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The author, Kobina Ansah

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Even though there is a lockdown, some businesses are still in business because without them, there is no survival. Without such businesses, ...

COVID-19: Time to stand, be counted

Opinions

Our politicians who can mobilise so many millions of cedis for campaign; this is the time to stand up and be counted.

Coronavirus: Scientists brand 5G claims 'complete rubbish'

Opinions

The writer, Selorm Branttie

Opinions

At this stage, we don’t need Bill Gates to wipe us off the earth. We are doing so alone with our incompetence. We have not even begun fingering the Chinese who are forcing governments to mortgage ....

Could African States dare to be different from Global Advice? Continental use of facial masks could be an answer to Africa’s prayers.

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In the Czech Republic, they are actually urging other countries to sew their own masks. They believed the use of masks is a difference-maker and they started a campaign #Masks4All.

The pandemic is no time for fiscal distancing - Akinwumi A. Adesina

Opinions

The African Development Bank estimates that Covid-19 could cost Africa a GDP loss between $22.1 billion and $88.3 billion in the worst case scenario

Time for African heads to collaborate, not close borders

Opinions

Yes, by all means, stop people from the affected countries from coming in, to limit the risk of infections, but not your own citizens and neighbours, when you have just a handful of cases and deaths, literally in double digits.

Create the space to implement positive outcomes in the midst of a global pandemic

To blame our market women is to misunderstand society

Opinions

I think we have come too far as a sociologically literate society to be making the same old mistakes. We must pause and retake a more critical look at such socioeconomic phenomena;

4 Lessons To Learn From The War Between Man And Coronavirus

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It is during these times that we realize how human we all are despite our differences. Regardless of our different locations, we are now fighting a common enemy ...

Must organizations pay its workers via MoMo?

Opinions

I think payment of service through MOMPO must be encouraged by both public and private organizations in the country.

Michael Sumaila writes: Praying against COVID-19; to obey is better than sacrifice

Opinions

Today, if Ghanaians will obey the public health orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19, God is telling us that that is better than the prayers and sacrifices we are offering.

President Akufo-Addo Provides Update On Ghana’s Enhanced Response To COVID-19

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Fellow Ghanaians, as I have said before, all that Government is doing is intended to achieve five (5) key objectives – limit and stop the importation of the virus; contain its spread; provide adequate care for the sick; limit the impact of the virus on social and economic life; and inspire the expansion of our domestic capability and deepen our self-reliance.

Ghana Lockdown: Full Address by President Akufo-Addo

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This, in essence, means that everyone resident in these areas must stay at home for the next two weeks. However, if you must go out, it must only be to get essential items such as food, medicine, water, undertake banking transactions, or to use public toilet facilities. But, as much as possible, stay at home.

Full text: John Mahama’s address at NDC’s end of 3-day fasting and prayer against coronavirus. File image

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It is my earnest prayer that at a time such as this, the public welfare will triumph over personal and partisan interest. Our leaders owe this nation not just prayers but a plan too. One that all of us can believe in, ....

File image - President Akufo-Addo

Speeches

Firstly, all our borders, that is by land, sea and air, will be closed to human traffic for the next two weeks, beginning midnight on Sunday. Anybody who comes into the country, before midnight on Sunday, will be ....

Marricke Kofi Gane Speaks on COVID-19 Threat

Speeches

In the midst of it all, we must accept, that this is another rare opportunity to ready ourselves for future threats - because there will be future threats. Going forward as a country, we must:

President Akufo-Addo - File image

Speeches

Since then, six (6) confirmed cases have been announced, all of people who recently travelled into the country. Advisories on ...

Speech By President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo At The 63rd Independence Day Celebration

Speeches

Today, as we mark this sacred day on our calendar, it is worth noting that the great majority of our population was born after 6th March, 1957. They identify ...

MINORITY STATEMENT ON 2019 STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS WALKOUT - HON. HARUNA IDDRISU

Speeches

We are clad in black today to mourn the fascist and authoritarian tendencies that have conspired to threaten the health of Ghana's democracy.

FULL TEXT: John Mahama's New Year message

Speeches

The year 2020 is an election year and the eyes of the world would continue to be fixed on us, as we go to the polls. We need to meet the high standards set ...

President Akufo-Addo

Speeches

Fellow Ghanaians, it is the same electorate who vote to elect a President and Members of Parliament on a party-political basis, who are going to vote to elect their own MMDCEs on a party-political basis. Far from it being divisive, ...

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)

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

Coronavirus: All national service personnel directed to take mandatory paid leave

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Coronavirus: US Embassy Suspends Visa Services in Ghana

Press Release

Ghanaians Will Not Be Spectators Of Parked Ambulances

Press Release

We rallied behind the President to his clarion call to be citizens. We will not settle to be spectators, especially to parked ambulances. Accordingly, ...

Ghana Integrity Initiative Shortlists Five Personalities For Maiden Integrity Awards

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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

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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

Boosting the Immune Systemc - Functional Foods

Features

Immune system function is closely related to human health. Therefore, the pathogeneses of many human diseases involve immune function.

COVID-19: Social distance hugs for frontline medical personnel

Features

What would one have done without these dedicated medical personnel at these critical times? The coronavirus has taken the world and indeed our nation by surprise. No one saw it ...

Who Is Perfect?

Features

For most of us, Ghana is the only country we have. We, therefore, owe it a responsibility to make it safe and peaceful, so we can live here in dignity and respect.

The writer, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings

Features

With the pandemic broadening its scope on affected victims, the future still looks bleak for everyone with women more likely to bear the heap of a deadly load, if a swift solution is not found within days or weeks, not months.

Prof P. Twumasi, Biochemist/Biotechnologist

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COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the corona virus strain, SARS CoV-2, first recorded in Wuhan Province of China in December 2019 and now becoming a pandemic affecting over 170 countries.

Prof P. Twumasi, Biochemist/Biotechnologist

Features

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads.

Ambassador Shi Ting Wang, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, on the COVID-19 Epidemic

Features

H.E. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo a wrote solidarity message to H.E. President Xi Jinping at the first moment followed by assistance and support from Ghana to China in different ways.

FILE PHOTO: Medical staff in protective gear work at a 'drive-thru' testing center for the novel coronavirus disease of COVID-19 in Yeungnam University Medical Center in Daegu, South Korea, March 3, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Features

How the United States fell so far behind South Korea, according to infectious disease experts, clinicians and state and local officials, is a tale of many contrasts in the two nations’ public health systems: a streamlined bureaucracy versus a congested one, bold versus cautious leadership, and a sense of urgency versus a reliance on protocol.

The author, Marricke Kofi Gane, is an independent presidential contestant in Ghana’s 2020 General Elections.

Features

I knew then, what many would say, but I needed to do it. I knew the insults to come, the sleaze, the doubtful castings. There was ...

Passengers at a Hong Kong railway station

Features

In the past 50 years, a host of infectious diseases have spread rapidly after making the evolutionary jump from animals to humans.

Andrew Barnes - The Australian High Commissioner to Ghana

Features

This Australia Day, we reflect on the depth of our relationship with Ghana. It is an exciting time for Australia in Ghana. Despite being on the opposite sides of the world, we do enjoy warm and friendly relations.

Fix gridlock on Mallam-Kasoa road

Features

The question on the lips of many has been how on earth a tollbooth could be sited in a location with no room for the expansion of the gates and why a tollbooth would be sited in such a populated location.

Fighting A Tiny, Unseen Enemy; The War Between Humanity And Coronavirus

Editorials

We all have been asked to stay indoors so we are not attacked by an enemy we don't see.

Commendable action by La Nkwantanang-Madina Assembly, but...

Editorials

At the Zongo Junction, about eight assembly guards and policemen are seen constantly directing pedestrians who come to stand by the side of the road waiting for vehicles to stop for them to cross to use the footbridge.

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.

President Akufo-Addo. File image

Letters

Mr President, the tone and spirit of the circular inviting the district level teams for training almost swept me off my feet.

Deputy Attorney-General Godfred Dame

Letters

An open letter to the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to review his directives on Covid-19

Letters

Mr. President, on the issue of travel ban, why is the travel permit limited to only countries that have recorded at least 200 cases of COVID-19?

ON COVID-19: AN OPEN LETTER TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND GHANAIANS

Letters

In the circumstances, please MoH, “make SOME payments” owed to Health Service Providers. It is no use entrusting our health to MoH when MoH is being quarantined by Service Providers for unpaid arrears.

Marricke Gane Writes to NDC and NPP Sympathisers: We are in a new dispensation. One that requires doing things differently

Letters

No One was born, with NDC or NPP in their blood. We were ALL born with Ghana in our Blood. NPP and NDC will come and Go. If Ghana goes well, it does for us all.

Kan Dapaah (c) with Chantelle Kujawu. Image credit - ghanapage

Letters

You see, our elders say that a bird that flies off the earth and lands on an anthill is still on the ground. Yes, it is ...

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, ...

Ambassador Shi Ting Wang, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana

Interviews

How will China help Ghana fight against the COVID-19?

2019 conference on land policy in Africa: why it matters for the continent - Cosmas Milton Ochieng

Interviews

The theme of this year’s Conference on Land Policy in Africa is “Winning the fight against corruption in the land sector in Africa

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?

COVID-19 And The God Factor

Commentary

No one can tell or predict, with even global systems that have worked reliably over the years, how and when this Covid-19 pandemic will slow down or be completely eradicated.

Historic Visit Of Overlord Of Dagbon To Jubilee House

Commentary

The visit became necessary following the restoration of peace after a two-decade chieftaincy dispute.

The Commissioning And Distribution Of 307 Ambulances

Commentary

It is not enough to have mere vehicles serving as ambulances to carry people on stretchers from one location to the other for medical care. A well established national ambulance system should …

Privacy and security settings exist for a reason. Make good use of it. Learn how to use it to protect your information.

Rice farms at Wheta Irrigation Project

Commentary

Ghanaians have fed on the so-called perfumed foreign rice to the extent that the consumption of locally produced rice is at an all-time low, even though it is very nutritious and healthier.

South Africans and foreign nationals wave the Ghana flag in Yeoville, outside Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday July 2, 2010. The African continent is rallying behind Ghana scheduled to play in the quarterfinal World Cup soccer match against Uruguay later in the day in Port Elizabeth. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Commentary

All this goes to point out that we need to come together in peace, whether as political players, economic and social actors or even as religious people. If the contribution of ....

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.

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COVID-19 Has Exposed Us

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It is a crying shame that 60-plus years into self-government, we have Ghanaians who still rely on pit and pan latrines. In a country where every MP, every Minister, every party or state functionary and every pastor goes around in V8, this is a shame indeed.

The dreaded pandemic means many things to many people. For me, the picture of Black Cuban doctors arriving in Italy in response to an SOS from this European country of white men and women, was a moment of triumph for the Negro Race.

President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana. File image

At Large

What if something should happen and a new President cannot be sworn in by January 7? Will Ghanaians agree to allow the incumbent President to continue till such time that Covid-19 will cease to be a threat to our existence?

I am not God, not even a Nostradamus, but in all things, I try to see tomorrow. Unless the election of a President and members of parliament (MPs) is so critical to our existence that we can afford to put the health of the people on hold, it is very possible that at the rate at which Ghana is counting its COVID-19 infections, the 2020 elections could be postponed.

Sharing sense and sensibility - Elizabeth Ohene writes...

At Large

I had been hoping that the entry of the virus into our country would make us all so frightened we would want to change our behaviour, but it looks like we haven’t been frightened enough.

I am not sharing fear and panic if I state that we haven’t yet seen the worst of the current trouble we are in. You only need to see the figures and the graph of the rise and rise of the coronavirus in Ghana to realise that more infections of COVID-19 will be discovered.

Corona, Nana’s Finest Hour

At Large

I expect him to emerge out of the present crisis with a radical economic and social blueprint that will cause Ghana to look within for solutions, determined to build its own factories.

Greatness often emerges out of crisis.
From the ashes of social upheavals and epidemic and natural disasters, great economic policies, often, are shaped.

Elizabeth Ohene writes: We might learn some lessons

At Large

If Ghanaians want to pray and go about their businesses as usual, we shall have a hard time, but a bit of self-discipline, a bit of obedience of the rules and we shall make it through.

It was almost an anti-climax when the announcement finally came that a case of Coronavirus, COVID-19, had been confirmed in Ghana.

Two African American guests visiting the Cape Coast Castle as part of the ‘year of return’ celebrations stare into the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean where many were carted off into slavery in America and the new world.

At Large

One of the things we are not doing right has to do with our greed. After the long drought, in terms of international arrivals, ...

After Ghana’s impressive, if delirious, tourism performance in 2018/2019 that has earned us a pat by the global community, I feel duty bound to remind us that having climbed up this high, we must purpose in our hearts to stay there.
Staying on top only means doing things right.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo At The 63rd Independence Day Celebration.

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At 63, we should not really be having arguments about these things now. We should have a clear identity of how we celebrate March 6, which would not be subject to change by the organising committee of the year.

I have been wondering about how we celebrate our Independence Day anniversary. I have a problem with our public functions in general, which I feel drag on for too long. But it is not just the length of time the celebration takes that irks me, I feel that the Independence Day celebration in particular is an event that is not certain about its identity.

The author, Elizabeth Ohene

At Large

On the theme: “Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights,” UNICEF and other UN agencies have been committed to the cause of girls and women; and have over the years supported communities to appreciate the role of women in all strata of society.

In Ghana, 19 per cent of girls marry before their 18th birthday, one in three girls aged 15 to 19, that is 39 per cent in Ghana, has experienced sexual violence at some point in their lives and 22 per cent of girls aged 15 to 19 years do not go to school, or work or engage in social activities during menstruation.

Airbus scandal: why should Ghana burn?

At Large

But I cannot wave off his threat that "any judge who sits on such a case will vanish", in reference to the possibility of former President Mahama being put before court for his rumoured involvement in the Airbus scandal.

In Ghana today, no matter what my crimes are, I cannot be prosecuted; nay, even be invited to answer questions.

Viral Musing

Here And There

Coronavirus is a large family of viruses with seven different strains. MERS and SARS were the last outbreaks of this family, but none of them ever did what COVID 19 has done.

A virus is an inanimate particle with the capacity to hijack the reproductive capacity of a living being, to produce more of itself. It has no capacity to do anything on its own. It is just a strand of genetic code surrounded by protein membrane. It is even incapable of protecting itself, but give it one chance. And it does not discriminate. Animal cell, human cell. As long as it has a nucleus, it’s game time.

A deserted transportation hub in Accra following the lockdown. Image credit – Ghanaian Times

Here And There

It is not real here yet. It is almost as if we have not seen the havoc that it has wreaked across the world. We are ...

Lockdown begins. I thought, going to work that I would see a ghost town. I did not. The traffic has definitely reduced, but there are still people on the streets. The shops are closed, or closing. The police stops are increasing. The first day, I was underwhelmed. I did not meet a single police man on my way to work. Today, I was stopped more times. The grip is tightening slowly, but maybe not fast enough.

File image - Workers in protective suits conduct RNA tests on specimens inside a laboratory at a center for disease control and prevention, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China, Feb. 14, 2020.

Here And There

Right after the turn, the smell of urine usually wafts up, seeping even through the air conditioning vents. Sometimes I meet someone responsible for the stench.

On the final approach home, there is a turn unto a narrow dirt road. It is a left turn over an open gutter, with a limited concrete bridge of a cover. In the centre of the bridge, there is a hole, just big enough for a car tyre to get trapped in.

Dr Teddy Totimeh (L) with Dr. Sandvik a visiting surgeon after an operation.

Here And There

And now… here she was. Giving me my big lift for the year. And suddenly ...

My birthday just passed. I am learning to treasure each year. Learning to count my blessings, and to be grateful for health, for strength, and the opportunity to make something of the abilities I have been blessed with. I work in an environment where those opportunities and blessings are wrestled from people’s hands regularly... And sometimes they come to me with the question: why…

On community

Here And There

The health tourism budget for West Africa alone is in the billions of dollars. And most of this money flies away from the countries.

Two weeks ago, I sat in a club house in Kolkata, with a special group of people. They were neurosurgeons from 4 continents, hosted by a generous colleague in a special place.

On Questions

Here And There

What more whittling away of our human psyche will we accept?

I was passing by those ambulances on a daily basis. Lined up in neat rows on the parking lots of power. The controversy swirled around them. The need beckoned. The death data swelled. And still they sat, waiting for the word to be given. The dust accumulated. The rust must have started already, the salt breeze wafting off the coast just miles away.

Two African American guests visiting the Cape Coast Castle as part of the ‘year of return’ celebrations stare into the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean where many were carted off into slavery in America and the new world.

Here And There

And if that is where it ends, then maybe the glitz was for nothing. Maybe the light that is shining again at the door of no return ...

The Christmas decorations still hang around. It was nice while it lasted. Now it’s time to move on. Baubles and blinking have become flickering indicators of a society which takes its time, with everything.

On Christmas. Image credit - Redbubble

Here And There

It’s been a busy Christmas in the hospital. As traffic built up on roads, even more Okadas have been let loose on unsuspecting pedestrians. They whiz around like missiles on the road, ...

It has been a memorable Christmas. Hot. And now the harmattan rears its head, like a forgotten belated guest. Suddenly I am reminded of how Christmas was supposed to feel like, with its special morning chill, dry lips, ‘white’ faces, clothes quickly drying on the line. I am not sure how long this will last. The weather has a mind of its own these days. After all, it was raining in November… flooding, even.

Dr Teddy Totimeh (L) with Dr. Sandvik

Here And There

So I will not talk about how all the doctor’s accommodation around my hospital has been taken over by politicians, political businesses and non medical staff. I can only talk about what has happened in the last two weeks.

When I left the operating theater at 3am that Friday, I was double-minded. I was not sure I should be going home. I wanted to stay at the hospital, sleep and then get home in the morning. But I really wanted to be somewhere else Saturday morning. I thought it would be helpful to get some sleep in my own bed for a few hours before setting out.

A pharmacist gives Jennifer Haller, left, the first shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, Monday, March 16, 2020, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Thoughts From Afar

It is therefore disingenuous if the picture is painted as though Africans will be exclusively selected in a grand scheme by some conspirators in dark suits. It is actually unfair to ...

Elizabeth Bear argues in her book Ancestral Night that “conspiracy theories are really attractive. Figuring out patterns is one of the things that get your brain to give you a nice dose of chemical reward, the little ping of dopamine and whatever else that keeps you smiling. As a result, your brain is pretty good at finding patterns and at disregarding information that doesn’t fit. Which means it’s also pretty good at finding false patterns, and at confirmation bias, and a bunch of other things that can be fatal. Our brains are also really good at making us the centre of a narrative because it’s what we evolved for.”

COVID-19: The Rewriting of Africa’s Destiny

Thoughts From Afar

Today, the race to find a vaccine against COVID-19 is on and again human trials will be required. We hope that this time, Africa redeems itself and fully plays its part in the writing of history.

“My scars remind me that I did indeed survive my deepest wounds. That in itself is an accomplishment. And they bring to mind something else, too. They remind me that the damage life has inflicted on me has, in many places, left me stronger and more resilient. What hurt me in the past has made me better equipped to face the present.” ― Steve Goodier

COVID-19: The Chronic Disease Management Conundrum

Thoughts From Afar

And we must know that whatever happens, healthcare provision in Ghana would never be the same again post this pandemic

“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger–but recognize the opportunity.” -John F. Kennedy

Patient Confidentiality in a Public Health Emergency

Thoughts From Afar

In our view therefore, unless the patient is willing to put their information out or permits same, it will be an unacceptable breach of confidentiality if they were coerced or the information was released without their consent.

“In the middle of the journey of our life, I came to myself within a dark wood where the straightway was lost. Ah, how hard a thing it is to tell what a wild, and rough, and stubborn wood this was, which in my thought renews the fear!” –Dante Alighieri in The Divine Comedy

Understanding The Low Rate of COVID-19 Infections In Africa

Thoughts From Afar

From a logistic standpoint, some have argued that this could either be a result of a lack of appropriate testing facilities in many of the fifty-four countries on the African continent. At the start of the epidemic, ....

“You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think.”

COVID-19 and The Inherent Conspiracy Theory Risks. Image credit -The Bangkok Post

Thoughts From Afar

We cannot allow our society to become sitting ducks in an epidemic; the nature of which the world is still trying to elucidate and understand.

“Conspiracy theories are really attractive. Figuring out patterns is one of the things that get your brain to give you a nice dose of chemical reward, the little ping of dopamine and whatever else that keeps you smiling. As a result, your brain is pretty good at finding patterns and at disregarding information that doesn’t fit. Which means it’s also pretty good at finding false patterns, and at confirmation bias, and a bunch of other things that can be fatal. Our brains are also really good at making us the centre of a narrative because it’s what we evolved for.”

Understanding the Impact of Politics on Health Insurance

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The truth is since its inception, the NHIS, as a social intervention, has been politicised. At each election, ...

According to Jonathan Swift, “falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale hath had its effect: like a man, who hath thought of a good repartee when the discourse is changed, or the company parted; or like a physician, who hath found out an infallible medicine, after the patient is dead.”

Are The Health Consequences of Illegal Mining A Concern? Image credit - DW

Thoughts From Afar

... one can only wonder how as a nation we can expect these children to aspire for social mobility when by default we are conspiring to tie their arms behind their back.

“Maybe it’s a whole lot less about focusing on the fact that we’re all victims and a whole lot more about the changing the fact that we’re all careless, as that is what victimized all of us in the first place.”

A unit within the newly built Wuhan Hospital. Wuhan is the capital of Hubei province, the source of the 2020 coronavirus outbreak.

Thoughts From Afar

In that same week, information began to emerge that two people had been hospitalised in Ghana with suspected Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infections.

“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.”

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.