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Aduana Stars to play Libya’s El Tahadi in CAF Champs League

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2017 Ghana Premier League champions Aduana Stars will have their first taste of continental action in Libya, where they will play Al-Tahadi FC.

The draw for the preliminary round of the Champions League was held on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Confederation of African Football in Egypt.

The Dormaa-based side will debut in the top-tier continental club competition on the weekend of February 9 – 11.

They are expected to host the second leg a week later in what will be their first home game in a continental club match.

The winner of the two-legged tie will face either Algeria’s ES Setif or Central African Republic’s Olympic de Bangui in the 1/16th stage.

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MP proposes resident health officers for SHSs as disease outbreak surges

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The latest three death Tuesday caused parents to besiege the school premises

The outbreak of diseases in some Senior High Schools (SHS) that us causing deaths of students in the country has triggered proposals for resident health officers to be employed in the various schools.

Eastern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) together with the Eastern Regional Health Directorate has proposed that heads of SHS are compelled to at least employ a resident health officer.

A second-year student of the Koforidua Secondary Technical School in the Eastern Region died Friday at the Government Hospital in Koforidua of a suspected case of meningitis.

Similar deaths and outbreak of diseases including swine flu have been recorded in a number of SHSs in the country

The death of the Koforidua Sec has caused some concern in the school as some students fear that this could be the onset of a disease outbreak, similar to the health crisis at the Kumasi Academy in the Ashanti Region.

Speaking on the issue, Eric Kwakye Darfuor, Eastern Regional Minister said he wouldn’t want to state that the death recorded at Koforidua Sec Tech was a result of “overcrowding” in the school as is being purported.

He added that friends of the deceased student asserted to the fact that, the student had been ill for some time.

“If you talk to those of them who are close to him, he has not been healthy for some time. He did not report early,” he said.

The Regional Minister added that it is a call to “actually compel heads of institution to create a first point of call for all the schools, employ some health officials and put them there, because it beats imagination how you can be handling about three thousand students without any form of medical attendance; anything can happen’’

But the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Education Service, Reverend Jonathan Bettey said the GES “does not listen to suggestion and take immediately” but rather present such suggestions to the Minister of Education.

“He [the minister] will also move ahead and present it the parliament or the government for that matter and to the final person that will take a decision” he added.

Rev. Bettey indicated that GES only implements policies so if it becomes a policy that all schools in this country should have clinics, and then it will “trickle down” to GES to compel the schools to comply.

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‘Withdraw your wards from KUMACA if…’- Father of deceased student advises

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Mr. Adu-Boffour [2nd left] and his wife [L] and some family members

Father of one of the students of Kumasi Academy who died of swine flu has asked parents to withdraw their children from the school if authorities fail to find lasting solution to what he termed ‘mysterious deaths’.

Mr Kofi Adu-Boffour whose daughter, Clementina Konadu, was buried Tuesday, observed not much is being done to prevent such deaths which have been recurring in the school.

At the burial and funeral rites of her daughter, she told Kumasi-based Akoma FM at one of their PTA meetings, he said he raised concerns about the ‘mysterious deaths of students which the school authorities promised to find solutions to, but noted that nothing was done about it.

On Tuesday, health officials announced at a news conference that the outbreak has been contained to prevent further spread.

“The situation at KUMACA is under control now because for the past three days we have not recorded any case of swine flu among the students,” Ashanti Regional Health Director, Dr. Emmanuel Tinkorang, told journalists.

But Mr. Adu-Boffour believes not much is being done to end the recurring death which he said started three years ago.

“If the school authority, government could not find solution to these mysterious deaths, I will advise that parents withdraw their wards from the school and find them different school,” he advised.

In his view, the deaths are becoming one too many in the school, saying “these deaths have been reoccurring in the school”The late 16-year-old Clementina Konadu was a second year science student of the school and one of the four students who died of swine flu that rocked the school two weeks ago.

A total of 85 students of the Kumasi Academy were affected with the H1N1 influenza Type A virus, popularly known as swine flu virus since November 30, 2017.

Eleven of the affected are currently on admission at four hospitals in Kumasi but officials say they are also in stable condition.

Health authorities struggled to identify the disease until Thursday, December 7, 2017 when officials announced tests have revealed the disease as H1N1.

READ: KUMACA students died of swine flu – Health Minister

Ahead of that, students were between given broad spectrum antibiotics with the hope of preventing further spread of the then unknown disease which was suspected caused by atypical bacterial.

Twenty-six blood samples were sent to Noguchi to be tested for Ebola, Marburg and Lassa but all came out negative, ruling out fears of the cause of deaths being Ebola as earlier speculated.

Fifty-five samples which were sent to Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research (KCCR),with 13 blood samples,15 throat swabs and 10 Cerebro-spinal fluids to be tested for Meningitis, Encephalitis and Viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF), all tested negative as well.

Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu on Thursday, December 7 revealed laboratory test results from the Noguchi Memorial Centre for Medical Research showed that majority of the samples from the students of KUMACA tested Positive for Influenza Type-A H1N1.

Since Sunday, December 10, 2017 authorities have been fumigating the entire school.

Meanwhile, Mr. Adu-Boffour has told Akoma FM her daughter had wanted to become a medical doctor in future but her life was cut short by the outbreak of the disease.

He said the Clementina had a plan study for a doctorate degree at the Oxford University, noting these and many more would make him miss her late daughter.

By Antwi Boasiako|Akoma FM|3news.com|Ghana

We’ve evidence that could help impeach Charlotte Osei, her deputies – PPP

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[L-R] EC Chair Ms Osei and Dr Nduom, PPP founder of PPP

Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom-led Progressive People’s Party says it has evidence to aid the five-member judicial committee to impeach the chairperson of the Electoral Commission Charlotte Osei and her two deputies over alleged corruption.

The party is thus praying to the Committee that is set to open impeachment proceedings against the three commissioners, to grant them an audience to present the evidence in order to bring finality to the case.

Some unnamed staff of the Electoral Commission in July 2017 petitioned President Nana Akufo-Addo to remove Mrs. Osei over alleged abuse of office, causing financial loss to the state and breaches of Ghana’s procurement laws.

READ: Charlotte Osei faces removal over alleged corruption

Mrs. Osei denied the claims which she described as unfounded and accused her deputies, Amadu Sulley and Mrs Georgina Opoku-Amankwaa, who are also facing impeachment over allegation of corruption, as masterminds of the petition.

 

President Akufo-Addo notwithstanding, forwarded the petition to the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, who has established a prima facie case against the three.

READ: Provide petition seeking my removal- Charlotte Osei to Akufo-Addo

They have subsequently been invited by the Chief Justice to appear before the Committee for the impeachment hearing.

But ahead of the hearing, the PPP wants to be made a part of the case so it could adduce evidence that it believes would aid in determining the case once and for all, and avoid another petition from other quarters.

“The PPP shall support every effort to cleanse our public institutions of arrogance, abuse of power and complete disregard for public law and order,” it said in a statement Tuesday.

Executive Director of PPP, Richard Armah, said on TV3’s News@10 Tuesday night that the party has “some evidence that the committee must hear and add to their work because it is in the interest of justice that finality is brought to every litigation.

“We are asking for an audience before that committee so that we also present the pieces of evidence that we have against the members of the Electoral Commission based on which we believe we can bring a finality to the matter so that Ghana can move forward and prepare for a new Electoral Commission before the 2020 election,” he added.

Mr. Armah said there were a lot of evidence around that people have not averse their minds to but declined to state what the evidence are except one that he said had to do with the disqualification of Dr. Nduom which was reversed by the High Court.

READ: EC boss runs to CJ for clarity on impeachment committee

“The Electoral Commissioner madam Charlotte Osei swore on affidavit and lied to the High Court chaired by Justice Kyei Baffour that they were in a hurry to go and print electoral materials outside the country.

“It turned out to be that those electoral materials were being printed in this country. That was perjury in the first instance but of course because we were very much interested in just getting our candidate reinstated, we didn’t want to go into the nitty-gritties of the other violations that the electoral commission chairperson meted out to the public institutions and individuals in this country,” he added.

Once a committee has been set up to investigate the allegations against the commissioners, he said, it is important that all evidences against them is made available to them to review and make a final determination on the matter.

“It will be in the best interest of the judiciary if we are given the opportunity to be heard so that whatever we have against them, can also be added to the current petition before them, then a final determination would be made without any other petition afterwards,” Mr. Armah said

By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana

Bawku SHS: One student dies of meningitis; five on admission

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At least one student of the Bawku Senior High Technical School has been confirmed dead following what is believe to be an outbreak of meningitis in the school.

Five more students have been admitted at the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital on Wednesday.

Doctors at the hospital confirmed to TV3’s Upper East regional correspondent, Rabiu Tanko Mohammed, that meningitis has been identified as the cause of death of a third year student of the school.

Some agitated parents have rushed to the school to ascertain what is happening there whilst others make frantic efforts to take their wards home.

Meanwhile, Rabiu said the students were gathered by the school’s authorities and educated on what to do when they detect any symptoms of meningitis.

Dr Clement Oppong, the Medical Director at the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital, told TV3 the deceased was brought to the facility on Tuesday and was diagnosed with meningitis but died later.

The development at Bawku Senior Technical School comes a day after one student from Damongo Senior High School in the West Gonja District of the Northern Region died and nine were admitted  as a result of meningitis.

These reports also come on the heels of the outbreak of swine flu at the Kumasi Academy Senior High School which affected 85 students and claimed lives of four students of the school.

Meanwhile, one student of Tempane Senior High School has also been admitted at the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital due to meningitis.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes (meninges) surrounding your brain and spinal cord. The swelling from meningitis typically triggers symptoms such as headache, fever and a stiff neck.

Read also: KUMACA swine flu: 11 students on admission out of 85 cases recorded

By Isaac Essel | 3news.com

Woman killed in gun attack targeted at husband

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A 40-year-old woman has been shot dead at Alulani, a community in the Nanumba district of the Northern Region.

The body of Alhassan Rahinatu was found at her residence following gunshots in the area on Tuesday evening.

According to the Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer ASP Yussif Tanko, a joint military and police  team stationed in the area rushed to the community at about 8pm yesterday when they heard gunshots only to find her dead with gunshot wounds.

“She was identified as Alhassan Rahinatu, wife of Abraham Bediako, a member of the Andani faction in the Chieftaincy litigation,” he told 3news.com.

The body has since been deposited at Bimbilla Government Hospital for preservation.

The daughter of the deceased, Kadija Bediako, 14, was also found with gunshot wound on the left shoulder. She is currently responding to treatment at the same hospital.

Preliminary investigation by the police has revealed that the “husband of the deceased Abraham Bediako was the target” but was not around during the attack.

The son of the deceased, Bediako Kamel, 20, who was also in the room when the assailant attacked escaped unhurt.

He claimed seeing an unidentified gunman at their door who shot at them whilst watching television.

Although ASP Yussif Tanko said the area is currently calm, the next development is “unpredictable”.

In a related development, the police in Bimbila on Monday December 11, 2017 arrested three persons with fire arms.

Issah Amadu,26;  Mohammed Seidu, 23; and Issah Sank 25 were arrested by the police patrol team during the curfew hours.

The Northern Regional Crime Officer, Superintend Kwasi Appiah said the three would be put before court.

By Zubaida Ismail |3news.com

Swine flu vaccines for KUMACA students unavailable – Health officials

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Health officials say the vaccines to be administered to the students are yet to arrive in Ghana

Health authorities in the Ashanti Region say swine flu vaccines to be administered to students of Kumasi Academy (KUMACA) where an outbreak of the disease has so far claimed four lives are not yet available in the country.

A total of 85 students of the Kumasi Academy were affected with the H1N1 influenza Type A virus, popularly known as swine flu virus since November 30, 2017.

Eleven of the affected are currently on admission at four hospitals in Kumasi but officials say they are also in stable condition.

On Tuesday, they announced at a news conference that the outbreak has been contained to prevent further spread.

“The situation at KUMACA is under control now because for the past three days we have not recorded any case of swine flu among the students,” he told journalists

He said the11 students on admission” are recovering very fast,” noting they would be” discharged before the close of the week”.

Swine flu vaccines not ready

Addressing journalists, Ashanti Regional Health Director, Dr. Emmanuel Tinkorang, however said the swine flu vaccines to be administered to the students are yet to be made available in the country.

Dr. Tenkorang addressing the news conference Tuesday

“Even though the vaccines are yet to arrive in the country, the current situation in the school is safe for both students and staff”.

He said notwithstanding, the health directorate has strengthened surveillance on the students to ensure prompt administering of antiviral drugs which begun on December 5, 2017.

The health directorate insisted the cause of death of the four students is the H1N1 flu despite disputes by some medical doctors and the bereaved families.

Health authorities struggled to identify the disease until Thursday, December 7, 2017 when officials announced tests have revealed the disease as H1N1.

READ: KUMACA students died of swine flu – Health Minister

Ahead of that, students were between given broad spectrum antibiotics with the hope of preventing further spread of the then unknown disease which was suspected caused by atypical bacterial.

Twenty-six blood samples were sent to Noguchi to be tested for Ebola, Marburg and Lassa but all came out negative, ruling out fears of the cause of deaths being Ebola as earlier speculated.

Fifty-five samples which were sent to Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research (KCCR),with 13 blood samples,15 throat swabs and 10 Cerebro-spinal fluids to be tested for Meningitis, Encephalitis and Viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF), all tested negative as well.

Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu on Thursday revealed laboratory test results from the Noguchi Memorial Centre for Medical Research showed that majority of the samples from the students of KUMACA tested Positive for Influenza Type-A H1N1.

Since Sunday, December 10, 2017 authorities have been fumigating the entire school.Meanwhile, the directorate has received 800 boxes of Relenza and 1,000 pieces of respirators from the Women’s Health to Wealth for the treatment and prevention of Influenza A and B viruses.

Also, some parents have started sending their wards back to the school.

By Ibrahim Abubakar|3news.com|Ghana

One student dead at Damongo SHS, 9 on admission; causes unknown

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Samples of the students have been sent to lab to diagnose the disease(s)

One student of the Damongo Senior High School in the West Gonja District of the Northern Region has been confirmed dead.

The student whose name is yet to be revealed, according to the District Chief Executive, Saeed Muhazu, died at about 1:00pm Tuesday while on admission at the Damongo Hospital.

Nine other students are currently on admission, the chief executive told 3News.

Authorities at the Hospital have not immediately been able to establish the cause of the death and diagnose those who are currently on admission.

Blood samples have been taken for various laboratory tests to diagnose the disease, officials told 3News

Information gathered so far revealed the nine on admission complained of various medical conditions from fever to bodily weakness, causing school authorities to rush them to Hospital Tuesday at various times.

This comes on the back of the death of four students of the Kumasi Academy (KUMACA) last week in what later emerged as the result of swine flu.

In the KUMACA case, a total of 85 cases were recorded in the outbreak which had claimed four and left 11 students still on admission at four hospitals in the Ashanti region, the regional health directorate has said.

3News is following the events at the Damango SHS and will update you with the latest on the issue.

By Zubaida Ismail|3news.com|Ghana

Gov’t will partner private sector to achieve SDGs – Dr Bawumia

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Government will partner the private sector to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and make the life of the ordinary Ghanaian better, Vice President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has stated.

According to Dr Bawumia, achieving the SDGs would benefit both the private sector, who would have a healthy, skilled work force, and Government which would have fulfilled its obligation to the citizenry to provide a safe, healthy and economically sound environment for growth.

“At the end of the day we have to ask the question: what is the opportunity cost of us not achieving the SDGs? We will have a lot of hunger, we will have a lot of poverty, we will have issues with sustainability of the environment, and so on. That picture of what would happen if we don’t achieve the SDGs makes it therefore very imperative, and in the interest of the private sector, that we do achieve the SDGs.”

The Vice President gave the assurance when he took part in a panel discussion on the topic “The Private Sector and SDGs” at the High Level African Roundtable on Mobilizing Support And Accelerating Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) held in Accra on Tuesday December 12, 2017.

Dr Bawumia emphasised that Government was committed to achieving the UN goals, which include eliminating poverty and hunger; ensuring good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality; clean water and sanitation; and decent work and economic growth, among others as they would have a direct impact on her ability to meet the needs of the ordinary Ghanaian.

“Then we would have a more prosperous society, a more educated workforce and a healthier population and these are all necessary brickworks that would make the private sector do very well.

“If we achieve the SDGs it would mean that the necessary investments have been made, and those investments present a huge opportunity for private sector participation in national development.”

The Vice President indicated that government recognises the crucial role played by the private sector in achieving these goals, and would create the enabling environment for them to play their role in national development.

“The private sector is going to be very key because the type of resources we need to invest in achieving the SDG cannot be provided by the public sector alone; it is just not feasible. The public sector is going to be there as a partner, to make sure that the investment climate is therefore conducive for the private sector to participate.”

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. The objective was to produce a set of universal goals that meet the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world.

The SDGs replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which started a global effort in 2000 to tackle the indignity of poverty. The MDGs established measurable, universally-agreed objectives for tackling extreme poverty and hunger, preventing deadly diseases, and expanding primary education to all children, among other development priorities.

Source: 3news.com | Ghana

KUMACA swine flu: 11 students on admission out of 85 cases recorded

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Eleven students of Kumasi Academy SHS are still on admission at four hospitals in the Ashanti region after being diagnosed with the Influenza type A pandemic strain (swine flu), the regional health directorate has said.

The Regional Health Director, Dr Emmanuel Kojo Tenkorang, updating the media about the outbreak on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, said three are on admission at the KNUST Hospital, one at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, five at the Kumasi South Hospital and two at the Manhyia Government Hospital.

According to him, 85 cases were recorded in the outbreak which had claimed four lives so far.

However, he said, no case has been recorded since Monday, December 11, 2017 as health personnel work around the clock to contain it.

Meanwhile, Dr. Tenkorang has debunked claims by some bereaved parents that their wards did not die as a result of the swine flu.

He observed that the deceased might have suffered from other diseases which coincided with the H1N1 virus leading to their deaths.

He also rejected claims by some doctors that the outbreak was as result of the rearing of swine in the  school. This is “palpably false”, he said and demanded health personnel making the assertion to go back to school to get educated again.

Kwadwo Antwi Boasiako |Akoma FM |3news.com