Covid-19: Traditional ruler rallies support for vaccination exercise

Domeabra (Ash), Dec. 14, GNA – Baffuor Owusu Bediako, Paramount Chief of Domeabra Traditional Area in the Asante-Akim North District, has called on Ghanaians to participate in the ongoing national COVID-19 Vaccination exercise.

He said it was the duty of every citizen to support the government and health authorities to contain the viral disease, which remained a serious threat to public health.

Baffuor Owusu Bediako made the appeal in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) after a team of officials from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Ashanti Regional Health Directorate, paid a courtesy call on him to solicit the support of traditional leaders for the ongoing vaccination exercise.

He said traditional leaders were instrumental in the advocacy for people to stay safe and adhere to the precautionary measures recommended by the Ghana Health Service and its partners during the peak of the pandemic.

Most Chiefs, he said, did not only join the crusade to raise public awareness about the disease but also provided hand hygiene items such as veronica buckets, tissues, liquid soaps and sanitisers.

He said as traditional leaders vested with the welfare of their people; they still had the responsibility to help sustain the gains made in the fight against COVID-19 to make society a safer place for everyone.

He entreated the public, especially those who had received only the first dose and the unvaccinated to make themselves available for the vaccination exercise as the festive season approached.

“Those who have not taken their jabs should not take this exercise for granted because we all know that our greatest threat to global security is the COVID-19, so I will appeal to everyone to take part in the vaccination,” he stated.

The Ashanti Region is currently conducting the fifth round of COVID-19 vaccination exercise in all the 43 districts with an estimated 165,931 people expected to be vaccinated between December 14 to December 18, this year.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Kadjebi targets 5,956 people for COVID-19 vaccination

Kadjebi (O/R), Dec 14, GNA-The Kadjebi District Health Directorate of the Ghana Health Service has targeted 5,956 people for the fifth National COVID-19 Vaccination Day campaign, which kick starts Wednesday, December 14 to Sunday, December 18.

The district is divided into five sub-districts, namely; Ahamansu, Dodi, Dodo, Kadjebi-Asato and Pampawie and that awareness creation has already started at these sub-districts and community levels to help achieve this enviable target.

Mr Eric Nana Takyi, Kadjebi District Director of Health Services, who disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said of the 5, 956 targets, Ahamansu sub-district is supposed to vaccinate 790 clients, Dodi with 1,493 people, Dodo vaccinating 1,394, Kadjebi-Asato with 1,622 people while Pampawie inoculates 656 clients.

He said 27,322 people had at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, representing 49.8 per cent of the district’s target of 54,896 people earmarked to be vaccinated against the disease, with 29.4 per cent of people having been fully vaccinated.

Mr Takyi said to achieve the target, the team had already visited some selected Mosques, Churches, did one-on-one engagement with potential clients in scattered communities to drum up the need to get vaccinated.

The Health Director said as part of the strategy, Community Information Centres would be used throughout the event and announcement carried out in the various markets in the district during the period to woo people to participate in the exercise and that data monitoring would also be carried out to identify under-performing communities for corrective measures to be put in place.

He urged the inhabitants of the district to get vaccinated and treat the conspiracy theories, myths and misconceptions against the COVID-19 vaccines with contempt.

Mr. Nana Takyi said the vaccines were safe, simple and effective tools to prevent the diseases.

Source: Ghana News Agency

COVID-19 is not yet over-Dr Djimatey

Nalerigu (NER), Dec. 14, GNA-Dr Moses Barima Djimatey, the North East Regional Deputy Director of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in charge of Public Health, has admonished residents in the Region to participate in the fifth round of the COVID-19 nationwide vaccination exercise.

He said even though the pandemic in the country had seen significant improvement over the past couple of months, “We also know that globally, we are not yet out of the woods. COVID-19 is not over yet, and we need to protect ourselves.”

Dr Djimatey gave the advice when he addressed stakeholders at the Regional launch of the National COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Nalerigu, capital of the Region.

The campaign launch was on the theme: “Protect yourself, protect your family, and get vaccinated against COVID19” and the goal of the campaign was to reach out and vaccinate all eligible members of the population who were 15 years and above with potent COVID-19 vaccines.

Dr Djimatey said all persons aged 15 years and above, who had not vaccinated against COVID-19, including pregnant women, persons who had not completed their vaccinations, and had not taken booster doses, were eligible for the vaccine.

He said with diseases of epidemic potential, all that was necessary for escalation of infections was the accumulation of a sizeable population of non-immune individuals.

“To prevent this situation from occurring, which fuels infection spread, the Ministry of Health, the GHS and partners, have scheduled another round of vaccination campaign prior to the upcoming Christmas and New Year festivities,” he said.

The vaccination exercise is scheduled to commence today, December 14 to 18, 2022 with a targeted population of 30,660 residents across the Region.

Dr Djimatey said “In all, 90 teams of vaccinators and volunteers, and 64 supervisors at different levels have been recruited and trained to undertake this exercise for the campaign period.

“Vaccination teams shall mount static sessions at various locations as well as move from house-to-house to vaccinate eligible members of the community from 0700hours to 1700hours each day,” he added.

He said the vaccines were safe, and would be administered by trained health professionals, noting that the exercise was free, and urged all eligible persons to vaccinate at the nearest posts.

Dr Djimatey recalled that the COVID-19 vaccination campaigns started in March 2021, and the targeted population in the Region at the time to be vaccinated was 605,876, representing 72 per cent of the population.

He said the Region had successfully undertaken four rounds of the National COVID-19 immunization exercises, and achieved 69 per cent of vaccination coverage.

That, he noted was the highest successful coverage across the country, adding that regardless of their challenges as a new Region, “We are the highest performing in the country as far as COVID-19 vaccination is concerned with the 69 per cent fully vaccinated.”

The Deputy Director said management of the GHS in the Region would continue to work and uphold the position it had over the months achieved with the support of relevant stakeholders.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Private-public partnership key to accelerating universal health coverage-PharmAccess Country Director

Accra, Dec.14, GNA–Dr Maxwell Akwasi Antwi, the Country Director of PharmAccess Foundation, has called for enhanced collaboration between health providers in the private and public sectors to help achieve universal health coverage (UHC).

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Three-“Good Health and Well-being” aims to ensure that everyone, everywhere can access quality health services without suffering financial hardship. It requires removing barriers to health and improving affordability, accessibility and quality of health systems.

In a media interaction at the sidelines of a stakeholder seminar in Accra, Dr Antwi underscored the need for closer collaboration amongst health service providers from both public and private sectors to speed up the process of achieving the UHC by 2030.

The seminar was organised by Nationwide Medical Insurance in collaboration with the PharmAccess Group.

It was held on the theme, “Achieving Universal Health Coverage-The Role and Contribution of Private Sector Health Insurance”.

The Country Director for PharmAccess Foundation was of the belief that although the public sector had a lot of mileage in health insurance policies, its growth could be complemented by the efforts of the private health insurers.

“There are lessons from both public and private sectors that can advance universal health coverage, hence it is necessary for both wings to build bridges in terms of regulation, advocacy, and other relevant aspects,” he said.

“The word is collaboration; and it was one of the crosscutting themes that resonated throughout the discussions,” Dr Antwi noted.

Dr Antwi observed that each sector was doing great within its own space and cited the National Health Insurance Authority, which had 52 per cent of Ghanaians being active.

“So, it really tells you how big that momentum is and how we’re growing very well and the great work the Ministry of Health, the NHIA and all other partners have put into it,” he stated.

He further stated that the PharmAccess Group was one of the private entities poised to partner the government to advance the cause of UHC.

The concerns raised by Dr Antwi were also highlighted by some other stakeholders participating in the seminar.

Some notable industry players who took turns to express their views on the theme for the seminar included Mr Ronald Oppong, the industry lead for PHIAG, Dr Gifty Sunkwa-Mills, Operations Manager for PharmAccess Foundation and Dr Isaac Morrison, board member of the National Health Insurance Authority.

Others were Mr Daniel Margo, Senior Vice President (Africa) of Zipline Africa and Dr Dennis Addo, the CEO of Claron Health International.

The panel discussions were moderated by Mr Oswald Essuah-Mensah, the Acting Director of Corporate Affairs, NHIA.

Participants at the event diagnosed some of the challenges bedeviling the country’s health industry and proposed some solutions to mitigate them.

Meanwhile, Ms Nancy Naa Ampah, the CEO of Nationwide Medical Insurance, expressed the need for both private and public sector health players to pool their strength and resources together towards boosting healthcare delivery.

“Private health insurance could be the oil to achieve universal health coverage by 2030, and so we need to be more innovative,” she added.

She said the private insurance sector should be more innovative in its healthcare financing approach.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Asiedu Nketiah, Mahama & NDC must apologize to Supreme Court Justices – AFFA

Alliance For Footsoldiers Advocacy (AFFA) is alarmed by the contents of a leaked audio tape believed to be the voice of NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah.

In the said audio which has since gone viral, the outgoing chief scribe and National Chairman hopeful of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is heard admitting among other things that his party[NDC] was UNABLE to collate its results during the 2020 general elections due to an internal IT system breakdown.

As if that is not enough, Asiedu Nketiah also disclosed that the evidence his party sought to rely upon in challenging the validity of the election of President Akufo-Addo at the Supreme Court in 2021 was utterly useless, inadmissible, and same could not have overturned the outcome of the election results.

“AFFA is scandalized by the ‘confessions’ of Asiedu Nketiah given the fact that the NDC, led by former President Mahama, has since March 2021 bastardized justices of the Supreme Court at every least occasion; describing them as “UNANIMOUS FC” and appendages of President Akufo-Addo following the dismissal of his defective election petition.”

“We find it puzzling how the petitioner, a former President of the Republic, knowing very well he had no case (as has been revealed by General Mosquito), proceeded to the apex court of the land to waste precious time of Ghanaians. The sudden silence of vociferous Asiedu Nketiah in these past few days that the leaked audio has been in circulation only confirms the authenticity of the tape and the contents therein.

In the light of the above, AFFA calls on Mr. Mahama, Asiedu Nketiah and the NDC to render an unqualified apology to Justices of the apex court, Jean Mensa-led Electoral Commission and Ghanaians at large.”

“It is our submission that the dignity and authority of the judiciary and the EC must be upheld at all times for the growth of Ghana’s multiparty democracy,” the statement added.

Source: Ghana Web

NDC Elections: Youth and Women’s Congress violence was unfortunate – Ludwig Hlodze

Mr. Ludwig Hlodze, a member of the NDC’s Elections Planning Committee, has expressed disappointment about the chaos that took place during the Youth and Women’s Congress at Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana.

He described the incident as “unfortunate”.

On Saturday, December 10, 2022, some rival teams descended on the premises, and arguments resulted in violence. The Police have since issued a statement where 16 people have so far been declared wanted in connection with the violence, after Police tapes produced the photos.

A 10,000 bounty has been set to reward people who would assist to provide lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of the violence.

According to Mr. Hlodze, the NDC is cooperating with the police to ensure that perpetrators are brought to book.

Furthermore, the Leadership is strategizing to avert any such violence during the upcoming Congress meant to elect other National Executives of the NDC on Saturday, December 17, 2022.

Mr. Hlodze assured of peace and sanity during the elections, ‘since the Party would be working hand in hand with the police to bring to book all wrongdoers”.

He urged delegates and supporters to be diligent and decent in their communications across social media to avoid unfortunate happenings during the congress.

“Solidarity messages are welcome from all sister parties during the Conference,” the NDC Elections Planning Committee Member stated while providing more information on the December 17, 2022 Congress.

“Delegates should see this contest as an internal one, because there is a bigger fight in the 2024 President elections as a party.”

The University of Ghana Campus would serve as the NDC Delegates Congress Village, where the 9,000 Delegates are expected to be accommodated for the Event.

Source: Ghana Web

Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah wins endorsement of leader of Voltarians in Ashanti, Bono and Ahafo regions

The leader of Voltarians in Ashanti, Bono and Ahafo Regions, Torgbui Fugah, has endorsed Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah as the perfect fit and most capable candidate to be the next General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress.

Torgbui Fugah was speaking when Mr. Afriyie-Ankrah paid a courtesy call on him in Kumasi as part of his campaign tour of the Ashanti Region to formally infom the eminent chief about his bid for the position of General Secretary of the NDC.

Hon. Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah is a native of Anlo who hails from Atiavi-Glime in the Keta District of the Volta Region. He is a former Deputy General Secretary of the NDC from 2005 to 2009 and has also served as Campaign Coordinator for Presidents John Evans Atta Mills and John Dramani Mahama.

Accompanying Mr. Afriyie-Ankrah on his visit to Torgbui Fugah’s residence, were members of his Campaign Team and party stalwarts in the Ashanti Region as well as his Campaign Manager, Prince Etornam Attipoe who is also a leading member of the Royal Duklui Attipoe family of the Anlo Kingdom and other prominent Voltarians from across the country.

Mr. Afriyie-Ankrah outlined his vision of rebranding and repositioning the NDC to recapture power in the 2024 General Elections, giving power to the grassroots in decision-making processes and developing the human capital of the Party.

Torgbui Fugah in his impassioned remarks, recounted the struggle over the years in building the NDC in the Ashanti Region and extolled Mr. Afriyie-Ankrah, as his only deserving “Son” in the contest capable of leading the NDC to Victory 2024, even though some other Candidates had called on him. He therefore, granted Elvis his full blessings in his bid to become General Secretary of the NDC.

Mr. Afriyie-Ankrah’s team acknowledged the influential roles Torgbui Fugah has played in building the NDC in the Ashanti Region and beyond. They promised another visit after victory in the December 17 National Delegates Congress to be held at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Source: Ghana Web

NDC money was used to train NPP persons as polling agents – Former NDC Ashanti Regional Chairman aspirant

A former regional chairman aspirant of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Enoch Amoako-Nsiah, has stated that the party’s election monitoring team for the 2020 election in the Ashanti Region was infiltrated by members of the New Patriotic Party.

According to him, about 40% of the people who were recruited by the party as polling agents in the Ashanti Region were members of the NPP.

“We used NDC money to train NPP agents to man our polls. Some of our agents were saying 4 more for Nana at the polling station,” quoted him.

Mr Amoako-Nsiah, who is also a former Regional Security Coordinator for the Ashanti Region, said the discovery was part of findings made by a committee instituted to investigate the party’s defeat in the 2020 presidential elections.

Mr Amoako-Nsiah, speaking on Onua TV’s Maakye program on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, blamed the development on national leadership failure.

According to him, interference by the National Chairman of the party, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, in the appointment of a director of elections and his subsequent failure to crack the whip contributed to the defeat.

“Our Director of Elections made us recruit 4,000 more people. It is in this report that I realised the money supposed to be used to train the agents were squandered by some people,” he added.

Meanwhile, the NDC is set to hold its national executive’s election on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Source: Ghana Web