Eclampsia, cause of maternal deaths in Central Region

Cape Coast- The Central Regional Health Directorate has identified eclampsia as the leading cause of maternal deaths in the region.

Eclampsia is a condition in which one or more convulsions occur in a pregnant woman suffering from high blood pressure, often followed by coma and posing a threat to the health of mother and baby.

Mr Richard Darko, Regional Information Officer of the Ghana Health Services (GHS) disclosed this at the Central Regional Coordinating Council Meeting in Cape Coast.

He described the situation as disheartening and mentioned the predominant districts to include; the Abura Aseibu Kwamankese (AAK), Komenda Edina Eguafo (KEEA), Mfantsiman, Awutu Senya East, Gomoa East, Gomoa West, Ajumako, Assin North and Effutu.

He said maternal deaths increased from 45 in the first quarter of 2016 to 48 in 2017 over the same period despite having improved on supervised delivery, family planning coverage and qualitative improvement in healthcare services.

That notwithstanding, he expressed the unwavering determination of the Directorate through increased public education, improvement in healthcare services and the adoption of more innovative and pragmatic measures to drastically reduce the maternal deaths in the region.

Touching on HIV/AIDS, Mr Darko said the HIV Sentinel Survey Report showed that the region had been recording a stagnated HIV prevalence rate of 1.8 per cent in the last three years.

Health experts have attributed the increase to high illiteracy rate, poverty and perennial rural-urban migration for non-existent jobs as these factors predisposes individuals to HIV infections.

Nonetheless, the Region did not record any case of cholera in 2017 despite registering 725 cases in the previous year which he explained that the feat was due to a number of health measures put in place by the Health Directorate and other stakeholders, following the high cases record in 2016.

He urged the public to frequently wash their hands with soap, keep their surroundings clean as the rains would soon set in and desist from buying food that was prepared or sold near chocked gutters and unhygienic places.

He indicated that the adoption of hygienic practices to prevent cholera and other communicable diseases was the best way to end the frequent outbreak of the preventable diseases adding that the Region consistently performed well in all disease surveillance indicators and malaria accounted for 37 per cent of OPD attendance in the region.

He assured that the Directorate would continue to train staff in Malaria cases management and provide on-site supportive supervision to improve diagnosis and management.

The GHS had outlined priority areas such as the scaling up of CHPS activities, emergency care and preparedness, commodity security and supply chain, financial management and data quality improvement to serve as a guide in 2018.

Source: Ghana News Agency

UN WFP COMMEND GHANA FOR WORKING TO END HUNGER AND MALNUTRITION

ACCRA– The World Food Program is commending government of Ghana for prioritizing food security and nutrition and its determination to achieve zero hunger in Ghana.

In an appreciation letter signed by Rukia Yacoub, country director and representative of World Food Programme, addressed to the finance minister, Ken Ofori Atta, the WFP expressed it gratitude to government for clearing some outstanding counterpart cash contribution Ghana owed since 2008.

The Republic of Ghana owed the WFP an outstanding counterpart cash contribution to the tune of GHC 24,089,146.00 between 2008 to 2016, a situation which nearly put Ghana in risk of not meeting the 2030 sustainable development goals.

World Food Programme says it is developing its country strategic plan (CSP) for 2019-2023 anchored on the 2018-2022 United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership in Ghana.

According to WFP, the strategy will support government Coordinated Programme of economic and social development.

A national zero hunger strategy review has been undertaken to identify the gaps the country faces in its quest to achieve zero hunger.

Rukia Yacoub urged Ghana to work to achieve a hunger free society and prevent malnutrition.

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for Nsawam/Adoagyiri constituency and chairman of foreign affairs committee of Parliament, Frank Annoh Dompreh in an interview with Adom News’ Maxwell Kudekor urged government to continue working on access roads to farming communities and linkages to market sources and also focus on non � traditional exports.

He is optimistic that, President Akuffu Addo’s government will not leave any stone unturned in its quest to build Ghana with zero hunger and eliminate malnutrition.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Africa can finance its education- President Akufo-Addo

Accra- Africa cannot depend on others to finance education on the continent, when it has the wherewithal to do so, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said.

He said Africa had the resources and capacity to finance access to quality education of its citizens, and also promote the interests of the continent.

“If we make our policy dependent on other people, when their policy changes, we will suffer. But, if we make the policy for ourselves, then it means that, at all times, we will be in control of our own destiny.

President Akufo-Addo said this at the Third International Global Partnership for Education Conference in Dakar, Senegal.

The President attended the conference, which seeks to galvanise funds for education in developing nations, at the behest of the Senegalese President Macky Sall and French leader Emmanuel Macron.

Both countries co-hosted the event.

President Akufo-Addo noted that even though Africa had enough resources to fund its development, there ought to be the elimination of corruption in public life, better arrangements for resource exploitation and the prevention of capital flight from the Continent.

Thabo Mbeki’s Commission that looked at the illicit flows of capital out of Africa, has estimated that for every year, in the last ten years, $50 billion goes out of Africa through illicit means. Can you imagine what those monies, if we had our eyes open, and we were not complicit in that illicit outflow, would mean for the capacity of our nations? he asked.

The President stated that the challenge confronting Africa was how we can organise ourselves to make sure that the wealth, the huge wealth of this great continent, at least, in the first time in modern history, is used on behalf on the peoples of the continent, and not those outside.

He was confident that if we are able to close that gap, we will come here to Dakar to talk about education, and not the funding of education by others. We will be talking about the quality of our education, the changes we need to make to our curricula, and the emphasis we have to place on our history and sociology.

So that, I am not misunderstood, all those who have been making the pledges, it is all good. But, I think it is extremely important for us to get our whole mind set right. We have within us the capacity to develop and promote the interest of our continent ourselves. Let’s do it.

President Akufo-Addo said it was ironic that Africa had the youngest population, and the richest continent on the planet, but had the worst living conditions, which he indicated could only be broken by education.

We are going to have to make sure that every young child, boy and girl, has access to education. Not only do they have access to education, but they have access to an education that will allow them to be able to address the challenges of the 21st century.

President Akufo-Addo told the Conference that Ghana was determined to open opportunities for everybody.

So, in the last 5 years, before my government came, every year, over 100,000 young Ghanaian students were unable to transition from Junior High School to Senior High School, largely because of money. Many of them fully qualified, but their parents were unable to support their higher education.

“We felt that at this stage in the history of our country, the Ghanaian State should take on that responsibility. So, as from September past, Senior High School education in the public school system has been made free, he said.

What it has done is that the figures have revered. 90,000 more students entered senior school this year than the year before. It is the first step in ensuring that the educational system in our country, from kindergarten through primary to secondary, and ultimately through University, are open for everybody.

The President opined that quality education, with greater focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics would prepare the young population of Africa for life in the 21st century and guarantee the future of the continent.

We have seen that in the development of the economies of Asia, in China, India, Japan, and Korea. That is the way forward, to be able to make the transition from poor to prosperity, the President added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Decentralised Departments must collaborate effectively

Cape Coast- Departments and Agencies in the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) have been told not to work in isolation but coordinate their activities to promote efficient and effective development of their localities.

The Central Regional Minister, Mr Kwamena Duncan who gave the advice said successful implementation of government’s policies, programmes and projects would depend on how well the assemblies collaborated towards their execution.

Mr Duncan was addressing Heads of departments and Agencies at the 2018 Central Regional Coordinating Council Meeting in Cape Coast.

He said empowering the citizenry to improve their living conditions was a shared responsibility by all stakeholders through well-coordinated activities.

Our Agencies and Departments should take note that they are not in competition with each other, but are all partners in development and as such should share ideas and experiences to foster proper planning in the execution of projects for the benefit of the nation he said.

He urged the MMDAs to ensure judicious use of the human and material resources in their communities as well as the funds given them to enhance the well-being of their people adding that, no excuses would be accepted if the they failed.

Mr Duncan re-affirmed government’s commitment to ensure that every community had access to basic social amenities such as; quality health care, good roads, education, sanitation and water.

He said access to good drinking water, effective sanitation and education on good hygiene practice were some of the most cost effective ways of achieving targets in quality health care services delivery.

The Regional Minister mentioned that sanitation, education, job creation and retaining investors were at the core of his development strategy to achieve a comprehensive sustainable development for the Region and the deteriorating levels of education, the worsening sanitation situation and the lack of employable opportunities for the teeming youth were the major challenges facing the region.

According to him, the tourism, education and investment potentials of the region did not commensurate its current development and therefore a concerted effort by all interest groups was needed to remedy the situation.

Commissioner of Police (COP), David Nenyi Ampah-Bennin, the Central Regional Police Commander said the Police was well aware of increased activities of social miscreants, but assured that the Police was up to the task and appealed to the public to cooperate with the Police and volunteer timely information about criminal hideouts to enable them to clamp down on their activities.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Disregard splinter group – AIPS Africa President

Accra- The International Press Sports Association (AIPS) Africa President Mr. Mitchell Obi has advised all member national sports journalists association and sports federations to distance and disassociate themselves from an unregistered group that calls itself Confederation of Africa Sports Press.

In a lunch meeting for the sports media held at hotel Sofitel on Saturday, in Casablanca, Morocco, Mr. Obi said the characters behind this attempt were ”undefined self seeking individuals using the cloak of football writers and the cover of an unsuspecting CAF leadership to perpetuate their mercantile designs.”

Taking a cue from the AIPS President Gianni Merlo who in a letter warned the CAF president Ahmad on the dangers ahead of padding such initiative, the continental president said he was not aware of any crisis or situation in its fold that will provoke the formation of any group that intends to duplicate the core mission of the 94 year old AIPS.

I think that the intentions are not honest and they are unmistakeably geared towards defrauding and deceiving passionate sports institutions and stakeholders, who hold tight to the power of media in adding value and promotion.

And this no doubt includes CAF whose presidential media adviser is a frontline leader and participant in this divisive tendency. For this the AIPS AFRICA president who recently got reelected in Nairobi, Kenya, advised sports federations across the continent as well as national sports journalists association to be on the watch with a view to reacting appropriately.

AIPS AFRICA, he insisted at the full house in Sofitel, will always condemn with vehemence any act of rascality that detracts and dilutes its independence of thoughts and expression, its high ethical strength and its consistent drive for a united sports media voice for good governance which the continent needs todau to engineer and attain its grand strategic plan of creating a better world of sports and sports journalists both young and old.”

At the event one of the special guests, Mr. Christian Lagnide, the President of LC2/ AFNEX and chairman of the Foundation of African Football advised sports journalists in the continent to seek a common and united front inorder to help fast track the needed gains in sports and the useful engagement of african youth populace.

Mr. Lagnide who is a top comnunication stakeholder was not happy that the sports media in the continent is being disrupted at this particular time.

Not here in Casablanca where you have your official seat and not in Morocco which needs the support of all to win the bid for the 2026 World Cuo”, he noted.

The lunch ended with the AIPS AFRICA president and its former President Belaid Boumid presenting to the special guest a souvenir as well as a copy of the AIPS AFRICA STRATEGIC Plan that was launched in Nairobi and dwells heavily on capacity building and exposure for both young and old sports journalists.

Source: Ghana News Agency