Sunday 20 August 2017
(AfricaNews 08/18/17)
The Ghana Food and Drugs Authority has commenced the implementation of the ban on import and sale of skin bleaching products imposed in January this year. The Acting Chief Executive of the Authority, Mimi Darko told a parliamentary committee on Wednesday that they are cracking down on the products in the market. She told the committee that the FDA has stopped registering products containing the bleaching chemical hydroquinone and has launched a sensitization programme against the sale of the product in the market. “The bleaching agent in most bleaching creams is hydroquinone and the Ghana standard now is, there should be zero percent hydroquinone in bleaching
(Xinhuanet 08/17/17)
The Chinese government has offered scholarships to 65 Ghanaian students for further education in various fields in Chinese institutions of higher learning in the 2017/2018 academic year, Ambassador Sun Baohong disclosed here late Tuesday. Speaking at a farewell dinner attended by 40 of the beneficiaries, Sun expressed delight in the growing number of Ghanaian students who had been studying in Chinese institutions. "China has been receiving Ghanaian students since 1960. Up to now, a total of 1,006 Ghanaian students have received Chinese government scholarships. Currently, 5,516 Ghanaian students are studying in China and this number has ranked top among African students in China for three consecutive years," the ambassador said. "The Chinese government has been continuously providing human resource training...
(Graphic Online 08/17/17)
The Ashanti Regional Police command has sent re-enforcement to the Alabar lorry station following near clashes between two feuding groups. According to reports, the two clashed over management of the Alabar Tamale lorry station. The groups in question clashed in March 2017, leaving six people seriously injured. The Police were at the scene at 3 am on Thursday and only called for reinforcements when it became clear the tension could escalate into clashes. The Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer,...
(Spy Ghana 08/16/17)
Former President Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings has called for a paradigm shift in the fight against corruption, to ensure that it does not create undue hardship to the people. He said corruption had eaten so deep into the fabric of the society that the quest to clean up seems to rather create hardship instead of reducing the cost of living. Former President Rawlings made the call in a keynote address at a lecture organised by the University of Ibadan...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(Citifmonline 08/12/17)
The first batch of Ghanaian Pilgrims for the 2017 Hajj pilgrimage have finally left the Tamale Airport for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Four hundred and thirty out of 506 were airlifted to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Friday after the first flight scheduled for Thursday August 10 failed. Background Vice President, Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia under whose supervision the National Hajj Board operates at a pre-departure Durbar in Tamale touted the 2017 Hajj activities organization as unique. He...
(APA 08/11/17)
After heated agitations between workers of the state-owned Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the government over sale of the company, the deal has been signed sealed, APA has learnt here on Friday. This came to light when the Minister of Energy Mr Boakye Agyarko in his inauguration of the Board of Directors of the ECG on Thursday charged the Board Members to hand over all assets of the company to the private investor. This is as a result of...
(APA 08/11/17)
The Ghanaian press on Friday focused on the advice of President Nana Akufo Addo to chiefs who are involved in illegal mining popularly called galamsey. The Daily Graphic, Ghanaian Times, The Chronicle all focused on the story with the Graphic reporting that President Nana Akufo Addo took his campaign against illegal mining to the Central Region on Thursday with blunt call on chiefs to stop providing support to illegal miners. The newspaper continued that President Akufo Addo pointed out to...
(Citifmonline 08/09/17)
Ghana ranks high on the list African countries with 90 per cent and above in percentage in vaccinations, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, the Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said. He stressed: “Ghana is one of the best African countries as far as vaccinations are concerned, in fact we are 90 per cent and above in percentage rate and this is highly substantial.” Dr Nsiah-Asare said this during an interview in Accra on Tuesday. Confirming the availability and...
(Ghana Web 08/08/17)
As many as 72 unregistered drugs were imported into Ghana without prior approval of the Foods and Drugs Authority (FDA), according to The 2012 Auditor-General’s report. Among the unregistered medicines which got unto the Ghanaian market between 2012 and 2013 per the Auditor General’s report are popular malaria drug Coartem and de-wormer Zentel. In all, some 72 unregistered drugs were imported during that period. The A-G's report also revealed that seven drugs were brought into the country “before the importers...
(Los Angeles Times 08/08/17)
When the machines arrived last winter, the villagers were mesmerized. In Zamashegu, a farming community of 1,000 people in northern Ghana, they may as well have come from outer space — four electric slot machines installed in two roadside shacks, chirping and clattering, bathing the packed-dirt walls in a pale, kaleidoscopic glow. Their lure was magnetic. Soon, villagers stopped farming, leaving their yam and cassava fields fallow. Children stayed home from school. Instead, they’d queue up at the slots and...
(Voice of America 08/04/17)
Father Carlo Ladicicco, a 65-year-old Catholic priest could be enjoying retirement after 35-years as a missionary in a remote region of Peru. Instead he is using his pension to subsidize his pastoral outreach to some of the poorest and most exploited African migrants in Italy — just a 40 minute drive from his birthplace in the country’s southern region of Campania. Sitting in his cramped, sparsely furnished rented bungalow decorated with keepsakes from his decades in the Peruvian jungle, the...
(Citifmonline 08/04/17)
The government has discounted suggestions that the country faces imminent threats of terrorism. This comes after some members of the public expressed anxiety over security alerts and notices shared by some Embassies and High Commissions in the country. The Canadian Embassy in its security alert to its citizens visiting Ghana said that, “there is a threat of terrorism. Terrorist targets could include shopping malls, government buildings, public areas such as bars, restaurants, hotels and sites frequented by Westerners. Be aware...
(Citifmonline 08/04/17)
The first ever Ghana Cyber security awareness workshop, hosted at the African Regent Hotel, Accra, on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, It was a full-house as more than 50 delegates from various private and public sector organizations turned up for the all-day workshop, thus confirming the belief that Corporate Ghana is concerned about cyber crimes and definitely takes cyber security very seriously. Following sharp increases in cyber-crimes and cyber security breach incidents worldwide, Delta3 International (a Ghana based Information Security Advisory...
(AfricaNews 07/28/17)
Ghana’a Vice President, Dr Muhamudu Bawumia, was in the country’s northern region on Wednesday to inspect damage and commiserate with victims of floods in the regional capital, Tamale. Most areas of Tamale got flooded after heavy rains on Tuesday flooded major areas. Local media reported two deaths and the loss of properties running into millions of Ghana cedis. The main hospital serving the northern region, the Tamale Teaching Hospital, was not spared the floods, photos showed nurses at the facility...
(Xinhuanet 07/28/17)
Ghana has recorded significant improvement in reducing malaria prevalence among infants between six months and 59 months, according to the Ghana Malaria Indicator Survey launched here on Thursday. The survey, compiled by the Ghana Statistical Service with support from the National Malaria Control Program and the Ghana Health Service, observed that malaria prevalence rate among the infants surveyed decreased significantly by six percentage points to 21 percent in 2016, from the 27 percent prevalence rate in 2014. Acting Government Statistician...
(Business Ghana 07/27/17)
SEND Ghana, a non-governmental organisation, has appealed to the government to focus much attention on expanding access to Primary Health Care (PHC), saying it is the bedrock for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It said there was the need to link PHC to the entire SDGs, and pursue strategies for the harmonisation of all health-related data, improving financing to the sector, intensifying public education on the importance of healthy lifestyles for preventive health and ensuring intersectoral collaboration...
(APA 07/27/17)
The move by the President to refer a petition brought against the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) to the Chief Justice (CJ) and the petition by banks to the government dominate the headlines of Ghanaian newspapers on Thursday. The Daily Graphic and others said the EC boss, Mrs. Charlotte Osei, is expected to face the CJ, Justice Sophia Akuffo for redress. The newspaper quotes some portions of the 1992 Ghanaian Constitution, which state that a person holding such office...
(APA 07/26/17)
The havoc visited on Tamale town by floods dominates the headlines of Ghanaian press on Wednesday. The Daily Graphic, Finder among others said a torrential four-hour rainfall in the early hours of Tuesday has submerged parts of Tamale Metropolis in the Northern Region, killing two persons. The rains brought commercial and other social activities to a halt, with rain water filling some portions of the Tamale Teaching Hospital. Some other areas in the metropolis were badly affected, but numbers of...
(AFP (eng) 07/24/17)
Senior politicians in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Saturday called for measures to cut the birth rate in the region in order to bring the population explosion there under control. Deputies of ECOWAS, Mauritania and Chad should be aiming to cut back the birth rate to three children per woman, said Salifou Diallo, Burkina Faso's speaker of parliament. The idea, he said, was to cut the birth rate in half by 2030, in a region that...

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