Chairperson for the Ghana Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance (GhNCDA), Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Wiafe Addai addressing the participants

Chairperson for the Ghana Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance (GhNCDA), Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Wiafe Addai, has called on the government to make healthcare delivery system in the country affordable to achieve Universal Health Coverage.

She said the government in its efforts making health care accessible is providing more health facilities in the various districts across the country, however, if people find it financially difficult to afford treatments, the UHC will not be achieved.

Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Wiafe Addai made the call in her speech at the 4th National High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases held in Kumasi on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

The meeting which was hosted by Breast Care International (BCI) was under the theme “Leaving No One’s Health Behind, Prioritizing NCDs in the Universal Health Coverage”.

It was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ghana Health Service (GHS).

The meeting was chaired by the Omanhene of Tepa Tradional Area, Nana Adusei Atwene Ampem I, and in attendance were the Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon Simon Osei Mensah and the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), boss Hon Sam Pyne and other health stakeholders.

“The government is providing more health facilities in the various districts, that means improving accessibility to care. What about affordability? I think affordability should go together if we want to achieve Universal Health Coverage,” she said.

Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Wiafe Addai, who is the President of Breast Care International (BCI), also called on the government to come out with clear health policy reforms for people living with cancers, diabetes, hypertension, sickle cells, stroke, mental health among others.

“These diseases are responsible for several COVID-19 deaths in the country and they deserve more attention by way of resources allocation and planned program of action to mitigate their impact on society,” she added.

Dr. Wiafe Addai concluding her speech urged the media to protect the lives of patients with NCDs by shinning the spotlight on these conditions which have ravaged families.

The Minister of Health, Kwaku Ayemang Manu, who was represented by his Special Assistance, Dr Baffour Awuah, said the government is drafting a new health policy, when implemented, will solve issues that surround free access to treatment.

“The new health policy which is aligned to the Universal Health Coverage will focus on reducing the risk factors on NCDs, promotion of clinical services and activities and strengthening of referral, financing, research and development,” the Health Minister explained.

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon Simon Osei Mensah, in short speech advised the public to frequent visits to health facilities for medical checkups to avoid untimely deaths.

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Yaw Buaben Asamoah, the New Patriotic Party’s Director of Communications, has rejected charges that delegates are bribed to vote for certain candidates.

According to him, such payments are not bribes, but rather a manner of ‘pampering’ delegates so they can vote easily.

His remarks come ahead of the NPP’s annual national delegates conference, which will be held at Heroes Park in Kumasi from Saturday, December 18, 2021 through Monday, December 20, 2021.

On Thursday, December 16, Kofi Adoma Nwanwani, host of Angel FM’s Anopa Bofo Morning show, stated that the funds given to them are not bribes. We’re just pampering them and making them feel at ease so they know where to put their thumbs during the voting process.

Mr. Yaw Buaben Asamoah added that the second reason monies are given to people who vote for them is to assist them in their difficult times.

Sometimes these people who vote or campaign for you may lose their jobs or be rendered unemployed but they may need your help in times of sickness, when their rent expires or even need money for naming ceremonies or school fees and you have to help them because it is by virtue of their votes that you are in power and enjoying free V8 and fuel for government’s business, he said in the Twi parlance.

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Without the proposed 1.75 per cent e-levy in the 2022 budget, the government cannot maintain the existing roads nor build new ones, Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has said.

Addressing journalists in Accra on Wednesday, 15 December 2021, the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs said he found it “surprising” that the Minority Caucus and the opposition NDC are fighting the e-levy.

He said the cost of borrowing has “escalated” and the country’s debt-to-GDP ratio has also risen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, “so, we must look inward to mobilise resources for the country to develop, to build our roads, to build clinics, health facilities, to build educational facilities, to deliver potable water and one of the ways to do this is by the introduction of e-levy and people say: ‘No, we would not allow you to borrow outside, we will not allow you to also raise revenue from inside this country’”.

“So where are we going? We want development or we don’t want development? Do we want our roads to be built or not to be built?” he asked.

The Suame MP observed that the “cost of road construction and road maintenance has escalated over the past 20 years”.

“Why? Because over the past 20 years, the road network of this country has doubled”, he answered.

“When President Kufuor took over the administration of this country, the total road network was 39,000 km. When President Kufuor was leaving the scene, the road network had almost doubled – from the 39,000 km, it had increased to 69,000 km within eight years. … The NDC assumed the reins of power, they added on to that; from 69,000 km, it went to 73,000 km, an additional increase of 4,000 km”.

Also, he said President “Akufo-Addo’s first four years increased from 73,000 to 78,000 km”.

“So, over just two decades – from the year 2000 to 2021 – the road network has increased by more than 100 per cent”, Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu noted, adding: “We need to maintain them, we need to service them, we need to build new roads”.

“So, from independence up to 2000, we had only 39,000 km [of road]; just 20 years after, it’s more than doubled to, as we speak today, 79,000 km. We need to maintain them”.

“Where do we have the money to maintain them if we don’t mobilise resources from within? Today, as we speak, local road contractors, the government is indebted to them to the tune of about GHS4.5, GHS4.5 billion. We’re not having money to pay them”, he bemoaned.

He added: “The e-levy, we are told – in fact, the Road Fund contributes something but it’s not much; the road tolls, yielding altogether about GHS72 million a year. What is it going to do? But, in the meantime, that section of the road where you have the road tolls, often because they stop there, the roads end up being warped and furrowed. So, you have ridges and furrows at that place”.

“So, every year, you have to maintain that portion of the road. It’s the GHS78 million that you collect that you are going to use some to even maintain those sections of the road. How much is left?” he lamented.

“The e-levy, we are told, is going to yield about GHS8 billion as opposed to GHS78 million. That will yield enough for us to be able to do the roads. Of course, I do know that it’s not everything that is going to be used for the construction of roads but if you have GHS8 billion, GHS9 billion from the e-levy, it’s going to be substantial for you to be able to engage in development programmes and projects. So, the dialogue sessions indicated to us that we needed to do this”, he added.

Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu has said that there can only be two political parties in Ghana in terms of ideologies.

A party can either belong to the left or to the right, he said.

The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs explained that there are several political parties in Ghana that should not be recognized as such because they do not exist in two-thirds of districts in the country as is required by law.

To that end, the Suame lawmaker called for strict enforcement of the regulation of the parties.

He suggested that the power to regulate political parties should be taken away from the Electoral Commission (EC) because, in his view, the elections management body is struggling to perform that function.

Addressing the press in Accra on Wednesday, December 15, he said “There must be a state-funding of political parties with clearly defined modalities for its implementation, strengthen the internal political parties mechanisms, the need for consistent public education on the ill-effect of monetization of politics on national development.

The mandate of the Electoral Commission must be reviewed and a different institution established to be solely responsible for the regulation of political parties.

“The EC is charged with the conduct of elections but the regulation of political parties is something that has become difficult for Electoral Commission. Perhaps the time has come to assign another institution with that responsibility.

“The law provides that if you don’t exist in two-thirds of the districts in this country you don’t have to be registered as a political party.”

The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs added “The EC without recourse to this provision in the constitution would usually give them a provisional certificate.

“When they don’t exist in two-thirds of the districts we should be religious about that and once we are able to do this the multiplicity of political parties that we have in the system, more than 32 or so registered political parties yet we know that in terms of ideology there can only be two political parties

“You either belong to the left or you belong to the right. The directive principles of state policy which have defined the broad goal of development for us as a nation compels all political parties to belong to the center.

“So in spite of ourselves, I belong to the NPP and we are a liberal party, the rightist liberal party, the NDC is the pride of themselves also belong just a little bit of the left to the Centre.”

 

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A 27 years old lady known as Christiana has proved that love is about loyalty as she weds her 45-year-old bedridden man, Terkimbir Benjamin Tyough

The wedding which took place on Saturday, December 11th has served as a mean of motivation that regardless of the situation and circumstances, everyone deserves love.

The bedridden man was an electrician from Gboko Loca Government Area of Benue State but he became bedridden after falling from an electric pole in March.

He’s said to have injured his spinal cord hence resigned her job after not being able to raise N1.5 million that was required for surgery to restore his health.

The bride, Christiana speaking with BBC News Pidgin indicated that she has a great love for her husband despite their situation but she’s ready to stay with him to the end.

In her words, “My husband is a good man and I am ready to live with him forever because of the love I have for him,”

”Since he had an accident, neighbours have been the ones supporting us because I don’t have work and my husband was the one providing for the family before the accident”

The husband also said, “Without my wife, I would have died with this my condition, I married a good wife and I cannot leave her. Our love is forever”

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Popular Ghanaian blogger, Zionfelix had been spotted chilling with his first baby mama, Mina following a video of him visiting Italian baby mama, Erica.

Recall a video of Zionfelix and her Italian baby mama holding the kid surfaced on the internet as he secretly went out to meet them after landing in Ghana for a Christmas celebration.

In the video, Zionfelix was seen wearing all white as the Erica lady was holding their baby outside which starred reactions on the internet.

Well, days after the video surfaced, the blogger has been spotted again with her main chick, Mina having a good time together while goofing around.

The two were dancing like nobody’s business however Erica is still in Ghana for the festive season as we hope nothing bad will happen between the two baby mamas.

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Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr., known by his stage name Shatta Wale has shocked Ghanaians with this latest revelation from his abode.

The dancehall maestro has exclusively revealed that he has a blood covenant with AMG-signed rapper Medikal.

Shatta Wale made this disclosure during an interview hosted by Andy Dosty on Hitz FM earlier this morning.

According to the “Freedom” hitmaker, the bond between himself and Medikal is stronger then ‘Apartheid” therefore nothing can ruin the brotherly love they have for each other.

He additionally emphatically stated that he has a blood covenant with Medikal reason they are now more closely together than ever.

Shatta Wale was forced to make this confession after Medikal who was also in the studio was asked why he was late for the interview.

Whiles explaining the reason behind his lateness, he asserted that Shatta Wale was the cause because he was speaking with Saddiq Adams of 3 Music awards and couldn’t come before because of the strong alliance they share.

Shatta Wale and Medikal suffered the same fate a few months ago and were thrown into jail for their respective crimes and now do almost everything together just like twins.

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Madam Theodorah Sarah Afful who is currently the Central Regional NPP Assistant Secretary and also the Regional Youth and Employment Authority Director – YEA has been tipped as the best candidate to serve as the Central Regional NPP Women’s Organizer. Currently she is contesting an incumbent executive member of the party. However, it’s very obvious that everyone in Central Region wants Madam Sarah Afful to serve as the Central Regional NPP Women’s Organizer. She is one of our own. They stated.

An interview with the some delegates with the executive director of westernnewsgh.com in the region disclosed that, they can’t mortgage their future of the party for anything, hence, will go all out to rally behind Madam Sarah Afful and make her win that slot. They said.

Moving from the stretch where the interview was held, a young man approached the press of westernnewsgh.com and made it clear that, The current Incoming Central Regional NPP Women’s Organizer in the person of Madam Sarah Afful is among the very few grassroots people who respect, inspire, guides, motivates and assist the ordinary party people.

They emphasized that, “She helps them build a better future. Especially those in the rural communities. Not like the incumbent who has always tried doing her best to please the ordinary people who still stands not to be their favorite. Our Sarah Afful is loved by many and not few.” They stressed.

Madam Sarah Afful has been serving the party for years with her little resources and with excellent approach towards party works, in recognizing her experience and undebateable political experience, she has been one of the best to lead and serve as the Central Regional NPP Women’s Organizer for victory in breaking the Eight(8). Because she has built an arena of hope and good life for the Ghanaian Youth.

The New Patriotic Party should look elsewhere in this crucial time whiles trying to break the Eight (8). Our Sarah Afful will build a Formidable front for victory.

For those of us who have despaired unto their heart, there’s hope for you. There’s always a good woman willing to move the region to the promise land for a better future. They said.

Source: westernnewsgh.com

Anna Horma Miezah, the Western Regional treasurer of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), will assist Sammi Awuku at the National Lottery Authority

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed Anna Horma Miezah, the Western Regional treasurer of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), as the deputy director general of the National Lottery Authority (NLA).

“I am pleased to inform you that the president has appointed you to act as the deputy director general of the National Lottery Authority, pending receipt of the constitutionally required advice of the governing board of the Authority, given in consultation with the Public Services Commission,” said an appointment letter signed by the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare.

 

The former youth organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sammi Awuku, has been serving as the director general of the NLA since 30 July 2021.

National Lottery Authority

The NLA is a public service institution established to provide a corporate platform that encourages creativity, innovation and best management practice.

The Authority was first established as the Department of National Lotteries in 1958, with a mandate to organise prize raffles for the public. In 1960 the Lotto and Betting Act (Act 94) was passed into law to launch a lottery in Ghana with the aim of raising revenue to support national development.

Over the past 50 years, the NLA has evolved into an autonomous public service institution with a legal monopoly over the organisation of lotteries in Ghana. It is one of the single most important contributors to government revenue and avenues to employment.

In 2006 the passage of the National Lotto Act (Act 722) gave birth to the National Lottery Authority.

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Lawyer Bright Essilfie-Kumi Tipped As the Best Candidate To Serve As The NPP National Organizer

Hon. Bright Essilfie Kumi is among the very few grassroots people who respect, inspire, guides, motivates and assist the ordinary party people helping them build a better future. Especially those in the rural communities. Not like the incumbent who has always tried doing his best please the ordinary people who still stands not to be their favorite. They stated

An interview with western news, disclosed that, Mr. Bright Essilfie Kumi is a supernatural gentleman, a very brilliant young man, a well respected international businessman man known in most industrial countries and has the party at heart. He is loved by many and not few.

“He isn’t ashamed to be called a grassroots man, he is selfless, affable and humble” they said.

Lawyer Bright Essilfie has been serving the party for years with his own personal resources and with excellent approach towards party works, in recognizing his experience and undebateable political experience, he has been one of the best to lead the National NPP youth front for victory in breaking the Eight(8). Because he has built an arena of hope and good life for the Ghanaian Youth.

The New Patriotic Party should look elsewhere in this crucial time whiles trying to break the Eight (8). A chance for Lawyer Bright Essilfie Kumi will help build a formidable youth front in breaking the Eight.

For those of us who have despaired unto their heart, there’s hope for you. There’s always a good man willing to move the youth front to the promise land for a better future. They said.