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The ‘No Bed Syndrome’ that is believed to have pushed a number of patients to their graves on calling on health facilities for medication has been the talk of town in recent times. This issue might just be one of the many nuisances at the various health facilities that are making people suffer the more. In the case of Mr. Mark Quaye, he lost both his wife and new born baby to what the family believes to be failure of the Achimota Hospital to display professionalism at work. Mrs. Helena Ama Akyere Quaye was admitted on labour at the aforementioned health centre on 13/05/18. Initially the husband was told that his wife was fit to bring forth the baby naturally but it turned out that, she be taken through a cesarean section. In the process Mr. Quaye was informed by the medical team that he had a baby boy but unfortunately it passed away. Helena was eventually referred to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital at Ridge in the company of a senior medical doctor who was called to assist when her condition was believed to have been critical. On arrival at the Ridge Hospital, she was pronounced dead. At this hospital Mr. Quaye was informed his wife's womb was removed at the previous facility but he said he was not made aware and for that matter, was not aware of the womb removal. To him, the Achimota Hospital did not act professionally and would want the state to act on his behalf because he cannot take any legal all alone because he might not be the only one to have suffered this. The Achimota facility has so far been the major one that the late Helena Quaye attended for medical attention until her demise and that was the second time of giving birth at the same outfit. By: Daniel Asuku
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said Ghana stands unique in Africa when it comes to religious tolerance. Ghana he stated is the home to every religious group and we are the envy of every nation. The president who was delivering his message at the Eid Mubarak prayers at the Independence Square said, ‘’indeed our country stands unique in West Africa, both in terms of inter and intra religious cooperation. ‘’Ghana is home to persons of virtually every religious denomination. They all go about their religious practices without any hindrance. ‘’ He admonished Ghanaians to guard this religious tolerance so we will continue to be the envy of the world. ‘’We ought to guard this tradition of religious cooperation and tolerance…When it comes to the spirit of living together, we are the envy of many nations President Akufo-Addo urged Muslims to be guided by the core values of the Ramadan so the period of the fasting will continue to be relevant. He underscored the need for them to continue preaching and promoting peace and eschew all forms of negativity. The president also commended the National Chief Imam, Dr. Sheik Nuhu Shaributu, for his exceptional leadership role in ensuring peace in the country.
The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has signed a contract with Cymain Ghana Limited, a local company, to begin the re-construction of the country’s Old Parliament House. With the Architectural Engineering Services Limited (AESL) as consultants on the project, the signing of the agreement in Accra yesterday paved the way for work to begin on the wing and the auditorium of the Old Parliament House that was gutted by fire in December 2013. The new edifice will comprise many offices built to suit the work of CHRAJ and an auditorium which will seat between 500 and 700 hundred people. The cost of the project is GH¢17.8 million and it will be completed in 18 months’ time. Long road Speaking to journalists after the signing of the contract and the examination of the architectural plans, the Commissioner of CHRAJ, Mr Joseph Whittal, gave an assurance that the new edifice would be a worthy replacement of the historical monument. He said it had been a long and rocky road from the time parts of the building were destroyed by fire in December 2013 to the signing of the contract for work to begin and commended the government for its show of commitment to fund the project. He said the government had also shown its commitment to resource CHRAJ by approving the pegging of the salaries of lawyers at the commission with that of lawyers at the Attorney General’s Department. That, according to him, had resulted in lawyers from other public institutions responding to advertisements to work with CHRAJ, as against the past when they were not willing to do so. He said if the government had approved the purchase of vehicles for the commission to be delivered soon and the release of funds for work to commence on the project, then there was hope that funds would be released in a timely manner to enable the contractor to deliver according to the timelines of the project. “This is all about resourcing CHRAJ,” he added. Architecturally married An official of the AESL, Mr William Sackey, in his remarks, promised that they would ensure value for money in respect of the construction of the project, adding: “We will not tolerate any shoddy work from the contractor.” Mr Sackey said the new building would be architecturally in sync with other parts of the Old Parliament House that were still intact. When asked by journalists if the contractor could meet the 18 months’ timeline, he said only a delay in the release of funds could cause that. The Chief Quantity Surveyor of Cymain Ghana Limited, Mr Joseph Ofosu Appiah, expressed joy at the fact that the company had been chosen, among several others, to do the job. He promised that Cymain would endeavour to justify the trust reposed in it by CHRAJ and the government. Context The Accra Community Centre was used as Parliament House during the colonial era. At independence in 1957, the Old Parliament House, comprising the chamber and adjourning offices, was constructed at the site, but the wings adjourning the chamber and parts of the chamber were completely destroyed in the December 2013 fire. The Old Parliament House has served as the country’s first Parliament House, the offices of the National Reconciliation Commission (NRC) between 2002 and 2003 and in recent times as the offices of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) and CHRAJ. After the fire incident, EOCO moved to its own premises in Accra. Source: Daily Graphic
Investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, says he is open to scrutiny from individuals who criticize his method used in investigating alleged corrupt persons. The award winning journalist speaking at a forum organized at the University of Ghana Thursday said, criticism is good for his works and is open to them. “I have always said that let, not people think that what I put out there should be taken hook line and sinker. Any piece of work I do, I put it out there for critical scrutiny. I have become what I am because of the kind of scrutiny I get from the public,” the investigative journalist said. Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong has been on the neck of Anas threatening to expose him because he alleges Anas is a blackmailer. The investigative journalist has since slapped the legislator with a GHc25 million defamation suit at the Accra High Court. Meanwhile, Anas has also denied claims that, resigned FA boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi was trapped in his latest Number 12 expose. He told the gathering the team did not solicit for the information but the embattled lawyer gave it out willingly. “Those who think we just carry the camera and do what we do, it is untrue. We play by the rules that is why we are able to play on the international stage. Again, we will open up ourselves for scrutiny. People have spoken about entrapment and all that… they make specific reference to our encounter with Kwesi Nyantakyi. The man [was] welcomed from the Airport, he gets into his hotel room, and the first thing he tells us is how to scam the GFA, it gives us a proper procedure, something I did not even know and took you through a lecture on how you can form a shell company to fleece money of the investors,” Anas said. “This was unsolicited. I’m not a football person…People make it seem as if I forced him to speak. He gave me the information. I didn’t even ask for it… By the time we could say jack, the man had mentioned and dropped names,” he added.
The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has called on Muslim youth to exercise ‘’significant moderation and circumspection in their celebrations so that at the end of the day, no injury is recorded nor life, lost.’’ This was contained in a message which was signed by John Boadu, Acting General Secretary of the party. The message expressed happiness that the Ramadan period was successful and incident-free. ‘’The party is also happy to observe that this year's Ramadan was incident-free.’’ The party called on Muslims to pray for the ruling party. ‘’Finally, we call on them to use this important occasion to pray for the government of Ghana under the distinguished leadership of His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as well as His Excellency Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to continue to deliver on the mandate of the Ghanaian people. We also call on them to commit the nation and indeed every single Ghanaian into the good hands of almighty Allah for His mercy and grace.’’ Read the full message below: June 15, 2018 Press Release *NPP CONGRATULATES MUSLIMS ON THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF RAMADAN FAST AND WISHES THEM EID MUBARAK* As Muslims in Ghana and across the globe climax the end of Ramadan with the celebration of Eid-Ul-Fitr today, the NPP congratulates them on this milestone occasion and wishes them a successful Eid (Eid Mubarak). Eid-Ul-Fitr, otherwise known as "feast of the breaking of the fast" is an important festivity celebrated by Muslims all over the world to mark the end of the holy month of fasting. It is characterised by merrymaking, alms-giving and the observance of Eid Prayers to thank almighty Allah for seeing Muslims through the holy month of Ramadan, during which time, they intensified their supplications and good deeds. It is hoped that they are able to maintain this same lifestyle in the other eleven months of the year since the Allah they served in the month of Ramadan is the same Allah today and forever. As much as Muslims have every reason to mark this day with feast and the making of merry, the NPP calls on them especially the youth to exercise significant moderation and circumspection in their celebrations so that at the end of the day, no injury is recorded nor life, lost. The party is also happy to observe that this year's Ramadan was incident-free. Finally, we call on them to use this important occasion to pray for the government of Ghana under the distinguished leadership of His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as well as His Excellency Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to continue to deliver on the mandate of the Ghanaian people. We also call on them to commit the nation and indeed every single Ghanaian into the good hands of almighty Allah for His mercy and grace. Once again, Eid Mubarak to our Muslim constituents here in Ghana and across the globe. May ALLAH bring you joy, happiness, great fortunes and prosperity on this blessed occasions. Barka Da Sallah ...Signed... JOHN BOADU General Secretary (Ag)
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has charged Muslims to be guided by the values of sharing and caring for the poor. The second gentleman of the land in his Eid Mubarak message to Muslims called on Muslims to also pray for the nation so it will prosper. He also commended Muslims for the successful completion of the month long Ramadan fast. The message by Dr. Bawumia read: ‘’All praise be to Allah, the Most High, the Most Merciful. I congratulate my fellow Muslims in Ghana on the successful completion of this year’s fasting. ‘’As we celebrate the Eid, we must remember the important sacrifices we made in the Holy month of Ramadan and continue to be guided by the same values of sharing, caring and praying for the prosperity of our nation,’’ the message concluded.
Investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas has rubbished suggestions that he entrapped Kwesi Nyantakyi, the former Ghana Football Association boss in his latest Number 12 explosive investigative piece. Anas also took a swipe at those who have criticized his approach and secret filming of people in order to expose their corrupt acts. The journalist went on to say he never forced Mr Nyantakyi to voice out the comments he made in the video. “This was unsolicited. I’m not a football person…People make it seem as if I forced him to speak. He gave me the information. I didn’t even ask for it… By the time we could say jack, the man had mentioned and dropped names,” he stated.. “Those who think we just carry the camera and do what we do, it is untrue. We play by the rules that is why are able to play on the international stage. Again, we will open up ourselves for scrutiny. People have spoken about entrapment and all that… they make specific reference to our encounter with Kwesi Nyantakyi. The man [was] welcomed from the Airport, he gets into his hotel room and the first thing he tells us is how to scam the GFA, it gives us a proper procedure, something I did not even know and takes you through a lecture on how you can form a shell company to fleece money of the investors,” Anas added. Anas was speaking at a public forum at the University of Ghana earlier today [Thursday]. According to Anas, he did not force Kwesi Nyantakyi to make the damning claims. Kwesi Nyantakyi who has resigned from his position as president of the GFA, President of the West African Football Union (WAFU) Zone B, FIFA Council, Vice President of CAF, and FIFA Associations Committee Member, was captured on tape allegedly taking bribe to influence his work . He is currently under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). The Financial Intelligence Centre directed all banks and non-financial institutions to provide details on Nyantakyi. Anas, has petitioned EOCO, BoG, Attorney-General (A-G) to probe Mr Nyantakyi over alleged money laundering.
The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has extended felicitations to Muslims as they prepare to celebrate this year’s Eid-ul-Fitr tomorrow [Friday]. A statement which was issued and signed by General Secretary Johnson Asiedu-Nketiah said ‘’ As the nation in general, and our Muslim brothers and sisters in particular, prepare to observe the Eid tomorrow, it is the wish of the NDC that the festive day will be observed in joyful solemnity; remembering the prayers and cries that were made to Allah.’’ He asked that peace and more blessings will pour on Muslims as they celebrate this special day. ‘’May the peace and guidance of Allah be upon Mother Ghana now and always, and may this period of the Festival of Breaking Fast, pour more blessings upon our dear Country, Ghana.’’ Read Below the statement: Press Release ______ Blessed Eid-ul-Fitr To All Muslim Brothers And Sisters ___________ It has been a month-long period of, intense fasting and prayers by all Muslims, and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), extends our heartfelt felicitations to all Muslims who allowed the teachings of Islam to put them through the period of, denial, abstinence, penitence, as well as self-sacrifice. We give immense thanks to Allah the Merciful and Most High, for seeing all our Muslim brothers and sisters through the sacrificial period of prayers and fasting , and we congratulate them for living by the tenets of the Holy Quran. As the nation in general, and our Muslim brothers and sisters in particular, prepare to observe the Eid tomorrow, it is the wish of the NDC that the festive day will be observed in joyful solemnity; remembering the prayers and cries that were made to Allah. May the peace and guidance of Allah be upon Mother Ghana now and always, and may this period of the Festival of Breaking Fast, pour more blessings upon our dear Country, Ghana. Johnson Asiedu-Nketiah (General Secretary, NDC). Thursday, June 14, 2018.
The District Chief Executive of the Upper Manya Krobo District, Hon Felix Nartey Odjao has applauded The Hunger Project-Ghana’s commitment to fight poverty and hunger through sustainable community-based programs using the epicenter strategy. Speaking at the One-Day Stakeholders Orientation Workshop on early Child Marriage, The Upper Manya Krobo D.C.E described the Epicenter as one of the most important facilities in the Upper Manya District because of its diverse significance in empowering the lives of people in the district. The Hunger Project-Ghana on 13th June, 2018 organized a one day Stakeholder Orientation Workshop for Participants or members of the Konkoney Epicenter under the Her Choice Project. The Hunger Project Ghana has been working under the Her Choice Project to bring to an end early child marriage in eight other epicenters, adding on Konkoney as the ninth epicenter. The long term objective of this program which has been running since 2016 is to create a child marriage free communities in which young girls and women are free to decide if, when and whom to marry. Speaking at the Workshop, the Country Director of THP-Ghana, Mr. Samuel Afrane tasked parents to do all they can to support the girl child by providing their basic needs. The Upper Manya Krobo District Community Health-Based Planning Services (CHPS) Coordinator under the Ghana Health Services, Emmanuel Sackey shared with participants of the workshop the health hazards of early child marriage and teenage pregnancy. He cautioned that, this societal ill might lead to continuous mal-nutrition if not uprooted from our communities. The Project Coordinator of the Her-Choice program, Patricia Osei Amponsah took participants through the outline and objectives of the program. She also called on the various stakeholders to support the program in order to sanitize our communities of this canker which continues to breed poverty and hunger. Also present at the workshop were representatives from the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DoVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service, department of Social development, Birth and Death, Ghana Health Service, Ghana Education Service, the Coordinating director of the Upper Many Krobo district, community leaders, teachers, nurses and some community partners. Story: Ekow Burt- Fletcher
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has called on the Ministry of Health to ensure the successful implementation of the Accident and Emergency Services Guidelines developed in 2011 since it will help end the 'No Bed Syndrome'. This was contained in a statement issued by the association following discussions that have followed the death of the late Anthony Opoku Acheampon, the 70-year-old-man who died after being turned away by seven hospitals due to the ‘no bed syndrome’. According to the GMA, the phenomenon of ‘no bed syndrome’ has plagued the country for many years and has therefore requested the health ministry to take steps to resolve the challenge. The GMA in the statement described the situation as ''a constellation of both largely systemic and in some occasions individual factors.’’ The statement also made reference to other factors including lack of functional emergency departments in hospitals and clinics and lack of proper referral/feedback systems and inadequate ambulances and dysfunctional ambulance system; lack of proper intra and inter hospital communication, referrals and feedback; very limited bed capacities for emergency care; deficiencies in bed management systems and patient flow in hospitals; ill-equipped emergency rooms (ERs); inadequate number of trained ER professionals and other support staff, lack of clear guidelines for triaging and managing emergency cases and upfront payment for emergency services rendered.’’ On the individual factors, the GMA referred to poor attitudes of health personnel and frustrations of the ill motivated and understaffed health workers. In proposing solutions, the GMA called on government through the Ministry of Health to increase funding for the health sector and emergency services in particular; the training of emergency health personnel must be up-scaled to be able to man existing ERs and also new ones. The Ministry of Health they suggested as matter urgency expand emergency services and equip both old and new ones. The private sector must be encouraged to expand their emergency services. Currently, the private sector offers minimal emergency services. ‘’There must be improved linkages and referral systems between health facilities. The ministry should enforce its policy guidelines on emergency centres directly without going through the agreed levels of care; Internal policy and MoH guidelines must be strengthened so that payment would not be required before emergencies are rendered; Emergency room workers must be educated and re-oriented to maintain the attitude required for such personnel.’’ The statement which was signed by Dr. Titus Beyuo, Assistant General Secretary urged the media to exhibit circumspection and sensitivity to the ethical and socio-cultural norms in reportage on healthcare issues. ‘’The sensationalism and vilification of healthcare professionals in these reports without recourse to the root causes these unfortunate heath outcomes have the tendency to create despondency in otherwise dedicated staff and cause demoralization.’’
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