Archive | June 2013

Nationwide Immunization against polio kicks-off

Nationwide Immunization against polio kicks-off
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This year’s national immunization exercise has started with about 5.8 million children from zero to five years expected to be immunized against the deadly polio disease.

About 45,000 volunteers have been trained for deployment in every part of the county to undertake the three-day national vaccination exercise for a successful vaccination, aimed at maintaining Ghana’s status as polio –free country.

Mr. Dauda Sepah Shaibu a Senior Community Health Assistance at the ALHAJI NUHU MEMORIAL HEALTH CARE CENTRE (Kamgbunli in the Ellembele District), in an interview said the programme has successfully began and all trained professionals have been dispatched to the various villages and towns in the district towards the vaccinations.

He urged parents to co-operate with all volunteers in order to ensure that all eligible children were vaccinated against polio.  He advised parents that Polio is  one of the six childhood killer diseases that affects the nervous system and causes permanent paralysis and as such should not be entertained in any way and that the only way to get rid of this killer disease was through early vaccination which is being offered free by the government of Ghana.

He also detailed that every child who receives the vaccine has the little finger of their right hand marked with black indelible ink to prevent double vaccination.

MR. Shaibu Sepah added that everyone must take it upon him/herself to ensure that the news of the vaccination in progress is spread to all households to ensure that no child is left out. The vaccination is said to last for three days continuous.

Nkroful home of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah under most serious threat of complete extermination through mining

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Photo source: peacefmonline

Nkroful village under most serious threat of complete extermination through mining.

From critical observation dear people, it`s just a matter of say about five years to come and the historical birthplace of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah the first President and the first Prime Minister of Ghana will be completely exterminated from the Ghanaian map due to ongoing mining activities in this most important heritage town. Foremost proponent of Pan-Africanism, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was a progressive influential leader in the latter half of the 20th century. He was a founding member of the Organization of African Unity and the winner of the Lenin Peace Prize in 1963.

Nkroful Village

Nkroful village, the birthplace of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah is located near Axim in the Western Region. It stands inland 5 km from the coastal highway, from the Essiama town junction turnoff.

This is a very indigenous village and very famous as the birthplace of Kwame Nkrumah, the founder and first president of independent Ghana.

Dr. Nkrumah was born in Nkroful on September 21, 1909, was raised there, and on July 9, 1972 was also buried there after his death. It is also home to the mystical River Subre, and it is close to three forest reserves, Draw River Forest Reserve, Ndumfri Forest Reserve, and Shelter Forest Reserve.

The very sad and most unfortunate news from Nkroful today is, this historical and most important and well recognized village from all indications is about to be completely wiped out from existence. Under this circumstance it is only the government of Ghana and his caring citizens as well as the Nzema Traditional council who can wake up to the defense of Nkroful.

Infact if there is no quick intervention from today then we are afraid the unthinkable will happen. The government must not sit idle and allow the Adamus Resources Limited, other Small Scale compounded by operations of illegal Miners (Galamsey operation) who have infamously sought to take over this heritage site as their mining grounds for the extraction of Gold, careless of all the consequences on the people and this historic village. This has been most unfortunate and undoubtedly already, many questions and pointing fingers is directed to our Gov`t as to why they sit idle for such a heritage site to be condemned to mining for no reason whatsoever.

Series of agitations and strong appeals by the Custodians of the land, the entire citizenry as well as members and executives of the Nzema Youth Association for government to intervene seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

These threatening activities of mining in this historic village lead by the Adamus Resources Limited which is holding almost all of the mining concessions in Nkroful, the involvement and position of both the Western Regional Coordinating Council and the National Security to deprive the community of its natural rights, through all the means to relocate the community and subject this historical town into mining is highly surprising to all discerning Ghanaians and the world over considering the high importance of this town.

This unfair exercise of “power” on the peace loving people of Nkroful is most disheartening and if necessary steps are not taken as a matter of urgency this could lead to a re-occur of brutal clashes between the good people of Nkroful and the Western Regional Security personnel who unfortunately only seeks to sideline with the occupies of their lands accusations which has been proven by the chiefs and people of the land.

The Custodians of the town through numerous efforts to stop these threatening mining activities had proved futile, adding that since the operators are fully guided by the Western regional security forces  and are well armed it has been very difficult to get rid of such threatening activities rendering them to live in fear and pain.

 

In our view it’s most shocking to think why Ghanaian leaders are staying mute on this issue, after all Nkroful has become a very important and major historical tourist attraction site. Through this medium we call on the Ministry of Tourism and Ghanaians in general not to refuse to recognize the importance of the cultural and historical heritage of Nkroful and the people of Nzema. All the needed support and helping hand should be stretched to the chiefs and people of Nkroful to help save this heritage village from being wiped out of the Ghanaian map.

At this juncture we wish to draw the attention of our President His Excellency John Dramani Mahama that the Great constitution of our Great Republic has vested him the powers needed to take control of this situation, this is a very important town in the history of Ghana and with all urgency help save Nkroful from total destruction by Adamus Resources and other miners on the ground.

We appeal and we reemphasize to H.E President John Mahama to immediately and compulsorily acquire all of Nkroful Land as a first step towards designating Nkroful as a national heritage site. By this medium we are assured of the timely intervention by all discerning Ghanaians to save Nkroful Now or Never.

by: Sultan Nuhu

 

World No Tobacco Day

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World No Tobacco Day
31 May 2013

Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners everywhere mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide.

The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600 000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. Unless we act, the epidemic will kill more than 8 million people every year by 2030. More than 80% of these preventable deaths will be among people living in low- and middle-income countries.

The ultimate goal of World No Tobacco Day is to contribute to protect present and future generations not only from these devastating health consequences, but also against the social, environmental and economic scourges of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke.

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2013 is: ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
In Ghana;

The Ghana Health Service is advocating a ban on the use of cigarettes in Ghanaian movies as a way of controlling the use of tobacco in the country. The call comes as countries across the world mark No Tobacco Day Friday May 31.

Deputy Director and Head of Disease Control Department at the Service, Dr. Kyei Faried, told Joy News, although there have been some progress made in fighting tobacco use in Ghana, stopping smoking in movies will go a long way to bring success to the fight.

Dr Faried believes GHS has already made positive progress on some fronts in the fight against tobacco smoking. “For instance in Ghana you cannot [find] tobacco advertised openly”, he stated.

According to him, to facilitate the success of the fight against smoking, every agency must take up a responsibility towards the fight.

He said the Ghana Health Service’s plan for the year is to meet the leadership of the movie industry in the country to see they can prevent actors from “sticking a cigarette into their lips”.

Dr Faried also wants movie makers to start including to their scripts statements that will discourage smoking.

He believes this approach would be successful because the law prohibits “any act that will negatively influence somebody on the use of tobacco”.

sources:
who.int
myjoyonline.com