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The Ga Traditional Council has announced that the ban on drumming and noise making takes effect from the 8th of May to the 8 of June this year.   The ban is to herald the celebration of the Homowo festival. At a media briefing in Accra, Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayi Bonte II, cautioned churches, beer bar operators and all within the Ga Traditional Council to observe the ban.    
The First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has admonished corporate Ghana to support the fight against malaria. Speaking on the theme ‘’End Malaria for Good’’ at the commemoration of World Malaria Day and launch of the Ghana Malaria Foundation, she said, although tremendous progress has been made through investment in curbing malaria, there is a large gap in the funding levels which needs to be filled in order to achieve a malaria free Ghana and therefore, calls on the business community to lend its support by sustaining gains and investment. “Every business in Ghana has a worker who has suffered malaria before and knows the cost malaria has on its profitability. This disease affects all businesses, agriculture, banking, manufacturing, hospitality just to mention a few. This fact makes malaria a cause and consequence of low productivity and under development. I therefore appeal to the corporate world to support this cause,” she said. She added, “By investing in the fight against malaria, you will be exercising your power to stop deaths, due to malaria. At the same time your investments, will generate real returns as it will be a key driver of business growth. Investment in malaria control interventions, will help advance broader development efforts by reducing work absenteeism, improving productivity, reducing school absenteeism and fostering business growth.” The First Lady indicated that for Ghana to be free from malaria, the important thing will be to invest in malaria as employees who suffer from the disease end up been absent at work which affects productivity.     In Ghana, malaria occurs every year with varying transmission intensity throughout the year and it affects all ages but children under five and pregnant women are the most vulnerable.   In 2016, the country recorded 10.4 million suspected cases of Out Patients Department (OPD) malaria, which is an increase over the 10.1 million suspected cases recorded in 2015, representing about 2.5% increase. This translates into approximately 28,607 cases as seen per day in 2016 in all health facilities compared to an average of approximately 27,908 of such cases seen each day in the country’s health facilities in 2015. The OPD per 1000 population in 2016 was 364 representing a slight increase over the 2015 figure of 363 per 1000 population for country.     Malaria death rate decreased across age group by 40.9% and currently 72% of all households in the country are protected from malaria with Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs), an increase from 3,2% in 2003.
Nasco Electronics, a Korean-based electronic manufacturer has announced a four-year partnership with the Ghana Football Association (GFA). As part of the deal, Nasco will sponsor awards that will be handed out to players, coaches, administrators and clubs over the course of the season. The awards that will be handed out by the electronics company include Man-of-the-match awards, coach and player of the month awards. Nasco will hand over to the winners a Nasco X-5 branded phone. According to Nasco, a unique voting system would be used to determine the winners. The product deal is worth GHC 253,000  per season.   Nasco Electronics has also agreed to sponsor this year’s PLB Awards at the end of the season.
The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has announced through a statement its 2017/2018 recruitment exercise. The statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs Colonel Aggrey Quarshie said, “The sale of online application Scratch Cards will commence throughout the country on Tuesday 25 April, 2017 at designated Ghana Post Offices listed in the advert. The portal for the online application will be activated from Monday 08 to Wednesday 31 May, 2017. Interested persons can log on to www.gaf.mil.gh to apply.” The statement further warned the general public against middlemen who often swindle potential applicants claiming to help them get listed in the service. The statement added, “The Ghana Armed Forces wishes to inform the general public that the Force does not employ middlemen or charge fees for recruitment. The public therefore strongly advised to desist from paying monies to any person(s) who present themselves as agents or middlemen with the promise to help potential recruits join GAF.”    
The world’s first vaccine against malaria will be introduced in three countries – Ghana, Kenya and Malawi – starting in 2018.   The RTS,S vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito bites.   The World Health Organization (WHO) said the jab had the potential to save tens of thousands of lives.   But it is not yet clear if it will be feasible to use in the poorest parts of the world.   The vaccine needs to be given four times – once a month for three months and then a fourth dose 18 months later.   This has been achieved in tightly controlled and well-funded clinical trials, but it is not yet clear if it can be done in the “real-world” where access to health care is limited.   It is why the WHO is running pilots in three countries to see if a full malaria vaccine programme could be started. It will also continue to assess the safety and effectiveness of the vaccination.         Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO regional director for Africa, said: “The prospect of a malaria vaccine is great news.   “Information gathered in the pilot programme will help us make decisions on the wider use of this vaccine.   “Combined with existing malaria interventions, such a vaccine would have the potential to save tens of thousands of lives in Africa.”   The pilot will involve more than 750,000 children aged between five and 17 months. Around half will get the vaccine in order to compare the jab’s real-world effectiveness.   In this age group, the four doses have been shown to prevent nearly four in ten cases of malaria.   This is much lower than approved vaccines for other conditions.     Malaria vaccine: How good is good enough?   It also cuts the most severe cases by a third and reduces the number of children needing hospital treatment or blood transfusions.   But the benefits fall off significantly without the crucial fourth dose.   Ghana, Kenya and Malawi were chosen because they already run large programmes to tackle malaria, including the use of bed nets, yet still have high numbers of cases.   Each country will decide how to run the vaccination pilots, but high-risk areas are likely to be prioritised.   Despite huge progress, there are still 212 million new cases of malaria each year and 429,000 deaths.   Africa is the hardest hit and most of the deaths are in children.   The pilots are being funded by: Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Unitaid, the WHO and GSK.   Dr Seth Berkley, the chief executive of Gavi, said: “The world’s first malaria vaccine is a real achievement that has been 30 years in the making.   “Today’s announcement marks an important step towards potentially making it available on a global scale.   “Malaria places a terrible burden on many of the world’s poorest countries, claiming thousands of lives and holding back economies.   “These pilots are crucial to determining the impact this vaccine could have on reducing this toll.”     Source: BBC 
Business mogul, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom has referred to April as the most difficult month for him and his family-the Nduoms. The presidential candidate in the 2016 presidential election expressed the feeling on his facebook wall Monday, April 24, 2017. This is coming after fire gutted some offices of the Groupe Nduom on Saturday in Accra.   Below is Dr. Nduom’s full post Tons of Gratitude, with a Heavy Heart. As far as my faith will take me, I give thanks to God. This has been one of the most difficult months for me as an entrepreneur ever and for my family. Still we stand ready to keep moving on, positively. We owe our ability to do this to many, many well-wishers from near and far who encourage us and support our enterprises. I am thankful for our loyal customers and business partners who have gone beyond their personal interests to stand by us no matter what. We have an amazing team of management and staff. The teamwork they have demonstrated to ensure that the Regency Hotel fire challenge is overcome quickly has been wonderful to observe. They are living the Spiritual Guidance we teach all our employees: 2 Timothy 1:7 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I am grateful to government officials, friends, politicians from all political parties, religious leaders, business men and women and others for their encouragement and concerns. I have a heavy heart because though accidents do happen, this fire should not have caused so much damage and destruction. We have a lot to do to reform our state institutions and attitude to working with urgency when we are confronted with problems. First Digital TV is back on air and ATV and BTA are broadcasting. The affected GN Bank and Gold Coast Fund Management branches will be open today for business next door. Our customers’ funds and data are safe. Our disaster recovery procedures have worked well. We are awake to the need to continuously take preventive measures to protect life and property. Our Groupe Nduom spirit is well and alive. I am grateful for the prayers, good wishes and encouragement.   God bless all of us.
Country Director for the Hunger Project Ghana, Mr. Samuel Afrane says there are about 1.2 million Ghanaians who are food insecured. According to him, the number struggle each day to feed themselves and their children nutritious meal. Ghana he explained, should not be a country to record such a huge number of people suffering from food insecurity. Agriculture he indicated has not been given the needed attention and farmers, have also been left to their faith with no form of assistance to help them gather more food into our food basket. The eradication of hunger he noted is a challenging task that requires a lot of reforms and modernization of the sector-where farmers would be given the needed assistance to grow more food. Food insecurity or hunger he said, cause suffering and poor health and also slows progress in the area of development and education.   In 2015 the global community adopted the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development to improve people’s lives by 2030. Goal 2 – Zero Hunger – pledges to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture, and is the priority of the World Food Programme.   Mr. Samuel Afrane said at least every individual should eat a three square meal a day; however, some do not have anything to eat or do not have a nutritious meal to eat. He said, if Ghana is to make any meaningful change in the lives of citizens, efforts must be directed at agriculture with policies that will help farmers improve upon production, achieve food security, and profitability. Mr. Samuel Afrane stressed that Ghana is making use of only 11,000 hectares out of 500,000 available land for irrigation. He added, Ghana is not prepared should hunger strike the country. ‘’We have the potential for a buffer stock but we have refused to do it and should hunger strike, we will be faced with serious challenges…We import rice, maize and that is a serious challenge we need to address. Ghana is food insecured,’’ he said. On the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ project he suggested that, government should look at the whole food value chain. The project will succeed if well executed, Mr. Samuel Afrane speaking to Kwame Tutu stated. ‘’The challenges confronting the agricultural sector will be no more if the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ is well managed…We should also focus on the agriculture practice including agric extension officers. We should resource them so they assist the farmers. We can also focus on storage, transport, processing, packaging and marketing of agricultural produce, so farmers will make enough profits.’’   The Hunger Project is a global, non-profit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger.   The  mission of Hunger Project is to end hunger and poverty with sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world. Thier  programs can be found in more than 16,000 communities throughout Africa, South Asia and Latin America are based on an innovative, holistic approach, which empowers women and men living in rural villages to become the agents of their own development and make sustainable progress in overcoming hunger and poverty.   Their programs are premised on these pillars or elements: Empowering women as key change agents; Mobilizing communities for self-reliant action and  Fostering effective partnerships with local government.  
A Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho has taken a swipe at Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia describing him as someone who lacks understanding of governance.   The fierce critic of Dr. Bawumia said, it should not be surprising if he keeps slamming Dr. Bawumia who failed to provide concrete evidence over his bloated register allegations in the 2016 electioneering year.   According to him, the Vice President has no shame and has also not stopped lying and deceiving Ghanaians with his lies. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he further lambasted the Vice President for ‘’breaking the law and holding a meeting to tout their so-called 103 achievements.   ‘’Bawumia should get serious. Governance is a serious business. It is not a tea party, it is not for jokers and it is not for liars. It was not surprising for the Minority to refer to him [Bawumia] as a comical character and a liar because the lies are too much.’’ The launch of operations by Air France he added, was facilitated under the erstwhile NDC administration hence touting that as an achievement of the NPP was unfortunate. ‘’Air France launched their operations in Ghana because of the upgrade of the Kotoka International Airport…So why should Bawumia tout that as achievement? How do you tout that as an achievement,’’ he quizzed further.   The grant which the current government is using to implement the flagship agriculture policy he stressed was received under the erstwhile NDC administration.
Dakura Adams, constituency secretary for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Walewale constituency has confirmed to Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the Council of Elders in the area for the ruling NPP summoned their communication team before the police command because they criticize the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.Speaking to Kwame Tutu, Dakura Adams said ''we went on air on Wednesday April, 19 2017 on a local radio station Eagle FM between the hours of  8pm-9pm. It was  a paid-for. We discussed three things; one was to thank our people for voting for  us; to appeal to the ruling government to continue with the uncompleted projects and three-to critic the 100 days achievements which they thought  was harsh; but to us, it was a genuine criticism. Their achievements were not accurate.He explained, the police told us that, tension was rising because of our utterances. But we defended our position. We did not insult anybody. We only criticized their so-called achievements and we gave examples to that effect. “Our communicators  said nothing wrong but only pointed the inaccuracies in the Vice President’s presentation on the achievements of the Nana Addo-led administration. This was what we said and they didn't  take it kindly.''He added, ''this is not the first that people have gone on air to criticize... In the last election, that was what happened. We did not insult but the former president,  John Dramani Mahama was insulted left, right and centre, calling him incompetent. All their communicators were calling him incompetent, calling him Mahama Bole...But we didn't do that because we think insulting will not solve the problem...The police commander was listening but did not summon anybody but now that we are criticizing the Vice President, we have been summoned.''He described the incident as unusual adding, ''we are now having a Banana Republic in Walewale where nobody have the right to even mention Bawumia's name. That is our problem. If you just mention the name alone, people will say you have insulted him...''
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