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Govt Hands Over 20,000 Wheelchairs To Persons With Disability

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Govt Hands Over 20,000 Wheelchairs To Persons With Disability

Govt Hands Over 20000 Wheelchairs: The government, in partnership with the World Bank, has handed over twenty thousand (20,000) wheelchairs to the Ghana Federation of Disabilities Organisations as part of ongoing interventions to improve their livelihoods and wellbeing.

The manual and powered wheelchairs, to be distributed by the Ministry of Health through the various District Health Directorates, will enhance personal mobility, a precondition for enjoying human rights and living in dignity. It will equally assist persons with disabilities in becoming more productive members of our communities.

Handing over the wheelchairs at a brief ceremony in Accra on Tuesday May 11, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, assisted by the Minister of Health, Hon Kwaku Agyeman Manu and Dr Anthony Seddoh, World Bank Country Lead for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, said the donation was further evidence of Government’s renewed commitment to building a fair and inclusive society, which ensures that all citizens share in the country’s wealth and prosperity, irrespective of their background.

“Without a doubt, the past one year has been challenging for many of us because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Problems of social equity, how to defend the weak and most vulnerable in society, how to provide social housing, how to improve equitable access to health care to all citizens in the country regardless of where they live, how to ensure increased access to education of all Ghanaian children, have always been at the core of our social policy challenges. These challenges have always been there. COVID-19 just amplified the challenges.

“As we are all aware, persons with disabilities are always confronted with these challenges, which prevent them from having a decent quality of life and fulfilling their true potential.

“The Government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is not insensitive to these challenges, hence the implementation of several initiatives to ease and to eliminate the obstacles many of you face in your everyday lives.”

Some of the initiatives undertaken since 2017 include the presentation in 2020 of Ghs4 million to two thousand (2,000) disabled men and women entrepreneurs under the Presidential Empowerment for Male Entrepreneurs with Disability (PEMED) and the Presidential Empowerment for Women Entrepreneurs with Disability (PEWED) respectively; and the handing over of 10,000 hospital beds to the Minister for Health for distribution across the country.

Through the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), Government also provided students living with disability in selected tertiary institutions with assistive technology-enabled devices and training to promote their digital inclusion in 2019, and also provided 240 fit-for-purpose gender and disability-friendly school sanitation facilities to over 231,870 school pupils of low-income communities in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) through the GAMA Sanitation and Water Project.

“Government is also exploring opportunities to remove existing barriers in public buildings, educational systems, healthcare, and in the job market to provide opportunities for all. The challenge for us is how our collective actions can minimize some of the circumstances that deny other citizens the benefits of personal mobility,” he added.

Citing World Health Organisation reports which indicate that except for infectious diseases such as polio, malaria, and meningitis, the foremost cause of disability is road accidents, Vice President Bawumia expressed worry that such accidents, particularly from motorised accidents, do not only cause death but could also leave occupants and innocent pedestrians disabled.

“I therefore urge road users to abide by the traffic rules and regulations. A great mind once said, ‘Nothing is of greater importance than the conservation of oneself.’ Let us remind ourselves that to walk is a right, to drive or to ride is a privilege.”

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Woman gives birth to 10 babies at a go

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Woman gives birth to 10 babies at a go

A South African woman by the name Gosiame Thamara Sithole at age 37 has given birth to 10 babies in one pregnancy. This breaks the Guinness World Record held by Halima Cissé, a Malian, who gave birth to nine children in Morocco.

Gosiame successfully gave birth to her decuplets at a hospital in Pretoria last Monday.

Sithole, who has six-year-old twins, said that her pregnancy was natural and wasn’t on fertility treatment.

Speaking to Pretoria News a month ago, Ms. Sithole said her pregnancy was “tough at the beginning” and she had prayed for a healthy birth, with many a sleepless night worrying about what was to come.

“How would they fit in the womb? Would they survive?” she asked herself, but was reassured by doctors that her womb was expanding.

Gosiame Thamara Sithole

Gosiame Thamara Sithole when pregnant at a later month
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A family member, who did not want to be identified, told the BBC News that Ms Sithole has had 10 babies – 5 via natural birth and 5 via caesarean section.

“It’s seven boys and three girls. I am happy. I am emotional. I can’t talk much,” her husband Teboho Tsotetsi told Pretoria News after the birth.

Most pregnancies involving large numbers of babies end prematurely, says BBC Africa’s health reporter Rhoda Odhiambo.

Multiple births involving more than three babies are rare and often the result of fertility treatments – but in this case the couple say they conceived naturally.


CREDIT: BBC

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Is abortion legal in Ghana?

By law, abortions in Ghana are legal in cases of rape, incest, fetal abnormality or disease, or “defilement of a female idiot,” or if they are performed to protect physical or mental health; they must be provided by registered and trained health personnel in an approved facility.

Abortion in Ghana is faced with serious stigmatization to the extent that people who patronize it feel ashamed to make it known. This makes it difficult to capture accurate information on abortion incidence and unintended pregnancy in official records. This in effect has had a negative impact on planning reproductive health services in the country.

The legal status of abortion in Ghana

  • According to Ghanaian law, abortions are legal in cases of rape, incest, fetal abnormality or disease, or “defilement of a female idiot,” or if they are performed to protect physical or mental health; they must be provided by registered and trained health personnel in an approved facility.
  • Despite efforts by the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service to expand postabortion care and safe abortion services, several factors impede the use of these services. These include stigmatization of abortion, poor knowledge of abortion’s legal status among the public and medical professionals, misperceptions about the safety of legal abortion, and inadequate access to services.
  • Many women in Ghana seek illegal abortions, which vary widely in terms of safety. Complications from unsafe abortions contribute substantially to Ghana’s high maternal mortality, which was estimated at 310 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2017.

 


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Izwe Savings and Loans belongs to me – Abedi Pele reveals

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Izwe Savings and Loans belongs to me – Abedi Pele reveals

Abedi Pele owns Izwe savings and loans: Former Ghana star, Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew has revealed that he owns the biggest microfinance company in the West African country.

According to the Olympique Marseille legend, he is the owner of Izwe Savings and Loans, a microfinance company that has been in existence since 2011.

Speaking to the French ambassador to Ghana, Anne Sophie, he said his decision to set up a microfinance business was to lessen the burden on the ordinary Ghanaian.

“I have done so many things but my character is very calm, I am always in the dark and I believe in that,” he said.

“I have been in the country working very hard, I have a microfinance company which is very huge and number one in the country called Izwe Loans.”

“We give loans to teachers, military, police to support them in their daily lives.

“They have to send their children to school and so we give them these loans to manage and buy things for their children,” he stated.

Pele is one of the best footballers to have ever emerged from the country. He was part of the 1982 squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations.

He also won the Champions League with Marseille and also emerged as Africa’s best player of the year four times.

 

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