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Partisan Election of Local Assembly Members Will Not Cure Winner-Takes-All Syndrome

Opinions

These are a handful of the many measures by which we can ensure power and governance is not unduly concentrated at the centre, hence essentially curing our country of the winner-takes-all disease.

The writer, Kobina Ansah

Opinions

“Then he said, "Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your NEIGHBOURS - empty vessels; do not gather just a few.” ― 2 Kings 4:3 [NKJV]

The right to be forgotten’

Opinions

Prof H Kwasi Prempeh writes: There are many different problems with our politics, ...

Opinions

A rejection of party-based MMDCE elections will do nothing, absolutely nothing, to stop or change the things we don't like about our politics. It would be misdiagnosing ....

Airport Residential Area, Accra. Image credit - buzzghana

Opinions

For cities to be identified as beautiful, certain characteristics must run through. These include: ...

The Bills, Our Referendum And My View – Marricke Gane Writes

Opinions

The REAL SUBSTANCE of the December 17th referendum is that Ghanaians are being asked to judge whether or not we are happy with what political parties have achieved ...

Commuting in Accra in the 60s

Opinions

Unfortunately, nobody from my class passed the common entrance that year. We were told later that none of us shaded his answers, which had been introduced that year, but we were not taught by our teachers.

Child beggers and the risks of accidents; Are the police sleeping on their watch? Image credit - GBC

Opinions

I stopped behind two vehicles ahead of me. Moments afterwards, six children - four girls and two boys, aged between seven and nine-dashed to the vehicles to beg for alms.

The writer,Tony Asare

Opinions

It must have been a Hall Week, and the remnants of disposable cups, polythene bags, plastic bottles and lots of other rubbish were scattered all over.

Politics of divisiveness – a thorn in our flesh

Opinions

It is so painful to hear people saying Ghana is heading for the worse with the intense divisions created by partisan politics.

Samson’s Take: What it means to vote a dangerous ‘Yes’ On Dec 17

Opinions

The evidence is clear that the NDC-NPP duopoly has delayed the forward march of this country so much that this loan and aid dependent republic isn’t ashamed it unable to account for $3 billion each year ...

Mrs Barbara Oteng Gyasi — Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture

Opinions

She stated that, instead of the $50 million, the fund earmarked for the Ministry was now $40 million and the remaining $10M was utilised for processing of the funds at the Ministry of Finance.

File Image – President Akufo-Addo

Speeches

The responsibility is ours as individual sovereign countries not only to aim at reducing poverty, but, actually, to create prosperity for all our citizens. We, in Ghana, certainly are engaged in fighting to eradicate poverty from our country.

File image - TRANSCRIPT: What President Akufo-Addo said about Aisha Huang's deportation (VIDEO)

Speeches

"First of all, the fight against illegal mining in Ghana is something that has not been systematically undertaken until I came into office.

Mr. Yao Selorm Kuatsinu

Speeches

With the absence of funding, the project team can only do so much with self-funding. We therefore encourage like-minded individuals and progressive organizations to partner us to create opportunities and bring lasting change to hundreds and eventually, thousands of lives across the sub-region.

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta. File image

Speeches

Mr. Speaker, I am performing this statutory function in accordance with Article 179 (8) of the 1992 Constitution and Standing Order 143 of this august House ...

Speech By President Akufo-Addo At The 2019 May-Day Celebration Parade

Speeches

The lopsided nature of things in our country is demonstrated by the statistic quoted eloquently in the speech by the General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, ...

Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu, RND, PhD. Conference convener

Speeches

This is just the foundation of Alternative Medicine movement: Providing an alternative way to help patients and nothing else. This should not create acrimony ...

Hon Linda Ocloo delivering her speech Ashaiman, 20th June 2019

Speeches

I am very much impressed as a Member of Parliament for Shai-Osudoku to see one of our illustrious sons doing amazing work; both locally and internationally in the health sector.

Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank

Speeches

President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Inaugural Address

Speeches

My election proves that our citizens are tired of the experienced, pompous system politicians who over the 28 years, have created a country of opportunities — the opportunities to bribe, steal and pluck the resources.

Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh

Press Release

However we have seen video footage dated February 2019 in which the minister referred to some guidelines and was emphatic that sexuality education should be part of ...

Security Agencies Foil Attempt To Create Instability In Ghana

Press Release

File image - Awomefia of the Anlo State, Togbi Sri III

Press Release

We are of the considered opinion that the President, the embodiment of the State, is apparently condoning an impropriety, since we are very much aware our petitions

Mr Agyenim Boateng Adjei the suspended CEO of the Public Procurement Authority

Press Release

Press Release: Police retrieve skeletal remains suspected to be that of missing Takoradi girls

Press Release

Parliament drops new chamber project for now

Press Release

PURC approves 11.17 per cent electricity tariff increase

Press Release

DECISION TO RECUSE MYSELF FROM AFCON 2019, EGYPT AND RETIRE FROM THE NATION TEAM – ASAMOAH GYAN

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DECISION TO RECUSE MYSELF FROM AFCON 2019, EGYPT AND RETIRE FROM THE NATION TEAM – ASAMOAH GYAN

Stonebwoy Apologizes For Gun Incident At 20th VGMA Awards Ceremony

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Stonebwoy Apologizes For Gun Incident At 20th VGMA Awards Ceremony

Press Release: Marricke Kofi Gane Announces His Candidacy For 2020 Presidential Race

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Press Release: Uniformed man seen kicking young man in video not police officer

Press Release

Hearts Appoint Frederick Moore As Chief Executive Officer

Press Release

From Nollywood to Netflix: The rise of Genevieve Nnaji

Features

The Legal and Political Consequences of the AWW Commission Findings

Features

In an unprecedented blistering attack on the work of the AWW Commission, the Government has signaled, even if obliquely, its intention not to carry through ...

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II (middle) with Nayiri Naa Bohogu Abdulai Mahami Sheriga (left) and Yagbonwura Tuntumba Boresa Sulemana Jakpa I. The three constitute the Committee of Eminent Chiefs set up by former President John Agyekum Kufour in 2002.

Features

One beautiful feature of the Dagbon Kingdom system is its centralised political system.

How Nigerian Criminals Across Borders Operate

Features

Nigerian criminal gangs are also active in countries like Malaysia, South Africa, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, India and Brazil where they engage in criminal activities like ...

Nkrumah in the UN general assembly in the early 1960s. Image credit: UN Photo/Marvin Bolotsky

Features

The Writer, Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom

Features

Many investors do not read the fine print or the rules that govern the products they go after. As a consequence, in Ghana, many people just ask how much they will get for every cedi they invest.

Planting for Food and Jobs: Ghana on the path to food sufficiency?

Features

Despite the plethora of policies in Ghana’s food and agricultural sector, the country cannot be deemed to be food secure. Perhaps, ...

The minister is right: For the sake of Ghanaians and its fisheries, saiko must stop

Features

This clear statement is very welcome. Last year, after a two-month closed season for industrial trawlers, the government intensified enforcement action against saiko, resulting in a high-profile arrest.

Senyo Hosi writes: I shall have my say but before then, my alumni and Kinbu

Features

Tagging the University of Ghana as the nation’s premier university will mean nothing if its products continue to be less attractive on the job market. As I see it, the University of Ghana risks becoming irrelevant to industry.

Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama - Minister for Local Government and Rural Development

Features

GSOP, which ended in June 2018, was an initiative meant to promote the creation of job opportunities for enhanced welfare of the people, particularly the poor. It was rolled out as a key support programme for District Assemblies country-wide.

Ho Teaching Hospital

Features

Attaining teaching hospital status means the arrival of more professionals at all levels, specialised tertiary care, increased complexities of management issues and human conflicts, as well as increased workload and pressure on existing facilities.

Nduom writes: The wrong we did? Our story

Features

We became toxic in a few months. For some customers, a “friend” had become an “enemy”.

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia (in blue) in a bilateral talks with the President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel.

Editorials

Cuban doctors offer health care to the world's poor because they have big hearts.

Mr. Joseph Kofi Adda, Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources.

Editorials

Indiscriminate disposal of refuse, generated at homes and workplaces, is a common feature, which if not tackled, ...

Export of nurses innovative

Editorials

But there are other areas where we can take advantage, as we may have a competitive edge over other nations.

Mother tongue may be our development launch pad. Image credit - ghanagrio

Editorials

Many scholars have posited that language develops with the rise and development of a society. Perhaps the most instructive postulation is that language dies when a society dies.

Cocoa farmers deserve a bigger share of the pie

Editorials

Sadly, however, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire have little to show for their efforts at leading the sustenance of an industry that is equal to or more than the combined value of their national outputs ...

TIME TO TAKE HIV TREATMENT SERIOUS

Editorials

It is regrettable that Ghana who was tipped as far back as 2012 to be the first country on the African continent to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS has not as yet succeeded.

Press Freedom Must Mean Freedom And Responsibility

Editorials

Truth is that some media professionals have taken freedom of the press for granted and thrown professional ethics to the abyss.

COP Mrs Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah

Editorials

It is also very disappointing that the police service is behaving as if it has no communication policy in place. A senior officer says the girls have been found or their whereabouts are known but in the same breath the very Police Administration denies the abducted victims have been located.

Pay attention to the roads

Editorials

The importance of roads is well appreciated, viewed against the backdrop that they link producers to markets, workers to workplaces, students to schools and the sick to hospitals.

File image – Circa 2015, an unidentified location in Accra following a heavy downpour that left parts of the capital severely flooded.

Editorials

As if we were possessed then, all of a sudden we discovered all the causes and solutions to floods. We were overtaken by a certain powerful force to put measures in place to curtail once and for all the flooding menace.

James Klutse Avedzi, PAC Chairman

Editorials

Quite honestly, many Ghanaians are not enthused about the warnings that have been issued to the public officials over the period because everyone is fully aware that nothing would come out of it.

Death penalty: To expunge or not to

Editorials

The death penalty has been justified by many, while it has been criticised by others.

Open Letter To COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah

Letters

You are an injurious meretricious "poster-girl" of the Ghana Police, a true and valuable example of why blind affirmative action is unhealthy to the inviolable progress of every institution and/State.

File image - President Akufo-Addo

Letters

Your Excellency, it’s worthy of note that a leader and his leadership is recounted for nothing more than the inspiring accounts and memories of ...

Aisha Huang and Huang Yanfeng

Letters

In April this year, the Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo, told some Ghanaians abroad that jailing the Chinese illegal mining ‘queen’ for engaging in illegal mining was not important as it was not going to solve Ghana's economic problems.

File image - President Akufo Addo

Letters

I have been following with keen interest the current debate on the construction of a new Parliamentary Chamber for the country. In my considered opinion it is a good proposal and if carried out ...

Letter to the First Lady; Water in Chanyili is a health hazard

Letters

File image - Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo

Letters

Consider that while other countries are making their citizens ready for the future, you are reveling in a past that doesn't exist anymore, ...

Richard Owusu Nyarko and Christian Asum, the writers

Letters

Soon people gathered and they started hurling insults, “armed robber”, “thief”, you have snatched a phone, okada boys are criminals, etc. “God made you to have this accident ...

Open letter to the manager of British Airways in Accra

Letters

The British Airways flight to Accra was horrible.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Letters

FUND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WORK IN GHANA, IMPLEMENT THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACT AND RELATED LEGISLATION AND CREATE SEXUAL HARRASSMENT POLICIES IN SCHOOLS AND WORKPLACES IN GHANA

Open Letter to the Ministers of Highways and Railways

Letters

The people of Tarkwa are suffering because of the very poor nature of the road on the outskirts of the municipal area from Tarkwa Senior High School to Wassa Agona.

An Open Letter to Afenyo-Markin

Letters

The call for Ahmed Jinapor’s promotion to Associate Professor because his brother is a staff at the Office of the President, is as absurd as Hilda’s case.

President Akufo-Addo writes to Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, NDC Chairman

Letters

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed he gave his first interview to a Western news organization in late May, when he spoke to the Voice of America’s Horn of Africa service reporter Eskinder Firew, in Addis Ababa in Amharic.

Interviews

Bishop John Bonaventure Kwofie

Interviews

How can somebody like me from a small tribe - the Ahanta people in the Western Region - be called to go to work in Accra; I mean how are the people going to receive me?

DecoKraft’s Akua Obenewaa Donkor

Interviews

My chocolatier journey began when I came across the word “chocolatier” in a magazine. It piqued my curiosity, ...

Angolan businesswoman, Isabel dos Santos

Interviews

In 2013, according to research by Forbes, her net worth had reached more than three billion US dollars, making her Africa's first billionaire woman. Five years have passed ever since and her wealth has continued to grow.

Related: Exclusive Interview: Marricke Kofi Gane Talks Political Future and More - Part 3

Interviews

AA: Like any armchair football coach, the armchair politician’s task is always the easiest; it becomes a different story when the reality hits him in office. What is your take on that?

Exclusive Interview: Marricke Kofi Gane Talks Political Future and More – Part 2

Interviews

Well, let me put it this way – it is not enough if I wish to stand – the people must also want me to stand, after all, they will be the ones to vote for me. What I can say however is this - if I do make an announcement to stand in 2020, it will be because the people believe in me. Do I believe I am ready myself?

Exclusive Interview: Marricke Kofi Gane Talks Political Future and More - Part 1

Interviews

I am not sure there is a very new me from when we last spoke. I think it’s more the case that the Author side of me has been asked to proceed on leave, hahaha, and my more vocal and politically inclined self, awakened. Both have always been there.

The developing world is an easy target for populists – Kofi Annan

Interviews

There has been much debate about democratic dysfunction in the advanced world due to paralyzing polarization exacerbated by fake news and social media manipulation. Isn’t this also an issue in the fledgling democracies of the developing world, from Malaysia to Kenya, Nigeria and elsewhere?

The story is titled 'The Shimmer in the Photo Album', and it revolves around 4 children and their grandfather, and a series of time-porting adventures and mysteries they go through. The title was purely to create curiosity and thereby encourage anyone to pick up through book.

Abel Manomey (1st left) celebrates a goal with Gt. Olympics teammates. File image credit - @images_image

Interviews

SA: I find your reference to the use of occultism/juju in the Ghana Premier League very intriguing. I do recall a video on Twitter of several Gt. Olympics players walking backwards into a stadium with hopes of picking up the 3 points as they sought to escape relegation towards the end of the 2017 season. Did that really happen or was that clip a prank?

Abel Manomey (1st left) celebrates a goal with Gt. Olympics teammates. File image credit - @images_image

Interviews

They have done well so far. They registered players last season for them to be insured but they need to be cushioned by the Ghana Football Association (GFA), and other corporate bodies since it is a huge financial burden on the PFAG. Also, in my case, Mr. Baffoe personally called and assured me of the association paying any debt incurred at the hospital resulting from my recent injury.

An Interview with Farida Nabourema - Part 2

Interviews

Why Standards?

Commentary

The principle of creation and the standards that go with it require all human beings to show interest in standardisation so as to be able to ensure quality products for everyone on earth.

Termination Of PDS-ECG Agreement

Commentary

It is worthy of note that several government functionaries including the Minister of Energy, John Peter Amewu and his Deputy Owuraku Aidoo had described the contract with PDS as fraudulent.

Plastic Waste Menace In Ghana

Commentary

NPRA’S Efforts To prosecute Defaulting Pension Companies

Commentary

Tier one is the mandatory Social Security and National Insurance Trust, SSNIT, tier two which is ...

Urgent action needed to reduce the annual figures of Ghanaian deportees

Commentary

In fact, to have 67 people escorting 17 unwanted guests is in itself a signal that the German government is really serious with its immigration laws.

File image - Upcoming Referendum On Election Of MMDCEs

Commentary

The suggestion to elect the MMDCEs if endorsed by the electorate come December 17 will among other benefits enhance participation and all-inclusive governance at the grassroots level, ...

Implementation of the new Standard-Based Curriculum for basic schools. Image credit - ebitcoinics

Commentary

The new curriculum which was developed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment is a shift from the objective-based curriculum to a standards-based curriculum with focus on strengthening the acquisition of the 4Rs -

File image: Looting and violence erupt in shops owned by foreign nationals in Soweto, Johannesburg. Credit - theconversation

Commentary

Well, there is nothing wrong with the youth in African nations fighting to take their rightful places in their own nations. What needs to be done is for ...

Certification of refined gold and its benefits

Commentary

Importance Of Asking Right National Questions

Commentary

This finding underscores the need for the timely and effective implementation of all provisions of the Right to Information Law, recently assented to by the President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, who ...

Need To Remain Security Conscious At All Times

Commentary

If we are unable to do this, then we have all failed in ensuring that security is upheld to its required and logical conclusion.

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I WILL VOTE 'NO'

At Large

A ‘No’ vote will prevent political parties from hijacking elections at the district level.

It has taken me weeks to understand what is expected of me in the polling booth on December 17.
Now that I understand it, my mind is made up.

File image – In this undated image, students of Bolgatanga Girls SHS line up to greet President Nana Akufo-Addo during a visit to Bolga.

At Large

If the VIP is scheduled to arrive at 10a.m., the schoolchildren are lined up by 8a.m. and that means even if by some miracle, the visitor is on time and arrives at 10 a.m.,...

One of the things I hated as a schoolchild was to be lined up by the roadside to wave at a visiting important personality; often a minister of state and very rarely, the Head of State of the country.

Can't Blame Nigeria!

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What our leaders did not take into account 44 years ago was that element of human nature called “self-preservation”. Defined as the first law of nature, it is ...

In August this year, Nigeria shut its borders with all its neighbours, Republic of Benin, Niger and Cameroun. This is not the first time an African country is closing its borders to their neighbours.

The author, Elizabeth Ohene

At Large

According to the statistics from the Customs Department, some 656,232 tonnes of the stuff, worth $331.2 million, were imported into the country in 2017. I have ...

Food has been on my mind. That is not saying very much, I admit, for food must necessarily almost always be on your mind. There is no other activity that takes up so much of our time, energy, resources and passion as food.
Once upon a time, you could tell immediately where in the country you were and who you were dealing with, judging from the food that was on offer around you.

The writer, Elizabeth Ohene

At Large

Courtesy of the Upper West Regional Girls’ Education Officer at the Ghana Education Service (GES), we all now know that not a single girl has ever completed the Sawoubea Junior High School in the Wa East District in the past 25 years.

A bit late in the day, I accept, but I am increasingly having to ask over and over again, if there is a generally accepted understanding of what constitutes Ghanaian culture, what is Ghanaian and what is un-Ghanaian?

PDS saga: God is in the details

At Large

Sanctity? The Americans may know something they have not communicated to us, yet. From all the facts available, yours truly thinks that if there ever was a breach of contract sanctity, it was not by the Ghana Government.

We may have lost the $190 million which would have been ours if the Power Distribution Services’ (PDS) concession agreement with the Electricity Company of Ghana had not been cancelled by us, but I dare say that it was better than to have lost US$3 billion worth of assets belonging to ECG if we had gone ahead.

The writer, Elizabeth Ohene

At Large

The saddest ones have been from other women who say that by writing the article, I have given them the strength to face up to the abuse they suffered during their childhood and which has continued gnawing at them through adulthood.

I suppose you can’t write on sex and expect not to raise temperatures. Usually when I write on any subject, I take the position that I should not get involved in whatever discussion that is generated by the article.

Elizabeth Ohene - The Writer

At Large

Today, I know what he did and one of the frustrations I have is that social norms do not allow me to describe exactly what happened and I am reduced to saying I was defiled or sexually molested.

I am not quite sure I had considered what the effect would be if I went public with the story of my having been sexually molested.

Elizabeth Ohene - The writer

At Large

When I was eleven years old, I was raped. He was not a stranger.

In 1952, I was seven years old, I was in Class Three and I was living in Abutia with my grandmother. There was a celebration marking the opening of a bridge near or in a village called Podoe, which meant the road was now opened from Abutia to Juapong.

On Priority

Here And There

I will think about them often in the days ahead. Anytime I am tempted to stop trying to solve a problem, I will remember their smiles. When the troubles of ....

I have just left a conference that hosted 600 neurosurgeons from all over the world. It has been an intensive 4 days packed with knowledge that is mind boggling in its scope. It is amazing, what has been achieved over the last few decades, by people who have dedicated their lives to the brains and spines of children. There were topics ranging from the routine, to the outright futuristic.

On Teamwork. Image credit - oldtownetitle

Here And There

He also reminds me of the prerequisite for any difference that medical knowledge can make in the lives of the people who come to our hospital: team work. There is no other way.

One client walked into my consulting room 3 weeks ago. He sat in my consulting room, engaging with me on current happenings, and lifted me up in a way he would never know. The privilege of being involved in his life is singularly mine. The message that his life carried for me, and members of my team, was direct: Do not give up.

On Power

Here And There

It is difficult to look forward with hope. It is difficult to see the same shadows that familiar trees have cast, and ...

When I saw the CT scan my heart sank. The beautiful symmetry that the brain has, the different shades that white and grey matter imprint on the LCD screen were gone. The lines that divide the electrical generating cells, from the transmitting cells, were gone. This was the aftermath of battle, and the brain cells had lost the ultimate war. And now even as the person’s heart and lungs worked together in the unison that is life’s rhythm, the brain was gone. Life had ended. And there was nothing that we could do about what was going to happen in the next few days. 

On Service

Here And There

If good health care requires strategic planning, from committed players, and it has devalued the way it has in this country, then it is either there has been no strategic planning, or the players have been uncommitted or both.

There is this bread selling business in my neighbourhood. I don’t know how they do it. Really. But if I need soft, pliant, delicious, bread at 10pm, I go there. And I get it. Without fail. No questions asked. And me and my indisciplined self… yes, I have tried it after 10. I did not get it. They had closed. And I knew I had pushed it far enough. There is really a limit to soft bread provision. All service, no matter how excellent, depends on well planned duration limits.

On Movement. Image credit - flickr

Here And There

The drive for excellence depends on assimilating enough knowledge about a challenge to deal with it, in the most efficient way as possible.

I entered the barber shop not knowing about the increase. I noticed it on the wall, in the middle of the cut. Time has flown, my hair is gone, but there is still some stubble to be trimmed. It’s just that the price had gone up by a whole 50%. Overnight. There were no reasons. There had been a two day notice, and I had no choice. What remained of the hair was already trimmed, and the trimming price had moved, up.

On Health

Here And There

This country has half its population under 18. Our burden of non communicable disease is a fraction of what developed countries have. The top killer of our young people is ...

There is a certain reality that one must accept as a healthworker in Ghana. There are certain truths to be assumed.

It appears to me that there will always be two groups of people: those who create value and those who do not. - Image credit - Barlow/McCarthy

Here And There

We can choose which side of the divide we want to be on. We are ...

The human body is an ecosystem of value creation and dissemination. It is a collection of cells with an unimaginable capacity to achieve. The scope of what this collection of cells is able to create is mind blowing.

Kigali, the city of Principles. Image credit - Rwanda Times

Here And There

Kigali is what they say it is... and more. It is as clean as they say, it is as planned as they say. And there is not a single motorbike rider without a helmet. I am from Ghana, so ...

I have been in Kigali the last 3 days, in the presence of movers and shakers that only the EIsenhower Fellows can pull together. It has been an insightful 3 days in a city that proves that Africa can have a future, if we choose.

Terminal 3, Kotoka International Airport, Accra. Image credit - ariport-technology

Here And There

One thing that has been striking in the last few weeks, is a renewed awareness of the need for something beyond just primary health care. We are beginning to ask questions of ourselves: why do we send so many people out of Ghana when it could be done here?

I have spent my last few weeks settling down. Getting back into the groove of all things Ghana. Not much has changed in one year. A few new buildings here, another road there, same people, same challenges.

Ageing; A Reality For All But A Scary Prospect

Thoughts From Afar

If we do not, we must be aware that unless we find a way of saving for our old age, stealing from the public coffers to build our geriatric war chest in anticipation of the inevitable or have faith in our ...

“Man’s lives are not progressions, as conventionally rendered in history paintings, nor are they a series of facts that may be enumerated and in their proper order understood. Rather they are a series of transformations, some immediate and shocking, some so slow as to be imperceptible, yet so complete & horrifying that at the end of his life a man may search his memory in vain for a moment of correspondence between his self in his dotage and him in his youth.”

A Leadership Dilemma; Maintain The Status Quo Or Cross The Rubicon

Thoughts From Afar

Unfortunately, the reality is, we are a distance away from this form of openness mainly due to our “winner takes all brand of democracy” and must make the best out of our current circumstances.

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”

Hear me out; For It cannot Be Criminal To Be Suicidal

Thoughts From Afar

Even more worrying is the view of the Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu who argues that the status quo be maintained. Hear him, “I disagree that ..."

Tiffanie DeBartolo in How to Kill a Rock Star had this to say. “Did you really want to die? No one commits suicide because they want to die. Then why do they do it? Because they want to stop the pain.”

Moving A Step Further With Breast Cancer Awareness. Getty image

Thoughts From Afar

Reading the article again this morning, I could feel the anguish in her words and roundly understood why she opted to undergo testing for these mutant genes ....

“Perhaps this is what the stories meant when they called somebody heartsick. Your heart and your stomach and your whole insides felt empty and hollow and aching.” Gabriel García Márquez

A Health Debate of Russian Roulette

Thoughts From Afar

But, in reality, this must not be a cause for celebration. It is not because, with a population growth rate of 2.25% ...

Christophe Galfard in his book, The Universe in Your Hand, argues that “a clock that is moving through space at a very fast speed does not tick at the same rate as a slow-moving watch gently attached to your wrist as you stroll on a tropical beach. The idea of a universal time – a godlike clock that could somehow sit outside our universe and measure, in one go, the movement of everything in it, how its evolution unfolds, how old it is and all that – does not exist.”

File image: Trainee nurses celebrate the restoration of training allowances under the NPP government.

Thoughts From Afar

I understand the political ramifications of any conversations around trainee nursing allowances. However, I struggle to make sense ...

Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” Steve Jobs

A tale of two halves. Image Courtesy of Contract Surfaces, Inc.

Thoughts From Afar

The fact is, our health system always makes and breaks our hearts. It does because whilst a lot of good goes on, ...

According to Saidi Mdala, “bad luck is what results when bad things happen to you unprepared, or when you neglect to do what you have to do when you are supposed to do it.”

Are Safe and Effective Drugs for All a Mirage or Reality? Image credit - expressrx

Thoughts From Afar

I would conclude by asking, “if spending potentially 38% of our total health expenditure or 2.4% of our GDP on otherwise useless medicines does not push us to rethink our national approach in this area, what would”?

Roy T. Bennett in The Light in the Heart argues “Do not let the memories of your past limit the potential of your future. There are no limits to what you can achieve on your journey through life, except in your mind.” The 25th of September 2019 was World Pharmacists Day, celebrated this year with the theme “Safe and effective medicines for all.”

Framing A Future Path For Health Transparency

Thoughts From Afar

Sadly, our society has been late in coming to terms with this new reality. Starting from the individual citizen, very few of us are conversant with our basic health information

According to Brian Tracy, “all successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.”

My Beef With The ‘John’ At Work. Image credit - American standard

This And That

Personally, I don’t engage in the rushed entry business as it is disrespectful in my opinion. How do you relate to a colleague once you conclude that their shit smells bad? Interestingly, ...

I have for a while now come to the somber realization and conclusion that there are quite a few number of people whose behavior around the workplace John need to be readjusted. Either that, or they just have olfactory bearings in serious need of realignment.

Marshae Jones - Alabama Woman Indicted for Death of Her Fetus. Booking image released by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

This And That

A pregnant woman, who was shot in the stomach by another woman, was recently charged with manslaughter in the death of her unborn baby.

The state of Alabama has always been somewhat radical. They threw themselves headlong into slavery, and after it was abolished, Alabama championed segregation. The state, and still is, known for unsteady race relations, and from its illustrious history, it’s clear that Alabama is also right-leaning in its tendencies.

Bottled Water Scare - How Can You Know What’s Safe?

This And That

Worse still is that this is not America’s first tryst with sullied drinking water. In April 2014, the Flint, Michigan water crisis ...

In recent news all over the United States, it has been discovered that certain brands of bottled water contain arsenic, a substance that can be deadly in humans. These brands are Starkey Water and Penafiel. According to news reports they were sold at Target, Wal Mart and Whole Foods.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Image credit - Atlas Obscura

This And That

I have no idea what went on inside during the ceremony but the smiles and joy on the faces of parents, ... was enough to signal joy and success of a fortune well-spent at this solely private Catholic girls school.. to provide their daughters an education many of them never had, ...

After frustratingly searching for my phone for several minutes to take a picture of people dumping trash in front of a mail box, I finally came to the realization that I was having a dream, something that I rarely have. This was three Thursdays ago.

Water for Togo

This And That

Tears shouldn’t be the easiest way to have clean water,

Togo’s leaders sit on thrones

Made of gold and bones

The dry, dehydrated bones of the people,

Several cows caught crossing the street around the Achimota Overhead area with flagrant disregard for traffic rules. Photo credit: On the road with Amigo.

This And That

These cows, and many of their other four-legged brethren, not to mention those of the two-legged and winged varieties, can be an eyesore in certain parts of the city. Together, they take care of their private business in full glare of the public, and without fail, fail to clean up after themselves. As for their owners, the less said about their interest in cleaning the public mess, the better.

As someone who dabbled in animal husbandry during his youthful days on a homestead within the city limits of Accra many years ago, and rose to the ranks of a Johnny-do-it-all General Manager, I was really taken aback by a news item from the renowned Associated Press (AP), about lawmakers in one of the States of our own spirited friend, Number Forty-Five, who currently occupies the WH, weighing a trespassing bill against chicken owners in the state of New Hampshire.