Obuasi NCCE organises quiz on constitution

The Obuasi Municipal Directorate of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has organised a quiz competition on the 1992 Constitution for basic schools as part of activities to mark 30 years of constitutional rule.

It also sought to make pupils appreciate the relevance of the Constitution while inculcating nationalism in them as they grow.

Jesus Cares International School emerged winners of the annual event after securing 36 points to beat Awurade Basa (29), BONSEC Standard School (27) and New Nsuta School (21) in that order.

The participating schools and contestants received certificates of participation and other prizes like exercise books, mathematical sets, and constitution games.

Ms. Jacqueline Mahu, a Senior Civic Education Officer, said the competition formed part of efforts by the NCCE to consolidate the democracy of the country.

She said the annual quiz had been adopted as a key strategy by the Commission to execute its core mandate which was to educate Ghanaians on the principles and objectives of the 1992 Constitution to engender civic consciousness among the citizens.

She lauded the Obuasi Municipal Assembly for sponsoring the competition and assured that her office would intensify education on the constitution, especially in schools to enable the pupils to appreciate the tenets of the constitution.

Nana Owusu Akyeaw Brempong, Odikro of Bogobiri who chaired the function, called for amendments to the 1992 Constitution, emphasizing that it had outlived its importance.

He said the constitution must take into consideration current circumstances pertaining in the country.

“We must consider job creation, maximising our natural resource usage, and improving agriculture in our new constitution. Again, emoluments given to Article 71 office holders must be reviewed,” he said.

He said there was a disconnect between the people and the system of governance and stressed the need to sensitise students on how the local government system operated.

Mrs. Hannah Fosu, a representative of the Obuasi Municipal Education Directorate, called for more of such quiz competitions to conscientise pupils on the need to acknowledge the importance of the 1992 constitution.

She said the Education Directorate would continue to partner the NCCE in organising such educ

Source: Ghana News Agency

KATH receives $52,000 worth of hospital recliner chairs

The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi has taken delivery of 26 pieces of hospital recliner chairs to aid service delivery at the facility and ensure patients’ comfort.

Medical recliners are comfortable reclining chairs with casters, designed for patients recuperating post illnesses and surgery, as well as for the elderly and the infirm.

The arms are constructed such that they could be dropped out of the way much like the rails on a hospital bed. It is a good choice for patients with knee or hip surgery because of the circulatory feature.

Mr Boakye Osei Bonsu, a transporter, based in the United States, who donated the chairs, said they were secured at the cost of $52,000.

The KATH, being the second largest referral facility in Ghana, needed more logistical support to improve and complement human resource competencies, he said.

Mr Osei Bonsu encouraged Ghanaians in the diaspora to contribute to national efforts at delivering quality health care and education, economic growth and environmental sustainability, among others.

He said the dedication of citizens in advanced countries towards seeing the growth of their economies had yielded fruits and it was time Ghanaians adopted those qualities for progress.

Professor Otchere Addai Mensah, the Chief Executive Officer of KATH, who received the chairs, said such gestures ensured the smooth running of the facility, which prioritised patients care and treatment.

“It is important to get enough logistics to make work easier for staff and patients who visit the hospital,” he said.

With the numerous surgeries being carried out at KATH, the hospital recliner chairs were much needed for convalescing patients, he noted.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana records over 3,000 cases of colorectal cancer in 2022

Ghana in 2022 recorded between 3,000 to 4,000 cases of colorectal cancer, the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) has said.

Dr Leslie Issa Adam-Zakaria, a Specialist-Surgeon with the Colorectal Unit, KBTH, said the situation was worrying as about 70 per cent of the cases were already in their advanced stages before reported.

Dr Adam-Zakaria disclosed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Accra.

Colorectal cancer, also known as colon or rectum cancer, is a type of cancer that begins in the large intestine (colon), which typically affects older adults, though it can happen at any age.

The disease, which affects men more than women, is the second leading cause of cancer deaths, third commonest cancer in the world and usually begins as small, noncancerous (benign) clumps of cells called polyps that form on the inside of the colon.

Symptoms of colorectal cancer include persistent change in bowel habits, constipation, rectal bleeding or blood in stool, persistent abdominal discomfort, weakness or fatigue and unexplained weight loss.

Data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicates that almost two million cases of colorectal cancer were recorded in 2022 worldwide.

Dr Adam-Zakaria said the cause of colorectal cancer is unknown, however, old age, family history of cancer, people who ate low-fiber, high-fat diet, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, alcohol intake, among others increased one’s chances of getting the disease.

He said due to the number of people affected by the disease in the country on a yearly basis, it was important that Ghanaians were aware of it and take the necessary steps to prevent it.

“Many people with colon cancer experience no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. So, people with an average risk of colon cancer must consider screening if they are above age 45.

“But people with an increased risk, such as those with a family history of colon cancer, should consider screening sooner,” Dr Adam-Zakaria stressed.

He advised people with symptoms of colorectal cancer to report to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, adding that the disease could be cured when detected early.

“Our ability to treat colorectal cases has increased tremendously compared to the past. We can now handle more numbers and have even trained others competently to handle cases, so feel free and report to receive the best of care,” he added.

The Specialist Surgeon also urged the public to eat well, engage in physical activities, stop smoking, and maintain a healthy weight to ensure that they did not contract the disease.

Source: Ghana News Agency