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The Directorate said with the onset of the rains coupled with poor sanitary conditions and other prevailing circumstances, it was likely to experience these occurrences.

It has therefore advised the public to adopt certain preventive measures and precautions to reduce the menace and protect themselves against the disease.

A statement signed by the Greater Accra Regional Director of Health Service, Dr (Mrs) Charity Sarpong, said in order to prevent these diseases the public should adhere to maintaining food and water safety by drinking safe water, washing fruits and vegetables well before eating.

They should also cover food always, eating food that was served hot and free from dust, flies and dirt.

She said piped water sources and sachet may not be safe for drinking and should be boiled.

According to the statement the public should always wash hands with soap under safe running water after using the toilet, before eating or preparing food, before feeding a baby, before serving meals and after taking care of sick persons.

The statement said cholera could be prevented by keeping the environment clean by not defecating in the open rather use toilet facility, clean toilet and surfaces contaminated with faeces with disinfectant and keep uncollected rubbish covered.

The statement said persons who showed symptoms of diarrhea should start taking Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS) immediately or report immediately to a nearby facility for treatment.

SOURCE: GRAPHICONLINE

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From a loudmouth slanderer to a ‘small-mouth’ beggar – The story of Kennedy Agyapong

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Amongst all the frivolous allegations he levelled against ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, what bled my heart was the lie he told about the weeping widow of the late MP who was gruesomely murdered, JB Danquah. What a careless heart this talkative possess. He claimed that the window, who has about 2 or so children with the MP, was responsible for the murder of the MP. I’m reliably informed that the allegation caused the mother of the widow to die due to grieve. The journalists who provided him the platform to spew those lies, didn’t care to subject him to strict proof for such a spurious allegation. Huh, God dey!

He further claimed that the widow in connivance with Anas, sold properties belonging to the late MP in UK. Venerable Kweku Baako later provided proofs to the effect that those properties still stood in the name of the MP and not a single one of them has been sold. This is an allegation that could easily be proven if this loudmouth slanderer was speaking the truth but the journalists including Omanhene of Adom TV, who were responsible for subjecting him to the strictest of proof, allowed him to get away with it.

It is important for me to highlight very important facts. He, Kennedy Agyapong, was the first to appear on the crime scene the day the MP was murdered. According to police reports, he, Kennedy Agyapong, tried to climb the ladder that the suspect used to get into the MP’s chamber to murder him and was prevented by the police. He made funny moves at the scene and in all cases, the police restrained him. What was he trying to do by trying to climb the ladder? To obliterate the evidence by tampering with the DNA footprints of the suspect? Further to that, it has become public knowledge that he on several occasions, tried to see the suspect who was in BNI custody and was prevented from doing so. Readers should analyse these issues in conjunction with the fact that the suspect has consistently named Kennedy Agyapong as one of the people who contracted him to commit that heinous crime. I can’t make a judgement about his culpability but since he’s the first to point morbid fingers at others, we are also entitled to draw inferences from his actions relating to this issue and probably conclude that his accusations were diversionary attempts.

When I tried to point out the loopholes and inconsistencies in his accusations against Anas and Tiger Eye, many people thought I had no basis to do so. I remember someone saying to me he believes Kennedy Agyapong’s accusations were true simply because he spoke with passion. I laughed. In some of my previous writings, I described him as a conspiracy theorist, who like all other conspiracy theorists, employed the skills of melodrama and consistent repetition of lies in order to sway the public. For example, he claimed Anas has killed some Chinese. Couldn’t this have been proven if had evidence? He claimed Anas didn’t pay taxes – was this not provable? He claimed Anas intended to disgrace the president with the #12 expos? – ain’t we are aware that it was the irredeemably corrupt, Nyantakyi who introduced the dimension of the president in the whole investigation? I can list a litany of empty allegations he levelled which could have easily been proven if he indeed had evidences.

In his rampage, he attacked almost everyone who didn’t side with him. He attacked the venerable Sam Okudzeto (not Ablakwa ooo), he attacked the General Legal Council, he attacked the Ghana Bar Association, he attacked Kwame Sefa Kayi, he attacked Kweku Baako, he attacked Kyei Mensah Bonsu, he attacked parliament and got disgraced for it, and a host of endless entities and individuals suffered from the unmeasured diatribes of the loudmouth MP. His own crony, Nyantakyi in #12, described him as a loudmouth who would only keep quiet if he’s settled. This is true because I remember how he launched scathing attacks on Professor Attefuah for refusing to give him contracts at NIA.

I’m surprised how people have fallen cheaply for his self-acclaimed anti-corruption fight. Many cite Woyomegate as one of his anti-corruption exploits. Kennedy Agyapong didn’t uncover the stinking Woyome deal. It was identified and reported by the auditor general. People like Randy Abbey, Kweku Baako, and he Kennedy Agyapong highlighted it. It therefore beats imagination though typical of him, to claim exclusivity of that expos?. Granted that he did a yeoman’s job in that expos?, what else do we have to credit him with as an anti-corruption fighter? Is it his screaming on radio and television? Is that how corruption is fought? This so-called anti-corruption fighter was opposed to the appointment of Amidu. He defended the rot at BOST, Maritime, and EPA but all those responsible for these institutions under whose watch the rots occurred which he defended, have been fired by the president. What kind of anti-corruption fighter is that? Defends his friends and cronies when they’re caught pants down? Eebeei.

Did he not vow to expose Kweku Baako and Anas for their corrupt deals? He said these two journos were galamseyers. Kweku galamsey. Anas will be driving the excavator while Kweku will be in the pit. Haha. Maybe someone should remind him that, Aisha Huang, the galamsey queen, was first exposed by Kweku Baako. Kweku was one of the foremost people who brought this galamsey menace to the front burner for national attention. Where were you, Mr talkative?

The sore that will kill the dog falls on its head where it cannot lick – according to our elders. At the height of his misguided excitement to defend irredeemably corrupt Nyantakyi and to cause public revulsion for indefatigable Anas, he challenged all the people he accused to sue him. When Kweku sued him, he claimed he’ll expose Kweku in court. It should not be lost on us that he has been handed the first defeat at the General Legal Council when he childishly hurled Anas before the body. His second defeat was when parliament shamed him for running it down in his frantic bid to attack Anas. By way of self-confession, as though he was under a spell, he said he was contracted to fight off Anas by some party gurus. Me, I don’t trust him anymore so I don’t believe any party guru told him to do what he did. He’s only trying to find partners and to blame others for his tarnished image. So the point here is that he had no evidence as he claimed but he was only doing the hatchet job as he claims. This is indeed childish – a 60-year-old man will allow himself to be manipulated like a string in guitar only to be internationally embarrassed later.

Now we hear say oga dey beg for out-of-court settlement. The court is not like Oman Fm nor Adom TV where you can have fields day to spew anything including the content of your intestines. I thought he said he has evidence to disgrace Kweku in court. The beginning of the end has just began. He has many suits starring him in the face. I don’t know if he’ll go for begging for all of them as well. One thing that is clear in my mind is that, this man has pressed a self-destruct button. I will be gravely disappointed if Kweku grants his plea for out-of-court settlement. Kweku should not forget that the recklessness of this talkative led to the death of Ahmed Hussein Suale – an irrevocable act. I will rather we went for judgment so that we see his real size because a stick that can prick your eye, you uproot it completely: you don’t cut it halfway.

Source: Ghana Web

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Canadian Women Kidnappers: Only 4 Suspects Were Actively Involved

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DGN Online has gathered from security sources that out of the eight persons arrested in connection with the kidnapping of the two Canadian women, only four are the ‘real’ culprits.

Sources say the four are Seidu Mba, a Ghanaian, and the three Nigerians.

One of the Nigerians has been identified as Sampson Aghaor while the identities of the other two are yet to be known.

According to DGN Online‘s sources, police were still working to establish the “involvement” of the three other suspects that have been arrested as well.

It has been gathered that one person among the three is a driver, another one a mechanic and the third person a ‘worker’ of a car rental company.

DGN Online is equally informed that as at yesterday, June 13, 2019, the police had taken statements of each of the eight suspects.

The suspects are likely to appear before court today, June 14, in line with constitutional provision that a suspect should not be kept in police custody for more than 48-hours after his or her arrest without a bail or sent to court for trial.

It would be recalled that five Ghanaians and three Nigerians were placed in police custody after their arrests in Kumasi on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 in connection with the kidnappings of the two Canadian women.

Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, briefed the media on Wednesday in Accra, as he gave updates on the rescue mission of the two ladies.

The Minister did not give further details on the identities of the eight suspects but assured that legal processes would be followed in ensuring justice is served.

Duration For Rescue Mission

The Minister had told the media that it a took a National Security team 25 minutes to rescue the women from a house at Kanyasi, a suburb of Kumasi.

Team Members

The Security team comprised Bureau of National Investigation, Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police Service, the Special Weapons And Tactics Unit, Defense Intelligence.

Mr. Oppong Nkrumah said there was no support from security experts from Canada as earlier reported.

He said Canadians were brought into the country to explore ways in which they could help the Ghanaian security operatives to rescue the ladies but it turned out National Security could handle the operation.

He also denied that the Canadians provided satellite data to aid the rescue of the women.

The Minister confirmed DGN Online‘s earlier report that there were gunshots from the compound the suspects were being accommodated.

He further confirmed DGN Online‘s report that another Nigerian suspected to be the ringleader in the kidnapping of the three Takoradi girls, John Orji has been arrested in Togo.

He said a Ghanaian was providing them accommodation for the kidnappers.

According to him, at the end of the operation, the two Nigerians who were holding the Canadians were subdued and the third Nigerian was arrested later.

Victims

Mr. Oppong Nkrumah had indicated that the two Canadian women were brought to Accra and going through due medical checks at a health facility.

Lauren Patricia Catherine Tilley, 19, and Bailey Jordan Chitty, 20, both students working as volunteers in Ghana for an international development organisation, Youth Challenge International, were allegedly abducted recently and taken to unknown destination by some gun-wielding men.

The captors had ambushed the young women on a driveway at Ahodwo-Nhyiaeso near the Royal Gulf Club in Kumasi, whilst returning from a food joint in an Uber car.

They were bundled into a Toyota Camry saloon car and whisked away after stepping out of the car to go to their hostel at the Silver Spring avenue.

That prompted the Canadian Government to swiftly issue a travel advice for its citizens traveling to Ghana, warning of “violent crimes” in the West African nation

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Include Blood Processing Fee on NHIS

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A clarion call has been made for the fee charged for processing blood to be covered by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

Stakeholders in the blood service believe the fee – about GH¢120 – if covered by the NHIS would remove the financial barrier to blood accessibility and encourage voluntary blood donation.

They made the observation during the discussion session of a public lecture organized by the National Blood Service as part of activities to commemorate this year’s World Blood Donor Day themed: “Blood Donation and Universal Access to Safe Blood Transfusion, as a Component of achieving Universal Health Coverage.”

Ken Ashigbey, Chief Executive of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications who is passionate about voluntary blood donation, said it was an indictment on the country for people to be dying because of the unavailability of blood products.

He said the country would be able to meet its blood needs if as low as one percent of the population decided to voluntarily donate blood.

Voluntary blood donation in Ghana currently stands at 37 per cent as against the projected figure of 50 per cent by the National Blood Service.

Mr. Ashigbey called on civil society to take action and champion the passage of the Blood Service Bill which is currently with the Ministry of Health.

“We don’t want to wait like we did for the Right to Information Bill (RTI) so Mr. President please make sure this bill is passed, if not we will make it a campaign topic,” he said.

Dr. Justina K. Ansah, CEO of National Blood Service, touching on the Blood Service Bill added that the law would give legal backing to help nail practitioners who breach the rules of engagement with regard to how they handle blood.

She said “when there is a policy and it’s not backed by law, it is like having the document there but it’s the law that gives it hands and feet. It gives it teeth to be able to bite.”

“So, we need the law to also help us when people have done things that they need to be reprimanded for and all that,” she added.

She noted that “a lot of the guidelines are documented, but if you have a law backing you, then if somebody is not going according to the standards, the person can be held for not conforming to the standards.”

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE: DAILYGUIDEAFRICA

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