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Endless debate, no answers yet: The menace of plastic waste

Opinions

Yet others have boldly taken lasting steps to wean their environment off unsightly piles of plastic waste, why can’t we?

Cash For Votes: The Root Of Political Corruption - Part 1

Opinions

Money has become a dominant, determinant factor in Ghanaian politics. It doesn’t matter if the election is at the student level, the district assembly level, or at the political party level.

Planning for retirement: Clearing misconceptions

Opinions

People want to avoid the word pension because of experiences they have gone through as retirees.

Prof. Ransford Gyampo

Opinions

Any politician who sees power as “time to chop” will always steal public money through all forms of corrupt deals. Given that no ...

President Akufo-Addo was needlessly defensive at GBA conference - Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

Opinions

The fact is, we in the opposition constantly marvel at the credit the President gives us. It appears when it comes to making excuses for his failures, the President’s tag of incompetence on the opposition no longer applies.

IT’S NOT TONGUES; IT’S CHARACTER … As Challenge searches for relevant Christians

Opinions

The challenge of Challenge is that “church has become a socialevent, a rendezvous where we meet people. That is why we have a preponderance of what it describes as “Special Event Christians” and“Special Day Christians”, among others.

A petition: Food and Drugs Authority, stop their ‘big English’ drugs leaflets!

Opinions

Why do they terrorize us with such ‘big English’? In fact, some of the terms are so scientific that they’re not even recognizable as English – which we’re already struggling with ....

Bizarre situation prevailing in Christian circles; Are there measures to curb it?

Opinions

The communique should detail steps for dealing with the situation and establish ideal parameters for the practice of religion in the country.

Potpourri of motivational speakers and more

Opinions

It connotes the abundant availability of almost anything. Variations such as, “one man, one wife,” “one week, one scandal,” have all come up. Hardly does a week pass without something occurring.

Taxing The Church. Image credit - CBN

Opinions

Yesteryears churches adopted for themselves the responsibility of setting up social and developmental structures. The evidence of their legacy are mainly schools and ...

Money, financial institutions, and the Ghanaian state: from utopia to dystopia

Opinions

Before you fetishize another Menzgold, ask for the child in your community whose parents are so poor that they cannot register the child for basic school education. Ask about the ...

Strategies for dealing with e-mail spam

Opinions

A simple strategy should be the careful selection of a spam filter based on assessment of an individual’s level of risk and its appropriateness for their peculiar environment.

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.

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

Press Release

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

Press Release

Stonebwoy Apologizes For Gun Incident At 20th VGMA Awards Ceremony

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

Press Release

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

CHARLES BISSUE STEPS ASIDE IN THE WAKE OF BRIBERY ALLEGATION

Press Release

Ghana’s Democracy Under Threat with the Existence of Political Party Thugs

Press Release

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”.

H.E. Shi Ting WANG, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana

Features

Secondly,”One Country, Two Systems” has been proven a remarkable success. Over the past 22 years, Hong Kong has been keeping prosper and stable, ...

Nene Neur Keteku III, Konor of Agotime Traditional Area

Features

The people of Agotime believe kente evolved from their area before spreading to other parts of the country.

We can do the impossible, only when we commit ourselves to it

Features

The Nkosuo Initiative is not only providing innovative leadership, but also building the capacity of the locals, creating new jobs including non-farm options, and ensuring significant market linkages which will outlive the project lifespan.

Understanding the Use of Educational Technologies in Teaching and Learning. Image credit - arstechnica

Features

The multifaceted nature of the concept has led Lumsdeine to classify it under three distinct types or approaches – Hardware Approach, Software Approach, and Systems Approach.

Special Prosecutor - Martin A. B. K. Amidu

Features

Hon. Yaw Buaben Asamoa did this by pretending to be directing me as an ignoramus on how to perform the duties of my Office: ...

Mr James Oppong-Boanuh

Features

During his time with the Ghana Police Service, he has held several command and staff positions including Chief Staff Officer to the Inspector-General of Police (1990-1996); ...

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.

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

File image - Irbad Ibrahim

Letters

Please, brother, take a cue from the saying that “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” Right now you are in a hole but you don’t seem to realise it.

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

An Interview with Farida Nabourema - Part 1

Interviews

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.

Armed personnel of the mttd of the Ghana Police

Commentary

The decision by the Interior Minister is one that has come under severe scrutiny and criticism from security experts and a cross section of the public

Vote Buying In National Elections

Commentary

However, those who will not receive the blessings of the electorate will be running into serious debt. With regard to the lamentations of the famous Actor, John Dumelo, ...

Smuggling of fertilizers under Planting For Food And Jobs Initiative

Commentary

The crux of the matter is, which entity takes delivery of the fertilizers from the national level? Who are those in charge of those entities?

84th Anniversary Of Premier League Club Asante Kotoko

Commentary

In as much as the achievements have been many, there have also been myriad of challenges. In the effort to restore the club to its rightful place, the true supporters and teeming followers of the club must ...

Significance Of “Watch Your Mouth” Campaign

Commentary

Democracy and freedom do not imply unnecessary attacks on others as well as insults that could lead to confusion and fighting in society. When utterances are negative, ...

Lessons From Just Ended NDC Parliamentary Candidates Election

Commentary

Likely to beef up the Party`s bench and give the NPP a run for their money in 2020 are smooth and dynamic debaters and first timers like Felix Kwakye Ofosu, Kofi Adams, immediate past National Organizer of the party, John Dumelo and Francis Xavier Sosu.

It's time to transform our educational sector - and I don't mean mediocre-ly

Commentary

I saw the same thing happening with my son when he entered school. Brilliant, skipped 2 classes, kept excelling - but the content they were feeding him was old and stale and very backward sometimes.

Killings of Personnel of The Ghana Police Service

Commentary

In Akan, there is a fascinating adage which literally means, when a naked person promises you clothing, listen to his name.

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Maybe we want them to steal - Elizabeth Ohene writes...

At Large

atThe story about my friend the First Lady is repeated in differing forms. Another friend of mine was called to a family meeting six months into her appointment as a Minister of Ste and presented with ...

I tell a story about a friend of mine who became a First Lady. I am not sure I should mention her name, so, let’s say she was a First Lady in an African country. A week after the inauguration ceremony at which she became First Lady, she went to her village to have a meeting with the group of women she had been helping for much of her life.

The Ghanaian big man

At Large

In whichever direction you want to spin Chairman Ofosu Ampofo’s ‘No Contribution No Chop’ declaration, I am convinced that for once, a Ghanaian political party has been forthright with the people.

One of the reasons cited for the entrenchment of corruption in Ghana has been that “they-who-pay-the piper”, that is party bankrollers, must be facilitated to recoup their investment before the end of four years.

Elizabeth Ohene - The writer

At Large

I suppose the first difficulty is, can those in the diasporas mark or celebrate something here without the full participation of those of us here?

I stopped worrying long ago about whether you can celebrate the anniversary of an unpleasant event or not. I no longer even agonise about whether I mark or celebrate an anniversary. Everything becomes a celebration in the end.

We don’t read, that’s the problem

At Large

I think there were 15 or so of us reading my Honours degree course in my year, these days there are more than a thousand students in one class.

I suspect I have to declare an interest.

How an apostrophe meant an extra holiday in Ghana

At Large

Ghana has got a new public holiday - on 4 August. Since the holiday this year happened to fall on a Sunday, it was celebrated on the following day.

In our series of letters from African writers, Ghanaian journalist and former government minister Elizabeth Ohene explains the politics - and grammar - behind a new public holiday.

Kweku Baako (left) with Kwesi Pratt. Image credit - Yen News

At Large

But what was most revolting was his direct attack on the journalistic integrity of the interviewer, Umaru Sanda, that intelligent young man who anchors the Citi Eye Witness News. Merely because a ...

I know of a Minister of State whose daughter lost her voter ID after the last election and has vowed not to renew it. Reason? She politely asked the dad: “What’s there to vote for?”

Let’s get to the point

At Large

Mercifully, the President does not do the All Protocols Observed bit, and I must confess this phrase irritates me intensely.

Our public functions go on for too long. Okay, this is not exactly a new or particularly profound observation. Anybody who attends a public function in this country knows this, has complained about it and we live with it.

No change in Africa 400 years on? File image courtesy of graphiconline

At Large

In March 2014, the United States Department of Justice revealed that it had frozen more than $458 million believed to have been illegally obtained by ...

This year, Ghana is leading the world to remember the 400th anniversary of what history describes as the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade.

President Akufo-Addo and Ms Nancy Pelosi (1st left) when the latter visited Ghana

At Large

The BBC, Al Jazeera, Ebony Magazine and SABC have all been here and ran features on Ghana.

Washington DC - May 1, 2017: The 115th Congress of the United States of America passes a Resolution (‘HR 1242’) establishing the “400 Years African American History Commission” to carry out activities to commemorate the anniversary.

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.

On Tomorrow

Here And There

And so, we are left with the burden to carry on. Because once we are alive, morning turns to evening, and evening to morning, and the cycle continues. And it will not stop, until we do.

The flowers are beginning to flash their color here again. The birdsong announces the waking hours. The sun stays longer in a brighter sky every day, as spring beckons. But this has been a month of death.

Image credit – mayo clinic

Here And There

In 2019, if offices still use messengers to transfer messages, and websites for whole governmental arms, do not function when shall the epilepsy end, and the production begin?

Epilepsy is a devastating disease. In our part of the world it is more prevalent. It is a tragedy to see the most complex interconnected unit in the universe, pulverizing itself into uselessness. Neurons that are built to share information with each other, relay implosions of electric impulse that orchestrate brain malfunction.

On Slavery. Image credit - Black Press

Here And There

Whole economies were birthed. Entire generations secured position in society, because slaves broke their backs, and gave their lives.

It's been 400 years since the first slaves landed in Virginia. Something terrible berthed with that first shipload. Consequences persist today. Societies disrupted. Families torn apart. Humanity challenged in ways that belong nowhere in a world that makes sense.

Finding a Cure Whilst Dealing With Reality

Thoughts From Afar

I am under no illusion that unless the blame game is dropped, the NPP government will be incapable of operationalizing all these health facilities before the next general election.

“The greatest scientific discovery was the discovery of ignorance. Once humans realised how little they knew about the world, they suddenly had a very good reason to seek new knowledge, which opened up the scientific road to progress.” Yuval Noah Harari

Are We Serious About Bridging Our Health Disparity Gap?

Thoughts From Afar

The youth cannot wait for a yet to be identified appointment time to take over the reins. We are not doing just fine, and that message must be sent without any ambiguity. In fact, it is delusional and deceitful to ...

The late Alvin Toffler one of the renowned futurists of the twentieth century had this view of how society treated the youth; “The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they – at some distant point in the future – will take over the reins. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely… because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile.”

The Disconnect in Health Advancement

Thoughts From Afar

Truth is, healthcare now is heavily reliant on data. Unfortunately, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have had very little interest in this new raw material.

Eric Topol in his book, The Patient Will See You Now, painted this picture about the future of healthcare delivery; “It may just mean that the best way to cut the ever-increasing costs of health care around the world will be to provide cheap smartphones with Internet service to those who otherwise could not afford to buy them.”

The Health Story We Are Told and Why We Believe It

Thoughts From Afar

Another example can be seen in the restoration of nurses’ allowances which dominated the 2016 election campaign. At the time of that debate ...

According to Patrick Rothfuss “It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”

Is A Lack of Quality Health Communication Failing us? Image courtesy of Dr. Janice Husted

Thoughts From Afar

In all these instances, we fail to pause and ask ourselves simple questions that may prevent future occurrences of the same situation. In the early part of 2017, there was a report that ...

“Anything human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.”

Opportunistic Job Creation In The Health Economy. Image credit - CDC

Thoughts From Afar

A lot has been said about who to blame and who should take overall responsibility for this failure to utilize a key component of our labour force. On many occasions, ...

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

If we fail to ask for these basic accountabilities and rejoice at the simple landing of ambulances in our constituencies, we would have done ourselves a serious disservice and would have justified why our democracy has become procurement driven. Image credit - S. Yume

Thoughts From Afar

Anytime I see political players discuss healthcare policy, I have the distinct feeling that they see Ghanaians as consumers of whatever healthcare they are provided with.

“All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.”

The Myth of Emergency Care Provision in Ghana

Thoughts From Afar

Simply put we have conspired to turn the official definition of an ambulance (a vehicle equipped for taking sick or injured people to and from the hospital, especially in emergencies) upside down.

James Baldwin in Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone states, “I remembered my mother’s insistence that I always wear clean underwear because I might get knocked down by a car on the way to or from school and I and the family would be disgraced even beyond the grave, presumably, if my underwear was dirty. And I began to worry as the doctor sniffed and prodded, about the state of the shorts I was wearing. This made me want to laugh. But I could not breathe.”

The Financial Cost of Apathy. File image

Thoughts From Afar

Considering that many complain about the cost of medicines locally, I have been trying to understand why ...

“The refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision. It is a silent acquiescence to evil. The tragedy of our time is that those who still believe in honesty lack fire and conviction, while those who believe in dishonesty are full of passionate conviction.”

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.

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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?

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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

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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

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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.

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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.