Vice Admiral Seth Amoama ends four decades of distinguished military service

Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, the outgone Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), was pulled out of service, Thursday, Feb 1, in a ceremony that marked an end to a military career that spanned more than four decades.

The pulling-out ceremony also saw the symbolic transfer of authority to Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah, his successor.

Vice Admiral Amoama inspected a guard of honour parade, made up of 98 officers and men drawn from the Ghana Army, Ghana Navy, and the Ghana Air Force.

In his farewell address, Vice Admiral Amoama expressed gratitude to the President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo for his support during his tenure as CDS.

He also acknowledged support from the Ministry of Defence, heads of allied security agencies, public agencies and the clergy. He thanked the media and his family for their support as well.

A pulling-out ceremony in a military context refers to a farewell or departure ceremony held to honour an individual who is leaving a post or a military unit who is l
eaving a specific location, such as a base or deployment area.

It is a tradition observed by many military organisations to mark the end of a tour of duty or a significant period of service.

The ceremony is also an opportunity for the incoming unit or personnel to be formally welcomed.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Golden Exotics Limited supports improved health care delivery in Asutsuare

The management of Golden Exotics Limited (GEL) has presented a refurbished Osudoku H/C Public Health Centre at Asutsuare in the Eastern Region to the Shai-Osudoku District Health Directorate.

The facility, in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, is to help improve healthcare delivery in the Shai Osudoku District and its surrounding communities.

As part of the refurbishment, GIZ procured medical equipment, including Thermometers, Weighing Scales, Test Strips for Non-Communicable Diseases, and Vaccine carriers among others, to enhance the quality of care for patients.

The refurbishment was carried out as part of the ‘COVID-19 Comprehensive Pandemic Management for Employees, Families and Communities’ project implemented by GIZ.

The transformation of the once dilapidated Public Health Unit is just one of the many activities that the partners have undertaken in the last two years towards the sustainable strengthening of the Ghanaian health system to be better
prepared against now and any future pandemics.

Mr Benedict Rich, the Managing Director, GEL said ‘We anticipate a huge number of benefits for the communities, including reducing the barrier to accessing health services; strategically contributing to preventable maternal, newborn and child death.’

He said this would also include stillbirth and improve the overall health and well-being of the women and children in Asutsuare, and provide facilities for family planning, malaria and HIV treatment services, and improvement of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Activities.

The Managing Director said the Company was approached by the Directorate to support them refurbish the facility.

He said the Company believed that their activities in the communities were important and these would go a long way to support members in the communities.

He said the Company, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, focused on healthcare delivery and education among others.

‘Last years, the Company spent GH?2million in fixing th
e road networks through the entire communities,’ he added.

He urged the government through its representatives to fix the road networks in the area to enable the Company to do more to support the communities.

The Managing Director said the Company believed in strategic partnership in ensuring sustainable growth and development.

Mr Fred Offei, the District Chief Executive for the Shai-Osudoku District Assembly, expressed gratitude to the Company for their support to the communities.

Reverend Ebenezer Asiamah, District Director of Health, commended the partnership that saw to the refurbishment of the facility.

He said they have an initiative called the ‘Network of Practice’ to ensure that there is an ambulance and CHIPS Compound at all facilities to ensure easy reference.

He said the facility would go a long way to serve the over 20,000 people in the community and its catchment area.

The Director expressed the hope that GEL, Fairtrade and GIZ would do more to support healthcare delivery in the area.

am Tabea Boateng, Technical Advisor of develoPPP Health, said as an outcome of the project, partnering companies would have well-established pandemic preparedness plans, business continuity plans and enhanced employee wellbeing programmes whereas the employees would have increased access to health and safety, improved financial well-being as well as have their jobs secured.

She said in the first quarter of 2024, training for the clinic’s staff would take place to further improve healthcare in Asutsuare and neighbouring communities.

Currently, GIZ promotes sustainable development in Ghana via about 50 programmes and projects. GIZ is boosting Ghana’s potential by focusing its projects on three priority areas Responsibility for our planet – climate and energy.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Good eyesight and learning are not separable – GES Director

Madam Pascaline Ninfaakang, the Nandom Municipal Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES), has reiterated the importance of good eyesight of school children in ensuring effective learning.

She said that, notwithstanding, some children with different eye problems were unable to access treatment due to ignorance of the condition or their inability to afford treatment.

Madam Ninfaakang disclosed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Nandom during an eye screening exercise, organised by Bliss Eye Care, a private eye clinic in Wa.

It was organised in partnership with the Nandom Municipal Education Directorate under the Blissful Sight for Kids (BS4Ks) project being implemented by the eye clinic.

Thousands of children in the Upper West Region and beyond had received free eye screening and treatment under the project since its inception about eight years ago.

Of the 486 children who went through the screening, 108 had normal eyes, 345 had pathological issues relating to medication, 22 ha
d refractive errors relating to eyeglasses and eleven had cataract and glaucoma.

Madam Ninfaakang indicated that the initiative by Bliss Eye Care was timely since it would help in the detection of eye conditions among the school children for treatment.

The number of children who turned up for the screening showed the seriousness they attached to the intervention, she said.

‘This will go a long way to help the children who didn’t know they have eye problems to know and those that knew but cannot afford the treatment to receive the service,’ she said.

She commended Bliss Eye Care and its partners for the gesture and expressed the hope that it would be a periodic exercise to enable the children to have regular eye screening.

Mr Martin Gangmur, the In-Charge of the Eye Clinic at the St. Theresa’s Hospital (Nandom Hospital), said: ‘Some of the children have very high pressures and when that happens for a long time it will damage the nerves that enable a person to see, and the person gradually becomes blind.’

he children diagnosed with eye problems were given medications, those who needed eyeglasses were offered for free, while those whose conditions could not be managed were referred to the hospital for further attention.

Stressing the need for regular eye check-ups, Mr Gangmur explained that: ‘Everyone needs eye checkup at least once a year to have good eyesight.’

He appealed to parents to send their children to health facilities to access treatment for their eye problems rather than resorting to traditional medication such as tying rope on the child’s neck to treat an eye condition.

Mr Ali Amin Seidu, the Nandom Municipal School Health Education Programme (SHEP) Coordinator, said the eye screening would enhance teaching and learning since children with

eye problems would be identified and treated so they could participate actively in academic activities.

While expressing gratitude to Bliss Eye Care for the service offered to the children, he encouraged parents to take the eye health of their children serio

Madam Ernestina Aleser, a Teacher at Bu Primary School in Nandom, said it was important for the children to check their eyes regularly for timely detection and treatment of any condition.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Miracle Life Hospital clocks 30 years, promises vantage services

Miracle Life Hospital (MLH), a private facility in the heart of Ho, in the Volta Regional Capital has launched its one-year long celebration of three decades of existence and healthcare service delivery.

The facility has provided and continue to offer quality healthcare delivery to its clients in Ho and beyond and envisaged to deliver more qualitative and innovative services to their numerous clients in the next 30 years.

The anniversary is themed: ‘Three decades in Excellence in Quality Healthcare.’

Dr Seyram K. Letsa, Ag Medical Director of MLH, who was three-days old at the time of its inception disclosed these at the launch and dinner to usher in the celebrations.

He said his team was an outstanding team and health professionals who have unwavering commitment to their profession and continue to change challenges into victories.

‘You are the heartbeat of Miracle Life Hospital,’ Dr Letsa declared.

And to the communities, he said their trust have been the greatest motivation with each life we have bee
n privileged to touch, ‘with every story of recovery and Joy, you have reminded us why we are here to serve, heal and to uplift.’

Dr Letsa said activities planned for the anniversary include reproductive health programme, family life engagements, public aerobics as well as public health education and media engagements.

Mrs Victoria K. Letsa, Chief executive Officer of AVL Holdings and Co-Founder of MLH.

She said: ‘Our story has been shapes of trials over adversity, the relentless pursuit of excellence in medical care.

‘I extend my deepest gratitude to the entire Miracle Life Hospital team, our skilled Doctors, our hardworking nurses and the administrative staff and every individual in making this hospital a haven of healing.’

Dr Achilbald Yao Letsa, Founder of MLH said the facility was a dream by his father, Dr Letsa come true, who wanted a ‘Family Hospital’and pursued that by encouraging them to study science, which had culminated in the production of 10 doctors, eight alive.

He said: ‘Your story of re
silience inspires us every day and reaffirm the purpose of Miracle Life Hospital.’

He reminded the team: ‘As we celebrate this milestone let us also cast our eyes towards the future, we stand at the threshold of endless possibilities ready to embrace technological advancement, expand our services and continue to provide that passionate care to the community.’

He disclosed that patronage has increased to 2,500 per month from the initial 250 with more than 40 doctors and specialists working with the Hospital delivering quality services to the clients and community.

He said the facility was challenged at inception by hostilities to patients referred to government facilities and discouragement of clients from patronising the hospital as the concept of private facilities was now emerging.

He believed the next 30 years and beyond would reposition Miracle Life Hospital to render stellar made services as well as continue to be a source of Hope, Healing and Miracles.

Dr Letsa anticipated transformation of the fac
ility into a medical tourism centre with expanded infrastructure.

There were goodwill messages from partners including National Health Insurance Scheme, State Insurance Corporation, Tobinco and the Electricity Company of Ghana.

Source: Ghana News Agency