Senegal defender Diallo after Qatar exit: ‘full faith’ in coach Cisse

Al Khor, Dec. 5, (dpa/GNA) – Senegal defender Abdou Diallo wants Aliou Cisse to continue as coach despite Sunday’s World Cup exit in the last 16 against England.

Cisse had left his future at the helm of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations champions open although he had recently extended his contract until 2024. Senegal were ousted 3-0 by England after coming second in their group.

“We have full faith in him,” RB Leipzig defender Diallo said post-match. “We are united in victory and defeat. We celebrated him less than a year ago.”

Diallo said the defeat was part of a learning process as he insisted that “this is not the time for discord.”

Cisse had said after the match: “We lost a game and got knocked out, I want to learn the lessons and then we will see.”

There was plenty of praise for the team’s effort in Qatar where they were without their injured captain Sadio Mane, led by the nation’s president, Macky Sall.

“You didn’t disappoint. You are among the 16 best teams in the world and England was a tough opponent. Good luck and good fortune for the next games!” Sall tweeted.

Source: Ghana News Agency

World Cup 2022: France’s Kylian Mbappe upstages Olivier Giroud after goalscoring record

Dec 05 (BBC/GNA) – France have seen some incredible players in their history but it’s the unassuming Olivier Giroud that can now lay claim to being among the country’s greats.

The AC Milan striker became France’s leading men’s scorer when he put his side ahead in their 3-1 victory over Poland in the last 16 of the World Cup.

But on his momentous day – when he scored his 52nd international goal – the former Chelsea and Arsenal striker was upstaged by team-mate Kylian Mbappe’s stunning showing.

Didier Deschamps’ men mean business as they aim to defend their crown and their charge is being led by veteran 36-year-old striker Giroud and 23-year-old sensation Mbappe.

“This is the competition of my dreams,” said man of the match Mbappe, who scored twice and set up Giroud’s goal. “It is something I have been preparing for physically and mentally.

“We are doing well but [we are] a long way from the objective of winning the final.”

Just as Argentina’s Lionel Messi brings fans out of their seats in excitement, Mbappe does the same for France and he was at his devastating best against Poland.

Mbappe drew loud cheers when he put Aston Villa full-back Matty Cash on his backside with a quick turn but the resulting shot deflected into the side-netting.

Having provided the assist for Giroud’s opener, Mbappe showcased his fantastic finishing by smacking his first into the roof of the net before curling a glorious second into the far corner.

He is now the competition’s top scorer with five and added to the four he netted in France’s triumphant 2018 World Cup campaign, he has already overtaken Argentina’s Diego Maradona, who scored eight, while Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo has also reached that tally.

At 23 years of age, Mbappe is the youngest player to score nine World Cup goals, breaking the record held by Eusebio, who scored eight for Portugal by the age of 24 years and 182 days.

“We know about Kylian,” said Deschamps. “We have already seen him and he speaks on the football pitch.

“He knows he can change a match in moment. He plays with such joy and smiles. France needed a great Kylian Mbappe tonight and they got one.”

Former Premier League striker Dion Dublin said on BBC One: “He is playing the game as though he is in the park. He is an incredible footballer.”

Chris Sutton, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, said: “Eventually it came down to Kylian Mbappe and a couple of wonderful finishes from him.

“This was a strong performance from France. There are tougher tests to come but it was a display of French swagger and a statement that we are still the team to beat.”

Some may have felt Giroud’s best years were behind him when he left Arsenal last summer to move to Italy but he scored 11 goals to help Milan win the Serie A title.

Giroud has a star-studded cast operating around him with the likes of Mbappe and the classy Antoine Griezmann pulling the strings.

But Giroud is a Deschamps favourite and knows what he brings to the team with his unselfishness and physicality up front, while he has been given more minutes this time because of the pre-tournament injury to Karim Benzema.

At the last World Cup, Giroud played all the games in their triumph in Russia, but in 546 minutes of action, he not only failed to score a goal but did not have a single shot on target.

How things can change. Giroud has scored three times already in this competition, but will be aware that his overall record may not last too long given Mbappe has already scored 33 goals for France.

“Giroud has always been an important player,” said Deschamps. “Four years ago he didn’t score but we are seeing his quality.

“He has managed to remain mentally strong. He has broken the record by Henry, and Mbappe might beat it one day. To score so many goals at international level is a great achievement.”

Former England defender Rio Ferdinand said on BBC One: “You have to have the right attitude to do what Olivier Giroud does, with people saying at times he wasn’t good enough.

“He is not flashy like a Kylian Mbappe with skills or pace but he knows what he’s good at and he executes it well.”

Source: Ghana News Agency

Former President Mahama urges Accra Business School graduates to be interested in national leadership

Accra, Dec. 5, GNA – Former President John Dramani Mahama has entreated the 2022 graduating class of Accra Business School (ABS) to be part of nation-building by taking an interest in national leadership.


He said this at the 13th congregation of the ABS, where 212 students were awarded various degrees, including the Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Accounting and Finance, and the Bachelor of Science in Administration and Global Leadership.


This year’s congregation was themed, “Creating Jobs in the Ghanaian Economy: Challenges and Opportunities.”


Former President Mahama, who was the Guest of Honour, congratulated the graduates on their latest milestone after a long and challenging journey of combining work and studies.


“You have achieved a feat worthy of commendation and celebration; well done. I believe you have been equipped with the right knowledge, skills, and resources and have what it takes to excel in an open world. The world is waiting for you, and the stage is yours.


“It is obvious you are ready to conquer what is ahead of you, notwithstanding the huge expectations and the rough terrain that is ahead. Today you graduate from the confines of this institution and are ready to venture into a world full of uncertainties.


“You will no longer be under the instruction of lecturers, but the guidance you receive here and the rules you follow may yet make the difference between success and failure,” he stated.


Former President Mahama urged students not to feel too comfortable in their various fields of endeavour, but get involved in changing the fortunes of the country.


“As you step out of the walls of this university, you must be part of the change you want to see. You must be part of building the Ghana we want. 


“Do not feel comfortable in your establishment or wherever you work. Take an interest in national leadership. Do not leave everything to the politicians. Politicians can make your life better or worse; get involved and change things if you do not like the way things are,” he said.


Professor Elvis Cornerstone, Vice President of ABS, in his address urged students to be job creators rather than seekers and capitalise on the numerous entrepreneurial opportunities amidst the challenging economic situation.


“As graduates, you will now belong to a distinguished group of alumni, who have gone before you and, through their studies with us, have gone on to make an indelible contribution to the development of Ghana and West Africa in myriad ways.


“”You have by virtue of the qualifications attained, which we celebrate today, and the skills you have, acquired considerable personal advantages. Use them to beneficial effect for personal, family, and national benefit.” he said.


Mr Prince Nuamah Amoako was adjudged the overall best student of December 2022 Class of ABS.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghanaians charged to take responsibility of their health

Accra, Dec. 05, Ar-Rahman Foundation, a US-based team of doctors and engineers, has organised a free medical screening and blood donation for residents of Ayawaso East Constituency, calling on Ghanaians to take responsibility of their health.

The third free medical screening exercise, in collaboration with Ghana Muslim Mission (GMM) Greater Accra and the Light Foundation, was to give back to the community.

Sheikh Dr Amin Bonsu, the National Chairman of GMM, said this was to take healthcare services to the doorstep of people, especially the less privileged in society.

He said good health was important to all and advised that people must always think positively to avoid hypertension as avoid late eating and exercise regularly.

Dr Abdul Mutalib Adjei, a Medical Oncologist, said a lot of people were reporting to health facilities with very high blood pressure, especially the young and advised them to rethink their lifestyle.

He also urged the public to ask questions about their medical conditions and take ownership of their health, go for medical check-ups periodically for early detection and treatment.

Hundreds of people were screened for hypertension, hepatitis B, and diabetes. Others also had their breasts screened.

Sheikh Ali Abubakar Nabari, the Chief Executive Officer of Light Foundation, said research indicated that some Muslim women due to their hijab (covering of the body) feel shy to have their breast screened and as such the exercise among other things, sought to embolden them to have their breasts examined for early detection and treatment.

He assured that more of the exercise would be embarked on for the benefit of the nation.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Take a healthy interest in the public affairs of the country, doctors urged

Accra, Dec 05, GNA – Professor Clifford Nii Boi Tagoe, a Consultant on Tertiary Education Systems, has advised young doctors to take a healthy interest in the public affairs of the country.

He said this was critical as scientists had left public affairs in the hands of people on the non-scientific side.

Prof Tagoe said this at the third Graduation Ceremony of the Accra College of Medicine (ACM) at the weekend on the theme: “Building Resilience in Medical Education Post COVID-19.”

He said, “our society, its education system, and its intellectual life, is characterized by a split between two cultures—the arts or humanities on one hand, and the sciences on the other.”

I urge that doctors balance this equation with more of a scientific turn of mind, he stated.

Prof Tagoe said doctors rendered public service, whether in a private hospital or a public facility, and as such must remained principled in their line of duty.

He said doctors must be selfless, and show integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership in discharging their duty.

In the course of medical practice, quite occasionally, things do go wrong. But in such circumstances, let the principles I have recommended be your guide and always ensure that you get your procedures right,” he advised.

Prof Tagoe explained that the public affairs of the country were in a topsy-turvy situation with the present economic situation, increasing prices of drugs, laboratory investigations, and medical treatment generally have all become expensive and barely affordable.

“Nonetheless, it is my earnest hope that when your spirit of Heart-Power is called for, you shall not be found wanting,” he added.

Prof Afua A.J. Hesse, the President of the ACM, urged the graduating class to persevere and have a growth mindset to be able to adapt faster to things evolving around them and make an impact on the medical profession wherever they found themselves.

“Do not take networking for granted, be open-minded and accept wrong and criticisms and contribute significantly to your world of practice,” she advised.

Prof Hesse again encouraged the doctors to be innovative, determined, excellent, demonstrate integrity and above all be resilient when life throws hard at them.

Emeritus Professor Stephen Adei, the ACM Council Chairman, in a message read on his behalf, advised the class to show unconditional love and care to vulnerable patients who would come to them in their hour of need.

Eight doctors graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine.

Dr Nana Afua Owusu-Sekyere won the Overall Best Female Student with four laurels, including the overall Best Student in Children’s Health, MDS-Lancet Laboratories Ghana Limited’s Overall Best Student in Anesthesia, Yeboah Hospital’s prize for Overall Best student in Community Health and Focos Orthopaedic Hospital’s prize for the Overall Best student in Orthopedics.

Dr Joshua Osei-Bonsu also won five awards, including the overall best male student, Medifem Multi-Specialist Hospital and Fertility Centre’s Prize for the overall best student in Women’s Health, Teddy Konu’s prize for the overall best student in medicine, Kwaku Mensah-Bonsu’s Prize for the Overall Best Student in Surgery, and Rabito Clinic prize for the overall best student in Dermatology.

The Accra College of Medicine, established in 2015, seeks to provide world-class medical education that is relevant, research-oriented and tailored toward solving Ghana and Africa’s health problems.

Source: Ghana News Agency

AUDA calls for a viable pharmaceutical industry in Africa

Accra, Dec.3, GNA-Dr. Janet Byaruhanga, Head of the Health Unit of, the Africa Union Development Agency (AUDA) say Africa needs a viable pharmaceutical industry to expand its capacity to respond to the health needs of its people.

She said this would also strengthen health systems and contribute to the overall socio-economic development of the continent.

Dr Byaruhanga said this in Accra at a meeting held by the AUDA to discuss ways that African countries can coordinate the many initiatives around the continent that aims to strengthen Africa’s capacity to manufacture its medicines.

The meeting was attended by pharmaceutical experts from the AU member states, regional economic communities, the private sector, academia, and civil society organizations from across Africa.

The two-day meeting discussed the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa (PMPA); an instrument that seeks to galvanize all initiatives that support the local manufacture of medical products made on the continent.

It also developed and adopted a collection of good policies and practices that would enable the pharmaceutical sector in Africa to grow in the production of vaccines, the usage of technologies, medical supplies, and other consumables.

Dr Byaruhanga said the PMPA envisioned a competitive, self-reliant, sustainable, and integrated pharma industry that would ensure access to a stable and reliable supply of safe, efficacious, quality-assured medical products in Africa.

The plan further seeks to address issues of coherence across relevant policies, human resources and skills, access to technology transfer, access to capital, regulatory systems, strategic partnerships, and collaboration, as well as market data collection systems and market access in Africa.

“We all understand that Africa’s manufacturing capability cannot grow without the necessary policies on health, trading and financing, economic planning, and science technology and innovation that will enable the pharmaceutical sector to thrive,” Dr Byaruhanga said.

She said the African Union Heads of States and Government in 2005 decided and agreed to strengthen Africa’s capacity to develop its medicines, particularly those that were responding to HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

“Presently the AU seeks to build a competitive local manufacturing space that will able to produce the volumes and the quality of vaccines and medicines that can compete with medicines from other entities beyond the African continent,” she said.

Dr Byaruhanga said the African Union Development Agency would partner with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCTA) to see the best ways to boost trade for pharmaceutical products made in Africa.

Source: Ghana News Agency

We need effective stakeholder engagement to address Healthcare cost – Dr Okoe-Boye

Accra, Dec 5, GNA – Dr Bernard Okoe-Boye, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has called for effective stakeholder engagement to address the rising healthcare cost in the country.

The CEO, in a speech read on his behalf by Dr Isaac C.N. Morrison, said it was crucial for effective decision-making to drive down the cost of healthcare delivery.

Dr Okoe-Boye made the call at a public lecture as part of activities to mark the 19th annual General Meeting of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, on the theme: “Rising Healthcare Cost: Ensuring Value for Money.”

The event sought to stir up conversations on how to mitigate the effects of the current global economic crisis on the rising cost of healthcare.

He mentioned digital innovation, the current global economic crisis, healthcare providers driving up prices to cover overheads, the cost of drugs, the global healthcare regulatory environment, and fraud contributed to the rising cost of healthcare.

He said addressing the challenge, therefore required concerted efforts by policymakers, facilities, service providers and patients to drive down cost and it was important for value measures to be made accessible and transparent to the individual or patient assessing healthcare.

“Likewise, the level of overall responsiveness to the healthcare in which individuals are treated and the environment in which they are treated encompasses confidentiality, dignity, prompt attention, social support, and basic amenities.

“This and many others will be the prospects of Ghanaians on how they would appreciate value for money in the healthcare system,” he added.

He pledged the NHIS commitment to working with all stakeholders to provide healthcare services that were needed by Ghanaians.

Dr Henry Lawson, the Vice Rector of Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, called on Ghanaians to engage in periodic medical checks because it allowed for early detection in case of an eminent disease adding that the alternative source of health would help reduce healthcare costs incurred especially during rehabilitation.

He urged Ghanaians to take health insurance seriously and ensure that it was active to be able to bear the rising cost of healthcare in case of an emergency.

“Let us focus more on prevention than curative because healthcare is expensive,” Dr Lawson added.

Dr Isaac C.N. Morrison, the Medical Director, of AIMS Hospital, during a panel discussion, advised Ghanaians to live lifestyles that would prevent them from getting infected with diseases.

He said the rising healthcare cost would not change if the public did not change their mindset and start engaging in physical activities and have proper diets to stay healthy always.

Ms Susana Adjei-Addo, the Human Resource Manager Petroleum Commission of Ghana, lamenting over the situation asked that patients and clients of hospitals were educated on some drugs and services rendered for decision making.

Mr Ronald Oppong Adom, Industry Lead, Private Health Insurers Association Ghana, also called for standards to enable the country to have a uniform costing system in the health sector, saying that this would control how things are done.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Sunyani Regional Hospital to be upgraded into teaching hospital by April 2023

Wamfie (B/R), Dec. 05, GNA – The Sunyani Regional Hospital will be upgraded to a teaching hospital by the end of the first quarter of 2023, Mr Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, the Health Minister, has announced.

He said the upgrading of the hospital would bring relief to the people, as they travelled long distances in ambulances from Dormaa-Ahenkro to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi on referrals.

The health minister said other health establishments including the Dormaa-Akwamu Hospital and the Wamfie District Hospital would be given face lifts to become 60-bed capacity health facilities.

Mr Agyemang-Manu made the announcement during the electoral victory thanksgiving service held for Mr Stephen Ayensu Ntim, the National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) at the Wamfie Methodist Church in the Dormaa East District of the Bono Region.

The ceremony was graced by some traditional rulers including Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyemang Badu II, the Paramount Chief of Dormaa Traditional Area and President of the Bono Regional House of Chiefs as well as the wife and family members of Mr Ntim.

There were other high-ranking members of government and the NPP such as Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister, Mr Emmanuel Kofi Agyemang, the District Chief Executive for Dormaa East, Mr Paul Apraku Twum, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Dormaa East, regional and constituency executives of the Party, former MPs, religious leaders, and some members of the public.

Wearing an all-white apparel they worship, sang praises and thanked God for Mr Ntim’s victory and expressed commitment and willingness to support the NPP to win the three constituencies in the Dormaa enclave.

Mr. Agyemang-Manu recommended that Party members eschew divisive tendencies, bitterness and rancour and give unflinching support to the national chairperson in the interest of the NPP.

“We must stop trading insults at each other and be united for the Party’s progress. It will be an embarrassment if we fail to secure 12 seats in Bono,” he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency