Government urged to establish slaughter houses in each region

Tamale, Aug 29, GNA – The government has been called upon to establish state-of-the-art slaughter houses in each region of the country to ensure the needed environment for slaughtering animals and processing meat for sale to the public.

Professor Frederick Adzitey, Head of Department of Animal Science at the University for Development Studies (UDS), who made call, said this would help curb the unhygienic conditions under which animals were slaughtered, and meat processed, to avoid meat contamination and indirect food poisoning as well as illnesses associated with the consumption of contaminated meat.

Professor Adzitey, who is Professor in Meat Science and Food Safety, made the call when delivering his inaugural lecture at the UDS in Tamale on the topic: “Sustainable Meat Safety in the 21st Century: Our Responsibility”.

Professor Adzitey, who is 42 years-old, through this lecture, which was the 13th in the series of inaugural lectures organised by the UDS, became the youngest person to become Professor at the UDS.

He bemoaned the unhygienic conditions under which animals were slaughtered, and meats handled such as people carrying meat on taxis, motorbikes, and also meat being sold in open areas in markets with flies hovering over them.

Statistics showed that globally, an estimated 69 billion chickens, 1.5 billion pigs, 656 million turkeys, 574 million sheep, 479 million goats and 302 million cattle were slaughtered for meat production in 2018.

Figures from the Food and Agriculture Organization showed that Ghana’s meat production increased from 62,493.00 tonnes in 1961 to 290,563.00 tonnes in 2018.

Whilst meat is an essential component of the diet of Ghanaians, who prefer local meat to imported meat, meat and meat products are associated with biological, chemical and physical hazards, which pose a threat to food safety and human health.

Professor Adzitey said whilst there was huge opportunity and potential for the local animal industry to increase production to meet the rising demand for meat products, efforts must also be directed at promoting safety of meat processed in the country to avoid various food-borne illnesses associated with the consumption of contaminated meat.

He, therefore, called for “Observance of good animal husbandry practices such as the provision of proper housing and keeping animals in clean environment, potable water, nutritious/balanced and safe feed, disease prevention and control practices, avoidance of abuse of veterinary drugs and regular vaccination of animals” to ensure sustainable meat safety.

He cautioned butchers against slaughtering sick animals and or animals on antibiotics for food urging meat sellers to transport and sell meat under hygienic conditions.

He emphasised that “Only clean and healthy animals should be slaughtered. Slaughtered animals should not be dressed on the floor but dressed hanging. Ideally, the slaughter room temperature should be eight degrees Celsius to 12 degrees Celsius and dirty offals should be separated from clean carcasses.”

Professor Adzitey added that “Post-mortem meat inspection should also be conducted by qualified veterinary officers and only wholesome carcasses should be passed for consumption. Meats should be transported in meat vans and not on motorbikes, tricycles, taxis and unapproved vehicles.”

He also advised that “Meat should be sold from netted tables, and ideally sold from refrigerators at four degrees Celsius for fresh meats and -18 degrees Celsius for frozen meats.”

He called on the Ghana Standard Authority, and the Food and Drugs Authority to enforce food/meat safety laws to help protect the population.

Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye, Vice-Chancellor of UDS emphasised the need for meat consumers to adhere to meat safety protocols to avoid contamination.

He commended Professor Adzitey for his hard work, and commitment to duty.

Source: Ghana News Agency

WHO hands over UN Covid-19 Field Hospital to Health Ministry

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has handed over the United Nations COVID-19 Field Hospital in Ghana to Ministry of Health (MoH).

The construction of the UN COVID-19 Field Hospital in Accra (UNCFHA) started in May 2020 and the basic infrastructure was concluded on 9th June 2020. The Hospital contains Pharmacies, state-of-act operating rooms and intensive care units (ICU).

The facility holds 12 intensive care beds, 24 general/higher dependency beds, four reception and resuscitation beds, four Step down/pre-discharge beds and an additional 32 beds.

Dr Francis Kasolo, the WHO country representative who handed over the facility to the Ministry on behalf of the UN, thanked the Government, the Ministry of Health and other partners who facilitated the setting up of the facility in the country.

“This could open the door for future partnership with the Government of Ghana”, he added.

The Chief Director of the Ministry of Health, Mr Kwabena Boadu Oku-Afari who received the facility on behalf of the Ministry and the people of Ghana expressed his profound gratitude to the UN for the gesture and the privilege given to Ghana to host the facility during the COVID-19 period.

He assured the UN that the facility will not only be added to the assets that “we have in terms of health in the country but will also be put to good use,” adding, “I’m very confident that we will continue with this collaboration for the benefit of mankind”.

Source: Modern Ghana

Porter remanded over iPhone Robbery

Accra, Aug. 29, GNA – A porter, together with others now at large, who robbed a student of his GHS5000 iPhone Pro Max at knifepoint, has been remanded into police custody by an Accra Circuit Court.

Abdul Wahab aka Stone boy, one Oblitey and two others now at large have been charged with conspiracy to commit crime and robbery.

Wahab has denied the charges.

He is expected to reappear on September 12 before the Court presided over by Mrs Rosemary Baah Tosu.

Prosecuting Police Inspector Josephine Lamptey narrated that the complainant Desmond Adaworomah resided at Bonatsire in the Oti Region while Wahab resided at the Spintex Lorry station, near Accra Mall and he solicited passengers for commercial vehicles at the station.

Inspector Lamptey said on Sunday August 21, this year, at about 5:00pm, the complainant arrived in Accra from Bonatsire and alighted at Spanner Bus Terminal to ascertain directions to his brother’s residence at Spintex.

In the process, prosecution said the complainant met a young man for directions to his brother’s residence. The complainant handed over his iPhone to the young man so he could talk his brother for further directions.

Prosecution said the young man after collecting the phone, started walking away with the phone towards Accra Mall.

The prosecutor said the complainant followed the young man and Wahab, together with one Oblitey and another attacked the complainant.

Prosecution said one of the men pulled out a knife on the complainant and they collected his backpack containing his personal effect and cash in the sum of GHS800.

It said a seller at the lorry station assisted him and he identified Wahab.

On August 22, this year, Prosecution said a report was made to the Police at Airport and at about 5:00pm, same day, the complainant spotted Wahab.

Prosecution said the complainant called his brother and they mobilised and managed to arrest Wahab who was escorted to the Airport Police.

Prosecution said Wahab however denied his involvement in the crime in his caution statement.

Wahab however admitted he witnessed the incident and that he could lead the Police to nab the complainant’s attackers at their hideout at Kwame Nkrumah Circle.

On August 28, this year, Wahab led the Police to a slum behind the VIP Station at Circle known as Tuobodom but he could not identify anyone to the Police.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GFA calls off Champion of Champions clash between Hearts and Kotoko

Accra, Aug.29, GNA – The Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) have called off the Champion of Champions match between league winners, Asante Kotoko and FA Cup winners, Accra Hearts of Oak.

The decision came after the FA agreed to give Asante Kotoko maximum time to prepare for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League and allow more than five key players of Accra Hearts of Oak, who are in the Black Galaxies team remain focused as the side seek to qualify for the CHAN tournament.

Asante Kotoko would use this opportunity to prepare for their clash as they take on Burkinabe side Rail Club du Kadiogo on September 09 in the Preliminary round of the CAF Champions League.

The Black Galaxies, with more than five Hearts of Oak players would also take on Nigeria in the return leg encounter of the CHAN qualifiers on Saturday, September 03 in Nigeria.

The Champions of Champions clash was scheduled for September 5th, 2022.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Govt committed to resourcing Ghana Police Service – Northern Regional Minister

The Northern Regional Minister, Shani Alhassan Shaibu has reiterated the government’s commitment to providing logistics for the Ghana Police Service to ensure the smooth running of its operations.

He said it was in that vein that the government in recent times provided a lot of equipment, and vehicles for the Service, specifically Motorbikes, to enhance community safety in various regions.

Speaking at the Regional Climax of the 70th Anniversary of female policing in Ghana in Tamale last Saturday, the minister noted that policing was the backbone of every society, as evidence shows that no society can function without law and order.

He commended the female police personnel for doing well in the community motorbike operations and entreated them to act more professionally to maintain the service’s reputation.

On her part, the leader of the Police Ladies, ASP Leticia Amponsah, said the unique perspectives and experiences of Ghanaian women were essential in achieving the vision of the Police Service.

She stressed the need for a greater representation of women in executive management positions and quoted Michael Obama who once said: “there is no limit to what we, as women can accomplish.”

She called on stakeholders to support women to realize their dream and reach their full potential.

Source: Modern Ghana

Great Olympics clinch 2022 GHALCA G6 title

Accra, Aug. 29, GNA – Accra Great Olympics emerged victors of the 2022 Ghana League Club Association (GHALCA) G6 tournament after beating Bechem United 2-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium on Monday.

Razak Yussif and Adrian Adjetey were on target for the “Dade Boys” as they clinched the converted trophy in front of their home fans despite the slow start to the tournament.

Former Ghanaian international Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu started for Great Olympics, having played an instrumental role in their victory.

Bechem United, during the first half, were very good in possession but failed to create any chances with Great Olympics being more purposeful.

Yussif opened the scoring for his side with a close-range header, beating Bechem United goalkeeper Aziz Haruna.

Agyemang Badu came close to doubling the lead for Great Olympics, but a 30-yard well-struck shot was saved by Bechem United goalkeeper Haruna.

Great Olympics maintained their lead to halftime.

Adrian Adjetey doubled the lead for Great Olympics shortly after the resumption of the second half from the penalty spot.

Bechem United captain Kofi Agbesima was subsequently sent off for the foul incident by referee Emmanuel Graham.

Great Olympics were in cruise control of the game thereafter and should have scored more goals, but Bechem United goalkeeper Haruma pulled up some brilliant saves.

Bechem United winger Cephas Manor should have pulled one back for the Hunters in the late stages of the game, but his effort from close-range strike missed the target.

Great Olympics held on to their two-goal cushion as they won the 2022 GHALCA G6 tournament, which included Accra Hearts of Oak, Medeama, Berekum Chelsea, and Karela United.

Berekum Chelsea placed third in the tournament after beating Medeama 4-1 on penalties in the third and fourth place encounter after regulation time ended 2-2.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NDC to begin ‘one constituency one lawyer’ for election 2024

A member of the communications team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has hinted at plans by the leadership of the party to assign seasoned lawyers to each of the 275 constituencies across the country.

According to Mr Bernard Oduro Takyi, the lawyers’ duty will be to monitor the party’s activities at the constituency level and offer legal support to the various executives.

He was of the view that the move will help the party stave off or navigate election-related legal issues such as those that cropped up in the Techiman South Constituency in the Bono Region during the 2020 parliamentary election.

The NDC communicator gave this hint on Accra100.5FM’s morning show, Ghana Yensom, hosted by Emmanuel Quarshie (The Hitman) on Monday, 29 August 2022.

He bemoaned the Techiman South saga that led to the declaration of the New Patriotic Party’s parliamentary candidate, Mr Martin Adjei Mensah-Korsah, as the winner of that race.

Some lawyers believed to be NDC supporters, numbering about 200, are currently in a meeting at Akosombo in the Eastern Region, to draw up strategies for the party ahead of the 2024 general elections.

Addressing the conference of NDC lawyers on Sunday, 28 August 2022, former President John Mahama bewailed that the judiciary has now become the butt of jokes, as a result of its biased rulings and decisions on cases with a political tinge.

Recently, he noted, “so badly has the image of our judiciary deteriorated that many of our citizenries openly make a mockery of our justice system and of our justices.”

“The phrase, ‘Go to court’ is, these days, met with derisive laughter, instead of hope that one will truly get justice if he went to the court”, Mr Mahama explained.

Source: Modern Ghana

Accra edition of HD+ Kids Armwrestling Challenge ends with massive turnout

Accra, Aug. 29, GNA – The Bediako Conference Hall at the Ghana National Association of Teachers Secretariat was the place to be for the maiden edition of the HD+ Kids Armwrestling Challenge.

A targeted audience of 300 was doubly exceeded as kids between the ages of 12 and 16 years stormed the venue to have a feel of what turned out to be a funfair filled with friendly competition, excitement, and socialisation for the kids.

The technical team from the Ghana Armwrestling Federation had a herculean task of pairing the participants due to the massive turnout but managed to get the competition started.

The boys’ division was categorised into three namely lightweight, middleweight, and heavyweight while the girls had lightweight and heavyweight.

After hours of battling for supremacy, the novices in the sport of armwrestling exhibited great talents and potentials which got the audience up on their feet to cheer their athletes on.

In the lightweight division for the boys, Bright Dugan Junior finished third with Ishmael Ampah placing second while Elba Quaye came first. Desmon Mensah placed third in the middleweight category while Issak Abdul Rahman finished second while Mohammed Amin Masawudu came tops.

In the heavyweight division, Michael Affum was crowned champion followed by Kweku Asante Kissi Baah Amoah with Bernard Adongo placing third.

Third placed winners in both boys’ and girls’ category went home with a cash prize of GH100, an HD+ decoder and a goody bag while second placed winners took home GH200, a decoder and a goody bag. First placed winner received GH300, a decoder and a goody bag. However, all competitors received a certificate of participation and a goody bag.

In the girls’ lightweight division, Elizabeth Dawid finished third while Roselyn Lartey came second with Emmanuella Laryea placing first. In the heavyweight division, Selina Abubakar placed third while Rachael Larkyne finished second with Blessed Naa Abeka Nunoo attaining the bragging rights.

The next stop for the HD+ Kids Armwrestling Challenge will be at the Takoradi Mall on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at the Arch Bishop Porters Girls Senior High School.

Source: Ghana News Agency