Kokrokoo Charities present incubator to Eastern Regional Hospital

Koforidua, The Kokrokoo Charities Foundation founded by Mr Kwami Sefa Kayi, the morning show host of Kokrokoo on Peace FM, has presented an incubator to the Eastern Regional Hospital, Koforidua.

The Incubators which is estimated at 10,000.00 US Dollars imported from Germany is said to be one of the best brands of incubators in the world.

Presenting the Incubator, Mr Kayi explained that the foundation was established by a group of people and institutions who believed in giving back to society and pledged to donate 100 pieces of incubators to hospital in the country to support efforts to give opportunities to preterm babies to survive and grow to contribute their quota to the development of the country.

He said so far, the foundation had presented 10 incubators to hospitals in the country and the presentation to the Eastern Regional Hospital, Koforidua was the eleventh.

Mr Kayi said the foundation had been informed that the Eastern Regional Hospital, already had three incubators provided by the government and had space for more and if there is an opportunity, the foundation would donate some more incubators to the facility.

The Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr Kwame Anim Boamah who received the incubator on behalf of the hospital thanked the foundation and Mr Kayi for their gesture.

He gave the assurance that the hospital would take good care of the incubator to help support preterm babies to survive.

The Eastern Regional Hospital, Koforidua on the average has ten preterm babies daily at their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Source: Ghana News Agency

25 Black Queens players invited for WAFU Tournament

Accra, 25 players have been invited to the Black Queens camp as they begin preparations for the upcoming West African Football Union (WAFU) Womens Cup competition slated for CAte D’ Ivoire from 10th-24th February, 2018.

The maiden edition of the WAFU Tournament has seen the senior female national team drawn in Group A alongside hosts Cote divoire, Niger and Burkina Faso, with African champions Nigeria in Group B alongside Togo, Benin and Senegal in the sub regional tournament.

The invited players are expected to report to the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence (GSCE) on Monday, January 15 at 3pm.

The invited players are, Patricia Mantey, Nana Ama Asantewaa, Victoria Antwi- Agyei, Fafali Dumehisi, Cynthia Adobea, Nancy Coleman, Ellen Coleman, Janet Egyir, Rita Okyere and Cynthia Adjei from Police ladies.

The following players Juliet Acheampong, Priscilla Okyere, Leticia Zikpi, Grace Asare, Portia Boakye, Theresa Akon- Cobbinah, Elizabeth Addo, Jane Ayieyam, Ernestina Tetteh, Priscilla Saahene, Faustina Ampah, Ruth Appiah, Alberta Asante, Margaret Owusu – Police Ladies, Mavis Owusu, have also been invited to the eight-nation tournament that would also form part of Ghanas preparations for the 2018 African Womens Championship to be hosted in Ghana later this year

Source: Ghana News Agency

Koforidua ready to host National Sports Festival

Koforidua (E/R), Mrs. Gifty Horsu Fianu – Eastern Regional Sports Development Officer, has said sporting facilities in the region, would be put into better shape before hosting the National Sports Festival, later, in the year.

Mrs Horsu Fianu, who disclosed this in an interview with the GNA Sports at Koforidua, said by the end of the first quarter, the broken walls and the gates of the Nkawkaw Stadium, would be rehabilitated.

He said regional and district sports committees, have been formed to help raise sporting talents to build a formidable regional team for the festival.

Mrs Fianu said lack of resources and investment in sports is affecting development in the Eastern Region.

She said sports is a very lucrative venture that has the tendency to create job opportunities for the youth and also improve the economy of the country but seemed to have been neglected.

Mrs Fianu said, the little Internally Generated Funds (IGF) accrued from the Koforidua Sports Stadiums was use to maintain the facility to ensure that it does not deteriorate further.

Source: Ghana News Agency

We can no longer neglect nutrition issues – UWR Minister

Wa, Alhaji Sulemana Alhassan, Upper West Regional Minister has stated that they can no longer neglect nutrition issues as it has become a social canker that affects health, education achievements and sustainable development.

He said it was for this reason that the National Nutrition Policy of Ghana called for nutrition agenda in the policies of each sector to comprehensively address the nutritional problems facing the country.

Alhaji Alhassan who stated this during the Regional Nutrition Review and Advocacy Meeting in Wa noted that the challenge was for them to align their efforts appropriately through identification of key indicators for each sector.

We need to work to ensure that nutrition-sensitive development and people’s nutritional wellbeing were placed at the centre of our priorities, he said and added that there was also the need for them to provide incentives to those who gave increased priority to preventing and responding to under-nutrition.

Alhaji Alhassan also underscored the need for the region to set its own regional priorities for nutrition, saying it was the way to go for sustainable results.

He said in that regard, the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) with support from the UN REACH established the Regional Nutrition Steering Committee to promote multi-sectoral approach in programming for nutrition.

Over the past years, the RCC in close collaboration with the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Civil Society, Academia, and the UN Agencies worked together to complete a stakeholders mapping database of nutrition interventions in the region and identified the nutrition priorities with a clear road map to harness the potential of stakeholders to scale up nutrition, he said.

The Regional Minister said all the efforts, however, have been challenged following the folding up of the UN REACH programme but was quick to add that the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) supported the work of the committee last year and used the opportunity to thank the organisation while hoping for the partnership to grow from strength to strength.

Alhaji Alhassan highlighted the need for stakeholders to work together to seek ways to tackle malnutrition in all forms with particular emphasis on interests and needs of women and children.

At the local government level, we must start to support by making consideration for nutrition budgetary interventions seriously, he said while urging other departments and NGOs whose job contributed directly or indirectly to improving nutrition indicators not to relent on their efforts.

The Regional Minister also urged the media to play its watchdog role very well by keeping all stakeholders on their toes to deliver to help kick out malnutrition.

Mr. Eric Banye, SVN Country Programme Coordinator used the opportunity to remind participants about the Voice for Change Partnership (V4C) programme, saying it operated on three main pillars including capacity development, evidence creation and dissemination and evidence based advocacy.

He said the V4C programme also placed emphasis on three important thematic areas namely; Nutrition, Water and Sanitation Hygiene; Post Harvest Losses (PHL); and Clean Energy.

On the importance of sustainable nutrition for all, Mr. Banye noted that nutrition was increasingly becoming a fundamental human right but often regarded as an afterthought in most parts of the globe and underemphasized in most development plans and strategies.

The SNV Country Programme Coordinator added that under-nutrition was often addressed solely as a health issue while government programmes rather focused on infrastructure provision.

The consequences of the actions were captured in the 2017 Global Nutrition Report which revealed worrying forms of malnutrition including; childhood stunting, anaemia in women in reproductive age, and overweight adult women.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GHANA TO RE-BASE ECONOMY TO CAPTURE NEW TRENDS – GOVT STATISTICIAN

ACCRA, Preparations are far advanced for Ghana to rebase its National Accounts (Economy) this year after the last re-basing in 2010, Acting Government Statistician, Baah Wadieh, disclosed here.

In an interview after the release of December 2017 Consumer Price Index and Inflation, the head of the national statistical office explained that the re-basing, which is a requirement after every five years, would take care of new developments in the economy.

This re-basing will reflect the real state of the economy, using 2013 as the base year. There is the need to factor in the entire production process in the country, he added.

The official explained that although some portions of petroleum production had been factored into the economy since oil production started in December 2010, the re-basing would capture the entire scope of oil production from the upstream through midstream to downstream.

Also communication and mobile telephony, together with internet use, had not developed this much at the last rebasing. All these other sectors, including new infrastructure, new technology, new investments, services and agriculture have all seen substantial changes which need to be factored into the economy, Wadieh added.

Ghana’s economy increased by 60 percent when the last re-basing was announced in 2010, making the country a Lower Middle Income Economy, but since then, support by Development Partners for Ghana’s budget implementation has dwindled.

Ghana has over the years used a system which dates back to 1993 to calculate its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) but Wadieh said the 2018 re-basing would afford the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) the opportunity to employ global best practice with latest technology to calculate the national accounts.

We have previously been using the expenditure approach only to calculate GDP but with this re-basing we are going to use all three approaches of expenditure; income and production to determine the full size of the national accounts, according to the head of the national statistical department.

He said the work was scheduled to be completed in June while consultation and validation processes were carried out before final announcement.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK