We need unity and vibrancy from the youth to win 2024 elections-Aspirant

Ho (VR), Oct. 7, GNA – Mr Adeklo Gershon-Effort Fortune, Chairman hopeful for Ho Central Constituency of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has observed that the party needs massive reforms to win the 2024 general election.

He said his vision was to lead a well-prepared constituency, with a clean sheet to be in a comfortable position to wrestle power from the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2024.

Mr Adeklo Gershon-Effort made this known in an interaction with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) after he was cleared by the vetting committee to contest the Ho Central Constituency Chairmanship position.

The 41-year-old businessperson disclosed that there was a total leadership failure within the ranks and file of the party within the constituency “and it is time for the young ones to embark on a rescue mission in bringing back the party to where it’s supposed to be.”

“Energetic guys like me must be brought on board to wrestle power from the NPP led government in 2024,” he said.

Mr Adeklo Gershon-Effort also revealed among other visions, that unity would be his hallmark as well as putting a solid welfare system for party members in the constituency.

He appealed to the party faithful to rally behind him for the needed transformation to be brought to bear.

He also promised to put the needed resources and coordination in place for the 2024 battle “since there is the urgent need to shake up the party to the grassroots to make the party attractive, ready and poised to win back power in 2024,” he added.

Mr Adeklo Gershon-Effort would contest two other contestants for the Ho Central Chairmanship slot.

They are Franklyn Gedzia and Manfred Nuku- Dei.

The NDC would elect its constituency executives later in October.


Source: Ghana News Agency

We need to depoliticise galamsey fight

Accra, Oct 07, GNA — The Green Republic Project, a youth driven climate action initiative, has reiterated calls to depoliticise the fight against galamsey.

Nana Yaw Osei-Darkwa, the Convener for Green Republic Project, who made the appeal, said “any politician who finds it convenient to use Galamsey as a tool to garner support is a nation wrecker… ”

He said this in an interview with the media on the side-lines of the maiden Ghana Environmental and Sanitation Awards (GESA) Awards held in Accra.

The Green Republic Project received two strategic awards, including the “Most Impactful Climate Change and Biodiversity Conservation Organization” award for its creative approach to helping preserve the environment through landscape restoration actions and advocacy.

Its Convener,  Mr  Osei-Darkwa, was also recognised for his untiring effort at helping green Ghana through strong advocacy for a National Tree Planting Day, which eventually caught the attention of Government and its subsequent implementation in June 2021.

Organized by the EduEnter Group Ghana in collaboration with the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, the GESA 2022 celebrated individuals and organisations impacting Ghana’s environmental and sanitation ecosystem.

It brought together stakeholders from both government and private sectors, as well as the media, civil society, multi and bilateral organizations, among others.

Mr Osei-Darkwa bemoaned the destruction activities of galamsey, not only to the land but to the country’s forest.

He said, “tree remain humanity’s best ally as far as life is concerned and as such, every effort must be made to ensure that we plant and care for as many trees as we can in preserving life.”

“It is, therefore, very frustrating how some humans are recklessly ripping the belly of the earth through irresponsible and unsustainable ways for gold and endangering the entire nation for their parochial and selfish interest,” he added.

Mr Osei-Darkwa called on government to make galamsey an unattractive venture by instituting punitive measures, stressing that nobody had the right to illegality and impunity in destroying the environment to meet their selfish goals.

“Every Ghanaian must be concerned about this existential threat, which holds the potential of wiping Ghana off the map because waterbodies are being poisoned and forests depleting at lightning speed,” he advised.

He also urged the government to continue to engage and find creative ways to create employment opportunities for the teeming youth to help address the galamsey menace.

Mr Osei-Darkwa commended the EduEnter Group Ghana, organisers of the GESA 2022 Awards for recognising and honouring individuals and organisations  working  towards improving the environment and sanitation.

“This scheme needs encouragement and support in the coming years, and I call on corporate Ghana to support it,” he urged.

Other prominent personalities awarded on the night included the Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies, Dr Joseph Siaw Agyapong, and his company, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, and Mr Ernest Morgan Acquah, General Manager of Metropolitan Waste and Allied Services.


Source: Ghana News Agency


UGMC celebrates Customer Service Week

Accra, Oct. 7 GNA – The University of Ghana Medical Center (UGMC) on Thursday joined the celebration of the global ‘Customer Service Week’ with a call on staff to work hard, build and sustain a trusted brand for the hospital.

Dr Anarfi Asamoa-Baah, Board Chair of the Hospital, who made the call, said staff of the Hospital must ensure that every sick person who visited the facility was attended to with care and dignity.

Customer Service Week is an international celebration of the importance of people who serve and support customers on daily basis. It is targeted at boosting workers morale and encouraging teamwork.

The week-long celebration, which began on Monday ends today Friday October 7 on the theme “Celebrate Service”.

Dr Darius Osei, Chief Executive Officer of UGMC, said the Hospital had since it’s full operationalisation 10 months, ago had positive feedback form its patients and client.

“We are presently trying to nurture a culture and tradition that will be more focused on our internal and external clients where patients become the centre of our works,” he said.

He said the Hospital had a staff strength of 1031 and needed a maximum of 10380 to be fully functional.

Dr Osei said the facility, in its quest to improve its services to clients had been very successful with keeping its patients’ medical records electronically, such that patients who were rushed in did not have to waste time to pay for consultation.

He said every patient was seen within the first 10 to 15 minutes, stabilised and fees demanded after 24 hours of care.

He said the Hospital was still looking for specialist doctors for the Oncology and Hematology Departments to keep the place fully functional.

He urged the public to patronise their services saying, “the building and environment should not scare you…”

Ms. Adwoa Asare-Asamoah, a customer relations expert, urged staff of the Hospital to put in much time and effort to amplify, protect and sustain the UGMC brand to become a benchmark for competitors.

She advised workers to adopt a good working culture.

The Hospital rewarded its front-line customer service providers after a peer review among staff.

Staff who excelled in their line of duty were awarded certificates, with Mr Hanson Obeng named the best customer service relations officer and commended for being extremely helpful both to patients and staff.

Dr Osei said the staff peer review act would be done at the higher levels among doctors and nurses in the coming year.



Source: Ghana News Agency

Court remands seven persons over human trafficking


Accra, Oct. 7, GNA –  An Accra Circuit Court has remanded seven persons who allegedly trafficked two persons to Ghana under the pretext of securing them jobs.

They are Vincent Osas, Anthony Kennedy, Godson Iyan Inye, Junior Ayala Ariyo, Desmond Johnson, Andrew Gabriel and Ebedebi Ayaye Friday.

They have all pleaded not guilty to human trafficking, assault and participating in organised crime.

They will make their next appearance on October 17, 2022.

Meanwhile, Williams Ogbemudia Idemudia, alias Chairman, their accomplice and alleged leader of the group is on the run.

Mr Theophilus Donkor, their counsel in pleading for bail, said their nationality should not impede they being granted bail, adding that they had fixed place of abode.

However, prosecution objected the bail saying, the discretion should be done candidly as the matter was of international interest.

The Court refused the bail on the basis that the accused persons had failed to demonstrate they had fixed places of abode.

Mr Abu Issah, Head of Legal and Prosecution at the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) told the Court presided over by Ms Rosemary Baah Tosu that on August 29, 2022, EOCO received an email from the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Nigeria, requesting the intervention of the Office in the rescue of some Nigerian victims.

The email explained that the trafficked victims were being exploited for Cyber-crime purposes and that the accused persons were being sought for arrest and prosecution.

He said investigations revealed that the seven accused persons and Williams were part of an organised criminal group, with all the members being Nigerians, acting together to commit the offence of human trafficking.

The prosecution said investigations revealed that the organised criminal group was partly based in Nigeria and in Ghana.

Mr Issah said that Williams recruited Opia Chuckwudi Samuel, Azaman Pascal, Exe Nya Olughu, Michael Obadidi, Godsway Mark, Emmanuel Christopher, Kelvin Eze, Obinnah Ndidi, Ogwu Chikwado, Okedze Destiny, and Samuel Johnson.

He also recruited Kelvin Orumwense, Chinonso Nwolake, Richard Pascal, Promise Enemou, Albert Christian, Peter Joseph Aimuuwwosu, Monday Clement and Emmanuel Ugboh, all Nigerians and from various states in Nigeria and transported them to Ghana by exploiting their vulnerability of being unemployed with the promise to offer them jobs.

However, upon arrival in Ghana, the Court heard that Opia Chuckwudi Samuel, Azaman Pascal, Eze Nya Olughu, Michael Obadidi, Godsway Mark, Emmanuel Christopher, Kelvin Eze, Obinnah Ndidi, Ogwu Chikwado, Okedze Destiny, Samuel Johnson, Kelvin Orumwense, Chinonso Nwokike, Richard Pascal, Promise Enemou, Albert Christian, Peter Joseph Aimuuwwosu, Monday Clement and Emmanuel Ugboh were received and detained without their consent at Manhean, Obeyeyie by the accused persons who trained and engaged them in Internet fraud.

Mr Issah said the accused persons were later arrested and arraigned.


Source: Ghana News Agency

National Sports competition for special school learners opens at Sekondi College 

Sofokrom(W/R), October 07, GNA – A Four-Day National Sports Competition among Special School Children to unearth talents and showcase children with special needs, has opened at the Sekondi College at Sofokrom in the Western Region.

Athletes from all the ten traditional Regions with Special Schools, except the Upper West, were participating in football, athletics and table tennis competition.

The event, which was being hosted by the Twin-City Special School at Sofokrom, is being sponsored by Special Olympics Ghana and UNICEF.

Speaking to the GNA Sports National Director in charge of Special Olympics Ghana, Mr. Denniswise Quainoo said the national competition would select children with exceptional talents and skills who emerged winners of the competition, to represent Ghana in international sports competition.

He said since 2013 when the global event begun, athletes from special schools won several international medals including the United States 2016 medal, the 2019 medal in Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the 2020 African games in Egypt.

The selection of a national team after the on-going competition, would go through frantic preparation to grab the medal in Germany 2023.

Head of Education for Learners with Intellectual Disabilities at the Ghana Education Service (GES), Madam Belinder Bukari told the GNA Sports that the service cherished inclusive education and would use sporting activities, culture, music, art and dance to unearth talents of special learners who cannot climb.

She said the unit would support special school learners to follow the vocational and academic pathway depending on their cognitive skills in order to integrate them into mainstream society.

Madam Bukari said GES envisaged that the special children attained independence and would not depend on their families for survival and not becoming a burden on society.

She revealed that many of the athletes were internationally recognized who had participated in world summer and winter games and have excelled.

She said GES was doing everything possible to ensure that those who could cope in the mainstream educational setting and developed their critical thinking to write exit examinations.

Madam Bukari said GES would not allow any child to beg for alms and appealed to parents with children with disability to go to the hospital to seek for assistance.

The Western Regional Head Coach for Special Olympics Ghana, Mr. Wisdom Djokoto stressed the need to use the field of sports to showcase the special innate  talents of children with low level intellectual faculties.



Source: Ghana News Agency

Government urged to set up emergency preparedness fund

Fumeasua (Ash), Oct. 07, GNA – Government has been urged to    establish a fund to support public health emergency response in the country.

The Covid-19 trust levy should be used as the basis for the establishment of the fund.

Dr. Abu Abudu Rahamani, President of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS), who made the call, said the Covid-19 pandemic together with emerging threats of other viral infectious diseases, demanded a careful look at the country’s healthcare system, particularly in the diagnostic arm of health.

He made the call at the opening of this year’s annual congress of GAMLS at Fumeasua in the Ejisu Municipality of the Ashanti Region.

The five-day congress is on the theme: “Capacity Enhancement of Medical Laboratory Practice in Ghana; Cornerstone of Future Pandemic Response.”

Dr. Rahamani pointed said the threat of the outbreak of other global pandemics makes it necessary to create such a fund for the medical laboratory service in the areas of material, human resources, and infrastructural capacity building.

“Currently, there are diverse warnings that the next global pandemic of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance and the epidemic of inequality in the low and middle income countries, lurk at the door.

“A situation even more escalated by the extensive misuse and overuse of antimicrobials in this era of Covid-19 pandemic.

“But what do we see. Our district laboratories have no microbiological testing capacity due to lack of infrastructure.

“Up to now, many of these laboratories fall short of reagents, rendering them incapable of delivering quality and highly standardized laboratory service to the predominantly impoverished Ghanaians patronizing our centres,” he stated.

Dr. Rahamani said capacity could not be achieved if there was no deliberate efforts, especially from the government.

He stressed the need for the Government to implement the West African Health Organization training curriculum for medical laboratory science practice, in the country.

Dr Tony Ao, Ghana Country Director of Centre for Disease Control (CDC), emphasized the need to diversify professional training and development of medical laboratory scientists to improve delivery.

He said strengthening regulatory framework of medical laboratory practice was necessary to improve care and pledged the continued support of CDC in providing the necessary technical assistance to support healthcare delivery in the country.

Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang, Ashanti Regional Director of Health Services, commended medical laboratory professionals in the country for their arduous work and dedication in their work during the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said the lessons learnt during the fight against the pandemic should help guide health professionals in the management of any future pandemics in the country.



Source: Ghana News Agency

FDA seizes, destroys substandard medicines worth GHS10 million


Accra, Oct.7, GNA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has impounded bottles of bynillin nicotine, cartons of Postinor-2; an oral contraceptive for women, cosmetics, medical devices, Chinese herbal medicines, and some aphrodisiac worth GHS 10 million.

The 2,600 bottles of bynillin nicotine and 100 cartons of postinor 2, including substandard medications and items will be destroyed at the Adepa Landfill site, Nsawam.

Mr Vigil Edward Prah-Eshun, Head of Intelligence, FDA, said the medicines, imported from China were seized because they had not been registered by the Authority.

“The seized postinor 2 came in separate consignments, the packaging material was separated from the packaging itself, an indication that the person was determined to manufacture the products here in Ghana,” he said.

Mr Prah-Eshun said the FDA would continue to send officers to the markets on daily basis to monitor activities to ensure that products sold to consumers were safe.

“By this seizure, we want to make it known to the public that we are interested in protecting public health and still working and not sleeping on the job, we thank the public who alert us on some these issues,” he said.

The Head of Intelligence said some of the drugs were seized at Okaishie and that the Authority had commenced the prosecution of about 10 people in court.

He said some had been given administrative fines depending on the gravity of the offence following the seizure of the medicines.

Mr Prah- Eshun urged to the public to check the expiry dates of products and their authenticity before purchase.



Source: Ghana News Agency


Government is working to improve diagnostic capacity in the country – Agyeman Manu

Fumeasua (Ash), Oct. 07, GNA -The Government, together with its development partners, is working to improve the country’s diagnostic capacity through the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Programme (CLIP).

Mr. Kwaku Agyeman Manu, Minister of Health, who announced this in Fumeasua, near Ejisu, said the Government believed that without good health laboratory systems and competent medical laboratory professionals, the country’s health system would be at risk.

In an address read on his behalf at the opening of the 2022 annual general congress of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) in the Ashanti Region, Mr Agyeman Manu said the world was now in the era of evidence-based medicine where diagnostics remained paramount.

It was, therefore, important to commit resources to train and build capacities of medical laboratory professionals and provide the requisite infrastructure and logistics for them at all levels, to enable them to discharge their duties efficiently to promote the health of the citizenry.

The five-day congress is on the theme: “Capacity Enhancement of Medical Laboratory Practice in Ghana; Cornerstone of Future Pandemic Response.”

The Minister said the current double-burden of non-communicable and infectious diseases, required that professional practice of medical laboratory scientists in the world and Ghana in particular, was of the highest quality and could stand the test of time.

Capacity enhancement, he added accelerated standardization, which included the process of implementing and developing technical standards based on consensus of different parties.

Mr. Agyeman Manu said training and professional skills enhancement through further education and specialization were the surest ways of building on knowledge and attaining standardization.

He said with the establishment of the West African Post-graduate college of medical laboratory science and several other post-graduate courses and specialties, Ghana expects to see more medical laboratory professional specialists to offer efficient services to the people.

He commended medical laboratory scientists for their frontline role during the COVID-19 outbreak and urged them not to rest since there were other emerging public health challenges such as the outbreak of Marburg and Monkey pox diseases.

Mr. Simon Osei Mensah, Ashanti Regional Minister, said medical laboratory practice played key role in quality healthcare delivery.

He said the Government was committed to making quality healthcare delivery accessible and affordable to all Ghanaians to help improve the health of the people and urged medical laboratory scientists to devise innovative strategies to improve on their practice.

Dr. Abu Abudu Rahamani, President of GAMLS, called on the Government to support medical laboratory specialist training for the country and recognize the products of the college with the needed roles to function.

He also called on health regulatory agencies, especially the health Facilities Regulatory Agency (HeFRA) to ensure that only qualified professionals performed tests in facilities they accredited even in the quest for increasing access to healthcare.



Source: Ghana News Agency