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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Head of Clinical Service at the Children’s Hospital, Dr Maame Yaa Nyarko, has appealed to government to construct a new Children’s Hospital to meet the growing number of patrons who depend on the facility. Dr. Nyarko, also called on government to negotiate with owners of the land on which the hospital was constructed to allocate the remaining portion of the land to the hospital for expansion. She was speaking to the media after Parliament’s Committee on Gender and Children visited the facility to assess the situation and challenges the facility was confronted with. The Princess Marie Louise Children’s Hospital is a healthcare institution that provides medical care and child health, family planning and nutrition services. The facility sees children from ages 1day to 18yrs old. It is located at the central heart of Accra the Capital of Ghana, West Africa. Commenting on the services rendered at the facility, Dr. Nyarko said, constituents close to the hospital and others who travel from other locations depend on the hospital hence the need to resolve the challenges confronting them. ‘’The hospital provides services to constituents living in and around the location. It is providing them easy access to the facility but we can equally construct a new hospital to help ease the pressure on the current one.’’ She also called for more doctors , nurses and nutritionists to enable it match the large number of children who are brought to the hospital for treatment daily . According to Dr Maame Yaa Nyarko , the Hospital has only 9 permanent doctors and lacks space for expansion . It also faces the challenge of inadequate equipment. The Chairman for Parliament’s Committee on Gender and Children, Dr. Appiah Kubi, bemoaned the congestion at the hospital. He described the hospital as the only facility for children hence the need to focus on resolving the challenges. He said, ‘’after our field visit, we have observed some challenges confronting the hospital. The hospital faces congestion due to the number of people who depend on services rendered here. The hospital is understaffed and the resources allocated to the hospital are woefully inadequate. We have identified all these challenges and we will help to address them so the hospital will work effectively,’’ he added. The hospital was built in 1926 by Sir Gordon Guggisburg, then Governor of the Gold Coast, and was named after Princess Marie Louise, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria because she laid the foundation stone. The hospital enjoys a high profile within the local community, as well as having a reputation for clinical excellence in both preventive and curative medical services. The medical service of PML consists of an out-patient Department (OPD),Emergency ward ,Laboratory unit/blood bank, X-Ray Unit, Dietetics and Environment Health Unit, Mothers’ Hostel, Disease Control Unit, Family Planning and Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) units among others. Within the last decade, attendances to the P.M.L .Out-patient (OPD )have almost doubled from 45,000 in 1996 to nearly 73,000 per year today.
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Life coach, author, conference speaker and leader of several organizations in Ghana, Raphaelle Antwi who is popularly known as Author Ralph Antwi, have disclosed on GH Entertainment that he is not a pastor. He indicated in the interview that he does not have the calling of a pastor and does not have the heart to be a pastor because he would have sacked almost half of members from his church. He told Sokoohemaa Kukua that what he enjoys doing most is to write and be a blessing to society. ‘’I don’t have a pastoral calling. If I am made a pastor, I am sure within a month, I will sack half of the people from the church. I don’t have the heart of a pastor.’’ Author Ralph Antwi believes ‘’life is not about what we want to be…It is even wrong; when we are growing up there is this question they push towards us-what do you want to be? So that child grows up with that mentality that life is about what you want to be. Life is not about wants.’’ He said, life should be about what you need to be and not you want to be because life have to do with those who discover than those who choose. ‘’If we desire to live to our full potential on earth, we need to find our purpose and that will make us live better,’’ he posited. The author also disclosed he is able to write books in a day because he has many stories to tell. Raphaelle Antwi is an author, life coach, conference speaker and leader of several dynamic organizations in Ghana. He is an inspirational author of 50 books including this one. Some of his titles include Life, Love & Relationships, Ten Deadly Men Every Woman Must Avoid, Secrets Every Unmarried Lady Must Know, Freedom of the Bride, and Unveiled. His writings in the last decade have touched many lives in Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Canada, USA and UK. He is the founding president of Relevant Achievers Impacting Nations (RAIN); a Christian organization with many networks sold out to transforming people for Jesus and preparing them for His return. Ralph is committed to leading people to pursue purpose in life and life in eternity. Ralph is married to Christelle Hannifa Antwi and they are blessed with children. He is a former student of Achimota School and University of Ghana.
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The Ministry of Health has signed a Letter of Intent with the developer and operator of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, popularly known as drones, to offer a drone-enabled supply chain solution in Ghana that will ensure secure, reliable and timely deliveries of essential health care products to hospitals and other health facilities. The Service, which will be designed, installed and operated by USA-based Zipline International Inc. in partnership with the Ghana Health Service, will leverage technology to improve the supply chain of critical medical supplies, reduce waste and save lives. A Deputy Minister of Health, Hon Tina Mensah, signed on behalf of Ghana while Keller Rinaudo, CEO of Zipline, signed for his company in Accra on Monday 23rd April, 2018, in the presence of Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, who has championed the governmental effort to ensure the use of innovation and technology in public service delivery. Zipline was one of the many companies with cutting-edge technology who met and held discussions with the Vice President and the founders and leaders of a number of Ghanaian ICT firms a few weeks ago during H.E. Dr Bawumia’s working visit to Silicon Valley, California, USA. A number of companies based in the ICT hub of Silicon Valley have also indicated their readiness to explore partnership opportunities with their Ghanaian counterparts after the trip to design and implement Ghanaian solutions for Ghanaian challenges. Speaking earlier in the day at the 2018 edition of the Ministry of Health and Partners Health Summit, H.E. Dr Mahamudu Bawumia had indicated that government was exploring innovative ways, including the use of drone technology, to make universal health care available to every Ghanaian in a timely manner irrespective of location. According to officials, Ghana will become the first country in West Africa, and the largest in the world, to use such a delivery system when it is fully deployed. The system can also be employed to deliver other items such as urgent letters, examination papers and election materials such as ballot papers, officials maintain. Addressing the media after the brief signing ceremony, which was witnessed by officials from the National Blood Bank, Ghana Post and Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, Hon Tina Mensah extolled the virtues of such a system for efficient health care delivery. “Very soon we will be seeing some drones flying to hitherto hard to reach areas of this country and thereby we will be saving lives. It will have so many uses. For example, when there is an accident somewhere, instead of transporting essential healthcare products by vehicle which would take a lot more time, the drones can just deliver within the shortest possible time, so lives could be saved.” The Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare, recounted how this technology has helped in the healthcare delivery systems in Rwanda to the admiration of the global medical field and was optimistic its introduction in Ghana will improve the performance of the GHS. He called for speedy implementation of the technology for efficient healthcare delivery. Meanwhile, the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority has pledged to create an air corridor for drones to prevent collisions with aeroplanes and other larger aircraft.
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The executive summary of the auditor general's report for the year ending 31st December 2015 has revealed that some 116 MMDAs out of 201 owed a total amount of ghc 9,428,730.92 as at the end of 2015. The bulk of the Assemblies' debts were deposits made to the Assemblies and unpaid retention amount. According to the AG's report, Sefwi Akontonmbra and Suaman Assembly coordinating directors and their finance officers willfully diverted ghc 150,981.00 lands revenue into privately opened bank accounts. In view of this , the Auditor general has recommended that, management should report the theft to the police to institute the necessary action aimed at recovery of the stolen funds. Total income 2015 201 MMDAs out of the 216 in 2015 accrued a total income of ghc 1,228,259, 398.30 , the income sources remained unchanged and comprised of internally generated revenues and external inflows. The internally generated funds accounted for 17.9% of the incomes on the average and amounted to ghc 219,769,349.41, whilst the external inflows were district Assemblies common fund allocations, government grants for salary payments accounted do budgetary support to decentralised department, and grants from Ghana's development partners. Internal Generated Funds The IGF collections continued to declined acrose board mainly because management did not involve their finance and administration sub-commitee to review the rates to be paid as well as devise effective measures for collecting unpaid revenue. The AG has said that , the general weaknesses in accounting for value books and revenue collected also contributed to the low record of IGF collections. Operational Result A total expenditure of the 201 Assemblies amounted to ghc 1,095,075,584.65 as against a total income of the ghc 1,228,269,398.30 as a result, a net surplus of 133,183,813.65 was recorded. Some 18 Assemblies however recorded a total deficit of ghc 8,640,697.91 in their operations. Assets The assets of the MMDAs comprised cash resources with the banks, investments in shares and interest bearing banking products in financial institutions and unredeemed loans granted under the poverty alleviation funds as well as uncovered advances with staff of the Assemblies. The total bank balance of the 201 Assemblies as at 31 December 2015 was ghc 277,568,523.80 with none of the Assemblies endind the year with net overdrawn bank balance, The bulk of the bank balances were held by the metropolitan and municipal Assemblies. Liabilities 116 of the 201 Assemblies owed a total of ghc 9,428,730.92 as at the end of the year. The bulk of the Assemblies, debts were deposits made to the Assemblies and unpaid retention amount.
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The Vice President for the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Georg Afriyie, has been removed from office, the football body has announced. The information was communicated to him through a tweet, information gathered by rainbowradioonline.com has said. A new Vice President will soon be appointed. The unedited tweet read: ‘’ Breaking News: Mr George Afriyie has been released of his duties as the Vice President of the @ghanafaofficial following a meeting of the Executive Committee. A new Vice President will be announced soon.’’
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Mrs. Mary Chinery-Hesse, has taken over from H.E Kofi Annan, as Chancellor for the University of Ghana. Mrs. Chibnery-Hesse was elected to the office and a statement signed by the University’s Registrar, Mercy Haizel Ashia, Mrs. Chinery-Hesse assumes the role officially on 1st August, 2018. The new Chancellor is taking from the former Secretary General who was appointed Chancellor of the University of Ghana in 2009. About Mrs. Chinery-Hesse: About Mrs. Chinery-Hesse: Mrs. Chinery-Hesse is an alumnus of the University of Ghana. She was also awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) by the University of Ghana in 1991. Mrs. Chinery-Hesse is a distinguished national and international public servant. She has also received several prestigious awards and decorations including the Order of the Star of Ghana in 2006, and the Gusi Peace Prize for International Diplomacy and Humanitarianism in 2010. Below is a highlight of her profile: • Chief Advisor, to H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor, May 2006 – January 2009. • Member, Council of University of Ghana, 2006-2009 • Commissioner, Public Utilities Regulatory Commission, 2003 – 2006 • Vice-Chairman, National Development Planning Commission, 2001 – 2009 • Member, National Council for Higher Education,1974 -1980 • First female Deputy Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO) Geneva, 1989 – 2000. • Chairperson, UN Consultative Committee on Programme Operational Questions (CCPOQ), 1993 – 1998
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Communications Director at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, has refuted claims that government of Ghana will soon legalize homosexuality. He therefore called to disregard any circulation on social media to the effect that the Nana Addo led administration has initiated processes to legalize same sex relationship. According to him, ‘’All official releases from the Communications Directorate at the Presidency are put on the official letterhead, and can be found on website of the Presidency, i.e. www.presidency.gov.gh. No statement has been issued by Government to “initiate process of legalizing same sex marriage in Ghana.” Please disregard any story to that effect.’’
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Private legal practitioner, Nana Obiri Boahen, has revealed on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, he has sued the doctor who reportedly ordered for the removal of oxygen on a nine-week-old baby who died at the St. Gregory Hospital at Kasoa in the Central Region. In an interview with Kwame Tutu, host of Frontline, the lawyer said he filed the suit last week and has equally sued the hospital and administrator over the death of the baby. Nana Obiri Boahen, described the circumstances that led to the death of the baby as inhuman and painful and believes the bereaved parents will use the system to demand for justice. Nana Obiri Boahen told the host that his is offering free legal service to the parents of little Prosper, who died after a doctor reportedly pulled off the oxygen machine as a result of the inability of the parents to pay for the care. Hospital management could face sanctions if it is established that a doctor pulled the plug from an oxygen machine which resulted in the demise of the infant due to the parents' inability to afford the cost of keeping it on. He concluded by saying, although I do not want to sound prejudicial, I believe someone’s neglect caused the death of Little Prosper. I have filed my suit and sued the doctor, administrator and the hospital.
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Communications Manager for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Barimah Sarpong, has confirmed on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the firms has received an amount of GHc1.139 billion from government to pay outstanding arrears. He explained to Kwame Tutu today [Tuesday] that amount was used to pay arrears from January to September 2016 adding, we will soon be paying the arrears for October, November and December 2016. ‘’We have used what we received to pay arrears for 2016 (January-September) and we will soon be paying the remaining three months (October-December),’’ he added. On those who have not received payments for 2016, he said, ''that could be a peculiar situation and we would have to look into that situation and find out reasons for that perculiar situation.'' He admonished those who not received the payment to notify the scheme for the anomaly to be corrected. President Akufo-Addo has revealed that his administration has managed to pay GHc 1 billion out of the total GHc1.2 billion debt left by the previous government. According to President Akufo-Addo, “of the GH¢1.2 billion debt we inherited, the equivalent of $300 million, we have paid, in the last 15 months, GH¢1 billion, the equivalent of $250 million.” He added that payments to service providers, since his government took office in January 2017, are current. As a result, “the Scheme is regaining its effectiveness, so that for a minimum amount, subscribers can have access to a wide range of medical services.” President Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, 21st April, 2018, when he delivered the keynote speech at the London School of Economics’ Africa Summit, on the theme “Africa at Work: Educated, Employed, Empowered.”
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The Association of Private Clinics has disputed claims by government that the outstanding 15 months of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) debt has been settled. Spokesperson for the association, Sam Donkor, told Kwame Tutu in an interview that, government is discriminating against some service providers. He alleges that whereas some have been paid what is due them, others are yet to receive what is owed them by government. President Akufo-Addo has revealed that his administration has managed to pay GHc 1 billion out of the total GHc1.2 billion debt left by the previous government. According to President Akufo-Addo, “of the GH¢1.2 billion debt we inherited, the equivalent of $300 million, we have paid, in the last 15 months, GH¢1 billion, the equivalent of $250 million.” He added that payments to service providers, since his government took office in January 2017, are current. As a result, “the Scheme is regaining its effectiveness, so that for a minimum amount, subscribers can have access to a wide range of medical services.” President Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, 21st April, 2018, when he delivered the keynote speech at the London School of Economics’ Africa Summit, on the theme “Africa at Work: Educated, Employed, Empowered.” But reacting to the claims by the president, Sam Donkor said, the health insurance scheme is creating problems in the system. They have paid some service providers and failed to pay others. ‘’As I speak to you today, there is an outstanding arrears of four months from 2016. In 2017, they paid some providers up to September, August, June and May. Why should that be the case? So when we heard that the president saying he has paid almost all the arrears, we were surprised and quizzed where the money was.’’ He lamented that nothing has been paid for 2018 and so it is true the president has said the money has been paid. But where is the money? I will blame the NHIS for creating this problem. They have paid some providers and left others out,’’ he added. When asked how much government owes service providers he said, ‘’government's indebtedness to service providers is 11 months.’’ ''We are suffering because of government's indebtedness. We cannot pay our staff. There is favoritism when it comes to the payment and that is what we cannot understand as service providers. You have asked some people to use an online system and others to use your office but when it comes to the payment, you choose to pay some and leave others out.''
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