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Ring Road Central Rotary Club undertakes project for Maamobi Hospital PDF Print E-mail
Source: gna   
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 22:44

Accra, Dec 10, GNA -

The Rotary Club of Accra, Ring Road Central (RRC) in association with its junior partner, Rotaract Club of Accra Ring Road Central, on Saturday organised a medical outreach programme for the Maamobi Hospital, formally Maamobi Polyclinic.

In addition, the Club cut a sod for the construction of lavatory for male patients of the hospital and also for the renovation of the female patients' toilet facility at a total cost of GHc30,000.00.

Both male and female patients of hospital at the moment share the female toilet facility.

The outreach programme saw the screening of residents of Maamobi and its environs for various tests such as blood pressure, sugar level and malaria, HIV among other diseases.

Mr Victor Yaw Asante, President of the Rotary Club of Accra Ring Road Central, said in spite of its elevation to the level of a Hospital, the Maamobi facility still needed a facelift to befit its present status.

He thanked Aryton Drugs Limited, Starwin Products Limited, Bernsweet Pharmaceuticals Products, Kinapharma Limited and JM Addo and Sons for donating drugs towards the health screening. Mr Asante noted that the outreach programme formed an essential component of the Club’s annual work programme.

He said it was organised in memory of Madam Sophia Twum-Barima, who was a Past President of the Club and a staff of the Ghana office of the World Health Organization, who passed away in December 2010.

“Past President Sophia Twum –Barima is gone but will not be forgotten. She lived an exemplary life, and was committed to the Rotary ideals of placing service above self”.

“Sophia was passionate about health issues and Rotary Club of Ring Road Central is pleased to organize this year’s medical outreach in her memory”, he added.

Kyebi in ruins over galamsey PDF Print E-mail
Source: joy-online   
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 00:56

Joy News investigations have revealed rampant conversion of huge farm lands into deep galamsey pits in Kyebi in the Eastern region.

The effect of the illegal mining on residents is very devastating and appears to have been under-reported.

Young people there have dug galamsey pits on every available land and have polluted the main source of water.

The situation has forced the Ghana Water Company to shut down its treatment plant in the area.

The illegal mining received unprecedented attention when a royal of the Akyem Abuakwa traditional area accused the Okyehene of complicity in the illegal mining. A charge the king has vehemently denied.

Joy News’ Sammy Darko and Benjamin Henaku have been into some of the pits in Kyebi and reported of young and energetic men engaging in the illegal mining with so much impunity in the outskirts of the town.

The workers dig and sift through red soils in between houses and school compounds in dire search for gold.

A cocoa farmer named only as Bukari lamented how his farm he had worked on for over 50 years was taken over by the galamsey operators after the land owners sold the land for bigger money.

According to the residents, the cost of living has become so expensive because the youth have given up on farming and have taken to galamsey.

The activities of the galamsey operators have affected water supply in the area in unimaginable ways, with the residents resorting to the use of pure water and bore holes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 December 2011 01:00
600 houses demolished in Ablekuma PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 00:25

; 5-day-old twins displaced

About 100 more houses were on Monday demolished bringing the number to 600 by a combined police and military team at Joma, a fishing community near the Weija river in the Ga West Municipality of the Greater Accra region.

The exercise which began on Saturday, December 10 has so far rendered about 2,000 residents including a five-day-old born twins homeless.

The Ga Municipal Assembly has planted a military/police platoon to deal with whoever will attempt to resist the exercise.

Speaking angrily to Citi News at his palace, Nii Ayitey Noyaatse I, the Joma chief accused the city authorities of undermining his authority. According to him, his palace was not informed ahead of the demolishing exercise.

Nii Noyaatse I decried the manner in which the structures including the community church and the Joma Presby Primary School block were demolished.

“Government is telling us not to go to church and that our children should not go to school because our church and the only school building we have here have been demolished,” he complained.

Madam Jacqueline, a teacher of the demolished Joma Presby Primary School told Citi News the children were preparing to write their examinations when the exercise was executed.

She stressed that the government had denied the children their right to education.

The secretary to the Joma community, Joseph Alobuia, took a swipe at government and demanded answers from the city authorities for carrying out the exercise without notifying them.

The victims vowed never to participate in the upcoming 2012 general elections because they felt treated like aliens on their homeland.

They wondered how government could subject its own citizens to such inhumane practice whereas refugee camps have been established to provide shelter for the Ivorian and Liberian refugee residents in Ghana.

FirstBanC supports Korle Bu Department of Child Health PDF Print E-mail
Source: gna   
Tuesday, 12 August 2008 10:00

A total of 34,029,072.00 Ghana cedis is needed to refurbish the Emergency Ward of the Department of Child Health of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, to benefit children in Ghana and those from other West African countries.

The ward is a referral centre for children suffering from various types of illness and severe infections, including complicated malaria, diarrhoea, pneumonia, meningitis, tuberculosis, severe anaemia, childhood cancers and heart abnormalities and premature babies.

Professor Bamenla Goka, Head of the Department, disclosed these to journalists in Accra on Tuesday when the FirstBanC, a financial institution, presented a cheque of 5,000 Ghana cedis towards the refurbishment of the facility.

The bank had also adopted a ward at the Department for rehabilitation and to supply it with standard medical equipment. Prof. Goka said the expansion of the Emergency Ward and the Intensive Care ward would be in three phases and that about 9,000,000 Ghana cedis would be needed for the first phase of work.

She said the Emergency Ward, which was built to take care of a maximum number of 15 children but currently takes 40 children, had remained the same since the Department was built in the early 1960s.

"The inadequacy of space and beds means that sick children are forced to share beds with each other, sometimes three to a bed, thus drastically increasing the chance of cross infection. During peak admission periods, some children have to sit on their parents' laps in a chair for hours while they receive life-saving care", she said.

Prof. Goka said that equipment and facilities at the ward were stretched beyond limit resulting in their frequent breakdown.

Mr Frank Gamadey, Financial Controller and Head of Pension at the FirstBanC, who made the presentation, said the gesture was to complement government's efforts towards achieving the Millennium Development Goal Four on 93Reducing Child Mortality".

He said child healthcare, especially the fight against child cancer, was the main social responsibility of the company.

"We believe in wealth creation, and one of the best ways to ensure a progressive nation is to invest in children so that they can grow to become healthy and responsible adults."

Madam Jane Boatey, mother of a three-month-old baby, told the Ghana News Agency that due to the lack of beds, she had been carrying her baby in her arms while receiving drip infusion.

"I have been standing since yesterday and I will plead with the government and other corporate bodies to come to the aid of the hospital for the sake of these little children".

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 July 2011 02:36
Christian NGO supports prisoners, orphans PDF Print E-mail
Source: gna   
Sunday, 10 August 2008 06:30

Sunyani (B/A) July 2, GNA - Pastor Moses Kyeremeh, Founder of Glorious Victory Ministry, a Christian non-governmental organisation, has presented three bales of second-hand clothing to inmates of Sunyani Central Prisons. Two bales of the clothing are to be distributed among the female inmates whilst the remaining one is for their male counterparts. The ministry also donated a bale of similar clothing to inmates at the Compassion is Love in Action orphanage at Yawhima, near Sunyani.

Making the presentation, Pastor Kyeremeh said in addition to promoting spiritual growth and development, the ministry supports the needy in society, especially widows and prisoners. He expressed concern about the deplorable conditions in the prisons stating, 93Like all other Ghanaians, prisoners also have the right to basic amenities such as toilets." Pastor Kyeremeh appealed to the government to improve on the sanitation situation and also called for an increase in the daily 60 pesewa feeding fee per inmate in the prisons. Senior Chief Officer Mohammed F. Ganda, who received the items on behalf of the prisoners, thanked the ministry for the gesture. He said the central prison had 805 inmates made up of 791 males and 15 females.

Senior Chief Officer Ganda expressed concern about overcrowding among the male inmates indicating that instead of the proposed intake of 500 the prisons sometimes accommodate more the 800 inmates. He appealed to the government to improve on the sanitation situation, saying, 93even though there are supposed to be toilets in each cell, inmates have to queue for the general toilet." The Senior Chief Officer noted that the reformation of inmates was a shared responsibility and advised society to embrace them after they had served their sentences.

At Yawhima, Madam Shallot Osei Kwarteng, founder of the orphanage, also thanked the ministry for the items and appealed to other NGOs to support in the upbringing of the inmates. She said currently the orphanage had 30 children comprising 20 boys and 10 girls.

In another development, Mr. Raphael Godlove Ahenu Junior, Chief Executive Officer of Global Media Foundation, an NGO, presented 70 pairs of used shoes and sandals to the Frontier Mission Network, a charity organisation operating in the Northern Region to be distributed among the needy and vulnerable in that region.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 July 2011 02:42

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