USE OF MERCURY IN HEALTH SECTOR TO BE PHASED OUT.

For decades, Mercury has been used in some pharmaceutical products and some medical devices due to its uniqueness.

Yet the least reckless exposure of mercury into the environment has severe health hazards on the environment.

Mercury is classified among the top 10 most hazardous chemicals by the World Health Organization.

Due to this, Ghana on the 16th of August 2017 appended signatory to the UNDP’s instituted MINAMATA CONVENTION ON MERCURY; a global treaty designed to protect human health and the environment.

The improper disposal of mercury- containing health equipment such as Thermometers, Sphygmomanometers, Hg-based blood pressure monitoring devices, Hg batteries, Lamps, dental Amalgam and lighting devices.

Have dire consequences on health personnel and particularly on the development of children, pregnant women, aquatic life and has the tendency of drastically polluting our water bodies.

The introduction of the Minamata Convention on Mercury is under the special assistance of the UNDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which has the mandate for ensuring the implementation of recommended WHO/MIA strategies for the health sector, has completed an initial platform which would enable the government of Ghana to establish a sound foundation to undertake future works for successful implementations of the programme.

It is the mandate of the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health service and its health partners to ensure that mercury is successfully phased out from the Health sector in Ghana after the successful implementation of the Minamata Convention by the year 2025.

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FARE THEE WELL GIANT, ATUKWEI OKAI.

Poem Eulogizing A GIANT: Professor ATUKWEI OKAI.

A GIANT BAOBAB TREE HAS BEEN UPROOTED.

A mighty storm has uprooted a giant baobab tree from our land.

Indeed a mighty storm has touched a giant tree which gave us shadows to rest, when the sun shined merciless!

The giant who renewed for us the art of poetry to perfection.

The giant whose mission has stirred up our creativity, intellectuality, ability and agility to reasoning, writing and speaking to the soul of mankind.

The giant literary literate, the professor.

The giant Pan-Africanist, the giant writer, the Giant!

The giant Holder of the Order of the Volta, the giant fearless commentator, the GIANT.

Professor ATUKWEI OKAI. You have journeyed, a journey which has earned you a post as an ancestor.

It is an inevitable journey.

There you will comment no more, there you will shine like a star, dear ancestor!

Rest In Power prof.

Professor ATUKWEI OKAI passed on in Accra on 13th July, 2018 at the age of 77.

THE MUSLIM HERO OF RECENT FRANCE.

A 22-year-old Muslim man from Mali by name Mamoudou Gassama has become the latest Hero in France.

He has been living in France as an illegal immigrant for many months now, but as fate would have it, he is being decorated as the bravest hero in recent times after he single handedly scaled a high rise building in Paris to Save a 2years old child who was loosely hanging from a balcony.

Though there were many people who were witness to the scene, they chose to be spectators. Mr. Mamoudou who could equally have looked on and waited for the fire service to arrive, took a different turn within the shortest possible time to save the life of the innocent child.

Mr. Mamoudou Gassama heroically scaled the high rise building to the 4th floor where he dragged the hanging 2years old boy to safety before the fire service could arrive.

The president of France Emmanuel Macron has honoured him for his bravery including granting him a job opportunity in the Fire service and a France citizenship.

His heroic act has earned him the title, “Paris Spider man” on the various social media platforms.

France 24 interviewed the latest Muslim hero of our time.

Watch the interview here.

GMEF MAIDEN M&E INTER-UNIVERSITY COMPETITION HELD.

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As part of its core mandate to equip and enlighten students, the general public, Civil society groups, and Non-governmental organizations on the practices of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), the Ghana Monitoring and Evaluation (GMEF) body in partnership with UNICEF Ghana yesterday held its maiden inter-university competition.

The competition which took place at the Conference Room of the vice Chancellors` Hall (UPSA) had four Universities compete for the top place.

Representatives from the University of Ghana-School of Public Health (Accra) carried the day, followed by the Christian Service University College (Kumasi) and BlueCrest University College (Kokomlemle) respectively .

Dr. Stephen Ntow, the special moderator of the competition, especially praised  the in-depth knowledge of the competitors and their impressive performance and encouraged participants to put into good use the M&E practices in their academic and project career.

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Dr. Stephen Ntow (International Consultant) and the competing students.

While addressing the audience, Coordinator of GMEF, Mrs. Dede Bedu stressed that, to strengthen any project and achieving efficiency in program delivery, it is always necessary to adhere to an efficient and effective use of M&E practices.

This she said has always been their core campaign as they celebrate GMEF`s 10years anniversary of promoting good project practices in Ghana.

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The winners were presented with awards and Citation for their Institutions.

 

—Sultan Nuhu Mohammed

PRESIDENT AKUFO ADDO MUST WAKE UP AGAINST SURRENDERING GHANA’S INTEGRITY AND SOVEREIGNTY.

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First of all my firm salute goes to all those courageous Ghanaian men and women, some partisan and others none, who are on the streets of Accra and beyond demonstrating against what we regard as “Ghana’s automatic surrender of its sovereignty and integrity” to the USA government and its Military in a dubious partnership deal.

This deal which has brought a great deal of dissatisfaction among Ghanaians and their leaders is in fact disgraceful to an Independent Republic of Ghana and its roles in the fight to liberate Africa of colonialism, neocolonialism and the agenda of the imperialists.

The current NPP regime under his Excellency Nana Akufo Addo must rethink over this surrender of our security sovereignty lest we become mockery in the face of our African neighbours and the world at large.

It is important to note that we have a great deal of trust for a man like President Nana Akufo Addo, because his credibility so far is intact, unlike some recent past leaders who have betrayed Ghana to satisfy their ego, this recent pact with the USA and the stubbornness of our political leaders to heed to our call has pushed us to a corner where it is increasingly becoming very difficult to trust the people we vote into power.

We remember how this current regime desperately begged on its knees for our votes so that they could also serve us to make our motherland a good place to live in. But it seems they say one thing and do the opposite when they are given the nod to lead.

In a firm voice, Ghanaians say this deal must not be allowed to take effect because it doesn’t make sense and it’s such a shame Pan-Africans.

No sane Pan-African will be in support of this which is why I fully support those demonstrating against this government’s recklessness and negligence.

Clearly this hoodwink deal further urshers us into the grip of recolonialisation which undermines the integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Ghana and we must all wake up agains this.

It is the hope of all Africans that this regime will listen to its people and place a halt to this deal, and will realise that the solutions to an independent Africa continues with a reasonably fair deal, as we all rally solidly behind “a good deal or no deal” in an effort to promote respect for Africa and an independent Africa for Africans.

#NoToReColonialisation

My Conscience as an African speaks”
–Sultan Nuhu Mohammed

My Ignorant Pastors! Shut Up or Wake Up.

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I am certain that you have equally wondered and pondered on why the silence of the larger global community as they stay glued to yet unconcerned on happenings of illegal arrestings and expelling of Africans in Israel who justifably refused to accept bribes to be deported to Rwanda for no rational reason.

It is even more hard to bear that the African Union and its member states are completely tight lipped over the regime`s barbaric abuse and forceful deportation of African asylum seekers in what is a globally unprecedented modern day state sponsored racist operation targeting blacks.

Their shameful actions is evidence of bare racism and a complete disregard for human life as well as the lives of blacks, Muslims and Christians living in that part of the world is concerned.

A similar fate which is continously meted out to the indegenous Palestinians whose lands have been forcibly occupied by these invading Israeli government with impunity as the global powers cowardly and hypocrtitically looks on.

But my pain also lies in the fact that, with all of these ongoing evil against Blacks and people of the non Jewish faith, we have some Ghanaian Chritians leaders organizing press conferences to warn people who dare speak against this same Israeli regime which has vowed never to respect the dignity of Africans and Palestinians altogether.

Instead of speaking against the racist brutalities against our people who are in dire need of our support, here goes our birdbrain Pastors, fully supporting and sharing in the crimes of a racist and bully regime despite a decorous condemnation by Israeli Christians and Muslim leaders including other Israeli Human Rights agencies against these uncivilized racism.

Infact there are times when you feel the presence of certain class of people in this world alone will never gurantee a harmonious society ever, at least with their existence and what they stand for.

And indeed there are times when you are guided by the hope that, it is only the right education that can dispel the age long depths of ignorance held on by our people, atleast this alone also gives us hope that someday our pastors and other religious leaders who have taken it upon themselves to remain ignorant in support of crimes elsewhere will see the light of  and need to promote and champion peace and not taking sides even the evil they are supporting is in plain light. Until them, dear ignorant pastors, its either you shut up, or you wake up for a just cause!

Blind religious bigotry must end!

THE BIGOTRY OF AN EXTREMIST POLITICIAN.

From time to time, the bigotry exhibited by some of Ghana`s  extremist politicians amazes us to the core. But be rest assured that they will always face backlash from people like us, we are a thinking and reasonable people, we are capable of reading between the lines, make no mistake, which is why we choose to jaw-jaw than to war-war.
Abronye DC of the New Patriotic Party and his likes should be cautioned to exercise maturity when speaking on public issues. At his age, we expect that he should at least be able to express himself in a proper manner devoid of sensationalism and overly exaggerations.
Because, to intentionally and falsely label the whole Brong Ahafo Chief Imam Alhaji Umar Abdul Kadir in an alleged corruption scandal which he has absolutely no knowledge of is not just evil but an Insult to the entire Muslim community that he leads.
A corrupt allegation involving the former District Chief Executive over his expenditure during his tenure in office has nothing at all to do with this innocent Chief Imam , and this is an established fact which cannot be gainsayed.

Yet, for a polictical communicator whose party just resumed office to play this mischief is beyond reason, if not to intentionally disrespect the Muslims of that region through misinforming the masses is defarmation of character, a hate crime on its own.
It is in the right other for the Muslims in the region to demand the reasons behind these lies and for that loose of a talker to provide his evidences if any against the Chief Imam of the region or be severely sanctioned, a challenge he has since been unable to provide.

These calculated attempts by these extemist politicians who only survivce on playing mischief to the pleasantry of  their political heads will only tear us apart. Which is why to prevent these, appropriate and severe sanctions should be meted out to those who are seen to be sowing seeds of division among the good people of our society.

The leadership of the New Patriotic Party should note that, to allow the likes of Abronye to loosely speak on their behalf is to ferment trouble and the consequences awaits.