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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 15 August 2018
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in collaboration with Ghana’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched the BreatheLife Accra Project and the Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) for the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) to address short lived climate pollutants and arising health challenges associated with pollution. The BreatheLife Accra Project which is a World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations (UN) environment led initiative to reduce air pollution for health and climate benefits was launched today at the AMA’s City Hall. The Chief Executive Officer of AMA, Hon. Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah who launched the campaign said an assessment conducted to appreciate the primary source of pollution revealed that waste, transportation, household energy sources and industrial pollution were the main sources of emissions in Accra and therefore if well-coordinated plans were not developed and implemented, Accra’s sustainable development would be affected. He revealed that the project which would be piloted in four communities in two sub metropolitan areas including Jamestown and Agbogbloshie in Ashiedu Keteke ,Mamprobi and Chorkor in Ablekumah South would include community durbars, house to house sensitization on burning of waste, promotion of green space development and the improved awareness and training on the importance of switching to clean cooking stoves. “The areas identified for the pilots for the three pillars of this program are artificial parks in schools and communities, a focus on waste through waste segregation piloting in communities and schools and the health professionals’ sensitization in Jamestown, Agbogloshie, Mamprobi and Chokor are most appropriate,” he stressed. He further revealed that as part of actions his administration had taken to address the challenges identified, the AMA would launch a major greening and open space development project in the metropolis in the next couple of weeks. “Last year, we piloted a waste segregation program in basic schools in Osu Klottey sub metro and have introduced further waste segregation in all government second cycle institutions within the AMA, undertaken major decongestion within the central business district which led to the reduction in waste generation by 30% and improved traffic movement by close to 25%. I launched a waste management rapid response program which provided an avenue for citizens to report areas and spots of illegal waste dumping for rapid evacuation,” he added. Hon. Adjei Sowah indicated that the introduction of a national Air Quality Management Plan was apt to guide and provide a framework for everyone in targeting actions to improve the air quality in Accra. He added that the breathelife campaign was in sync with aspirations to improve the quality of life of city dwellers which would target some of the worst affected areas of poverty, pollution and increasing incidence of non-communicable diseases. Dr. John Pwamang, Acting Director of EPA, who presented the Air Quality Management Plan for GAMA stressed that for the EPA to achieve its key functions of prescribing standards and guidelines relating to all forms of environmental pollution including the discharge of waste and the control of toxic substances into the environment, it conducts air quality and vehicular emissions to monitor programs in various parts of the country with support from USAID, WHO, DANIDA, UN Environment, World Bank among others. “Currently, the EPA Ghana has 15 functional air quality monitoring stations and 10 low cost air sensors located in Accra. The monitoring stations are located along 10 major road routes, 2 residential areas and a commercial area of Accra,” he revealed. Dr. Pwamang indicated that the air quality data from EPA Ghana showed elevated levels of Particulate Matter (PM) that exceed WHO health guidelines in residential, commercial and industrial areas of the GAMA. “Ghana’s first AQMP focuses on GAMA because of current conditions as characterized by roughly 10 years of PM monitor readings, present an unacceptable health burden for the pollution of Accra and are not in line with international standards for air quality. Also the health burden of high PM concentrations estimated 400 deaths per year in 2014 has clear economic implications for GAMA that presents a direct social and economic cost for respiratory health treatments. Without action, economic growth could lead to higher emissions in the vehicle and industrial sectors which would worsen air quality over time,” he stressed. He further revealed that the AQMP was developed in collaboration with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in order to take advantage of USEPA’s significant and broad experience in air quality management.
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Authorities at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has issued a statement to announce the change of traditional halls to mixed halls. The school in the statement said, the change is inline with the university’s policy of periodic review of residential accommodation for students. The statement signed by Registrar, Ben O. Andoh explained that, the school, ‘’… has decided that effective the 2018/2019 Academic year, all the six traditional halls of residence namely, Independence Hall, University Hall, Africa Hall, Republic Hall, Unity Hall and Queen Elisabeth II Hall would be designated as mixed halls.’’ The statement concluded by stating that, ‘’the university’s policy of expanding access to female students remain unchanged.’’ Few days ago, Alumni of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) on Friday staged a demonstration in protest against decision by the school to turn the Katanga Hall which has been an all male hall into a mixed hall. The demonstration started from the Kwame Nkrumah circle and ended at the Education Ministry where they presented a petition to the Ministry of Education. the Alumni of Katanga and Unity Halls have opposed the decision, describing it as an attempt to promote a culture of silence at the school. The University Hall popularly known as Katanga was built to commemorate the attainment of University Status of the then Kumasi College of Technology and officially named “University Hall”. It was dedicated by Mr. Kwaku Boateng, the then Minister of Education, on January 19, 1963.
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A former Black Stars and Hearts of Oak Defender, Sam ‘Foyoo’ Johnson has asked Ghanaians not expect the local league to resume soon due to the challenges coming after the viewing of Anas’ Number 12 expose. The retired footballer opined that the local league would suffer further delays due to the reforms being implemented by government. The situation he lamented would further affect interest in the league especially by the youth who would focus on the European and other foreign leagues. Sam claims that the EPL will gain very much attention and the Serie A since Ronaldo joined the Italian giant, Juventus. “We should not expect the league to resume soon. There would be no referees to officiate the matches”. When a referee makes a mistake in a game, we will assume he has been bribed and might call for the fans to run onto the pitch to lynch him, he suggested. Mr. Johnson further indicated that, the Anas exposé came at the right time and the outcome has been good and help in the reformation of Ghana Football. Meanwhile, government has assured Ghanaians the nation will not compromise its sovereignty because of the 'threats' issued by FIFA. Addressing a press conference yesterday [Tuesday], Information Minister designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah indicated that, said although the state disagrees with FIFA on the letter issued, government will continue to engage with the world football governing body because they are hopeful of resolving the matter. FIFA in a letter addressed to Dr Kofi Amoah-led Liason Team currently managing Ghana football asked government to withdraw the court processes that is meant to liquidate the assets of the Ghana Football Association (GFA). But the Minister in at the press conference said: "It is important that as we have engaged with them, even to set-up a Liason Committee and to get to this point we further engage with them on how to arrive at that solution without necessarily encountering an infringement of Article 14 or Article 19 but that ought not to be interpreted in any way that Ghana will be willing to throw away its sovereignty through the window just because.’’ "We believe that the two of us can come to a common goal, FIFA's objective and our objective appears to be the same and we believe that by re-engaging we can come to that common point but our sovereignty, our clarity to deal with the matters that we have witnessed are things that we will not compromise on". He added that, "For the avoidance of doubt, the government of Ghana does not share that position that FIFA put out but we are continuing to engage with them because we believe that we can still find a common ground to achieve the same objective. That is what this latest round of meetings slated for Thursday is expected to conclude on". By: Isaac Mortey (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
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A man whose pregnant wife died at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital is accusing medical doctors at the Nkawei Government Hospital at Atwima Nwabiagya Municipality in the Ashanti region, over the death of the wife.. The bereaved husband, Azompaa Asoo, 38, says the Nkawei hospital where the deceased wife was transferred from and to the Komfo Anokye Hospital, did not attach professionalism to their work, a situation he posited caused the death of the wife. Narrating the incident to Rainbow Radio, the man indicated that the wife, Martina Azompaa, 36, was rushed to the hospital Sunday because she was feeling unwell. The condition of the wife who was in her 8th month he noted required that she was delivered of her baby. So the hospital asked me to bring all items required for her to deliver. According to him, after the wife put to birth, doctors were unable to remove the placenta hence a surgical operation was recommended. He further disclosed that the wife suffered a blotted belly after the surgery was conducted. He also alleged that, the wife lost a lot of blood and he was asked to purchase 5 pints of blood in order for it to be transfused to the wife. But after the transfusion, my wife’s condition worsened. She became weak, could not talk or move any part of her body. The doctors tried their best but they could do anything about it. So they transferred her to Komfo Anokye.'' According to him, the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital is yet conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death but he is blaming the Nkawei Hospital, adding, they wasted time and that is what has caused the death of my wife.''. ‘’This was going to be our fourth child but unfortunately, my fourth (male) child could not survive and my wife has also lost her life. This is not only unfortunate but also sad and I blame no one but the Nkawei Government Hospital for negligence,’’ he said painfully. It is expected that, if your placenta does not come out spontaneously within about thirty minutes after you give birth, your provider may gently massage your abdomen, ask you to push, and/or attempt to stimulate uterine contractions by giving you Pitocin or asking you to breast-feed. If these techniques are not successful, she or he may attempt a manual extraction of the placenta (removing it by hand). Your provider may also use suction or a scraping instrument to remove small fragments, under ultrasound guidance if it is available. Sometimes the placenta seems to have been expelled completely, but days or weeks later a woman may have a sudden episode of heavy bleeding that continues or comes and goes, often accompanied by moderate to severe cramping. If this happens to you, call your health care provider immediately.
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Six attackers of TTH CEO arrested

Police has arrested six members of Kandahar Boys, a group affiliated to the New Patriotic Party (NPP), whose members attacked the Tamale Teaching Hospital and chased out the Chief Executive Officer. They were picked up at 2:00pm on Wednesday, and taken to the Northern Regional Police Command for further interrogations. The NPP Kandahar Boys group and its allies on Monday chased Dr. David Zaawumya Kolbila out of office. The groups; the Kandahar Boys and the Concerned NPP Youth Coalition had accused Dr. David Kolbila of incompetence and misuse of hospital funds. They also said he had neglected them despite the role they played in getting him appointed. Dr. Kolbila was subsequently reinstated on Tuesday, after REGSEC unlocked his office and assured him of security.
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Information Minister, designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said government will not compromise its sovereignty ahead of a meeting at the FIFA Headquarters in Switzerland on Thursday, August 16 between its three-member team and officials of FIFA in an attempt to resolve a looming ban from international football by the world football governing body. Addressing a press conference, the minister indicated that, said although the state disagrees with FIFA on the letter issued, government will continue to engage with the world football governing body because they are hopeful of resolving the matter. "It is important that as we have engaged with them, even to set-up a Liason Committee and to get to this point we further engage with them on how to arrive at that solution without necessarily encountering an infringement of Article 14 or Article 19 but that ought not to be interpreted in any way that Ghana will be willing to throw away its sovereignty through the window just because.’’ "We believe that the two of us can come to a common goal, FIFA's objective and our objective appears to be the same and we believe that by re-engaging we can come to that common point but our sovereignty, our clarity to deal with the matters that we have witnessed are things that we will not compromise on". He added that, "For the avoidance of doubt, the government of Ghana does not share that position that FIFA put out but we are continuing to engage with them because we believe that we can still find a common ground to achieve the same objective. That is what this latest round of meetings slated for Thursday is expected to conclude on". FIFA in a letter addressed to Dr Kofi Amoah-led Liason Team currently managing Ghana football asked government to withdraw the court processes that is meant to liquidate the assets of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
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The President of Ghana and Co-Chair of the Group of Eminent Advocates for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has launched a pan-African award for a new generation of early-stage social innovators in Africa who are solving pressing problems in the SDG focus areas. The award, titled Africa Innovates for the SDGs will put a spotlight on SDG innovators and raise awareness around their work. Open to innovators from all countries in Africa, Africa Innovates for the SDGs will recognize and award exceptional early-stage African innovation that solves key challenges linked to the Sustainable Development Goals. Five winners will be awarded the grand prize and have their work showcased at an international level, helping them to expand their work. “On our continent today, great African minds have been solving problems in their communities and this Award offers yet another platform to unearth, give recognition and the opportunity to take their innovations to scale for the benefit of the continent and to enhance prospects for achieving the SDGs. I call on the youth on the continent, the private sector, civil society organisations, community groups and all social innovators on the continent to actively participate in this timely initiative,” said President Akufo-Addo. President Akufo-Addo in his role as Co-Chair of the Group of Eminent Advocates for the SDGs has a mandate to support the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) in his efforts to generate momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030 by working to promote the universal sustainable development agenda, raise awareness of the integrated nature of the SDGs, and foster the engagement of new stakeholders in the implementation of these Goals. The SDGs Advisory Unit of the Office of the President of Ghana is the unit supporting the President in this role. Africa Innovates for the SDGs will accept applications for the award until September 7, 2018. To be eligible to win, applicants must be citizens of any African country or residents of any African country for a minimum of three consecutive years and must be 18 years of age or older. The award is seeking unique, new and innovative solutions that are clearly contributing to one or more of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The solutions must have already been tested or have proven impact and must have the potential to create a meaningful impact on society, especially on a large number of people. To apply for the competition, or to learn more, visit www.AfricaInnovates4sdgs.com. The award is being implemented by the non-profit organization, Reach for Change, which has successfully run innovation competitions, accelerators and incubators in countries across Africa since 2012, promoting African innovation and entrepreneurship. About the SDGs Advisory Unit of the Office of the President of Ghana The SDGs Advisory Unit of the Office of the President of Ghana is the unit supporting the global role of the President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the Co-Chair of the UN Secretary General's Group of Eminent Advocates for the SDGs. In the role, the President has a mandate to support the Secretary-General in his efforts to generate momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030 by working to promote the universal sustainable development agenda, raise awareness of the integrated nature of the SDGs, and foster the engagement of new stakeholders in the implementation of these Goals. By: APO
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Public Relations Officer (PRO), Conference of Heads of Private Secondary Schools (CHOPSS), Mr Naphtali Kyei-Baffour, has described the double-track-calender introduced by government under the free senior high school policy as a useless exercise. Speaking at Dialogue on Education Policy in Ghana on the theme, ‘’Unpacking the Double Track System: Implications for sustainable Financing and Prospects for Educational Quality in Ghana’ today [Wednesday], Mr Kyei-Baffour said, the exercise would not be necessary if private senior schools have been factored. He said, there are over 200 private senior high schools in the country and if they had been considered, the double track system would not have been factored. According to him, private secondary schools would be able to absorb over 120,000 students out of the estimated 181, 000 new entrants. In an analysis, he said, if government post about 500 students to private secondary schools, over 120, 000 out of the 181, 000 would have been resolved. ''Some of the private schools can absorb more than the 500, which means that, the headache of 181, 000 leading to double track wouldn’t be necessary, he added. Mr Kyei-Baffour stressed that, CHOPSS have what it takes to help government avoid the double-track by absorbing some of the students. The private schools he indicated are willing to charge the same fees as public schools. He further slammed the Ministry of Education for failing to consider the inputs of CHOPSS before the implementation of the education policy. He told the gathering at the event that, CHOPSS made a number of recommendations before the implementation but government flatly ignored these inputs. Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has said that government will not post students to private schools but will continue to dialogue on the way forward. Using the implementation of the Free Universal Basic Education (FCUBE), he said, the policy did not collapse the private sector and so why are owners of private schools complaining over the free SHS? ‘’Students have selected schools they want to go to. They did not include private schools…It is not going to be an easy exercise …So at this time, I have to say that it is not going to possible,’’ he added. Government is making efforts to introduce a double track calendar system to be implemented this September to create space for that batch of students who will report to school this September. According to the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the double track system would not destroy the educational system but, on the contrary, reduce class sizes, increase contact hours between teachers and students and the number of school holidays. He explained that the number of students admitted would not apply to all schools but those whose current capacity would be exceeded. The exercise was organised by Daily Graphic with support from CDD-Ghana, Star Ghana, UKaid, DANIDA and European Union.
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Deputy Education Minister in charge of secondary education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has described the resist of the Basic Education certificate examination (BECE) as an excellent idea. The deputy Minister said the policy which was introduced by the previous National Democratic Congress administration, was a novel idea that afforded students who failed their BECE to resist their examination and have the opportunity to enter secondary school. Speaking at the Dialogue on Education Policy In Ghana under the theme, "Unpacking the Double Track System:Implications for sustainable Financing and Prospects for Educational Quality in Ghana", the Minister commended the previous administration for the policy. He was however quick to add that, the new administration introduced the free registration for all BECE students in public schools because government realised the dropout rates in junior high schools were high. In 2017, an estimated 36, 849 Junior High School (JHS) students who failed to achieve the required pass marks to be placed in Senior High School were allowed to resit the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). The students failed to score Grade 9 in either English or Mathematics in the exams.
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Newly appointed Director of Communications for Kumasi based Asante Kototo, lawyer Sarfo Duku has underscored the need for support from well-wishers to help the board turn the fortunes of the party around. Speaking to Isaac Worlanyo Wallace of Rainbow Sports the astute lawyer said, the C.E.O of the club would be able to do the job alone but would need the support of all and sundry to manage the club. Lawyer Sarfo Duku indicated that their appointment starts with immediate effect and they would hold their first meeting on Thursday in Kumasi at the club secretariat. He later elaborated on the vision of the club saying they have a five-year development plan, which consist of building a stadium, training pitch; hostel, as well as winning an African trophy. He assured supporters of the club the new management would consult old management when the need arises. Ghana Premier League side, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, on Monday dissolved the management team of the club with immediate effect. In a statement signed by the Administrative Manager of the club, Rose Padmore Yeboah, and posted to the club’s twitter handled, the club’s Executive Chairman, Dr. Kwame Kyei, asked all members of the dissolved management to “hand over their offices to the club’s secretariat.” Dr Kwame Kyei has announced a new eleven-member management committee, hours after dissolving the previous one. The new committee constitutes new positions as a Policy Analyst and a Chief Executive Officer. The announcement, which was signed by the club’s administrative manager, Rose Padmore says there will be more appointments in the coming days. By: Isaac Mortey (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
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