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Modern hospital for infectious disease to be sited in Nsawam

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Government is working with the Global Fund to remodel a facility for a modern infectious disease hospital at Nsawam to contain the threat of multi-drug resistant TB and other emerging infectious diseases.

This was made known during the launch of the national commemoration of the World TB Day which took place at Tarkwa in the Western Region.

Tuberculosis continues to be one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. Statistics has shown that about 27 Ghanaians die each day from tuberculosis. Ghana recorded about 14,632 new cases of tuberculosis in 2016.

Since 2011, the annual number of reported TB cases has declined gradually from 16,000 to a little above 14,000 presently.

However, the national TB treatment success rate is now 87%.

The Western Region last year recorded a case detection of 19% and 32% for all forms and new smears pulmonary TB cases respectively with a recorded death rate of 6% in 2016 which is higher than the expected.

This year’s World TB Day, which was marked under the theme “Unite to End TB” was aimed at affording stakeholders, the opportunity to find a lasting solution towards W.H.O’s vision of ending tuberculosis by 2030 as well as the stigmatization towards patients.

The W.H.O country representative, Dr. Owen Laws Kaluwa in his remarks called on government and other stakeholders to work closely together to address the scourge of the diseases, ensuring no one is left behind.

He further called for more investments in health care and especially making sure no families are impoverished by the cost of treatment and care of infectious conditions like T.B.

National T.B ambassador Nana Ehunabobirim Prah Agyensim VI spoke against stigmatizing T.B patients and advised the public to seek early treatment while calling for joint efforts towards eradicating T.B.

National T.B control coordinator Dr. Frank Bonsu said the decline in T.B cases in Ghana is not a cause for celebration, adding Ghana is sitting on time bomb since it is confronted with a dilemma of shifting cost of treatment on patients in the face of declining resources.

Director General of Ghana Health Service, Dr. Nsiah Asare disclosed that government is working with the Global Fund to remodel a facility for a modern infectious disease hospital to contain the threat of multi-drug resistant T.B and other emerging infectious diseases.

The project which will be sited at Nsawam is expected to be a state of the art facility which will be completed by the end of next year at a cost of 1 million dollars.

By William Benjamin Peters | 3news.com | Ghana

Korle Bu reinstates KOSSA leader Offei-Palm

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The interdicted President of the Korle Bu Senior Staff Association (KOSSA), Charles Offei-Palm, has finally been reinstated, 3news.com can confirm.

In a letter intercepted by 3news.com, Mr Offei-Palm is to resume duty “with immediate effect”.

The letter jointly signed by the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr Samuel Asiamah, and Director of Human Resource Samuel Akotuah Atweri directed that Mr Offei-Palm be paid “all salaries and allowances lost during the termination”.

Mr Offei-Palm was interdicted last year for bringing the name of the Hospital into disrepute, according to management.

There were demonstrations by members of KOSSA to get their president reinstated but management was resolute on its decision.

On Friday, March 10 after a meeting with the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, management of the Hospital was ordered to reinstate the Specialist Pharmacist.

READ: Health Minister orders reinstatement of Korle Bu’s Offei-Palm

After all court issues were cleared, Mr Offei-Palm was written to on Thursday, March 23, 3news.com understands, to resume duty.

“You are directed by a copy of this letter to report to the Acting Director of Pharmacy for assignment of duty,” the letter stated.

Mr Offei-Palm is expected to respond to the letter within two weeks of receipt.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

 

37-year-old Delta Force organizer arrested

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Kwadwo Bamba

The organiser of the pro-government vigilante group, Delta Force that attacked the regional security coordinator of the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council on Friday, has been arrested.

Kwadwo Bamba was arrested by the police in the Ashanti region to assist investigations into the attack, a statement by the regional police command said on Saturday.

The 37-year-old auto mechanic in Kumasi, the statement said was being held by the police as at Saturday evening.

“The suspect is currently in custody assisting in investigations, whilst others who have been identified and their names known to police are being sort for to assist in investigations.

“It will therefore, be in their own interest to turn themselves up. As the command will do everything possible to get them apprehended,” the police statement advised.

The police however assured the public of their security, noting “the Command shall continue to maintain law and order and also reiterate its commitment and readiness to arrest all such persons or group of persons who would want to mar the peace and security that is prevailing in the region.”

The statement further stated that, “no act of lawlessness shall be countenanced. As such any person or group of persons who think they can take the law into their own hands must resend their decision. Since such acts of lawlessness and hooliganism shall be the thing of the past.

“The public is also entreated to furnish the command with the necessary information that will lead to the arrest of all such persons.”

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Source: 3news.com | Ghana

Cerebrospinal meningitis kills two students in Bawku

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Two students have been confirmed dead with eleven others on admission at the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital from cerebrospinal meningitis in the Upper East region.

Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) is an acute inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and the spinal cord that can sometimes lead to fatal consequences.

Medical experts described it as a serious disease that is slow to spread but has high fatality rate.

Few weeks back the Ministry of Health gave an alert regarding the possibility of an outbreak.

This is because the weather pattern during this period is usually drier.

Confirming the deaths to 3FM News, the upper east regional health director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Kofi Isa revealed that the health facilities there have within the week recorded twenty cases.

According to him, education has already begun in the region to create awareness on the disease.

“Yes two students have died from the disease, Cerebrospinal Meningitis, with eleven others on admission at the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital. Twenty cases have so far been reported this week at the Bawku Municipal, Pusiga, Binduri and Garu hospitals. We have already started public education for the people to report early when they see symptoms of the disease,” he said.

By Sarah A. Parku |3FM|3news.com

Police has been too relaxed on vigilante groups – security analyst suggests

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Security analyst, Adib Saani has blamed the police for the incessant attacks by some politically-affiliated vigilante groups in the country.

According to him, the inability of the police to effectively deal with such incidents in the past has sent the wrong signal to criminals.

About 200 macho men believed to be sympathizers of the ruling New Patriotic Party attacked the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Agyei, on Friday March 24.

According to reports, Mr. George Agyei was physically manhandled by the thugs for assuming office as the region’s security coordinator, when in the group’s view he did not campaign for the NPP in the 2016 elections.

However, Adib Saani believes it’s time more drastic measures are adopted to reduce such incidents.

He spoke on TV3’s News 360; “As a matter of urgency drastic measures will have to be taken to manage this things to an appreciable level. This raises a concern and the scanner will have to be thrown to the security agencies because their inability to transparently, effectively, efficiently and on a very timely manner deal rigorously and vigorously with wrong doers is sending the wrong signal to criminals.

“It makes them feel like we are in a jungle where laws don’t bite and that we can get away with criminalities. This is criminal and the security agencies must go in and effect arrest by the end of the day.”

Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional police says it is yet to make any arrest, even though they were at the scene to rescue under attacked Mr. Agyei.

Regional Police PRO, ASP Yaw Nketiah Yeboah in an interview with 3FM News said his outfit has put in place measures to avert the recurrence of such incidents.

By Sarah A. Parku |3FM 92.7|3news.com

Government to roll-out housing programme for the military – Veep

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Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Friday said the Government would soon roll-out comprehensive housing programme for the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to address the accommodation challenge.

He said under the project, dubbed: ‘‘Barack Regeneration Project,’’ old accommodation facilities would be renovated while new ones would be built to accommodate more military personnel.

He, therefore, asked the military to exercise patience as the Government was putting measures in place to remedy the situation.

The Vice President, who was the Reviewing Officer at the Graduation Parade of the Special Medical Intake Three of the Ghana Military Academy in Accra, said the Government would complete the third phase of the 37 Military Hospital project and upgrade its equipment to meet modern medical needs.

In all, 99 cadets comprising 56 males and 43 females with professional background in nursing, medicine, pharmacy, dental care, and psychology were commissioned into the GAF at a colourful ceremony after undergoing five months intensive training.

The Vice President gave the assurance that other infrastructure needs of the military would receive equal attention and that with the necessary interventions the infrastructure challenges of the military would be resolved.

He said the Government would build another military hospital in Tamale to cater for the medical needs of personnel in the northern sector as it was committed to implementing policies to enhance their wellbeing.

Dr Bawumia said the military had played a crucial role in sustaining the country’s democracy, saying; ‘‘the Armed Forces remained an important pillar in our democratic journey, particularly during the beginning of the Fourth Republic by contributing towards the consolidation of our democracy’’.

He said the military had provided conducive environment for other state institutions to function and, therefore, commended the Military High Command for the invaluable role they played during the 2016 general election.

The commissioning of the cadets into the military, he said, would help resolve the manpower needs of the personnel, especially at the ongoing construction works at the Kumasi Military Hospital, to take care of the medical needs of the personnel in the southern and northern sectors of the country.

‘‘I have no doubt that with the addition of these newly commissioned officers, the Kumasi Military Hospital will have the requisite staff to operate effectively.

‘‘The Government will provide the necessary support to ensure the facility is adequately resourced to augment the several medical facilities in the country,’’ he said.

Dr Bawumia said the Kumasi Military Hospital would be designated as an emergency hospital to cater for emergency situations in the northern part of the country.

The Vice President used the occasion to thank the Military High Command for the prompt response in deploying soldiers to The Gambia to assist in creating a peaceful atmosphere there and ensure the enforcement of the rule of law.

He advised the newly commissioned officers to maintain the pride and the niche the military had carved for itself over the years as a professional and dedicated state institution.

He urged the personnel to continue to safeguard the image and the reputation of the GAF by exhibiting the highest standards of discipline in all their endeavours.

The Vice President presented awards to the cadets that excelled during the training with the Overall Best Cadet going to Junior Under Officer Teng Yengbil Bernard, while Junior Under Officer Lasdji Belinda Narh received the Best Female Cadet Officer and C/SGT Nyarko Dennis was adjudged the Second Best Cadet Officer.

Source: GNA | Ghana

Ghana to lose $600m over human trafficking if…

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Ghana stands the risk of losing some $ 600 million annually from the United States aid if it continually fails in its fight against human trafficking.

The country is also likely to remain on the tier 2 watch-list for the third consecutive time following the US State Departments human trafficking report for 2016.

Interior minister, Ambrose Dery, expressed these fears at the handing over of six vehicles to the police anti-human trafficking unit in Accra.

In spite of the sustained fight against the menace, Ghana continues to be considered as a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking.

The inability to rescue victims, arrest, prosecution and convict perpetrators, led to Ghana dropping from tier 2 to the tier 2 watch-list in the US department on trafficking in-persons report for 2014 and 2015.

The police anti-human trafficking unit in February this year, rescued at least 24 children from the Volta lake but Chief of Missions at the International Migration Organization (IMO), Sylvia Lopez-Ekrah, says efforts should not be tailored towards reversing the ranking but rather the welfare, safety and protection of the vulnerable.

The IMO, later pledged support for the fight by providing six vehicles, computers and its accessories valued at 185,000 dollars to support the work of the anti-human trafficking unit of the police service.

The support formed part of the child protection compact agreement reached between the governments of Ghana and the United States of America in 2015.

It is also part of a grant of 5 million dollars by the US government to support Ghana in the fight against human trafficking over a five-year period.

The Inspector General of Police, David Asante-Apeatu, called for a sustained and collaborated effort in the fight against human trafficking.

Minister of interior Ambrose Dery feared a third time tier 2 watch-list would spell doom for the country’s fight against the menace.

The vehicles are to support the anti-human trafficking units in the Greater Accra, central and Volta regions.

By 3news.com|Ghana
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A/R: ‘NPP’ machomen attack REGSEC coordinator

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A group of well-built men purportedly from the Delta Force, a security force affiliated to the governing New Patriotic Party, allegedly stormed the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council on Friday, March 24 to stop one Mr Adjei, appointed as the regional security coordinator, from performing his duties.

According to members of the Delta Force, they cannot work with Mr Adjei since he is not a native of the Ashanti Region.

The men said they have petitioned the Ashanti Region Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, on the matter and he has promised to deal with it.

Notwithstanding, the taskforce stormed the office to stop Mr Adjei from working on Friday.

Mr Adjei was manhandled and dragged from his office by the macho men, but was saved by police officers, who were called in to control tempers.

In the heat of the struggle, doors and some office items were destroyed while blood stains were seen on the office floor.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

AMA Presiding Member wants all building inspectors dismissed

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City planning appears to have been abandoned

The Presiding Member (PM) for the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has called for the immediate dismissal of all the building inspectors under the AMA.

Thomas Ashong says the building inspectors have failed the AMA and have caused financial loss to the state due to their inactions in the Accra metropolis.

The AMA PM was speaking in an interview with Onua FM’s Ghana Dadwene on the massive endorsement of the President’s nominee for the Mayor of Accra.

President Akufo-Addo’s nominee for the position of Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, received a massive endorsement from assembly members of the AMA on Thursday.

Mayor Adjei Sowa obtained 109 votes representing 100 percent of the total votes cast.

It is in line with this that the mayor on Friday visited some flood-prone areas in the metropolis in order to be proactive on what to do in order to avert flooding.

But according to the PM, the mayor and his entourage were shocked during the visit that those the AMA ejected some years ago have returned to their various places while structures have been erected at wrong places.

Mr. Ashong said “most of the people we sacked have returned. We spent money to eject them but they returned. We have building inspectors but they are not working”.

“If I had my way, I will sack them tomorrow because they are not working effectively and we shall advise the Mayor on what to do,” Mr. Ashong added.

He said this time the AMA will not sit or wait for calamity to befall the city before it acts but will be proactive to prevent flooding in the metropolis.

Mr. Ashong added that there were filth in drains in all the areas they visited but dredging machines were also in the drains to ensure free flow of water.

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|Onua 95.1FM|3news.com|Ghana

Burnt MMT bus: ‘Clueless’ fire officers to be sanctioned if… Anaglatey

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Fire officers who were detailed from Kasoa Fire Station to douse a burning Metro Mass Transit Bus en route to Cape Coast on Wednesday are likely to be sanctioned if found to have lacked a sense of urgency in line of duty.

The Metro Mass bus with registration number GR 5182-15 from Accra caught fire after two of its tyres exploded and caught fire on the highway at Kasoa Adom City on Wednesday.

Social media went viral with video of the ravaging fire in which some fire officers were seen standing by looking clueless as the national asset burned away. The ‘unprofessional’ attitude of the fire officers got the bystanders infuriated and they could be seen in the video hooting at the officers as some insult and curse in protest.

Some eyewitnesses believe if the officers had confronted the fire immediately when they reached the scene, the Bus would not have burnt beyond recognition.

Meanwhile, speaking with Bright Kwesi Asempa on Onua Fm morning show ‘Yen Nsem Pa’ Friday, the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service, Prince Billy Anaglatey, said the service has received several complaints about the conduct of the fire officers. ,

He said the video will be forwarded to the Chief Fire Officer Dr Albert Brown Gaisie for further study.

“After the incident, we have received some complaints like that and we have requested the video footage, and if investigations show that the officers did not conduct themselves well, they will be sanctioned. My boss is particular about professional conduct of our personnel and he will look into this incident.”

The PRO also blamed the management of MMT for fitting the Bus with only 1KG Fire Extinguisher when the recommended extinguisher in such buses should have been 6KG.

 By Bright Dzakah/Onua 95.1FM/3news.com