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Former President John Dramani Mahama has taken a swipe at the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) over the ongoing debate on the ‘No Bed Syndrome’. The former leader in a tweet said he was attacked by his opponents over the investments made in the health sector and the construction of hospitals across the country. Mr Mahama in the tweet described the death of a 70-year-old man, Anthony Opoku-Acheampong, over the lack of beds as a “very sad development.” Mr Mahama says the ongoing debate is a reminder that providing infrastructure is key despite the then-opposition New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) retorts that Ghanaians could not eat infrastructure like roads. ‘’Very sad development. There are some who said “we don’t eat roads! We don't eat hospitals!” We must expand access to health facilities across the country,’’ he tweeted. The 70-year-old man died in his car at the LEKMA hospital after seven hospitals in Accra turned him away over claims there were no beds.
Dr Norbert Chirase, a Ghanaian entrepreneur based in the USA has received the US President's "E" award for contributing to the expansion of the USA exports. Mr Wilbur Ross, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, presented the award to the GTX Technologies LLC with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. A congratulatory letter to Dr Chirase and his GTX Technologies Company, said: “GTX Technologies has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The “E” Awards Committee was very impressed with GTX Technologies’ significant percentage of export sales. The company’s innovative development of products for different industries was also particularly notable. GTX Technologies’ achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.” GTX Technologies is a specialty manufacturer that develops and supplies natural ingredients that are organically registered with the USDA for organic food production; providing ‘organic solutions’ for a variety of customer requirements worldwide. The products are used to enhance drinking water, beverages and skin care products, as well as for soil amendment. Dr Chirase, the CEO of GTX Technologies told the GNA in a telephone interview that that, “Exporting is an important part of our sales. Buyers and consumers in foreign markets want quality products made in the United States, and we are honoured to receive the “E” Award.” He said in total, Secretary Ross honoured 43 U.S. companies and organisations from across the country with the President’s “E” Award for their role in strengthening the U.S. economy by sharing American ingenuity outside of US borders. He explained that U.S. companies were nominated for the “E” Awards through the U.S. Commercial Service, part of the Department’s International Trade Administration. He said with offices across the United States and in embassies and consulates around the world, the International Trade Administration lends its expertise at every stage of the exporting process by promoting and facilitating exports and investment into the United States; administering Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties orders; and removing, reducing, or preventing foreign trade barriers. U.S. exports totaled $2.33 trillion in 2017, accounting for 12 percent of U.S. gross domestic product. Exports supported an estimated 10.7 million jobs nationwide in 2016, according to the most recent statistics from the International Trade Administration. About the “E” Awards In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America's exporters. Criteria for the award are based on four years of successive export growth. Dr. Norbert Chirase was born in Pungu, Nimbasinia in Navrongo, Ghana and attended basic school in Navrongo. He later attended the Tamale Secondary School for the Ordinary and "A" Level Certificates before proceeding to the US to pursue further studies. He holds a B.S. in Biology at Portland State University, a M.S. of Animal Science from Washington State University, and a PhD in Nutrition from Texas A&M University. Dr. Norbert Chirase is a world-renowned expert on minerals and the effects they have on the body, with over 25 years of experience in the field. Most recently, he has pioneered in the research of naturally-occurring Fulvic and Humic mineral complexes. Dr. Norbert Chirase started GTX Technologies, based in Amarillo, TX after finding intriguing biochemical properties with humic substances and their extracted derivatives through his animal research. During this research period, Dr. Chirase observed differences in biochemical properties among various manufactured fulvic acid and humic acid products. In order to produce the highest quality humates --derived products at the lowest manufacturing cost, a liquid and powder fulvic acid production facility was established in Amarillo, TX. Dr. Chirase is associated with various humic and fulvic acid companies around the world and has introduced several patented products now in use. Dr. Chirase is also a member of the International Humic Substances Society (IHSS), Humic Products and Trade Association (HPLA), actively involved with humic and fulvic acid research in biological systems. He holds several patents, and has been published in books and over 20 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals Source: GNA
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has eulogized the National Chief Imam, Shaykh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu for his exceptional leadership exhibited as leader of the Muslim group in Ghana. According to the president, the role played by the National Imam has contributed to the peaceful co-existence between Muslims and other religious groups. Delivering his speech at the National prayers held at the Eid Mubarak celebration yesterday [Friday], the president said: I’’ pay tribute this morning to our learned National Chief Imam, Shaykh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, for his leadership and guidance of the Muslim Ummah in Ghana. Shaykh, it is to your credit that the Muslim Ummah continues to live in harmony with one another. We pray for Allah’s continuous blessing for you. If Islam is to live up to its accolade as a religion of peace, it behooves on all Muslims to embrace one another, irrespective of doctrinal differences.’’ Ghana he noted has become the envy of other African countries because of our peaceful co-existence. He said: ‘’ Chief Imam, Ulama, when it comes to the spirit of living together, we are the envy of many nations. Today, many Muslim homes will play host to Christian neighbours and friends, as we all eat and drink and share in the glory of God. As a Christian President, I have a Muslim as my Vice President. I have a Cabinet made up of Muslims and Christians, and in which both Christian and Muslim prayers are said at every meeting. On 7th January this year, we celebrated 25 years of the 4th Republic, the longest lasting Republic of our history, holding for the first time in our national life on that day an official inter-faith service of commemoration and thanksgiving to God. Christian and Muslim religious leaders came together to conduct that service, in the presence of the four living Presidents of the 4th Republic, which I, daresay, was a beautiful moment for all Ghanaians. Such arrangements are rare in many countries around the world, and we ought to be proud of ourselves for being capable of doing such things. Even so, we must not be complacent. They say the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. I urge you to be on the look-out for trouble makers and hate preachers amongst us. The security agencies will not hesitate to deal with those who incite hate, not even if they do so in the name of Islam or Christianity.’’
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured the Muslim community in Ghana that his government remains committed to their welfare. According to President Akufo-Addo, at last year’s Eid, he pledged the establishment of the Zongo Development Fund to help cater for the development needs of the Zongo communities, as promised in the 2016 NPP manifesto. “I am happy to report that the Fund has been set up, and, on Monday, 11th June, I inaugurated its Board, under the chairmanship of a distinguished Muslim, the Chief of Nima, Alhaji Mohammed Farl, popularly called Nii Futa. Already, the Minister responsible for Zongo and Inner-City Development, the hardworking Hon. Alhaji Boniface Abubakar Siddique, MP for Madina, has been busy about his mission,” he said. The President continued, “Development projects have started in many Zongo communities around the country. In Asawase, in Kumasi, for example, we have started the process of desilting the Pelele River that runs through the community. We are also building major drains in the community to stop the perennial flooding that occurs in the area, and cuts it off from the rest of Kumasi during the rainy season.” President Akufo-Addo made this known on Friday, 15th June, 2018, at the Eid Prayers held at the Independence Square. Apart from physical development, he stated that his government aims to roll out a comprehensive programme that develops the talents of young men and women in the Zongos. Making reference to several Muslim footballing icons, President Akufo-Addo indicated that “we want deliberately to establish the conditions that allow our young talented Zongo youth to engage and develop their talents. To this end, the Zongo Development Minister is building Astro Turfs in Zongo communities to create a conducive environment for the training and development of sporting talent. The one being constructed in Madina, here in Accra, should be a good model.” Additionally, the President stated that the Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, continues to engage with Muslim communities around the country, so that Government is constantly keeping abreast with the challenges of Muslim communities. “He just completed his annual Ramadan tour, that brought him to many of the mosques across all ten regions of Ghana. For the second year running, he has held an Iftar (fast breaking event) at the Jubilee House with Muslims of all persuasions. I want to assure you that this is a tradition we intend to keep so long as, by the grace of God, we inhabit the Jubilee House,” he assured. On his Government’s commitment to education, the President urged Muslims to heed to the Words of the Prophet Mohammed, who said “knowledge is the lost property of a Muslim; let him seek it wherever he may find it.” “My government is committed to making education accessible to all, so that we are not just educated for life, but Muslims also fulfil their our religious duty. I urge you to take advantage of the free Senior High School programme to ensure the education of your children, especially the Muslim girl. Government has also engaged some three thousand Arabic instructors to teach Arabic studies in schools,” he stressed. Reiterating his passion for the development of women, President Akufo-Addo appealed to Muslims to pay as much attention to the education of female children they do to the education of male children. The President paid tribute to the leadership of the learned National Chief Imam, Shaykh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, for his leadership and guidance of the Muslim Ummah in Ghana. “Shaykh, it is to your credit that the Muslim Ummah continues to live in harmony with one another. We pray for Allah’s continuous blessing for you. If Islam is to live up to its accolade as a religion of peace, it behooves on all Muslims to embrace one another, irrespective of doctrinal differences,” he added.
A pregnant woman and seamstress, has been electrocuted to death in her shop while sewing dresses for her customers at Tebeso Number One, a suburb in the Ashanti region. The 25-year-old mom-to-be died today [Friday] minutes after she was electrocuted by her electrical machine after an interruption in power supply was restored. Narrating the incident on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Christopher Anto our reporter said, the deceased whose name was given as Zaria, was sewing for her customers when the unfortunate incident occurred. According to him, there were a number of customers who were present at the time of incident and were there to have their dresses sown so they will use same for the Eid-Mubarak celebration. The woman was eight and half months pregnant and just a couple of weeks from the due date for the birth of the baby. She left behind two kids. He said, the there was an interruption in power supply but immediately the light was restored, Zaria was electrocuted. The force hit her on the wall and was had her skin turned dark. The lady was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. The police have since deposited the body at the morgue awaiting autopsy.
The father of a twin said to have died at the Ridge Hospital in Accra has said he never saw the corpse of his supposedly dead baby as explained by the hospital authorities. John Gabulja also said it is false that the hospital lost contact with him for over a month after the death of his baby for which reason they disposed off the body as “due process” required. “It is not true…I was at the hospital every single day until June 12, [2018] and the baby died on May 16, [2018] so it is not even a month yet,” Mr Gabulja said in a radio interview on Accra based Joy FM on Friday morning. However, according to medical director of the hospital, Emmanuel Sorofonyo, the baby died on May 14, 2018 and the father, Mr Gabulja was made to see the baby and given the chance to take the corpse home for burial. Dr Sorofonyo in a radio interview with Joy FM on Thursday evening said, the father declined to take the corpse and said he will get back to the hospital authorities. He added that after a month of not hearing from Gabulja, they took the baby to the morgue as required by the hospital’s policy. “We even make announcements on the airwaves,” he said. Speaking on Friday, Mr Gabulja questioned the logic of Dr Sorofonyo, saying that he was present at the hospital for the entire period and therefore the authorities could have talked to him before taking the supposedly dead baby to the morgue. He said his wife was on admission at the hospital for the entire time with the other twin baby so the hospital’s claim that they couldn’t contact them to take their corpse is not true. “They haven’t even told me the cause of death, all that the doctor said was it is an unfortunate death,” he lamented. “They also made me sign a document saying that I have been counselled,” he said Background Speaking to the Daily Graphic, he said his wife was delivered of twin girls on May 10, 2018 at the Ridge Hospital and was told by the midwife that the children had to be kept in an incubator at the Babies Ward because they were delivered at 31 weeks and were, therefore, premature. He stated that he was initially denied access to the children by a nurse whose name he gave as Dede “because she wanted me to place a deposit for each child and also buy some medicines and baby dresses before I can see my children”. “Even though I made the deposit, I still could not see them because the nurse said I did not have the baby dresses. My wife and I actually saw our children on May 11, 2018 after I fulfilled all the conditions,” he said. Mr Gabulja said he and his wife went to the hospital every day but the doctors always said the babies were doing fine. He stated that there was no problem with them until May 14, 2018 when he got to the hospital about 3 p.m. and was told by a female doctor that “one of my children, the first one, had died about 8:30 a.m”. “I asked what killed her but she said she did not know the cause of the baby’s death because she was initially fine and was even fed with breast milk. I requested, therefore, to see the doctor in charge and was told she was not in. I asked to see her supervisor who arrived with three other doctors, one of whom tried to justify the cause of death, but I was not convinced,” he stated. Body of baby unavailable “My wife called later to say she was at the entrance to the hospital and was coming to join me, after which I requested to see the body of the child. Immediately one of the doctors urged me to prevent my wife from coming, since she would be difficult to deal with. At that moment, all the doctors left me alone to tell my wife what had occurred,” he added. Mr Gabulja said he went to see one Dr Brako who was among the doctors he had met and who introduced himself as the senior doctor in charge of the Babies Ward, and again requested for the body of the baby. He said Dr Brako told him that the baby’s body would be taken care of and asked him to rather concentrate on the surviving baby. When he persisted in asking for the baby’s body, he was told the body could not be found. “My wife and I are not convinced that our baby is dead and so we are demanding for the cause of death and the body of our child,” he added. Hospital’s response When the Daily Graphic contacted the Medical Director of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Dr Emmanuel Srofenyo, said his outfit was putting together a report for submission to the Director General (DG) of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, for consideration and action. Credit: Graphic
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.
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