Archive | August 2013

Sing peace, act peace after the SC final Verdict

Ghana: A Country Redeemed after a Peaceful Election, let us dignify that after the Supreme Court adjudication.

Preach Peace Act peace. Indeed peace is priceless.

Preach Peace Act peace. Indeed peace is priceless.

To a large extent, the prevailing peace in Ghana is a result of the disciplinary nature of Ghanaians as well as the many reforms that the country has undertaken to create a peaceful environment through the use of organized religious bodies, social institutions like youth associations, sports clubs etc as well as a credible institutions like the Peace Council. Ghanaians also trust the reformed judiciary, which has demonstrated its professionalism, independence, and capacity to adjudicate on complex matters, including this controversial presidential election. One major lesson for the international community is that peace is more likely to be durable when it’s the people of Ghana and their own institutions that are left to handle their problems.

The electoral process, its challenge at the highest court of the motherland (The Supreme Court) and the peaceful environment Ghanaians have created during such an intense political tension  shows that indeed we are people most outstanding in dignity and the little advice to ourselves now must be that we all hold on tight to peace and wait patiently for the adjudication from the Supreme Court on this election petition which we all have waited in patience during the trial period.

Such patience in peace is worth it a million times, it has become a testament to the progress Ghana has made in strengthening its democratic institutions, and the desire of the Ghanaian people to allow justice to prevail and to move the country forward.

Nzema Youth Association is also echoing what has already been preached that , whatever the outcome of the supreme court verdict, everybody should accept it in peace. Think Ghana first before any of all the political parties.

We appeal to the youth of our motherland Nzema and Ghana as a whole to close embrace peace at all times and kick against any attempt by “selfish” politicians who are ready to misuse the youthful exuberance to cause mayhem in any locality after the Supreme Court verdict.

We remind ourselves that political disorder in neighbouring Cote d’ Ivoire, Egypt and Libya should serve as bitter lessons to us to preserve Ghana’s trade mark as a peaceful Nation, this is worth it.
We are of high certainty that this final verdict will yield fruitful results for our welfare as a nation.
Preach Preach, act peace.

Nuhu Mohammed
Nzema Youth Association
Public Relations Officer.

I screen!!! I screen!!! I scream!! Okyeame Kwame on Hepatitis B

Posted by Okyeame Kwame

Posted by Okyeame Kwame

This is Hepatitis, Know it!, Confront it!!
Four years ago, I went in for a hepatitis B test. It was expensive; it was GHc40. I gaped, I wondered; how will the ordinary Ghanaian afford? How will he/she even know that he must fear this stealthy killer with rarely any symptoms at all?

I organized two doctors; Dr. Kwame Boadu and Dr. Osei Appiah to conduct free screening for people who may not be able to afford and also sensitize the public about it. At the time, WHO had given the prevalence rate to be 12%. I researched about it, and I was alarmed. We engaged the media so that the sensitization will get a wider coverage- especially the social media in order to reach the youth.

Ei! By the way, hepatitis B is caused by the Hepatitis B virus which causes inflammation of the liver which can eventually cause death http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hepatitis_B. It is basically transmitted through body fluids, but the main mode of transmission is through sex.

Coming back to the screening, so far, we have screened 5,000 people since 2009. When we started screening in 2009, as per WHO statistics, the prevalence rate was 12%; but after 4 years of screening, according to our data, the prevalence rate is 15% and counting.

I know that I am not the only person passionate about the screening, There are other bodies involved; both private and government – putting in efforts to see hepatitis B driven away.
My worry is, after all this effort from all involved, the disease is still potent, and the prevalent rate has not come down. I ponder over these questions:

  • Are we not doing enough?
  • Are we using the right communication tools?
  • Are people still just having unprotected sex indiscriminately?
  • Are people simply not ready to change their lifestyles?

One thing comes to mind; I have realized over the years that screening without vaccination takes all the people we screened, who are negative, back into the high risk zone. I have failed at a few challenges in life, but hepatitis B will certainly not be in the list. I WILL FACE IT, CONFRONT IT AND DEFEAT IT!!

From next year, though expensive and administratively complex, I believe that if we; the government, and all of us involved in the sensitization process add the vaccination to it, we will arrest the epidemic.

Thank you MTN Ghana Foundation, MDS Lancet Laboratories, GhanaWeb, Japan Motors, Vita Milk, DDP and all my media partners. One Mic Entertainment is truly grateful to you for supporting this save-a-life-campaign.

IT WILL SURELY BE OK!!!!

courtesy:
okyeamekwame / ghanaweb