President Akufo-Addo presents 10,000 Hospital Beds to Health Ministry

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 22nd September 2020, presented ten thousand hospital beds, under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP), to be distributed to hospitals across the country.

According to President Akufo-Addo, it is always disconcerting to see patients being treated in wheel chairs, in plastic chairs, and even on the floors because of the unavailability of beds.

“Government’s determination to see an end to this no-bed syndrome has resulted in the decision to procure these hospital beds and their associated accessories for distribution across the country, to augment the existing numbers in the country,” the President said.

To this end, he stated that “in total, one thousand, five hundred (1,500) pieces of critical care beds with overhead tables; two thousand (2,000) pieces of standard hospital beds with bedside lockers; four thousand (4,000) pieces health centre beds with bedside lockers; one thousand (1,000) pieces of children’s cot; and one thousand, five hundred (1,500) pieces of delivery beds have been purchased”.

At the ceremony held at Burma Camp, where the beds are being housed, President Akufo-Addo stated that the beds, which are to be distributed to all two hundred and seventy-five constituencies, are adjustable for better positioning of the patient’s head and feet.

He told the gathering that these beds will allow for better movement of patients, as well as periodic change to the pressure points on the body, thereby, improving the patient’s blood circulation whilst she/he is in bed, adding that “they maximise comfort for patients who will use them for extended periods of time, and their customisable features will make it easy to adjust specific parts of the bed.”

Whilst urging users and hospital staff to take good care of these beds, which have come at significant cost to the taxpayer, President Akufo-Addo stressed that “with four (4) more years for Nana and the NPP, we will do more for you, because we are motivated by a vision of ensuring that the basic infrastructure in education, health and social services is equitably distributed throughout our nation, to provide relief and encouragement to all sectors of our society. That is how we build a united Ghana”.

IPEP
It will be recalled that, in the run-up to the December 2016 elections, the implementation of IPEP was a campaign promise of the New Patriotic Party.

This pledge was to provide each of the 275 constituencies with the cedi equivalent of US$ 1 million to tackle issues relating to infrastructural development and poverty eradication in rural and deprived communities.

Indeed, the implementation of the programme commenced with the launching of One-District-One-Warehouse component in Ejura, in the Ashanti Region, followed by the unveiling of the One-Village-One-Dam programme at Kuuyoukou in Lawra, in the Upper West Region.

“One of the fruits of this policy was seen by all Ghanaians in February this year, when I commissioned and distributed three hundred and seven (307) state of the art ambulances, i.e. one ambulance per constituency, and the remaining thirty-two (32) to the National Ambulance Service,” he added.

Thus far, these ambulances, the President indicated, have been of immense help to ensuring an effective Emergency Medical Service (EMS) system, and improving our country’s emergency response capabilities.

Indeed, the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives, which is implementing IPEP, together with the Coastal, Middle Belt and Northern Development Authorities, have, so far, seen to the construction of 1,000 community water systems; 1,000 public and institutional water closet toilets; 50 prefabricated grain warehouses; 560 small earth dams; 50 rural and peri-urban markets; 26 clinics with bungalows for the medical staff; and 5,014 constituency specific projects.

Story: Sheila Satori Mensa

First Lady commends MOH, GHS for mutually beneficial partnership

First Lady of the Republic H. E. Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo has described the partnership between The Rebecca Foundation and state agencies like the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) as one which has been immensely beneficial to the good people of Ghana, especially women and children.

According to her, since its establishment in 2017, The Rebecca Foundation of which she is Executive Director has partnered the Ministry of Health and the GHS to complement government’s enormous investment in the health sector in building and constructing new health facilities and rehabilitating existing facilities, especially in deprived communities.

She said The Rebecca Foundation appreciated quality health being central to the well-being of a nation and has channeled a lot of effort in supporting government in the health sector by donating health equipment and constructing health facilities to support government.

The First lady made these comments when she presented hospital consumables and also PPEs including nose masks,hand sanitizers, soap,gowns ,gloves, baby diapers,Washing powder and others to the Saltpond Hospital.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo said The Rebecca Foundation has donated hospital equipment and supplies to all sixteen (16) regions, including a phototherapy machine to the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital and carried out health outreaches and surgeries all over the country.

The Foundation, she said, has also distributed ambulances and renovated and equipped health facilities, including a CHPS compound at Seduase, the Abbam Krom Health Centre and the Osu Government Maternity Home.

“Two of our biggest projects have been an ultra-modern Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and a Maternity, Neo-natal Intensive care and Paediatric Intensive care units, at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital”, the Executive Director of The Rebecca Foundation said.

The First Lady also expressed gladness at her husband, H.E. President Akufo-Addo’s cutting of sod in May this year to reactivate the construction of the Maternity and Children’s Block project of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) which had been abandoned for forty-four (44) years.

She explained that while The Rebecca Foundation – constructed Maternity and Paediatric Intensive care unit, at KATH is to provide an interim solution to the huge challenges the hospital faces in maternal and child care, the 750-bed facility, which when completed will serve as a referral center for twelve out of Ghana’s sixteen regions, will significantly increase government’s capacity to cater for the health needs of women and children in the country.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo pledged The Rebecca Foundation’s commitment to continue to execute initiatives which will enhance the welfare of women and children, health-wise, intellectually and economically.

The First Lady also commended government on how proactive and incisive it has been in combatting the COVID 19 pandemic which has led to the rate of infection slowing down and recoveries going up, cautioning however, the importance in adopting all the safety precautions, to stop the spread, in the hope of soon getting back to our normal lives.

Story: Sheila Satori Mensa

Health Minister discharged from the hospital – Oppong-Nkrumah

Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Minister of Health, who tested positive for the novel Coronavirus , has been discharged from the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) where he was receiving treatment.

Speaking at a press briefing Monday evening, the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah disclosed that he had spoken to Kwaku Agyeman-Manu and he told him he was currently responding to treatment at home.

“He [Agyeman-Manu] is not physically sick but he is taking the medication he has been given and he is responding to treatment,” he said.

Mr. Agyeman-Manu was receiving treatment at the University of Ghana Medical Centre after contracting COVID-19 .

Earlier in a post on Facebook on Monday morning, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu expressed appreciation to President Akufo-Addo for his well-wishes after the president said Agyeman-Manu was infected with Covid-19 “in the line of duty” and was hospitalised last week.

“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the President and all Ghanaians for your well wishes and prayers. By the grace of God, I’m responding to treatment,” he wrote in the Facebook post.

President Akufo-Addo during his 11th address to the nation on government’s fight against the Coronavirus pandemic in Ghana wished Agyeman-Manu a speedy recovery from COVID-19 .
“Let us wish our hardworking Minister for Health, Hon. Kwaku Agyeman Manu, MP for Dormaa Central, a speedy recovery from the virus, which he contracted in the line of duty, and is in a stable condition,” the President urged.

That mention by the president, cleared all doubt about the reason for the health minister’s admission.

Ghana’s current COVID-19 case count stands at 11,964 with 4,258 recoveries and 54 deaths as of Monday 15 June, 2020.

Fear Grips Ghana’s Cabinet as Health Minister Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Coronavirus has forced more top officials into isolation after Ghana’s health minister, who has had frequent contact with President Akufo-Addo, tested positive, according to multiple sources.

Kwaku Agyemang Manu (MP) had been receiving treatment at the University of Ghana Medical Center in Accra, and is said to be in “stable condition.”
The Dormaa Central MP was reportedly admitted on Tuesday, a few weeks after he was elected to serve on a 34-member of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dailymailgh.com has gathered that top officials at the Health Ministry and in government, have been asked to self-isolate with their samples taken for testing.

The legislator is contesting unopposed in the Dormaa Central Constituency ahead of the ruling New Patriotic Party’s parliamentary primaries slated for June 20.

This also comes amid calls from the Minority in Parliament to shut down the House.
Leadership in Parliament had expressed frustration and helpless after some MPs and staff who tested positive for the virus still frequent the House.
The Speaker, Prof Aaron Mike Oquaye had also directed another COVID-19 testing for the lawmakers in the coming days.

Ghanaian nurse Ellen Asare mistakenly shares ‘raw’ video of herself meant for her boyfriend in school group

A young pretty Ghanaian nurse known as Ellen Asare has mistakenly released a very raunchy video of herself meant for her boyfriend in her school group and its already causing wildfire on the internet.

It’s not clear who leaked the video to other platforms and why anyone would like to disgrace someone they attended the same school with on a National level but I guess if Ellen didn’t record the video in the first place, there wouldn’t be any video to trend.

The Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Health are yet to comment on the misconduct of the young nurse like they did with the nurse who shook her backside in her uniform.

Ellen Asare is likely to lose her license as a medical practitioner, lose her job, and might even lose her boyfriend for whom she recorded the video for in the first place.

Due to the policies of this website, we cannot upload the video here but since it’s already trending, you will surely chance upon and watch it somewhere.

Ministry of Health rejects 9 FDA, CSIR approved medicines for Covid-19

The ministry of health, headed by Hon Kwaku Agyeman Manu has rejected nine herbal medicines which the Center for Scientific and industrial Research, out of the many product that were presented to them for Scientific Research to fight the deadly Covid-19, together with the Food and Drugs Authority have approved.

The Center for Scientific and Industrial Research earlier approved nine Herbal medicines, together with the Food and Drugs Authority and later presented to the Ministry for final approval for the medicines to be used on the Covid-19 patients, but the ministry has totally rejected all of them.

Meanwhile, Madagascar is reaching out to the FDA to scientifically test the efficacy of their herbal cure.

It is believed that we as a country are waiting for a vaccine which is yet to be discovered

Ghana’s Total confirmed cases = 8,070 (new cases = 189)
Total recoveries = 2,947
Total deaths = 36
Active cases = 5,087

Ghana records 99 recoveries as coronavirus cases jump to 834

16 more people have trumped the Coronavirus and have been discharged to their homes, bringing to total 99 recoveries.
The number of Coronavirus cases has, however, surged to 834 with an additional death recorded.
According to the Health Service, the new figures are part of the completion of a backlog of laboratory samples picked up for testing as part of the COVID-19 testing exercise.

Hence the new figures recorded do not represent new cases.

“…Some 57,000 samples already successfully tested as at April 15th 2020. In the first batch of this backlog, an additional 198 have been found to be positive. This will bring Ghana’s total case count to 834 at the moment. The general public is however advised that this does not represent new infections that are occurring. It represents results from tests of a backlog of samples,” part of the report by the health service read.

The laboratories have been working day and night to test this large number of samples. Hopefully in the next few days, all the testing would be completed.

Total samples tested so far now stands at 60, 916 with 1.37 % testing positive. The results of these backlog of samples when released does not mean the number of new cases recorded on the day of the report. Regions that have reported cases are Greater Accra, Ashanti, Eastern, Northern, Volta, Upper East, Upper West, Central, Western and North East.

The additional death recorded brings to total, 9 cases so far.