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Red Cross trains volunteers on Ebola prevention PDF Print E-mail

EBOLAThe Western Regional branch of the Ghana Red Cross Society, has trained 72 volunteers from border communities, on Ebola preparedness and prevention.

The volunteers were drawn from Elubo, Half-Assini, Jaw Wharf, Kristan and Ampain refugee camps, in the Jomoro and Ellembelle districts.

The Western Regional Manager of the Red Cross, Mr. Matthew Boateng, said even though Ghana had not recorded any incidence of Ebola, there was the need to prepare adequately for any eventuality.

The training, funded by the Swiss Red Cross, took volunteers through disease surveillance, proper hand washing procedure and contact tracing strategy.

Mr. Boateng stated that the volunteers would be deployed to the border communities, to undertake house-to-house educational campaign on Ebola prevention, so that the people would take precautionary measures.

 
HIV prevalence among pregnant Ghanaians on the decline PDF Print E-mail

HIVDr Gloria Quansah Asare, Deputy Director General, Ghana Health Service (GHS), has revealed that the HIV prevalence rate among pregnant women in Ghana stands at 1.9 percent after peaking at 3.6 percent in 2003.

She said though significant gains had been reported as far as HIV and AIDS in Ghana was concern, the burden of mother- to- child transmission is of grave concern to the health sector.

Dr Quansah Asare said this during an evaluation of the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) project carried out in the Greater Accra Region by the Government with support from the Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA).

“As Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV is practically the only way that children under the age of five in Ghana acquire the virus, the importance of PMTCT could not be overemphasized,” she said.

She said the PMTCT project was a three-year programme initiated in 2011 by the Ministry of Health, the Ghana AIDS Commission, the Ghana Health Service and JICA to help reduce incidences of HIV infection among children in the Greater Accra Region and the country as a whole.

Mr Shigeru Umetsu, Deputy Chief of Mission, Japan Embassy, said since the 1960s, the Government of Japan had regarded the health sector as a priority.

 
AGI 2014 Awards: ‘A’ rated Activa is the Best Insurance Company in Ghana PDF Print E-mail

Activa International Insurance Company was on Saturday, 22nd November, 2014 honoured as the Best Company in the Financial Services Sector (Insurance) at the 3rd Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) Awards night held at the Banquet Hall, State House, Accra.

Commenting on the awards, the Deputy Managing Director of Activa, Mr Solomon Lartey said "We at Activa feel very good about this prestigious award. It is a recognition of who we are and the quality we bring into the Ghanaian market. If we are offering world class insurance solutions to over 37 countries in Africa through our Globus Network; we are under obligation to do same for our own country, Ghana".

He asked Corporate Ghana, SMEs and individuals to insure their businesses, assets, property, vehicles and liabilities with Activa International as they guarantee confidence and peace of mind in difficult times.

 
Otumfuo to honour Kofi Boakye PDF Print E-mail

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, will tomorrow commission the refurbished offices of the Ashanti Regional Police Command headquarters in Kumasi.

The refurbishment of the structures built during the colonial era was initiated by Regional Commander, DCOP Kofi Boakye who assumed office about 10 months ago.

Otumfuo has acknowledged what he described as excellent leadership exhibited by the Regional Commander, resulting in a reduction in crime and a boost to police image in the region.

Luv FM’s Erastus Asare Donkor has assessed the 10 months tenure of DCOP Kofi Boakye and reports that among the new facilities created at the command headquarters is a modern conference hall.

Ten months ago, the Central Police yard was virtually a parking lot for impounded vehicles, motorcycles and other equipment some of which had not been claimed for years.

 
3 charged over Nayele cocaine scandal PDF Print E-mail

The three suspects arrested in connection with the recent drug scandal involving one Nayele Ametefeh have been charged with abetment of crime.

The three, Abiel Ashitey Armah, Ahmed Abubakar and Kissi Theophilus who are currently in police custody have been dragged before the Circuit Court to answer charges relating "to the exportation of narcotic drugs, contrary to sections 56 (c) and 1(1) of the Narcotics Drugs(Control, enforcement and sanctions) Act 1990 (PNDCL236)"

They were said to have assisted Nayele to carry 12 kilogrammes of cocaine through the VVIP of the Kotoka International Airport prior to her arrest in the UK on November 9, 2014.

A copy of the charge sheet intercepted by Asempa FM and which is signed by Richard Gyambiby, Assistant State Attorney reported the 1st accused person, Abiel Ashitey Armah, as saying he was contacted by one Alhaji Daud to facilitate the passage of Nayele Ametefeh and two other ladies through the VVIP lounge at the airport.

Mr Armah is said to be a foreign service officer.

 
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