Archive | September 2014

EBOLA SENSITIZATION CAMPAIGN

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now been declared an international health emergency by the World Health Organization.

More than 3000* people have died from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria are the hardest hit while even other countries are on high alert.

Ebola is one of the most virulent diseases known. There is no vaccine or cure.

The Nzema Youth Association  is ready with a huge sensitization campaign in all three districts of Nzema. Our campaigns will include:

  • Running public health information campaigns
  • Providing educational kits
  • Setting-up hand-washing stations at schools, and other public facilities to help keep families safe.

With your support as usual we look forward for a successful educational period ! Support Us to help us save Lives !

Read in full here  EBOLA SENSITIZATION CAMPAIGN.

Kwame Nkrumah: World Peace, African Unity and a United Ghana

The Ade Sawyerr Blog

Kwame Nkrumah: World  Peace, African Unity and a United Ghana

Ade Sawyerr  on the 40th Anniversary of the passing of the Osagyefo

I start this retrospective with a quotation on African Unity by Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah and here I quote

“We all want a United Africa, United not only in our concept of what unity connotes, but united in our common desire to move forward together in dealing with all the problems that can best be solved only on a continental basis.”  Kwame Nkrumah

I intend to talk about Kwame Nkrumah and his contribution to World Peace, African Unity and a United Ghana against the back drop of current events.

World Peace and Unity

Few people view Nkrumah as a man of peace; they perceive him more at home in supporting the freedom fighter movements in Africa, but there was a time when Nkrumah’s stature in the world was…

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105th birthday of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Ghana`s First President

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah
Ghana`s First President Image by: Moh Awudu

Today September 21 marks the 105th birthday of Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

In 2010, the late President John Mills instituted the Founders Day to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

The day will be marked with lectures, symposiums and other programmes to highlight his achievements and vision.

The Convention People’s Party (CPP) which was founded by Nkrumah will celebrate the 105th birthday of their founder who was born September 21, 1909.

The celebration which began on September 14 has so far been highlighted by a series of activities including a durbar and launch of the reprint of ‘The Big Lie’, a book written by Nkrumah in 1969.

Since the Founders Day falls on Sunday, Monday has been declared a national holiday in Ghana.

The CPP says it is not enough to set a day aside as a holiday to celebrate Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

The party is calling for the day to be linked to an activity such as a cleanup exercise to make it more productive.

Speaking ahead of Dr Nkrumah’s 105 anniversary, the Deputy Communications Director of the party, Ernesto Yeboah also called on President Mahama to amend NLC decree 332, on election and public office qualification decree which bars some people from standing for election.


Biography

Kwame Nkrumah was born as Francis Nwia Kofi Ngonloma in Nkroful, Gold Coast.

He studied to be a teacher at Achimota School in Accra from 1925 to 1935.

He worked as a teacher in several schools in the Gold Coast including a Roman Catholic school in Axim, while he was saving money to continue his education in the United States of America.

In 1935, Nkrumah sailed from Takoradi, Gold Coast, to Liverpool, England, and made his way to London, England, where he applied and received his student visa from the American Embassy.

It was while Nkrumah was in London in late 1935 that he heard the news of the Invasion of Abyssinia by fascist Italy, an event that outraged the young Nkrumah. This prompted him to set his sights on a political career.

In October 1935, Nkrumah sailed from Liverpool to the United States, where he enrolled at the Lincoln University of Pennsylvania.

He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1939, and then he completed his Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree in 1942.

Nkrumah also earned his Master of Science degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1942, and then his M.A. in philosophy in 1943.


Return to the Gold Coast
In 1947, Nkrumah was invited to serve as the General Secretary to the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) under Joseph Boakye Danquah.

This political convention was exploring paths to independence. Nkrumah accepted the position and sailed for the Gold Coast.
After brief stops in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Ivory Coast, he arrived in the Gold Coast on 10 December 1947.

On 28 February 1948, police fired on African ex-servicemen protesting the rising cost of living, killing and injuring sixty eight.
The shooting spurred riots in Accra, Kumasi, and elsewhere.

The government suspected the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) was behind the protests and on 12 March 1948 arrested Nkrumah and other party leaders.

Realising their error, the British released the convention leaders on 12 April 1948.

After his imprisonment by the colonial government, Nkrumah emerged as the leader of the youth movement in 1948.

Facing international protests and internal resistance, the British decided to leave the Gold Coast.

Britain organized the first general election to be held under universal franchise on 5–10 February 1951.

Though Nkrumah was in jail, his party, CPP was elected by a landslide, taking 34 out of 38 elected seats in the Legislative Assembly.

-GNA

Ebola Scare At Ellembelle Over Bats Invasion

bat2Fear has gripped the people of Dadwen near Asomase in the Ellembelle District of the Western region following an invasion of the farming community by bats.

The people are terrified because they fear the bats could be the types that are said to be carrying the deadly Ebola virus.

The residents have therefore appealed to the district authorities to as a matter of urgency, do something about the situation before the unexpected happens.

They asserted that they had no idea where the bats migrated from and had been occupying most of the trees in the community.

Speaking in an interview with DAILY GUIDE, Joseph Tetteh Sackey, chief farmer of Dadwen, indicated that the people in the community saw a few of the bats about three days ago, but as at yesterday, the mammals had taken over the whole community, creating nuisance in the area with noise.

According to Mr. Sackey, what was very worrying was that the bats had been polluting the main stream in the area which serves as the source of drinking water, with their droppings.

When DAILY GUIDE contacted the Ellembelle District Director of Agriculture, Charles Ekpale, he confirmed the story.

He said that information he had gathered indicated that about 600 of the bats had invaded the small farming community.

The District Director of Health Service at Ellembelle, Elizabeth Conney, claimed that she had been informed about the bats’ invasion at Dadwen.

She however, advised that the situation should not create fear and panic among the people since the bats might not be the types that carry the Ebola virus.

She charged the inhabitants not to touch any of the mammals that would be found dead. Rather, they should use pieces of stick to gather them and burn them, warning that they should not be eaten.

She appealed to the people to stop drinking water from the streams and use the borehole which had been provided in the community.

She stressed that the District Chief Executive, Daniel Eshun and the District Director of Agriculture were aware and had sent people to the area to assess the situation.

From Emmanuel opoku, Takoradi

source:http://www.modernghana.com

Cholera Outbreak hits Nzema and other parts of the WR

choleraoutbreakThe Western Regional Health Directorate had recorded one death among the 25 confirmed cases of the cholera disease within the Region.

So far, a total of 87 suspected cases had been recorded since the first case on July 27, 2014.

Mr. Francis Anliah, Regional Disease Control Officer told the Ghana News Agency in an interview that the cases were recorded from Ellembelle, Shama, Wassa East, Tarkwa, Axim and Sekondi/Takoradi and said operators of districts facilities have been schooled to do surveillance in controlling the spread of the disease.

He added that the Health Directorate was also carrying out awareness creation and community durbars to educate Ghanaians on the need for a clean and healthy environment.

The Disease Control Officer said the hospitals were up to the task in containing the spread but entreated the public to limit hand shaking and ensure that they properly washed their hands with soap and water.