Bono Region records five yellow fever cases in three districts

Sunyani,- The Bono Region has recorded confirmed cases of yellow fever in three districts with one death, Dr.

Prince Quarshie, the Deputy Director, Public Health at the Regional Directorate of Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said.

Three of the cases were reported in the Wenchi Municipality as well as one each in Tain and Banda Districts of the region, he said.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani, Dr. Quarshie said two of the cases, including; the dead, a Fulani nomad, were referred from Tinga in the Bole District of the Savannah Region to the Wenchi government Hospital.

He explained the Directorate started vaccinating to protect health officials in the Wenchi Government Hospital, saying it was over 10 years that yellow fever vaccination was conducted in the Wenchi Municipality.

Dr. Quarshie explained the Directorate had intensified surveillance, public sensitization and awareness creation and appealed to particularly the populace in the five districts to report to the nearest health facilities whenever they experienced abnormal headache, general body pains and weaknesses.

He called for effective collaboration between health officials and key stakeholders including, District Assemblies, traditional authorities and opinion leaders in the local communities to facilitate earlier detection of cases, and prevent an outbreak.

Dr. Quarshie said despite that there had not been a reported case in the Sunyani Municipality, the Directorate conducted mass yellow fever vaccination in the Municipality in 2020 and there was the need for residents to be alerted and report any suspected signs to health officials.

He added the Health Directorate was under-studying the situation at the five districts where cases were reported, saying if there was the need for mass vaccination, it would be conducted to protect residents, and prevent possible outbreak of the disease.

“The Directorate has put in place all the required measures, but it is imperative for people to go for medical check-ups at the nearest health facilities if they show signs of unusual headache, fever, body pains and weakness”, Dr. Quarshie advised.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Gorogo community benefits from health screening exercise

Gorogo (U/E),– A total of 117 community members at Gorogo in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region have benefitted from a free Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT), eye, Blood Pressure (BP), viral hepatitis, and Random Blood Sugar (RBS) screening exercise.

The team of health professionals who conducted the screening exercise included a Public Health Officer and Nurse Specialists in Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) and Ophthalmic nursing from various health care facilities across the Region.

Mr David Sa-Aleong Yinbil, a Public Health Officer who led the team to organise the medical screening exercise, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview after the screening that the initiative was their contribution as health professionals to improve health care delivery in rural communities.

He said the initiative was intended to inculcate in members of the community the importance of health screening, as such exercises would enable them to know their health status for appropriate remedies.

He disclosed that about 25 people out of the number screened, recorded high Blood pressure “But we could not conclude that they have hypertension. Though they were made to relax and their BPs rechecked, they still recorded high BPs, so we referred them to the Health Centre for further investigation.”

Mr Yinbil advised members of the community to take their health seriously, insisting that until they got screened, they would not know their health status, “We encourage them to consistently check their health status.”

Mr Patrick Hope Atuick, an ENT Nurse, who also screened beneficiaries for various ENT conditions, said most of the people had wax in their ears which often caused itching and pain among others.

He said some people often used cotton wool buds or feathers in their ears owing to the wax deposits but that blocked the ear canal, “Victims end up pushing the wax deep into the canal.”

He said the wax in the ear was natural, meant to keep the ear moist, lubricates the ear canal, and prevents certain foreign bodies from getting into the ear, “So the more you remove the wax, the more the itching intensifies.”

Mr Atuick said the ear canal was so delicate that if hard materials were put into the ear, it could cause lacerations, which could also lead to bacteria and other infections, and advised members of the public to massage the tragus if they experienced itching, and not insert objects in their ears.

A beneficiary of the screening exercise, Mr Charles Luu told the GNA that the exercise was very important to members of the community as most of them do not have the opportunity and were not enlightened about the need to undergo medical screening exercises.

He thanked the health team for the gesture, and appealed for more of such initiatives in the community for healthy living among residents in the Gorogo community.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Make NHIS waiting period waiver permanent policy – beneficiaries appeal

Kasoa (C/R),– Some users of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), have implored the government to make the waiver on the waiting period for renewed or newly registered health insurance cards a permanent policy.

Describing it as laudable, they said the one-week waiver which allows users to access health care immediately after registration or renewal of their health insurance cards was a great intervention and should therefore be left perpetually.

They argued that the gesture would not only save a lot of lives but some money as well.

Normally, aside children below five years and pregnant women, members of the Scheme have to wait for one month to have their cards activated for use after renewal or registration.

But, the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), as part of its weekly celebration and 17th anniversary, has waived the waiting period for people who register or renew their health insurance cards this week.

The waiver will make the card active immediately after renewal or registration.

The gesture by the Authority is targeted at improving universal health care in the country as it aims at shoring up its membership.

Some members of the NHIS, who had thronged the Authority’s Awutu-Senya-East District office in the Central Region on Wednesday, pleaded through the GNA for the policy to stay.

They lamented that the period was too short and that many people were not aware of it.

A merchant, Mr David Ofori Otabil, intimated that the intervention could be a lifesaver for a person in an emergency.

“We wish they can extend the waiver for some time so that everybody can access it. It’s a good policy and we thank them,” he said.

A businesswoman, Mrs Martha Ahiavor, who called for an intensified awareness creation on the gesture also indicated that the intervention will be very helpful if, one had to take her child to the hospital at dawn.

She said the period was too short and it should be made permanent.

A trader, Mr Paul Samuel, was of the view that the waiver was the most ideal thing to do, adding that “I’m very grateful for it and it is going help a lot of Ghanaians.”

“My wife and children are supposed to go to the hospital on Friday and without the waiver, we would have to wait for some days, or a month before we can make use of it, it would have been difficult for me,” he added.

Another businesswoman, Mrs Jane Paul, visibly elated, thanked the NHIA for the policy, given the benefit it provided.

“How I wish they can extend or in fact, leave it permanently. Leaving it permanently will be nice, it will help everyone than the old system,” she stressed.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Y leaderboard Series: Time with a backbone of the Ghanaian film industry

Ivan Quashigah, one of Ghana’s finest creative directors and film producers shares his journey through life on another impactful episode of the Y Leaderboard Series on YFM.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Farmhouse Production in an interview with Rev. Erskine, rolled out his life through childhood, the uncertainty about his education, the hustle and tussle in his career among other things to inspire the younger generation.

With his father recruited in the military at an early age, young Ivan Quashigah had to spend his entire childhood with his aunty and a strict but exciting grandfather.

As a child, he dreamt of becoming a lawyer but his early exposure to cinema experience and advertising movies had a great influence on his life and career-wise. “I used to carry a cinema board with a film poster on it together with my cousins. We walked around the Keta township, ringing a bell and singing, shouting, and calling attention to the film that will be premiered in the cinema that night. We advertised around town so in the evening we’d go and watch for free. I would say finding myself in the movie Industry is fate, because I came from a home where there was no electricity and could barely watch the TV,” he said.

He also recounted when he had to promote his grandfather’s events, where he developed his creative skills, picking up lines from hit songs at the time to be able to make the event attractive and sell to the people of Keta.

Relocating from Keta to Accra, Ivan had the privilege of living with his father. Unfortunately, his dad’s arrest during the era of coup d’état shook his hopes of furthering his education, at the time he was admitted into the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI). “Fortunately for me, when it happened, I had already released my own destiny in my hands so I had already started doing side jobs and other things to survive. At that time, I was quite awake to realities of life and I had made up my mind that I was going to do this,” he added, as he explained how he was able to come out of that hopeless situation.

Today, Ivan is regarded as one of the backbones of the Ghanaian film industry who has produced exciting yet educative films such as ‘Things We Do for Love’ and ‘YOLO’. In all of his days as a film director and producer, he mentioned Adjetey Anang to be the best actor he has ever worked it when he first produced ‘Things We Do For Love’.

“Pusher was a very difficult role to play but Adjetey was able to play that role to perfection. What made ‘Pusher’ unique was his style of walk and it was very difficult for people to take that role but he researched into it and played the character perfectly. ‘Pusher’ and Adjetey Anang were different characters altogether. Adjetey is a very quiet and calm person by nature whilst ‘Pusher’ was not but he pulled it off and this tells you the kind of actor he is. To me, he is always the best actor.”

In his submission, the CEO of Farmhouse Production used the opportunity to advise the youth to always put to book their aspirations and goals, to not only serve as a reminder but to also ring in their minds a sense of purpose. This he explained worked for him in his youthful days as he chanced upon teaching by Pastor Mensa Otabil.

“I used to be a cameraman for International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), one day I listened to Pastor Mensa Otabil, when he taught about setting your goals, how you can achieve your goals, and how you need to write your plans down. I started practicing them and wrote down my goals. It helped me to know the next step to take right from my first year in school.”

Programs Manager of YFM, Eddy Blay expressed, after the interview, that this time with Ivan has been one of the motivating sessions on the radio. “Every youth who listened to Ivan today will definitely be inspired about something. It is a great feeling to have accomplished personalities speak to the youth from the heart.”

Source: Ghana Web

Eschew greed and dishonesty to enhance national cohesion – Chief

Bibiani (WNR),- Nana Kwabena Gyamfi Akwabeng, Adontenhene of the Sefwi- Anhwiaso Traditional Council, in the Western North Region, has stated that individual greed and dishonesty greatly retard national cohesion and development.

He said such negative attitude breeds corrupt practices which leads to disaffection amongst the populace.

Nana Gyamfi said this at an Inter-Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC)meeting at Bibiani.

The meeting was organized by the Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai Municipal Directorate of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), with support from the European Union (EU), under the theme, “Empowering Ghanaians to Stand for National Cohesion and Inclusive Participation.”

Nana Gyamfi said when people feel cheated and marginalized, it becomes extremely difficult to work in unity for progress.

He urged all to develop a positive mental attitude, fairness and patriotism to move the nation forward.

Mr.Patrick Nuako, Western North Regional Programmes Officer for the NCCE, charged political party representatives on Radio and Television talk shows to impress upon Ghanaians to live peacefully among themselves.

“In spite of our diversities, let’s agree to disagree for the good of our nation,” he advised.

Madam Martha Nneka Oparah, Municipal Director of the NCCE bemoaned the lack of security consciousness among Ghanaians and called for concerted efforts to heal this national defect.

Other speakers at the function included, Superintendent A.K Mensah, Municipal Police Commander and Reverend Alex Acheampong, District Minister of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG).

Fouty participants drawn from various organizations like, the Security Agencies, Political Parties, Traditional authorities, Religious and Youth groups, Traders, Persons With Disability (PWDs), the Media, the District Assembly, and a cross section of the public.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Absa Bank, Ghana Library enroll the first cohort of 1000 young people for ReadytoWork e-learning

The first cohort of 1000 young people has been enrolled to undertake the e-learning course under the Absa Bank – Ghana Library Authority ReadytoWork partnership.

Absa Bank Ghana in partnership with the Ghana Library Authority is giving young people the opportunity to undertake courses on the ReadytoWork e-learning platform to develop work skills, people skills, money skills and entrepreneurial skills.

The registered participants will go through all four modules of the ReadytoWork curriculum to enhance their employability skills.

“We are excited that our partnership with the Ghana Library Authority is yielding positive results. The applications we have received as the first cohort for the programme exceeded our target, which shows the desire of the youth acquires skills that will empower them to contribute meaningfully to national development,” said Priscilla Yeboah, Head of Citizenship at Absa Bank Ghana.

“At Absa, our purpose is to bring possibilities to life by helping people to get things done; and we are excited to help upskill the 21st-century youth with relevant skills to transition from learning to earning,” added Priscilla Yeboah.

Mr Hayford Siaw, Chief Executive of the Ghana Library Authority said: “We are set to provide relevant knowledge resources to the first cohort of this partnership programme. We are hopeful this initiative will ignite their passion in acquiring employability skills for their future endeavour.”

The ready to work e-learning toolkit is designed to equip participants with soft skills such as critical thinking, emotional intelligence, excellent communications skills among others, to help transition young people smoothly from academic world into the world of work.

Source: Ghana Web

Make NHIS waiting period waiver permanent – beneficiaries appeal

Some users of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), have implored the government to make the waiver on the waiting period for renewed or newly registered health insurance cards a permanent policy.

Describing it as laudable, they said the one-week waiver which allows users to access health care immediately after registration or renewal of their health insurance cards was a great intervention and should therefore be left perpetually.

They argued that the gesture would not only save a lot of lives but some money as well.

Normally, aside children below five years and pregnant women, members of the Scheme have to wait for one month to have their cards activated for use after renewal or registration.

But, the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), as part of its weekly celebration and 17th anniversary, has waived the waiting period for people who register or renew their health insurance cards this week.

The waiver will make the card active immediately after renewal or registration.

The gesture by the Authority is targeted at improving universal health care in the country as it aims at shoring up its membership.

Some members of the NHIS, who had thronged the Authority’s Awutu-Senya-East District office in the Central Region on Wednesday, pleaded through the GNA for the policy to stay.

They lamented that the period was too short and that many people were not aware of it.

A merchant, Mr David Ofori Otabil, intimated that the intervention could be a lifesaver for a person in an emergency.

“We wish they can extend the waiver for some time so that everybody can access it. It’s a good policy and we thank them,” he said.

A businesswoman, Mrs Martha Ahiavor, who called for an intensified awareness creation on the gesture also indicated that the intervention will be very helpful if, one had to take her child to the hospital at dawn.

She said the period was too short and it should be made permanent.

A trader, Mr Paul Samuel, was of the view that the waiver was the most ideal thing to do, adding that “I’m very grateful for it and it is going help a lot of Ghanaians.”

“My wife and children are supposed to go to the hospital on Friday and without the waiver, we would have to wait for some days, or a month before we can make use of it, it would have been difficult for me,” he added.

Another businesswoman, Mrs Jane Paul, visibly elated, thanked the NHIA for the policy, given the benefit it provided.

“How I wish they can extend or in fact, leave it permanently. Leaving it permanently will be nice, it will help everyone than the old system,” she stressed.

Source: Modern Ghana

Red Cross begins new phase of RMNCAH project

Tamale,- The Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) has begun a new phase of its Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) project to improve the health status of mothers, newborns, children, and adolescents in the Northern, Savannah and Upper East Regions.

The new phase of the project dubbed: “Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health” (RMNCAH), which runs from now until 2024, also seeks to improve behaviour change in RMNCAH in the communities as well as increase access to quality health services for people of the communities.

It is being implemented by the GRCS in partnership with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and funded by the Swiss Red Cross.

The new phase of the project comes on the heels of the MNCH project implemented from 2018 to 2021 in the Northern and Upper East Regions by the same partners where they formed 40 Mothers Clubs in the Northern Region and 60 mothers clubs in the Upper East Region.

The Mothers Clubs composed songs using key messages on maternal and child health issues, which they used to educate communities on best practices regarding antenatal and post-natal care and accompanying pregnant women to health facilities for skilled deliveries amongst others.

Under this new phase of the project, which is an expansion compared to the previous one, the partners will build on the gains made and amongst others focus on addressing issues of fistula in the communities.

Mr Samuel Kofi Addo, Secretary-General of GRCS, who spoke at an inception meeting for the new phase of the RMNCAH project, said additional Mothers Clubs would be formed to help improve health care delivery for the targeted population in the communities.

The two-day inception meeting, which ended in Tamale, was attended by representatives from the GRCS, and GHS from the three regions and the Swiss Red Cross to focus together and plan for the successful implementation of the new phase of the project.

Mr Addo expressed gratitude to the partners for their passion and commitment, which he indicated would translate into their actions on the field for a remarkable improvement on RMNCAH situation in the beneficiary regions.

Mr Rexford King James Adjei, Upper East Regional Health Promotion Officer, said “This new phase is coming to cement the gains sustained during the previous phase. We hope it will work well as we intend to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health in the country.”

He spoke about the maternal and child health situation in the Upper East Region and said “The situation in the region is one of the best in the country but as it stands now, because of COVID-19 and its related issues, things are also changing and when you look at our maternal health situation, it is also going up. So, we laud the new phase of the project to help reduce the situation.”

Mr Thomas Okollah, Country Coordinator, Swiss Red Cross said the new phase of the project was for the good of the communities that the partners served.

He told the partners that “Now, the work begins. Let us move efficiently and effectively, give us the reports timeously so that we can generate more resources for the communities.

Source: Ghana News Agency