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Akufo-Addo is endangering the lives of our Frontline Health Staff – John Mahama

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Akufo-Addo is endangering the lives of our Frontline Health Staff – Mahama

Akufo-Addo is endangering the lives of our Frontline Health Staff: John Mahama has called on the government to place a priority on the lives of frontline health staff in the fight against Coronavirus with the provision of the requisite Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).

Ghana’s cases keep rising across the country. Currently, the country has recorded 566 with the death toll sitting at 8 across 10 out of the 16 regions.

Ghana’s medical fraternity was dealt with a deadly blow with the passing of the Rector of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Prof Jacob Plange-Rhule, who has died from the dreaded coronavirus.

In Mahama’s latest write up on Day 14 of the partial lockdown sighted by MyNewsGh.com, he called on the government to as a matter of urgency provide frontline health staff to avoid putting their lives in danger.

He said, “I wish to reiterate my call for the government to provide adequate PPEs to health workers, ensure testing of as many people as possible for the COVID-19 virus as we stay home during the extended lockdown period, observing social distancing protocols and washing our hands with soap under running water, regularly”.


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John Mahama writes on Day 14 of Lockdown

Happy Easter my fellow countrymen and women.

Today is day 14 (two weeks) since the partial lockdown declared by the President in some parts of Greater Accra and Ashanti regions, and Kasoa due to the deadly Coronavirus pandemic.

So far, Ghana has confirmed 408 people as having been infected with the virus. Out of this number, four (4) have recovered and eight (8) dead. I pray for God’s mighty healing on the sick, including our compatriot Ambassador Papa Owusu Ankomah, and consolation for the families of the deceased.

I also wish to extend my condolences to the family of Professor Jacob Plange-Rhule, the Rector of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons and the entire medical fraternity for his untimely death after he was infected by the COVID-19 virus. Plange-Rhule exuded humility. He was a medical luminary, affable, warm and knowledgeable. His death, and that of other health workers, is an irreplaceable loss.

As we mourn the dead from COVID-19, meningitis is reported to have killed 37 people in the Upper West Region, out of hundreds who have contracted the illness. Even as we focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, we must not take our eyes off endemic diseases that have a tragic history of annually exacting a significant toll on our people. I call on Government to offer the regions in the north the needed attention in order to address the silent deaths and infections occurring as a result of meningitis.

Last week I received a briefing from the head of our COVID-19 technical team and I am satisfied with the level of collaboration they have with the National COVID-19 response team. As has been said by many, we must continue to be guided by science in our response to this dreadful pandemic. It is, therefore, necessary for experts to guide the decision-makers with the appropriate models of the trajectory the disease is likely to take.

It will be a reliable guide on decisions relating to extensions or otherwise of restrictions on movement and border closures. This will also require setting up additional testing sites in order that the backlog of samples awaiting testing can be cleared. Enhanced surveillance and increased efforts at contact tracing will help to give a clearer picture of where we are in the deadly journey of this virus.

We need to project quickly, what the expected peaking of infection will be, and when we will begin to see a flattening of the curve on new infections and hospitalizations.

From the latest statistics and escalation in numbers, it is clear we are in a difficult spot in the battle to contain COVID-19. But together we can overcome the uncertainties of the moment. The latest revelation that 57.1% of infected persons have no history of foreign travel is particularly worrisome. It implies that we may have begun to experience community transmission of the virus.

While our minds are focused on fighting COVID-19, I would like to start a conversation about strategic plans and investments that will address future pandemics. As I have already suggested there is the need for a National Infectious Disease Response Plan that clearly sets out the specific steps to be taken to prevent the entry of such diseases, quickly arrest them at a very early stage even if they do enter our shores and reduce their impact to the barest minimum.

I have previously stated that given the opportunity, I will ensure that we establish another medical research centre with capacity like the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) in the Northern part of Ghana as part of the Response Plan. Under the plan, we will double the bed capacity of the 37 military hospital and build an Infectious Diseases Centre there to cater for the Southern sector in order to help manage infections like Ebola and COVID-19

I wish to reiterate my call for government to provide adequate PPEs to health workers, ensure testing of as many people as possible for the COVID-19 virus as we stay home during the extended lockdown period, observing social distancing protocols and washing our hands with soap under running water, regularly.

A Happy Easter to all of us. It is my prayer that this Season will offer our dear nation God’s unfailing Mercy and Grace to overcome the surge of our present pain.

Together We Will Win the Fight Against Coronavirus!

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Study shows Children Born During Covid-19 Pandemic Have Lower IQs

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Study shows Children Born During Covid-19 Pandemic Have Lower IQs; A US study has claimed that children born during the COVID-19 pandemic have reduced verbal, oral and overall cognitive performance compared to children born pre-pandemic.

The research found that children from the lower socio-economic background are the most-affected. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the mean IQ score on standardised tests for children aged between three months and three years was around 100, but for children born in the pandemic that number has fallen to 78.

For parents, who were able to continue their work from home, and did not face employment loss or any financial problems, the dual responsibilities of childcare and work have intensified the burden, especially on working women.

The dual responsibilities of childcare and work have increased the pressure on parents. And the families, whose bread earners lost their jobs, may have experienced greater stress, food and housing insecurities.

The study involved a total of 672 children from the state of Rhode Island. Of the total selected children, 308 kids were born before January 2019, while 188 kids took birth after July 2020. Besides, 176 of them were born between January 2019 and March 2020. The children involved in the study were mostly white and had no cognitive or developmental disabilities.

For the cognitive development of a child, the first few years of his/her life are critical. But with COVID-19 tightening its grip over our lives and causing the closure of schools, nurseries, and playgrounds, the infants’, as well as parents’ lives, have changed considerably.

Lead study author and associate professor of paediatrics (research) at Brown University, Sean Deoni said, “The biggest reason behind the falling scores is likely the lack of stimulation and interaction at home.”

source: news18


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Overtaking Gone Wrong; Employment Minister Involved In An Accident.


  • Ignatius Baffour- Awuah doubles as an Minister of employment and MP for Sunyani -West.
  • He has been involved in a car accident.
  •  He was returning from a funeral
  • His driver tried to overtake another car 

The employment minister has been involved in an accident. The accident occurred on the Sunyani-Nsoatre road on his return from a funeral at Odumase on Saturday, August 14. The minister’s driver tried to overtake another driver but luck was not on their side as they collided with a tipper truck.

In a report, the minister fell from his vehicle and got injured. It is unclear whether or not the minister had his seat belt on.

Mr. Baffour-Awuah was rushed to the hospital immediately.

This is not the first time a government official has had an accident .The question to ask is, what is the cause?….

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Over 1,000 reports on adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccines in Ghana received – GHS

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Ghana Health Service GHS has received over 1000 reports on adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccines in Ghana so far

Adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccines: Extended Programme on Immunisation (EPI) of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) says it has received about 1,000 reports of adverse effects from persons vaccinated against the COVID-19 vaccine.

These are people vaccinated within 12 days of the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise.

Dr. Kwame Amponsa-Achino, the Programme Manager of the EPI, told the Ghana News Agency that the reactions and complaints received by his outfit and the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) were fever, sweating, headache, weakness, chills, and body aches, which were all expected.

The Programme Manager said the reports were not different from reactions and adverse reports from other countries and what was stated by the manufacturer in the vaccine package information.

Dr. Amponsa-Achiano said the complaints were received mainly through the complaints call the number provided on the vaccination card, the Med App, and a complaints link provided by the FDA.

He said data showed that as of 1900 hours on Sunday, March 14, nearly 404,000 persons had taken their first jab of the COVID-19 vaccine from the 43 districts earmarked for the first phase.

Those vaccinated include front-line health workers, adults aged 60 years and above, and people with underlying health conditions such as diabetes, kidney diseases, hypertension, and cancer.

The others are frontline security personnel, frontline government officials, the media, and all frontline workers in the formal sector.

A total of 20 million Ghanaians are expected to be vaccinated against the virus, Dr. Amponsa-Achiano said, adding that females formed about 62 percent of the number vaccinated so far.

He said about 58,000 persons with underlying health conditions, 91,000 adults aged 60 years and above, about 68,000 health workers, 23,000 frontline security personnel, and more than 48,000 essential service providers had received their first jabs.

Similarly, more than 12,000 members of the Executive, Judiciary, and Legislature, and 60,000 teachers aged 60 and above, more than 3,000 media persons, and 72,000 ordinary persons had been vaccinated.

Dr. Amponsah-Achiano encouraged the public to keep adhering to the COVID-19 safety protocols by wearing a nose mask, observing social distancing, washing hands with soap under running water, or sanitize hands frequently.

Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals. In rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It has an incubation period of four to six days and fatal, especially for those with a weakened immune system, the elderly, and the very young.

It could also result in pneumonia and bronchitis.

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AUDIO:”There’s nothing free in this country, politicians are liars and can’t give you a thing” – Senyo Hosi

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"There’s nothing free in this country, politicians are liars and can't give you a thing" – Senyo Hos

“There’s nothing free in this country, politicians are liars and can’t give you a thing” – Senyo Hos


“There’s nothing free in this country, politicians are liars and can’t give you a thing” – Senyo Hosi; The CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (CBOD), Senyo Hosi has told Ghanaians not to expect anything free in this country.

He has also accused politicians of lying and taking from Ghanaians.

According to him, the leaders of the country should not often tell the people of Ghana electricity prices have been subsidized, when in reality they haven’t.

“And then we just come here and start taxing petrol for sanitation. It’s the easiest thing you do.

“If you have problems with the power crisis, be honest with the people. Let the people know that you are not paying the right price for electricity.

His comments come after the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah on PM: Express Monday indicated that Ghanaians will have to pay for the free provision of water and electricity introduced by the government in 2020 as part of measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“When we say free electricity it doesn’t mean that the IPP producer is also going to say because the President has said free electricity I won’t charge for it,” Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said.

But speaking on JoyNews’ Super Morning Show Tuesday, Mr. Hosi urged politicians to be transparent and brutally honest with Ghanaians regarding what it terms as being free.

“Don’t come and tell people that I’ve reduced electricity prices when you know you haven’t. There’s nothing free in this country. The politicians lie.

“They can’t give you a thing. They can only take from you. They can’t give you a thing. So be honest with the people. Stop telling them you’re giving them free stuff. How can I give you free with my right hand and collect two times or three times that much with my left hand? It is dishonest.”

Adding that, if the government incurred a shortfall of $1 billion in the electricity sector in 2020, why hasn’t the price of electricity is priced correctly?

“And then if you want to have a subsidy, go straight and let the public know that we are subsidizing electricity by so much.”

Moreover, the Finance and Economic policy analyst noted that the lack of servant leadership and misplaced priorities in our politicians is what is having an adverse effect on the economy.

“We’re sitting here. We’re not thinking of ways how to actually boost electricity demand. We’re thinking of how to buy V8. That is the conversation that you have.

“Do we look like people who really have a problem? If you’re in a country that is as broke as Ghana looks like today if you see me driving the car that I’m driving, shouldn’t. When I don’t have money, I don’t move that car,” he said.

Mr. Hosi urged the government not to burden Ghanaians with all these taxes it has come up with.

Meanwhile, in the 2021 budget statement, the new taxes and levies which have been introduced include; the financial sector clean-up levy, sanitation and pollution levy, Covid-19 health levy, and the energy sector recovery levy (Delta Fund).

 


source:myjoyonline

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