WOMEC mentors adolescent girls to take-up leadership positions

Sebrepor (Near Tema) June 30, GNA – The Women Media and Change (WOMEC) a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has rolled out a project to mentor young adolescents mostly girls into taking up leadership roles within their respective communities.

The GTP Turningpoint Project Mentorship and Leadership Forum which was on the theme: “Equipping adolescent girls for leadership,” was organised by WOMEC aimed at empowering adolescents to muster courage and speak against wrong being perpetuated against adolescents in the communities.

Students from various schools within the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality in the Greater Accra Region participated in the mentorship event at Sebrepor for the fourth Phase of the WOMEC adolescent empowering programme.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency on the sideline of the event, Mrs Dulcie Delali Attipoe Programmes Coordinator WOMEC stated that it was time adolescent girls were empowered to gain self-confidence to report wrongdoing in the communities.

Mrs Attipoe noted that adolescents needed to be mentored at an early age to be responsible leaders in their various fields of endeavor.

She said policymakers must formulate policy and programmes aimed at protecting the lives of adolescent girls in the country with a call on the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to pay critical attention to the needs of adolescents.

Ms Thelca Wricketts a lawyer and facilitator at the event, urged the government through its appropriate agencies to implement the various legal frameworks as far as child rights was concerned.

She noted that many children were facing various forms of abuse in some parts of the country, adding that a lot of advocacy work needed to be done to protect adolescents who could be future leaders of the country.

Ms. Wricketts expressed gratitude to WOMEC for organizing such a programme for adolescent girls, saying that such events should be replicated in other parts of the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Parents urged to build cordial relations with children

Coaltar (E/R), June 30, GNA – Nanahemaa Asiedua II, the Queen Mother of Coaltar in the Eastern Region has called on parents and guardians to build cordial relations with their children at home.

That, she said would create enabling environment for the children to talk freely on issues confronting them in their day-to-day lives, especially among the adolescent girl-child.

Nanahemaa Asiedua made the call at the first-ever town hall meeting on teenage pregnancy organised by the Ark Development Organisation at Coaltar in the Ayensuano District of the Eastern Region.

The programme was supported by the Plan International Ghana under their Women’s Voice and Leadership Programme to help ensure the reduction of teenage pregnancy in communities in the country.

It was attended by chiefs, queen mothers, pastors, imams, students, government officials, parents and guardians.

Nanahemaa Asiedua expressed gratitude to the organisers of the event, which she said was an eye-opener for stakeholders to learn more about issues that confronted girls in the district and gave the assurance that her doors were opened for counselling and support to any adolescent child that faced with problems.

Mrs Eunice Asante, the Project Director of the Ark Development Organisation told the participants that the blame game of poor parenting and disrespect for the adolescent must give way to solutions to problems and the safeguard of children, particularly girls.

She said: “The blame game has gone on for too long; parents insisting adolescents nowadays do not respect whilst adolescents were blaming their parents and guardians for their poor parenting and negligence.”

Nii Adjiri Sackey, the District Director of the National Commission for Civic Education urged community leaders to put structures in place to enable the entire community to work together in the development of the children so that none of them would be left behind in education.

Ms Mary Asamoah, a student of the Coaltar Presby Senior High Technical School said although poverty played a role in increasing teenage pregnancy in the Ayensuano District, she believed some actions of some parents also encouraged adolescent girls to make advances on the opposite sex.

She appealed to parents to let them (girls) be their friends so that whenever they face problems or are under any pressure, they could share with them (parents) for guidance.

“To my colleagues, I would like to advise you to stay away from sex-related activities, focus on your studies because education will push us high; and also stay away from friends who will influence you badly but rather cultivate the habit of sharing your problems with your parents or any elderly persons in society to guide you to live a chaste life,” she added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

COVID-19: New cases decline in the last two days

Accra, June 30, GNA – Data from the Ghana Health Service COVID-19 update page indicates a decline in new cases from 203 on June 24 to 83 on June 26.

The data also showed that one death was recorded in the last two days, with six severe cases recorded and one in critical condition.

Similarly, the number of active cases recorded in a day has reduced from 1,556 to 1,542 within the said period.

The regional distribution of active cases, where the Greater Accra Region had recorded the highest number had also seen a decline in the last two days, from 1,065 to 1,013.

The Eastern Region recorded the second highest with 101 cases followed by Bono Region with 99 cases and Ashanti and Central Regions with 92 and 82 cases so far.

The rest of the regions recorded below 50 cases with the Bono East Region recording 47 cases followed by Volta Region with 30 cases, 22 cases from Ahafo Region and 14 cases each from Oti and Western regions.

Upper East Region followed with 10 cases, Upper West with eight cases, Western North with seven cases and one case each from Northeast and the Northern Region.

One case had been recorded among international travelers so far with no cases recorded in the Savannah Region.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Most people infected with the virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.

However, some would become seriously ill and require medical attention.

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19, include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell and sore throat.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Limit consumption of bush meat to avoid monkey pox infection

Dormaa-Ahenkro (B/R), June 30, GNA – Mr Daniel Kwame Owusu Amponsah, the Dormaa Central Municipal Disease Control Officer has advised Ghanaians to limit the consumption of bush meat to avoid Monkey pox infections.

He said it was advisable and obligatory for bush meat consumers to carry out vital checks to trace and identify the source of bush meat before consumption.

Mr Amponsah was speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at Dormaa-Ahenkro in the Dormaa Central Municipality of the Bono Region.

He said “the disease is zoonotic and highly transmissible mutating from human to human after transmission from animals such as monkeys and others”.

Mr Amponsah encouraged hunters who might come across carcasses of such animals to report to the Health Directorate or the Veterinary Services Department for investigations to be conducted on them for their own health and safety of the public.

He said as part of efforts to create awareness and to avert a possible outbreak of the disease in the Municipality, public education had been intensified through radio discussions, and visitations to churches and mosques.

“We have held meetings and training for health professionals including doctors, nurses, physician assistants and laboratory staff across the Municipality to enable them to detect, respond and effectively manage the disease in case of an outbreak”, Mr. Amponsah said.

He said outreaches would be held for inhabitants of communities on the routes to the border towns and the border towns such as Gonokrom and Kofibadukrom to raise awareness about the disease.

Mr Amponsah hinted of a plan by the Directorate to hold a meeting with traditional rulers, opinion leaders and Assembly Members at Duasidan, a community with a monkey sanctuary to sensitise residents about the disease.

He advised the public to observe good hygienic practices and COVID-19 protocols – keeping a distance, avoiding handshaking, hand washing with soap under running water and wearing of nose mask as it can be contracted through vomiting and sweating.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Health Minister calls for collaboration to train top-notch healthcare professionals

Accra, Jun 30, GNA – Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Minister of Health, has called for effective collaboration among institutions and agencies to ensure the training of top-notch specialist health care professionals.

He said it was crucial as it would ensure that there were no parallel systems to duplicate activities and waste resources.

Mr Agyemang-Manu made the call in a speech read on his behalf to officially open the 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Scientific Conference of the Ghana College of Pharmacists in Accra.

The two-day event, which coincided with the College’s 10th Anniversary, was on the theme “Improving Access to Quality Health Services Through Specialist Pharmacist Training.”

The event also witnessed seven new members inducted, bringing its total membership to 41.

Mr Agyemang-Manu called for sustained collaborations to secure the health of the nation and move all towards Universal Health Coverage.

The Minister congratulated the graduating group and urged them to use the skills they had acquired from time to time to improve access to quality health services for all clients.

He also commended the institution management for the strides made even in the face of the challenges and assured the of the Ministry’s continued support in the execution of their mandate.

Dr Mrs Martha Gyansa-Lutterodt, the Director of Technical Coordination Ministry of Health, in her thematic speech urged the Ghana College of Pharmacists (GCP) to produce tailored courses that would support key government policy initiatives in the country.

She said now that Ghana was exploring vaccine manufacturing, it was important that the area of specialisation was ramped up to ensure the specialists were ready to support industry to deliver on the promise.

“As a college how prepared are we to shift within our mandate to key policy initiatives by Government. Local vaccine production is one and Food and Drug Authority maturity level three going to four is another area to shape courses to support these government agendas and regional initiatives,” she said.

Speaking on the theme, she underscored the importance of specialist trained pharmacists and the need for more such people.

Specialist training pharmacists play crucial roles and should be seen as strategic path towards achieving Universal Health Coverage especially through primary health care interventions; as society was better served with the level of knowledge, expertise and skills set, Dr Gyansa-Lutterodt stated.

She said COVID-19 pandemic response had thought countries and health systems around the globe innovative ways of optimising their health workforce, especially the pharmacist, to achieve better outcomes for their people.

The Director of Technical Coordination called for Ghana’s health systems to embrace the extended scope of practice of the specialist trained pharmacists as outlined in Act 833 accompanied by the appropriate remuneration in accordance with the National Medicines Policy 2017.

Yvonne Yirenkyiwaa Esseku, the Rector of Ghana College of Pharmacists in her speech highlighted some of the institutions achievements and appreciated those who supported them got this far.

She Esseku said the college had completed conditions of services for staff and the strategic plan for the college and are now collaborating with the College of Health Sciences to provide joint qualification for candidates.

She congratulated the graduates and commended the team of staff for their immense support throughout the period.

Mr Joseph Kodjo Nsiah Nyoagbe, the President of the College of Pharmacists, also commended the effort of government through the Ministry of Health for investing, resourcing, and maintaining the Ghana College of Pharmacist.

He urged the graduates to face the future with pride and a sense of accomplishment towards the new chapter of their professional career.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Akatsi Municipal hospital records seven TB deaths in 2021

Akatsi (VR), June 30, GNA – A total of seven Tuberculosis (TB) related deaths was recorded at the Akatsi Municipal Hospital in the Volta Region in 2021.

The figure indicates a slight increase in deaths registered at the hospital from 2019 to 2020.

In 2019, four deaths were recorded against six in 2020, and out of the seven in 2021, two died at home.

Mr Pascal Ayivor, the hospital’s health information officer, who disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) during an engagement said a total of 181 TB cases were recorded from 2019 to 2021, whilst 48 of the cases were cured.

Mr Ayivor revealed that only two cases between 2019 and 2020 had their treatment failed and those who failed to follow-up over the period were eight.

He said among the cases, 70 had their treatment completed.

Mrs Faustina Yawlui, Direct Observe Therapy (DOT) nurse at the TB unit of the hospital, appealed to the public to report without delay when coughing continues and cautioned TB patients on treatment to desist from resorting to herbal medicine if the treatment, they are receiving from the hospital failed them.

“You must alert your medical officer of any signs of unimprovement for the next line of action,” she said.

Tuberculosis is a potentially serious infectious bacterial disease that affects the lungs; and the bacteria that cause TB spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Source: Ghana News Agency

COVID-19: Ministry sought, received approval from PPA for PPE

Accra, June 30, GNA – Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Minister of Health on Thursday told Parliament in Accra that the Health Ministry sought and received approval from the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) to use single source procedure to produce various personal protective equipment (PPE).

“This is because of the emergency of the situation,” he explained.

Mr Agyeman-Manu, in response to a question, explained to the House how the Ministry procured the services of contractors to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) in fighting COVID-19.

Mr Edward Abambire Bawa, the Member of Parliament for Bongo Constituency asked the Minister how the services of contractors were procured to produce PPE such as face masks, medical scrubs, hospital gowns and head gears in the fight against COVID-19.

The Health Minister said in engaging the services of contractors, the Ministry of Health requested for quotations from registered suppliers based on their areas of business and wrote to the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) in accordance with Section 40 of Act 663 as amended to request for approval to use single source procedure to produce the various PPEs because of the emergency.

He said in situations, where the threshold involved was above that of the Ministry’s, the Ministry then sought and received approval from the Central Tender Review Committee depending on the contract amount in accordance with the provisions of the Public Procurement Act 2003; Act 663 as amended.

“Regarding the locally produced PPE, the Ministry of Trade and Industry pre-qualified local manufacturing companies in the garment industry and submitted the names of the firms to the Ministry of Health for engagement,” Mr Agyeman-Manu said.

He noted that the Ministry of Health then sought and received approval from the PPA in accordance with Section 40 of Act 663 as amended to engage the local manufacturing firms to produce PPE, face masks, medical scrubs, hospital gowns and head gears in the fight against COVID-19; adding that this was to help strengthen the local capacity to respond to future pandemics.

He said contracts were awarded to the local manufacturers (contractors) upon receipt of all the necessary approvals.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Government must have an elevated outlook for the book industry-GIBF Chairman

Accra, June 30, GNA – Mr. Asare Konadu Yamoah, Chairman, Ghana International Book Fair (GIBF) has called on the Government to offer more support for development of the nation’s book industry.

He said state agencies with direct responsibility for engaging and promoting book development and the book industry, should be encouraged, and empowered to deepen the interaction and support for the industry.

“Our major concern over the years has been the abysmal support by governments to encourage the private sector to invest in the book industry,” he said on Thursday in Accra, at the launch of the 19th edition of the GIBF, scheduled to take place from August 25 to 28, 2022.

The fair, the 19th edition, is to take place at the National Theatre, in Accra, on the theme “Reforming the Book Industry for the Future Generation.

Mr. Yamoah said: “We believe that the GIBF is the most appropriate forum for the discussion of issues critical to the survival of the industry and maintaining a healthy cultural perspective about books, reading, literacy and lifelong learning, and government must show some interest.”

Mr. Yamoah said since 2005, the fair had not received any direct support from the Government even though industry space had been an integral part of the economic and social development sector.

“Countries that have functional and successful book fairs have had it so because of the huge support offered by the State. Such Fairs translate into huge economic gains for the state, demonstrates government’s value for cultural event and its contribution to the social, cultural, and economic life of the country.”

The chairman said the Fair had been a pillar of Ghana’s cultural heritage that had offered the country the opportunity and experience that had helped the private sector to make a significant impact on the Ghanaian book industry.

The fair provided an excellent opportunity for book industry stakeholders to determine the scope of interaction between the various interest groups and thus establish an understanding purposefully for the promotion of cultural heritage through books.

Mr. Yamoah observed that the book industry had become more dynamic, with an unpredictable frequency of new concepts and initiatives, which industry players must adapt.

He said “the future of the world would be great, not because of the imposing architecture and fashion we are investing in, but the wonderful gift of wisdom, knowledge, and inclusivity. All these are driven by books, and so greater priority must be given to books and facilities that encourage lifelong learning.”

Mrs. Elizabeth Naa Kwatsoe Tawiah Sackey, Mayor of Accra stated that there could be no meaningful education in the world without the use of books.

Books, she noted, played an essential role in every facet of life, introducing readers to a world of imagination, providing knowledge of the outside world, improving reading, writing, and speaking skills as well as boosting memory and intelligence.

Mrs. Sackey said the theme for the Fair resonated with the quest to train children to acquire skills and knowledge that would enable them to contribute meaningfully to their society in the future.

“I hope that the Fair which is organized to celebrate the rich Ghanaian culture through books, creativity and innovations and to bring together all publishing industry players to exhibit books, creativity and innovations, will continue to promote the Ghanaian culture, increase literacy awareness and encourage proficient reading and writing habits amongst Ghanaians and the general public.”

Mrs. Sackey assured the Assembly’s support for the Fair and encouraged stakeholders to promote the habit and love for reading and writing and urged teachers and parents to stir up the interest of students in reading, especially after school, not just to improve literacy but to also empower children as agents of change reading.

Some programmes outlined for the Fair include meetings, children’s illustration workshops, seminars, debates for Senior High School shows, and panel discussions, among others.

Source: Ghana News Agency