NYA, Keta Youth Parliament educate pupils on adolescent reproductive health

The National Youth Authority (NYA), in partnership with Keta-Anloga Youth Parliaments, have organised a sensitisation programme on Mentorship and Adolescent Sexually Reproductive Health (ASRH) for some pupils in the Municipality.

Seven schools benefited from the two-day programme meant to teach adolescent boys and girls how to take care of their reproductive health and set achievable life goals towards a bright and productive future.

Facilitators were drawn from the Keta-Anloga Youth Parliament, Keta Municipal Health Directorate, National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), the Municipal Education Directorate and the National Service Secretariat.

Mr Fred Nuviadenu, the Minority Chief Whip, Keta-Anloga Youth Parliament, who spoke on Goal Setting and Mentorship, said: ‘Life is full of predicaments as you grow up, therefore, you must set achievable goals to be able to overcome them towards self-actualisation.’

Miss Dziedzorm Bensah, the Deputy Speaker of the Youth Parliament, educated the pupils on studyi
ng skills and how to set academic goals.

‘You must set short-term goals for every term and every week, learn how to take and make your notes, and pay attention to your teachers’ lessons.’

A facilitator from the Health Directorate touched on abstinence from irresponsible adolescent behaviours like pre-marital sex, drug abuse, and alcoholism, how to remain chaste until marriage, as well as healthy living.

Mr Francis Susuawu, the Director of the National Youth Authority, Keta office, in an interview with Ghana News Agency, said as stakeholders in the affairs of the youth, it was important to organise the programme to help shape their future.

‘We realise that we have a major role to play in raising the standard of education in the municipality and shaping moral values of our young ones, so this program is meant to augment the efforts of teachers and parents to shape their lives for the future,’ he said.

The beneficiary basic schools were Asadame A.M.E. Zion, Tsiame R.C., Tsiame E.P., Atiavi Agblego R.C., Ati
avi Agblego E.P., Agbodekor RC School, and Atsiame Basic School.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Foreign Affairs Ministry sensitises Western North youth on ECOWAS protocols

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, in collaboration with Media Response, a Civil Society Organisation, has held a training workshop on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) protocols for students, youth groups and identifiable associations in the Western North Region.

It was to educate participants on the ECOWAS protocols, their operations and conventions, and how best to understand the movement of persons and goods in the sub-region.

They were taken through the mandate and functions of the Regional Integration Bureau, overview of ECOWAS and its protocol on free movements, rights of residence and establishment, the Youth Policy, prospects and achievements among others.

Mrs Perpetua Dufu, the Coordinating Director, Multilateral and International Organisations, Foreign Affairs Ministry, in an address read on behalf of the sector minister, said the Ministry stood as a cornerstone of Ghana’s foreign policy and remained a testament to fostering collaboration and unity wit
hin the sub-region.

She said ECOWAS had been steadfast in its dedication to fostering economic collaboration among member states to elevate the living standards of the people.

She, however, expressed worry over the recent military take-overs in the sub-region, and said those incidents had stained the credibility of ECOWAS.

‘While discontent towards ECOWAS is palpable, now more than ever, there is a pressing need for member states to unite. Despite the hurdles, we must preserve, uphold peace, security, and economic growth in the region,’ Mrs Dufu said.

She urged Ghanaians to stand as a pillar of stability and prevent any domino effect of instability because the citizenry had a shared responsibility to ensure that peace and security prevailed.

Ghana’s interest remained aligned with the ECOWAS Commission, she said, adding that the Ministry would continue to collaborate with ECOWAS member states to address ongoing challenges in the sub-region.

On the ECOWAS protocols, Mrs Dufu mentioned some conventions and
agreements that fostered democracy and good governance, political stability and accountability within member states.

Others also facilitated free movement across borders, which had expanded market access for trade and investments for member states.

She, therefore, encouraged the youth to take advantage of the numerous benefits that came with Ghana’s membership of the Community help better their socio-economic wellbeing.

Mr Ebenezer Amoah, Chief Director, Western North Regional Coordinating Council, on behalf of the Regional Minister, commended the Foreign Affairs Ministry for bringing the activities of ECOWAS closer to the youth in the region.

Nana Elluo Panin III, Chief of Nsuansua, who chaired the programme, expressed worry over the introduction of illicit drugs being sold on open markets by foreigners and appealed to the Ministry to crack down on those involved in the act.

The programme was attended by students from all senior high schools and tertiary institutions in the region, National Service Pers
onnel, and youth groups among others.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Three persons killed in clash between Asanko Gold and youth of Tontokrom

The Amansie South District Security Council (DISEC) has summoned managers of Asanko Gold over a deadly clash between the youth of Tontokrom in the Ashanti Region and security officers of the company that led to the death of three persons on Saturday.

Security officers of the mining firm are reported to have fired gunshot leading to the death of a resident.

In retaliation, the locals lynched two members of the private security protecting the concessions of the Mine.

The meeting, chaired by Mr Clement Opoku Gyamfi, the District Chief Executive (DCE), also attended by opinion leaders in the community, was to take steps to resolve the impasse.

The DCE, who confirmed the incident to the Ghana News Agency, said the DISEC had taken over the case and one arrest had been made.

‘It was a clash between Asanko’s private security and that of the town folks and there was a gunshot from the private security, which unfortunately hit one of the town folks,’ he said.

‘So, they chased the private security men out, got hol
d of them, and lynched them.’

‘The company’s name has been mentioned and it is a legally licensed company operating within the district so we are meeting management of Asanko and the chiefs and opinion leaders to find a lasting solution to this development.’

The bodies of the deceased have been deposited at the St. Martin’s Hospital morgue, Agroyesum, for preservation and autopsy.

There has been a longstanding tension between AsankoGold and the locals over alleged trespassing of the legally acquired concessions of the company by the youth, many of whom had taken to illegal mining for survival due to lack of decent jobs in the area.

This latest incident follows a protest staged by residents on Friday, demanding the establishment of a Community Mining Scheme to address the ongoing disputes.

Even though the authorities are yet to succumb to this pressure, there are fears that the development could compromise the security of the mining town.

Source: Ghana News Agency

West Africa Institute for Special Surgery opens at Pantang

The West Africa Institute for Special Surgery (WAISS) has officially opened a facility at Pantang.

The commissioning of the facility was done with the unveiling of a logo that will inspire the delivery of excellent healthcare services to the populace.

WAISS is a state-of-the-art 46-bed special surgical hospital aimed to improve access to quality and affordable surgical care in West Africa.

The facility, which shares the same premises with FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital, has four operating rooms, private patient rooms, telemedicine, and family-sized consultation rooms.

Its areas of focus include minimally invasive urology, Andrology and men’s health, female urology, Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, Facial Paralysis and Bells Palsy, Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck cancer, and Pituitary Tumor Surgery.

The rest are CSF (Brian Fluid) Leak Repair, Microvascular Reconstruction, Pediatric Craniofacial, Surgery, Facial Trauma, Sleep Surgery, Aesthetic Medicine, Interventional Spine and Pain Management among ot

Professor Kofi Boahene, Founder of WAISS and Foundation for Special Surgery, speaking during the opening of the Hospital, expressed appreciation to the doctors, project team, donors, volunteers, and sponsors for the support in bringing the vision of establishing the facility to life.

He said WAISS was partnering FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital so they could leverage each other’s expertise and not reinvent the wheel.

The Baltimore-based surgeon said the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, as well as the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital were overstretched as such, the new speciality facility would help reduce the pressure on them, saying: ‘This is my little way to give back to my motherland’.

‘I see a great partnership between WAISS and FOCOS in future. We will combine expertise to enable us to do more over a short period, but this is a process.’

Nana Professor Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, the President and Founder of FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital, commended Prof Boahen and his partners for the foresight.

He said the lack
of adequate manpower especially for specialty care, worsened by losing trained professionals to greener pastures abroad and the inadequate number of well-equipped facilities to train future specialists continued to be a challenge.

‘Above all the inadequate healthcare financing characterised by poorly funded National Health Insurance Scheme, has made it almost impossible for many households to have access to good quality health care. Instead of good healthcare becoming a right it is now a privilege most people can’t afford.

‘It is for these reasons that FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital sees the partnership with WAISS as crucial to help enhance Ghana’s healthcare system and Africa.’

Professor Boachie-Adjei called for the cooperation of all who signed up to work at the facility to be diligent, trusting and hardworking to ensure Prof Boahene’s labour was not in vain.

Dr Joseph William Akornor, a Board Member and a Urologist, said the facility would help provide surgical services that were not being done in the coun
try currently.

‘As a Urologist, I don’t think anybody is doing Robotic Surgery and Complete Urological Procedures so my goal is to bring all that technology and expertise to Ghana and West Africa,’ he added.

Dr Akornor said aside treatment, the Hospital would provide training to future urologists.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Hohoe Unique Lions Club organises blood donation campaign

The Hohoe Unique Lions Club has held a blood donation exercise at Hohoe in the Volta Region to collect 200 pints of blood to restock the Regional Hospital’s blood bank.

It was held in partnership with the Tema Supreme Lions Club, Tema Supreme Leo Club and Koforidua U-Tech Leo Club at the St Francis College of Education.

The exercise was to mark the Charter Night of the Club with some humanitarian activities, Mr Crosby Bansah, the President of the Club, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview.

He said the Volta Regional Hospital at Hohoe faced blood shortage, therefore, the need to pull along students from the Fred N. Binka School of Public Health, University of Health and Allied (UHAS), Hohoe Nursing and Midwifery Training College, St Francis College of Education and St Teresa College of Education to support the exercise.

Mr Bansah said since blood was a scarce commodity, which a lot of people needed to survive, all should avail themselves to donate.

The Club’s Charter Night focuses on raising f
unds to help renovate the Out-Patients Department (OPD) of the Regional Hospital.

Mr Bansah said the condition of the Hospital’s OPD needed an upgrade to ensure patients’ privacy and provide a conducive environment for the health staff, who were at the mercy of the weather.

Mr Mawuli Dzamefe, Immediate Past President, Tema Supreme Lions Club and Guiding Lion for Hohoe Unique Lions Club, said the Hohoe Club would be the 45th to be officially admitted into ‘Lionism’.

He said the Lions Club was the biggest humanitarian organisation worldwide with about 1.4 million members worldwide and 1,350 in Ghana.

Mr Dzamefe called on individuals to join the Club to serve the community the best they could.

Mr Thomas Worlanyo Tsekpo, Hohoe Constituency National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary Candidate, said he benefited from a pint of blood after an accident and that made him realise the importance of blood donation.

He said it was his second time donating blood and called on all to avail themselves for the exe
rcise to save lives.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Chief of Sefwi-Bodi registers 1000 children onto NHIS

Nana Akwasi Ofori Ababio, the Chief of Sefwi-Bodi, has registered 1000 children (17 years and below) onto the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to facilitate their access to quality healthcare.

This is to help give some relief to parents who could not afford to register or renew their children’s membership onto the NHIS.

The gesture forms part of activities to celebrate this year’s Elou Festival of the chiefs of people of Sefwi-Bodi in the Western North Region.

‘We are doing this as a result of the fact that cocoa trees of parents are dying here in our area, making it difficult for them to either renew or register their children onto the National Health Insurance Scheme,’ Nana Ababio told the Ghana News Agency in an interview.

He advised political actors, especially those in the region, to desist from personal attacks and offensive languages before, during and after the 2024 general election.

‘When we live together as one people, and desist from divisions among ourselves, that is when we can focus
on developing our area,’ he said.

Mr Ignatius Akwasi Amankwah, the Bodi District Chief Executive, called on the people to really behind the Government to implement more development projects in the area.

He appealed to the people to adopt a maintenance culture to ensure government projects last longer to benefit them and future generations.

‘It Is when we take good care of what we have, that is when we can ask for more, but if we refuse to maintain what we have, the money to be used to initiate new ones will be used to repair the ones we have destroyed,’ he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Kpone-Katamanso Health Directorate holds 2023 Annual Performance Review

The Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Health Directorate has reviewed its 2023 performance scorecards to assess its improvement or otherwise in service delivery in the year under review.

Dr Esther Priscilla Biamah-Danquah, the Municipal Health Director, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said the performance assessment against the previous year’s was very important in ensuring efficient and quality health service delivery.

It would also help in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the Directorate and how to maximise its gains to meet the health demands of the people, she said.

Dr Biamah-Danquah said though 2023 was very challenging, the Directorate made some gains on some selected Out-Patients Department (OPD) indicators compared to 2022.

Whereas 169,273 OPD cases were seen in 2022, a total of 181,907 were attended to in 2023, representing per capita cases of 0.39 and 0.41, respectively.

Acute urinary tract infection cases were 7,983 in 2022 and 13,638 in 2023, with uncomplicated malaria ca
ses shoting up from 9,966 in 2022 to 12,271 in 2023.

Dr Biamah-Danquah said institutional maternal death within the municipality had seen a sharp decline from 51 per cent per 10,000 births in 2022 to 46 per cent per 10,000 births in 2023.

Stillbirths also reduced from 3.8 per cent in 2022 to 3.6 per cent in 2023.

She noted that health delivery services were evolving, therefore, the workers must acquaint themselves with the modern trends in health delivery services to meet current demands.

‘The performance review will bring out the areas where staff would have to be given continuous training to build their capacity to improve quality healthcare in the municipality,’ the Municipal Health Director said.

She called on the Kpone-Katamanso residents to support health institutions and workers in their localities to ensure a conducive environment for health delivery.

Some hard-working staff were presented with plaques in appreciation of their commitment to service delivery within the municipality.

Source: Gha
na News Agency

Ho Teaching Hospital gets 3rd incubator from Kokrokoo Charities Foundation

The Kokrokoo Charities Foundation, an NGO, under its ‘Project 100’ initiative, has donated a third incubator to the Paediatrics and Child Health Department of the Ho Teaching Hospital in the Volta Region.

This adds to two previous incubators given to the Hospital by the Kokrokoo Charities in 2018, making it a total of three incubators given to the Hospital by the Foundation.

The incubator adds up to a total of 55 incubators so far donated by the Foundation to various hospitals all over the country.

The incubator would help the Department provide optimal care for preterm babies, that is children born before 37 weeks of pregnancy.

In addition to the incubator, they also presented two fridges, sanitary tissues, scraps, crocs, cover coats, and mobile phones to the Hospital.

Dr Richard Bright Danyoh, Head of the Department, Paediatrics and Child Health Unit of the Hospital, said the incubator and the other items would add to their stock and help them offer better services to preterm babies.

Dr Danyoh said th
e hospital recorded an average of 250 to 300 preterm births yearly.

However, with the coming of the incubators, they were able to care for an appreciable number of them.

He said there has been an increase in the survival rate of preterm babies at the hospital, especially those below 28 weeks, with their mortality rate dropping to 15 per cent between 2022 and 2023.

Dr Danyoh appealed to the Foundation and other benevolent persons and institutions to establish a hostel to accommodate mothers of preterm babies, since they had nowhere to lodge during their waiting periods for their incubated preterm babies.

Mr Kwami Sefa Kayi, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kokrokoo Charities Foundation, said he was hopeful that together with his team and benevolent supporters, he would be able to meet his vision of acquiring 100 incubators in the long run to aid healthcare delivery in the country.

He commended his partners and friends who supported him financially in acquiring the incubator, especially the owners of
Villandro Residence and Teddy’s Irish Pub and Lodge.

He said what kept him going was the satisfaction he got from saving the lives of preterm babies.

The Kokrokoo Charities Foundation is a social intervention initiative set up by Mr Kayi, presenter of Peace FM’s Kokrokoo Morning Show, and aimed at identifying and addressing critical social needs in Ghana and helping resolve emerging development challenges.

The Foundation’s project 100 incubators initiated in 2014 has saved many preterm babies across the country through its donations of infant incubators to boost neonatal care across the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

‘Decay in education sector will take us many years to reverse’ – Alhassan Suhiyini

Mr Alhassan Sayibu Suhiyini, Member of Parliament for Tamale North, says the dwindling fortunes in the education sector ‘will take many years to reverse,’ in spite of the investments made in the sector by New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.

He said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s ‘attempt’ to celebrate achievements in the education sector, as captured in the recent State of the Nation Address (SONA), ‘will not stand the test of time’.

The President in his address on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, hailed the impact of the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy, describing it as a ‘transformative programme that has broken myths and liberated minds.’

President Akufo-Addo, on the floor of Parliament, touched on investments such as the construction of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) schools and other programmes in the education sector that had increased enrollment at the basic level.

However, Mr Suhini, speaking on Accra-based Citi FM on Saturday, said such contributions were expec
ted as the government had generated ‘so much money from tax revenue’.

‘We may be faced with many challenges, but the three, which I call the ‘triple jeopardy’, are education, environment and the economy…’

‘In terms of quantum of money spent [in the education sector], I don’t challenge that, but the decay that our educational sector is faced with will take us many years to reverse,’ he stated.

The lawmaker made reference to research findings which suggested that some basic schools were owed capitation grant while others lacked basic infrastructure, as result of the ‘over concentration on Free SHS’.

Describing the education system as ‘Kwashiorkor’ (malnourished), Mr Suhini emphasised the concerns of some parents, who said they were facing difficulties in spite of the implementation of Free SHS.

‘When you compare the Free SHS to investments at the tertiary level, you can clearly see a ‘Kwashiorkor’ education system, where the legs are so lean because of deprivation…’

‘No preparation is done at the tertiary
level to absorb the numbers that are supposed to be increasing at the Free SHS level; so much money goes there; bloating the tummy that is not healthy.

‘…If we want to go into the area of education and think that is how to whitewash a very bad performance of the President, even that too will not stand the test of time,’ Mr Suhini stated.

Source: Ghana News Agency