2024 National Global Action Education Week launched at Winneba

The Ghana Education Service (GES) remains committed to collaborating closely with its partners to foster synergy and learn from one another as well as share best practices towards a common vision of quality education for all persons in the Country. Mr Emmanuel Essuman, Central Regional Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES), gave the assurance in an address he delivered on behalf of the Director-General of GES, Dr Eric Nkansah, at the launch of the 2024 National Global Action Week for Education, organised by Ghana National Education Campaign (GNECC) at Winneba. The Global theme for the celebration is: 'Transformative Education, and the national theme is, ' Strengthening the structures for Transformative Education.' Among stakeholders in education who attended the function were basic and Senior High School students, Effutu Municipal Education Directorate officials, Teachers and Parents. Mr Essuman stated that the event marked an important milestone in collective efforts at improving education in Gha na and to promote collaboration between valued partners, adding that the themes for this year's celebration was consistent with building a 21st-century education system to deliver improved learning outcomes to benefit all children of school-going age without discrimination in the country. 'I am excited that this year's celebration will complement on-gong government efforts to improve learning outcomes through improved and strengthened management structures', he stated. He applauded the GNECC for organising and bringing all the stakeholders together to deliberate on the issues, and also extended appreciation to the participants for their significant support and commitment to education in the country, particularly at the pre-tertiary level. According to him, the Global Action Week for Education represented a significant investment in the country's educational system, with focus on emphasising the importance of strengthening education management systems for educational transformation. He urged all and sundry to continue to assist in improving learning outcomes and ensure that every child in Ghana obtained quality education, no matter their geographical location. 'Together we can create an educational landscape that prepares our students to thrive, excel and contribute towards the development of our great Nation, Ghana,' he added. Students in Effutu municipality in a statement called for a safer environment, enlightenment and development through education. They said in strengthening the structures for transformative education and to improve gender access to inclusive education, there was the need for provision of textbooks to basic schools, provision of Information, Communication Technology, (ICT) tools, construction of accommodation for teachers among others. 'We the students in Winneba are calling on education stakeholders to come to our aid to particularly renovate the existing classroom blocks to a standardised one and also help upgrade our ICT structure at the foundation level.' 'Extend the help to all s chools in Effutu with a focus on innovation and sustainable approaches to education, to drive societal change,' he added. The Effutu Municipal Education Directorate, Associates for Change, Action AID, GNAT, NAGRAT, TEWU, Challenging Heights, Star Ghana foundation, Sabre Education, OXFAM and Right to Play are partners of GNECC who presented solidarity messages . Mr Joseph Atsu Homadzei, National Chairman of GNECC, who launched the week, called for concerted efforts by all to augment government's commitment at strengthening the structures for transformative education in the country. Source: Ghana News Agency

LOC unveils logo for CAA Region II Seniors Championship

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA) Region II Senior Championship has officially unveiled the logo for the upcoming event which serves as a qualifier for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. From June 3-6, 2024, Accra would host over 400 athletes and officials at the University of Ghana Sports Stadium for exciting and thrilling track and field events. A statement from the LOC signed by the Chairman, Dr Kwame Baah Nuako, and copied to the Ghana News Agency explained that the official logo represented the spirit of unity, athleticism, and excellence that define the CAA Region II Senior Championship. 'It embodies the vibrant culture and rich heritage of Ghana while reflecting the global significance of the event as an Olympics qualifier,' the statement added. The logo's unveiling marks an exciting milestone in the journey towards hosting this world-class sporting event. As Ghana prepares to welcome athletes and spectators from across the region, the LOC, according to them, is committed to ensuring a memorable and successful championship. The statement further noted that 'the official logo captures the essence of the championship and serves as a symbol of inspiration and motivation for athletes and fans alike. It will be used extensively in promotional materials, merchandise, and event branding leading up to and during the championship.' The LOC urged the media to utilize the official logo for coverage and promotion of the CAA Region II Senior Championship and called on Ghanaians to 'join us as we countdown to the CAA Region II Senior Championship and celebrate the spirit of sportsmanship, camaraderie, and excellence.' Source: Ghana News Agency

KATH installs additional dialysis machines to offer kidney treatment to more patients

The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi is positioning itself to lead in the management and treatment of kidney diseases and renal failure. To this end, the hospital has installed three brand new dialysis machines which are in full operation and would install an additional 12 new dialysis machines by the end of May 2024, to augment its operations. Professor Otchere Addai-Mensah, Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, who made this known, said prior attention would also be given to children with renal problems to undergo dialysis treatment at the facility. Speaking to a cross-section of journalists in Kumasi, he said hitherto, dialysis treatment for children with kidney problems seemed not to exist. The hospital was therefore taking steps to provide dialysis services to give children the opportunity to live, irrespective of the fact that they might have developed end-stage renal failure. 'Usually, we do not have dialysis for children, and it is one area we are looking at as a hospital - to g ive children the opportunity to live irrespective of their end stages of renal failure.' Prof. Addai-Mensah said some benevolent organizations were helping to bring dialysis machines to boost the hospital's operations and help failing kidneys function properly. He said the installation and efficient operations of dialysis treatment at the facility would ease the burden on Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and help reduce the cost of treatment for patients. Professor Addai-Mensah called for more support from corporate organizations, individuals and civil society organizations to help the facility provide advanced and efficient clinical care to patients. On the ongoing 'Health KATH Project' he said work was progressing steadily with the leaking roofs being repaired. 'Typically, two weeks after rains, you will still see drippings on the floors of D5, and the upper floors but that is not what is going on now', he explained. He commended the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who is the brainchild of the project, fo r leading the appeal to advance healthcare delivery in the country. Source: Ghana News Agency

Parents urged to send their yellow babies to hospital

Dr Charity Akosua Sarpong, Greater Accra Regional Director of Health Services, has called on parents to send their yellow babies to the hospital early to prevent neurological complications. 'If a newborn with jaundice is not suckling well, has a weak cry or abnormal movement, it suggests a progression of the disease to affect the brain and this can be prevented by early detection,' She said. Dr Sarpong made the call when the Princess Marie Louise Children's Hospital in collaboration with the Greater Accra Regional Health Directorate launched this year's Neonatal Jaundice Awareness Month in Accra on Tuesday. It is on the theme: 'Newborn Jaundice and Exclusive Breastfeeding: Midwives and Nurses Lead.' Some of the activities for the month include community outreach or sensitization and media engagement. The month of May which is termed 'Yellow Month' is aimed at creating awareness of preventing disability and death in babies resulting from newborn jaundice. Jaundice is the yellowish discolouring of the ski n and or conjunctiva that is from the accumulation of unconjugated bilirubin in the blood. Dr Sarpong said neonatal jaundice is when jaundice appears in the first 28 days of birth and is classified into physiological and pathological jaundice. 'As such failure to identify and treat severe neonatal jaundice can result in life-threatening neurological complications which imposes a substantial burden on healthcare resources,' she said. Dr Maame Yaa Adobea Nyarko, Medical Director of the Princess Marie Louise Children's Hospital, said it was important to disabuse the myths surrounding the disease and seek prompt health intervention. She said the disease in newborns evaded prevention and thus early detection, identifying groups at risk and the avoidance of potential causal agents were crucial. 'The disease threatens the joy of childbirth in all families, and therefore all must come on board to end its dominance.' 'The nation risks losing its future leaders to the prevalence of the disease,' Dr Mame Nyarko ad ded. Dr Isabella Sagoe-Moses, a retired Medical Director, who chaired the function, said despite the challenges neonatal infection could be prevented provided there was timely and appropriate management. She urged parents to report to the facility early, anytime they encountered health-related issues. Source: Ghana News Agency

Dormaa Traditional Council announces ‘2024 Kwafie Festival’ celebration ?

The Dormaa Traditional Council in the Bono Region has announced the 2024 celebration of the Kwafie Festival of the chiefs and people of the traditional area. Barimah Dei Kusi Gyabaah, the Ankobeahene (sub-chief) of the Dormaa Traditional Area, and the Chairman of the Organising Committee announced this at a ceremony held at the Abanpredease Palace of the Dormaahene Osagyefo Osaedeeyo Agyemang Badu II at Dormaa-Akenkro. This year's celebration is the fourth, after 25 years of the enstoolment of Osagyefo Badu II, also the President of the Bono Regional House of Chiefs. Barimah Gyabaah explained that the Dormaahene's ascension to the throne had witnessed the celebration of the festival every five years, which characteristically brings together the natives of the 'Dormaa State' both home and abroad. He explained that the event would enable the chiefs and people of the area to take stock of their activities and reflect on major challenges confronting the development of the area, including sanitation and enviro nmental challenges. Emphasis would be on the phenomenon of illegal mining or galamsey, devising possible strategies and mobilising support to help the nation tackle the menace proactively. Traditionally, Barimah Gyabaah said the people would pick inspiration from 'Kwafie' literally translates to 'putting one's house, neighbourhood and surroundings in order' to welcome visitors into the area. In that regard, all landlords along the principal streets of Dormaa Township would be encouraged to re-paint their buildings and keep their surroundings clean. Barimah Gyabaah stressed the council's willingness to embrace both financial and material support from individuals and organisations towards the successful organisation of the festival. The week-long celebration would climaxed with a grand durbar at the Nana Agyemang Badu I Sports Stadium at Dormaa Ahenkro in December. Source: Ghana News Agency