Lassa fever outbreak: Bono Minister calls for improved hygiene

Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister, on Friday called for improved hygiene among Ghanaians to stem the spread of the Lassa fever disease in the country.

She emphasised that improved personal and environmental hygiene remained the surest way to “protecting ourselves from contracting the viral disease.”

According to the Ghana Health Service the country has confirmed 12 cases of Lassa fever disease with two deaths.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Sunyani in the wake of the outbreak, the Regional Minister said unhygienic environments remained breeding grounds for rodents, which spread the virus.

“We must try and keep our leftovers in the home safe from rodents, weed and keep our surroundings clean, and also remember to adhere to the health protocol of washing our hands with soap under running water.”

Madam Owusu-Banahene called for intensified public education on the early symptoms and signs of Lassa fever to alert people experiencing such symptoms to seek early medical attention.

She said self-medication in the wake of the outbreak remained dangerous and urged members of the public who had abnormalities such as unusual body pains, cough and feverishness to visit the nearest health facility for attention.

It was appropriate that people disinfected their homes periodically to avoid creating a fertile environment for rodents to breed.


President to deliver State of the Nation Address on March 8

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is set to deliver the State of the Nation’s Address (SONA) to Parliament on Wednesday, March 8.

Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution imposes an obligation on Members of Parliament (MPs), the Speaker and the Judiciary to receive the President’s Message on the State of the Nation.

Mr Alexander Kwamina Afenyo-Markin, the Deputy Majority Leader, presenting the Business Statement of the House for the week ending Friday, March 10, 2023, urged MPs to be punctual and seated in the Chamber, latest by 0915 hours, for the SONA and advised them not to enter the Chamber with their guests.

He said a motion to thank the President for the Message on the State of the Nation would be moved on Thursday, March 9, and the debate would last for six days; Thursday, March 9, to Friday, March 17.


‘Doctor for the People; Memoires of a village doctor’ launched

A book titled: “A Doctor for the People: Memoirs of a Village Doctor in a Forgotten District,” has been launched to help address the challenges of posting doctors to remote districts of Ghana.

Authored by Dr Anthony Adofo Fosu, the Deputy Director General of the Ghana Health Service, the book aims at encouraging the government to open up the country to enable everybody to enjoy the wealth created.

It covers six years working experience of Dr Fosu as the Sene District Director of Health Service and also the Medical Superintendent of the Sene District Hospital from 2004 to 2010.

Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa, a former Pathologist at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, said: “It is unfair that till today the 100-kilometre stretch of road in the Sene District is still dusty…. I’m sure that today, 2023, the same thing is happening not only in Sene but several parts of this country.”

There were many lessons to be learnt from the book, he said, and asked that it should be disseminated across the district health and training institutions in the country.

He urged health professionals to write books to tell their life stories; “Your life story is worthy for being read by somebody. Don’t close your chapter. Dr Antony Fosu has started. I’m also writing mine because there are a lot to say.”

Mrs Emma Ofori Agyeman, the Acting Chief Director, Ministry of Health, described the book as a “Beautiful blend of stark reality with professionalism and spiritual care.”

She said issues such as postings to deprived areas, remuneration, inequitable distribution of staff and financial clearance remained a challenge but, that notwithstanding, the sector appreciated the gains made both in infrastructure and workforce.

“We have taken it upon ourselves to expand as much as possible. I will say that we still remain very focus on solving the challenges that plague the sector and I believe with your help we will continue to improve it,” she stated.

Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, who launched the book, congratulated the author for his contribution to the health sector.

“As my deputy he is not afraid of any challenge. He is always ready for any challenge. The passion, the sincerity of a ‘Dada ba’ who became a village doctor. He has done a lot….,” he stated.


Togolese delegation to grace 66th Independence Day at Kadjebi

The District Chief Executives (DCE) for Wawa One and Two and Akebou in the Republic of Togo are expected to grace the 66th Independence Day in the Kadjebi District of the Oti Region.

This is to deepen the diplomatic ties between Kadjebi and the two Districts in the Republic of Togo.

Mr. Wilson Kwami Agbanyo, Kadjebi DCE disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), in an interview at Kadjebi.

Mr. Eric Kessie, Kadjebi District Senior High Schools Co-ordinator and a Planning Committee Member told GNA that a total of 1,095 students from 16 schools in the district are expected to participate in the match pass at Ahamansu, a farming community in the district.

This includes 32 Contingents, 30 members in a contingent totaling 960 students plus 135 others.

Mr. Kessie said that Kadjebi-Asato Senior High School (KASEC) CADET, Dodi-Papase Senior High Technical School (DOPASS) CADET and a cultural troop from KASEC would also be there to entertain guests.

In Ghana’s 65th Independence Day parade held at Kadjebi on March 6, 2022, Mr. Assamoi Yao Oga and Mr. Bosiade Kojo Francois, Maire for Wawa 1 and 2 from the Republic of Togo attended as Special Guests.


Lyrical Joe unveils track-list for his forthcoming album dubbed “Photo Album”

Joseph Gamor popularly known by his stage name as Lyrical Joe has announced a track-list for his forthcoming album titled “Photo Album” on Wednesday, March 1, 2023.

He unveiled his album in a tweet thanking every artiste and producer who worked side by side with him to make this treasure a reality.

“I thank everyone who stayed with me, let’s start making history with this album”, the post said.

The album has different producers and features of many Ghanaian artistes likes Medikal, Sefa, EL, Darkovibes, Efya and among others.

The album entails fifteen songs which includes, “Intro”, “2 Bottles”, “Flex”, “Hustle and Ambition”, “Street Prophets”, “A Gate”, “ABCD”, “Cover”, “Self”, “Hmmm”, “Judas”, “Me To Me”, “See Size”, and “Blessed”.

The album would be available on all musical services providers.

Lyrical Joe weaved out some lyrics in his album which stated: “hmmm, before we start the intro, we need two bottles to flex, because after all the hustle and ambition, man needs to cover up”.

“The street prophets are always leading us therefore, we feel blessed, always remember to stay focus and be no Judas to a brother”.

However, Lyrical Joe has an album called “KILL” which was his debut album and has made significant waves in the music space.

He is currently the brand ambassador for the biggest tertiary student event in called “Ghana Tertiary Awards” (GTA).

Lyrical Joe is a Ghanaian rapper who was born on August 5, 1995, in Accra, and hails from Mafikumasi in the Volta region of Ghana, he attended Akosombo International School, where he attained his W.A.S.S.C.E certificate.

After senior high school, he decided to pursue his life-long dream of becoming a well-versed musician after being motivated by friends and family.

Lyrical Joe grew up learning from the likes of Jay Z, Eminem, and other great musicians which gave him the attribute of becoming a multidimensional musician due to his various musical styles.

He is one of Ghana’s most talented young artistes with good vocals.


Sympathisers converge in Ziope to pay final homage to late Paramount Chief

Sympathisers including dignitaries from all walks of life, are converging in Ziope in the Volta Region to bid their final farewell to the late Torgbui Binah Lawluvi VI, Paramount Chief of Ziope Traditional Area.

The funeral rites of Torgbui Binah Lawluvi, known in private life as Victor Gblorkpor Esq is currently underway in Ziope as his body lies in state.

On Thursday, March 2, the mortal remains of the traditional ruler was paraded in a convoy of cortège through the streets of Ziope as it arrived from Accra.

Some notable guests are expected to mourn with the people of Ziope Traditional Area as they pay final homage to the late Traditional leader.

Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo, the President of the Republic is expected to join the funeral service on Saturday, March 4 with other dignitaries.

However, Mr John Dramani Mahama, former President of Ghana, will be in the community to commiserate with the bereaved family and citizens of Ziope today, Friday, March 3.

The funeral of the late statesman started on Friday February 24 in Ziope and will end with a royal interment on Saturday March 4.

Born in 1958, the late Chief was a reputable lawyer, a lecturer at the then Ho Polytechnic, President of the Regional Chapter the Association of Rural Banks, and a former member of Council of State during ex-president Mahama’s administration.

He was enstooled in 1988 and died in August 2022.

Over 64 Divisional chiefs and queen mothers from Ziope, are expected to offer their last traditional respect to their King.

He was 64.


Stephen Appiah urge Ghanaians to support Chris Hughton

Stephen Appiah, former Captain of the Black Stars has urged Ghanaians to rally behind newly appointed Coach Chris Hughton, as he embarks on a mission to transform the senior national team.

Chris Hughton was appointed Head Coach of the Black Stars last month after serving as Technical Director for Ghana at the 2022 Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Qatar.

The former skipper in an interview with the GNA Sports said there was the need to support the experienced gaffer as he prepares to take Ghana to the 2024 African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

“We all know Chris Hughton has coached a lot of clubs in the UK, he came to Ghana and he was part of the team that travelled to Qatar for the world cup, he was the director and now he is the coach, so let’s rally our support behind him so that he can bring our Black Stars from where we used to be.”

Appiah expressed his confidence in the Black Stars team and noted that the side would defeat Angola in the AFCON qualifiers this month, to bolster their chances of picking an early qualification to the continental tournament next year.

According to him, it would be a great honour to see the Black Stars of Ghana regain its strength under the former Newcastle United man.

Chris Hughton is expected to be unveiled as Head Coach of the Black Stars in the coming days ahead of the qualifiers late this month.

Ghana would take on Angola at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Thursday, March 23, with the return leg fixed for Monday, March 27 at the Estadio 11 de November in Luanda, Angola.


Twenty-five aspirants pick forms to contest NDC primaries in Bono Region

Twenty-five aspirants of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have picked nomination forms to contest the Party’s upcoming parliamentary?primaries in the Bono Region.?

Out of the number, 22 are males, three females, and seven are first-time aspirants.

The Sunyani East and West constituencies have two and three aspirants respectively, while Dormaa West, two, Dormaa Central, three and Dormaa East, two.??

The Berekum East and West constituencies have two and three aspirants respectively, but the Jaman South and Jaman North constituencies have one and two aspirants.

The Banda constituency has one aspiring candidate, while Tain and Wenchi constituencies have two aspirants each.

Six incumbent Members of Parliaments have also picked nomination forms to contest in the primaries to seek re-election to lead the Party in their respective constituencies.

They are Ahmed Ibrahim, Banda, Adama Sulemana, Tain, Haruna Seidu, Wenchi, Vincent Oppong Asamoah, Dormaa West, Williams Okofo-Darteh, Jaman South and Frederick Yaw Ahenkwah, Jaman North.

Briefing the Ghana News Agency about?the process leading to the vetting in an interview in Sunyani, Mr Dennis Yeboah Twumasi, the Regional Secretary of the Party said the?vetting would be done from Monday, March 27 to Wednesday, March 29 this year at the regional level.

He said the vetting committee would be composed of one National Executive Committee (NEC) representative, two members appointed?by the regional executive body, a lawyer appointed by the NEC from the legal committee of the Party and a member of the regional Council of elders.

Mr. Twumasi explained an aspirant must be endorsed by at least one branch executive member of the Party from 50 per cent of the total branches in a constituency.