana News Agency to commemorate the International Day for the Midwife which is celebrated annually on May 5.

The United Nation’s Population Fund’s (UNFPA) theme for this year is, Midwives, Mothers and Families: Partners for Life!

She noted that the growth of the country was dependent on women therefore if we don’t make a lot of noise on women’s health, our nation will be in trouble

The UNFPA award recipient said women must receive education on their reproductive health in order not to give birth without planning for the care of the children, this she said would have repercussions on the country.

Miss Aborga, who is a Senior Staff Midwife at Aplako Family Fitness Clinic in the Ga South District, touching on her duties said, midwifery involves pre-natal care, antenatal, delivery and post-natal care.

She said being in the profession for seven years, she believed midwifery was a calling and not a joke therefore there was the need for practitioners to have passion for the job as one mistake could lead to the death of a mother and child.

Miss Aborga who has never lost a mother or baby during delivery said some of the major challenges faced by them included lack of logistics, multitasking due to lack of enough staff, and knowledge base of clients.

She also noted that some pregnant women reported to antenatal late in pregnancy sometimes in their eighth months therefore not getting enough education to prepare them for safe delivery.

She advised pregnant women in their ninth month not to wait until they see the show (discharge of mucus mixed with blood), break their water or have severe contractions before reporting to the hospital for delivery.

The midwife explained that some women do not have any of the labour three signs but rather vomit excessively or experience diarrhea while they dilate, that she said could affect a safe delivery if they don’t report early to the hospital.

On the issue of the limited antenatal visit catered for under the National Health Insurance Scheme, Mis Aborga challenged couples to financially support their health care instead of fully depending on the scheme.

Miss Norteli Lanyo, a Senior Staff Midwife at the Tema Polyclinic, on her part, suggested to the NHIS to cut down on the number of births it cater for and increase the number of antenatal visits.

Miss Lanyo said currently there was limit to the number of deliveries the scheme caters for leading to some delivering beyond what they could cater for.

She advised pregnant women to religiously take their medications and follow instructions from their midwives as it was sad and depressing to lose a mother and child during delivery.

She further urged women to plan for themselves by putting away some money and having emergency plans to take care of complications instead of fully depending on their partners.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NIB opens branch at Kumasi City Mall

A statement signed by Mr Charles Komla Wordey, the Head Corporate Affairs, National Investment Bank Ltd and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the Kumasi City Mall branch is the seventh NIB Branch in the Ashanti Region and the 48th branch nationwide.

It said the opening of the Kumasi City Mall branch comes a week after the Makola Branch was opened in Accra.

During the brief at the opening ceremony, Mr John Kweku Asamoah, the MD/CEO of NIB, reiterated his call on staff to make excellent customer service delivery their top priority.

He said excellent service delivery is a prerequisite for business success in the highly competitive banking industry.

Mr Asamoah urged staff to appreciate the socio-cultural beliefs of customers, as this was critical to delivering excellent customer satisfaction.

He said NIB would open two additional branches in the Ashanti Region before the close of the year.

Mr Asamoah said NIB was poised to bring banking to the door step of customers hence the drive to open more branches nationwide and urged customers to patronise the products and services the bank.

The NIB was established as an autonomous joint state-private institution by an Act of Parliament (Act 163) on March 22, 1963.

It was established primarily to promote and strengthen rapid industrialization in all sectors of the Ghanaian economy. The NIB is, therefore, the first development bank in Ghana.

NIB, over the years, set up over 100 joint enterprises including some of the defunct regional development corporations.

Many of the major existing industries including Nestle Ghana Limited, Novotel, Kabel Metal, Aluworks benefited from equity participation or funding facilitated by the bank.

Source: Ghana News Agency