To help realise United Nations sustainable development goal 3 of ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well- being for all at all ages, the HCE Medical group, suppliers of healthcare equipment, consumables,pharmaceuticals among others has officially launched its office in Ghana.
The CEO of HCE Ghana, Mr. Daniel Kingsford Osabutey, addressing participants at the launch said access to quality healthcare should not be a privilege for only some few people in society as currently happening in most parts of some developing countries. According to him, HCE medical group is prepared to address some these challenges facing the health sector. He therefore assured the public of the Company's readiness to continue to supply and support the healthcare needs of of people in society. " Our main objective at HCE Ghana is to contribute to the enhancement of smooth healthcare delivery through the strong link with our global partners to aid the government of Ghana in reaching both the rural and urban population towards the attainment of the SDG 3" he added. The CEO indicated the company will not only provide these equipment to the Ghanaian market but also to other west African communities at 'the most cost effective price. Mr. Osabutey further advised hospitals businessmen, and individuals to desist from buying "cheap and unknown medical equipment, accessories and consumables because they have dire ramifications for our well being" he cautioned. The CEO of HCE medical group, UK, Mr. Raj Singh on his part noted that apart from supplying medical equipment, HCE medical group in addition will offer training and after sales support to meet the needs of their clients. According to him, the provision of training and after sales support is in line with a broad objective of the company to render services that are unique from its competitors. He observed "we have a track record of been here for twenty five years, providing quality products which will last long and improve the health of people as expected and not some cheap products in the market competing with us in the market". Among some of the medical equipment supplied by the company include ECG machines, stethoscopes, Doppler's Loupes and Microscopes. By: Ebenezer Kofi Amponsah
A candidate who was declared winner in the ongoing New Patriotic Party’s (NPPs) constituency elections, in the AburaAsebu-Kwamankese constituency, as Women’s Organizer, Elizabeth Gaisie, has died.
Madam Gaisie, who contested the race unopposed, died few minutes after she was declared winner and sworn-in on Saturday.
She was pronounced dead on arrival at the Abura Dunkwa District Hospital, after she had complained of dizziness and who was rushed to the health facility few minutes after she was sworn-into office.
An autopsy to determine the cause of death is yet to be done. She was 57 years and left behind a husband, and five children; two boys and three girls.
The Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Mr. Jonathan Nash, has expressed his and the appreciation of the MCC to the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for his leadership in trying to find a lasting solution to the political impasse in Togo.
According to Mr. Jonathan Nash, the Millennium Challenge Corporation was considering an investment in Togo, but had to postpone it because of the ongoing political crisis in that country.
The acting CEO explained that “last fall, we finalised preparations for this programme (in Togo). It is a threshold programme, which is smaller than the Compact. However, given the challenges on the ground, and the unfolding political situation, our board of directors decided to postpone approving the programme.”
He continued, “One of the things we were looking for was the launch of a dialogue. Because of your leadership, and what you have done on the ground, we are now prepared to take this investment to our Board of Directors in the coming weeks. Assuming that things continue to move in a positive direction, hopefully our board will approve it, and we can begin an investment to Togo.”
To this end, Mr. Jonathan Nash told President Akufo-Addo that “on behalf of the MCC, we want to thank you for your leadership.”
Mr. Jonathan Nash made this known on Saturday, 24th February, 2018, when he paid a courtesy call on President Akufo-Addo, ahead of the holding of the Winter Meeting of the National Governors Association of the United States of America, where the President will become the first African leader to address the 50 US Governors at an NGA meeting.
On his part, President Akufo-Addo noted that the interests of Ghanaians and of Ghana’s political leaders are in the peace and stability of Togo, and the freedom of the Togolese people, which, he explained, was not negotiable.
The President was hopeful that sooner rather than later, a solution will be found to the impasse in Togo, so that peace, stability, the consolidation of democracy and the rule of law, which are the demands of the Togolese people, will be realised in Togo.
Ghanaian Peacekeepers have been cited for engaging in sexual activities by the United Nation Mission in South Sudan(UNMISS).
This was contained in a statement issued by the Office of Internal Oversight Services of the UN into allegations of sexual exploitation.
Below is the full statement
UNMISS ACTS ON ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AGAINST FORMED POLICE UNIT
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has recalled a unit of police officers from Wau and confined them to base after a preliminary investigation into allegations of sexual exploitation.
UNMISS has a zero tolerance, no excuses, and no second chances approach to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA). Our priority is to put the victims’ rights and dignity first and ensure that there is transparency and accountability for such actions.
That is why the Mission has taken immediate action to protect and support potential victims and witnesses in this case while a full investigation is carried out.
On 8 February, a complaint was received alleging that members of the Ghanaian Formed Police Unit (FPU) were engaging in sexual activity with women living at the UN Protection of Civilians site in Wau. An investigation was immediately launched by the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), an independent office within the United Nations.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, David Shearer, and other Mission leaders, were briefed on the preliminary investigation on the morning of 22 February. An immediate decision was made to remove the 46-member police unit from their duty stations inside the POC that afternoon. The unit was fully withdrawn from the Wau base to Juba over the next two days.
The information received indicates that some members of the FPU allegedly engaged in transactional sex. This is a clear breach of the UN and UNMISS Code of Conduct which prohibits sexual relationships with vulnerable individuals, including all beneficiaries of assistance.
UNMISS has informed UN headquarters in New York of the allegations, which in turn notified the Member State that the matter was being investigated by the United Nations. There is no indication that this behaviour is more widespread within the Mission.
UNMISS has over 17,000 peacekeeping personnel including 13,000 soldiers and 1500 police who carry out the Mission’s mandate to build durable peace and protect civilians in South Sudan where there has been widespread conflict. Any act of SEA undermines the critical work of the Mission and compromises its credibility with the people of South Sudan. It cannot and will not be tolerated.
All UNMISS personnel are in no doubt of the prohibition on SEA. All uniformed personnel are required to participate in SEA training at induction as well as within two weeks of deployment. Personnel have been given “no excuse” SEA cards to carry with them at all times, there are conduct and discipline focal points in each field location, daily SEA broadcasts are issued, and warnings are issued in speeches given by Mission leaders at all events.
On the whole, Ghanaian peacekeepers and police serving with UNMISS have made an excellent contribution to the protection of civilians and building of durable peace in South Sudan. It is very disappointing that the behaviour of some police officers risks staining that record of service as well as the Mission’s reputation.
Ghana's Black Queens are the new champions of the WAFU Zone B tournament after pipping hosts, Cote d'Ivoire 1-0 in the final played at the Robert Champroux Stadium in Abidjan on Saturday.
A second minute strike from defender Janet Egyir was enough to win the trophy of this maiden competition for the Queens.
The final, a replay of the opening Group A game, was a keenly contested game with the Ivorians playing a more physical game and the Ghanaians counteracting with their free flowing game.
However, before the two sides could settle down in the game, Ghana took the lead, Egyir surging forward to finish off a rebound from a freekick.
As it turned out, it would be the only goal and the winning one as well.
For her effort, the resilient and hardworking Egyir was adjudged the Best Player of competition.
Queens' captain, Portia Boakye won the Topscorer prize, having scored four and set up three others in Ghana's 15 goals scored in regular time.
Nigeria's Super Falcons earlier on Saturday claimed the third place after coming from behind to beat Mali 2-1.
Ghana: Patricia Mantey, Ellen Coleman, Gladys Amfobea, Philicity Asuako, Faustina Ampah, Janet Egyir, Grace Asantewaa, Priscilla Okyere, Portia Boakye, Alice Kusi/Mavis Owusu, Jane Ayieyam