GNPC TO FUND TEMA MANHEAN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL WITH $2.5 MILLION.

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On 4th March 2020 some staff from GNPC joined a representative of the Vice President, the MP for Tema East and other stakeholders, joined to cut sod for the construction of a 100-bed capacity hospital for the people of Tema Manhean and surrounding areas.
Dr. Kwame Amoah Baah-Nuakoh, General Manager (Sustainability Division) of GNPC, represented the CEO Dr. K. K. Sarpong said in his speech that in addition to pursuing it’s core mandate and vision, GNPC work to empower the dreams of Ghanaians and improve their lives.
“We are funding this hospital facility at an estimated cost of $2.5million under our corporate social investment initiatives, which is geared towards improving the lives of Ghanaians and ensuring that the people of Ghana obtained optimum benefit from our operations,”
Communities to benefit from the Tema Manhean Community Hospital, when completed, include Kpone Township, Kpone Kokompe, Tema East, Tema West and Tema Central areas in the Tema Metropolis.

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Ashesi ranked 1st in Ghana, 9th in Africa in 2020 Times Higher Education Impact Ranking

Ashesi was ranked first in Ghana, ninth in Africa, and among the world’s top 400, in the 2020 Global Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings.

The Impact Rankings measure the actions taken by higher education institutions to realise the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) around the world, and contributions to the world’s economic and social well-being.

Other Ghanaian universities accepted to the 2020 rankings list, were the University of Ghana and the University of Professional Studies, Accra.

Ashesi moved up in the rankings, despite an additional 299 universities joining the list, breaking into Africa’s top 10 (from 2019’s joint ranking of 14th place with the University of Ghana and the University of Professional Studies, Accra), and ranked within the top 400 universities on the list of 766 universities from 85 countries.

Ashesi’s strongest contributions were to the SDG 1 Goal of No Poverty, with the University being ranked 24th globally in our work to end poverty.

Other areas of strength for Ashesi, were in contributions to Gender Equality (SDG 5), Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7) and Partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17).

“We believe that universities are our greatest hope of solving some of the world’s biggest challenges,” says Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer at Times Higher Education.

“These rankings prove that traditional barriers to success like (institutional) wealth or research prestige don’t matter when it comes to doing great things for sustainability. It’s clear that universities give us a lot to be hopeful for.”

Ashesi’s overall ranking was driven by contributions to:

  • SDG 1 – No Poverty
  • SDG 5 – Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 – Clean Water & Sanitation
  • SDG 7 – Affordable & Clean Energy
  • SDG 17 – Partnerships for the goals.

The University received especially strong commendation in the areas of:

  • Providing scholarships
  • Engagement in anti-poverty projects by the University community
  • The establishment of lifelong learning measures 
  • Providing opportunities to first-generation students
  • The percentage of senior academics who are women
  • Percentage of women within the student community, and measures to help them succeed. 
  • Measures in place to increase access for all students
  • Water reuse strategies and systems
  • Efficiency of energy use on campus, and community activities around energy
  • Measures put in place to reduce discrimination
  • Education for the Sustainable Development Goals

USA Delivers Critical Medical Supplies to Boost COVID-19 Testing Capacity in Ghana

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ACCRA, Ghana –On April 24, a U.S. Air Force C-130J aircraft from the 86th Airlift Wing in Ramstein Air Base, Germany arrived at Kotoka International Airport to deliver medical supplies to the Government of Ghana in support of its COVID-19 response efforts. The delivery included approximately 2,500 kilograms of medical cargo and supplies provided by the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit Three (NAMRU-3) Ghana Detachment.

The medical supplies included ribonucleic acid, a nucleic acid (RNA) extraction kits, reagents, viral collection swabs, universal and viral transport media to collect and store specimens, and the replenishment of other consumable lab supplies. They were originally ordered in January 2020 to support NAMRU-3 Ghana Detachment research efforts, specifically ongoing influenza surveillance, in partnership with Ghana’s National Influenza Center at the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and the Kumasi Centre of Collaborative Research in Tropical…

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“You Have Become A Global Icon” – Nugs To President Akufo-Addo

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“The student movement has closely monitored and learnt a lot from your passion and temerity to able to rid the nation and Africa of this Coronavirus. The student union wishes to commend your efforts; your bold, decisive and extraordinary leadership in these difficult times. We are even more proud to associate with your leadership, because, in 3 years, you have become an African and global icon.”

These were the words of the President of the National Union of Ghana Students, Isaac J. Hyde, when he led a delegation made up of leaders of student unions across the country to honour an invitation by the President Akufo-Addo, to Jubilee House on Friday, 24th April, 2020.

Appreciating the efforts of the President in the fight against COVID-19, he said, “a few days ago in a conference of student unions across Africa, one thing was clear. Ghana under your leadership gained commendation as a sub-regional force in adopting a comprehensive and aggressive model for fighting the Corona virus”

According to him, this clearly means “the future leaders of this country and Africa have endorsed your courageous leadership.”

Occasioned at the behest of the President, the meeting also discussed “the few concerns and recommendations about the new e-learning directives in the education sector” which was introduced following the suspension of the normal school schedule due to the pandemic.

Acknowledging the support that the Ministry of Education has extended to the student union, he said “the leadership of Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh has been forthwith with concerns from the students front, which has seen to the unity of the National Union of Students.

“We also commend the Minister in charge of Tertiary Education, Hon Prof Yankah, for his efforts in engaging the student union. Barely a week ago, we presented a petition raising some concerns across the student front to the outfit of the Ministry of Education. We were very amazed that, in less than 24 hours, we were called into a meeting so that we can put our issues up so that major stakeholders like the National Council for Tertiary Education, the Vice Chancellors Ghana and other relevant stakeholders were brought together as much as possible for our issues to be addressed”, he added.

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He indicated that though “all the issues have not been completely dealt with, we are very hopeful. The sort of attention and recognition given to the issues we presented to the Ministry told us that indeed this is a government that is very much concerned about our education.”

USA Delivers Critical Medical Supplies to Boost COVID-19 Testing Capacity in Ghana

ACCRA, Ghana – On April 24, a U.S. Air Force C-130J aircraft from the 86th Airlift Wing in Ramstein Air Base, Germany arrived at Kotoka International Airport to deliver medical supplies to the Government of Ghana in support of its COVID-19 response efforts.  The delivery included approximately 2,500 kilograms of medical cargo and supplies provided by the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit Three (NAMRU-3) Ghana Detachment.

The medical supplies included ribonucleic acid, a nucleic acid (RNA) extraction kits, reagents, viral collection swabs, universal and viral transport media to collect and store specimens, and the replenishment of other consumable lab supplies.  They were originally ordered in January 2020 to support NAMRU-3 Ghana Detachment research efforts, specifically ongoing influenza surveillance, in partnership with Ghana’s National Influenza Center at the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and the Kumasi Centre of Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine.

Commenting on the delivery of these supplies, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Stephanie S. Sullivan noted that:  “The arrival of the needed medical supplies underscores the results of the growing partnership between the United States of America and the Republic of Ghana to combat COVID-19, to save lives and protect the people of this nation.  As confirmed cases gradually made their way to West Africa and eventually Ghana, these essential laboratory supplies became even more critical during this rapidly evolving crisis and would have remained stranded in Manchester, U.K., until sometime in May if not for the assistance of the U.S. Air Force. The United States commends the Government of Ghana for its strong efforts to combat this pandemic, and we are pleased to partner in its leading efforts.”

On behalf of AFRICOM, Air Force Brig. Gen. Leo Kosinski, the Command’s Director for Logistics, said, “The emergence of COVID-19 has introduced some new hurdles we have had to consider in U.S. Africa Command’s Area of Responsibility. Movement of this shipment of critical medical supplies from the United Kingdom to Ghana represents one of many logistics moves executed recently despite operating in one of the most logistically challenging theaters to move people and materiel. The fact that so many professionals from multiple commands quickly came together to work through this particular requirement highlights our amazing and unique team of professionals. They are working together every day for the interests of the American people and our global partners even in the toughest of circumstances.”

The April 24 delivery of medical supplies to Ghana follows other critical U.S. military support in the health sector, such as the delivery of two state-of-the-art Level II Field Hospitals that Ambassador Sullivan handed over to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) on February 4 on behalf of the United States through the U.S. Government’s Africa Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership program.  One of these hospitals is already being utilized to support the Government of Ghana’s COVID-19 response efforts in Accra.

NAMRU-3 Ghana Detachment is a collaborator within the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch Global Emerging Infections Surveillance partner network and has supported influenza surveillance for both human and avian influenza strains in Ghana since 2007.

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Coronavirus: Madagascar launches cure for the virus

President of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina has officially launched a medicine he claims can prevent and cure patients suffering from the novel coronavirus.

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The President said the cure was developed by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research and branded COVID Organics.

Presenting the so-called remedy, President Rajaolina told the media the herbal tea contains Artemisia, a plant cultivated on the Big Island to fight against malaria.

“All trials and tests have been conducted and its effectiveness in reducing the elimination of symptoms has been proven for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 in Madagascar.”

He added that COVID-organics had cured two patients who tested positive. A presidential decree said COVID-organics is mandatory for children returning to school.

“I’m convinced that, in fact, history will prove us, but today there are already two cases that have been cured with the COVID-organics, but we’ll actually see what happens next.”

“COVID Organics will be used in profilaxis, i.e. preventive, but clinical observations have shown a trend towards its effectiveness in curative, other clinical studies are currently underway,” he said at the launch.

“The COVID-Organics will be distributed free of charge to our most vulnerable compatriots and sold at very low prices to others. All profits will be donated to IMRA to finance scientific research,” President Rajaolina wrote on Twitter.

The president has earlier spoken about herbal remedies even though experts had said that there is currently no cure for the virus which has killed thousands of people.

Scientists have said that any experimental formula must be rigorously tested to see if it is safe and effective.

As of April 22, Madagascar’s case stats stood at 121 cases of which 44 had recovered with no deaths.

COVID-19: IBRAHIM MAHAMA DONATES TO FEED 10,000 HOUSEHOLDS IN MUSLIM AND CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES

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The Chief Executive Officer of Engineers & Planners, Mr. Ibrahim Mahama over the weekend donated food items and undisclosed amounts of cash to the National Chief Imam, Sheik Nuhu Sharabutu, St. James Catholic Church-Osu, Christ the King Church and individual households within the greater Accra Region and its environs. The items would be distributed to about 10,000 households in deprived communities under the Greater Accra Region. This is expected to support the vulnerable during the lockdown period.

Among the items donated to the National Chief Imam, Sheik Nuhu Sharabutu, St. James Catholic Church-Osu, Christ the King Church and individual household during the partial lockdown period. The items included 5,000 bags of rice, 12,000 bottles of cooking oil and 20,000 cans of mackerel, this is to supports struggling families who are affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The items were distributed to the recipients in the various parts of the city by Mr. Mahama and his team of officers. The recipients expressed their gratitude to Mr. Mahama for his timely intervention with his donations. e !! Never stop doing little things for others , Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts .

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Blind Ghanaian Student Who Was Brutalised In Oxford Gets PhD Scholarship In Cambridge

Blind Ghanaian Student Who Was Brutalised In Oxford Gets PhD Scholarship In Cambridge

Ebenezer Azamati, the Ghanaian student who was brutalised in Oxford Union last year has been awarded a Cambridge International Scholarship to study a Ph.D. in Politics and International Studies.

After a rigorous application process, the University of Cambridge published its list of successful candidates on its website.

The Cambridge International Scholarship, established in the 1980s, provides financial assistance for outstanding students from outside the EU who, without help, would normally be unable to take up their places at Cambridge. The scholarship only selects applicants based on merit and not on financial need basis.

Azamati is expected to start his PhD in October 2020. His sterling academic performance at the University of Oxford and intellectual capabilities has earned him a place at the University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam College even before he would graduate from Oxford where he is reading an M.Phil in International Relations.

Before Oxford, Azamati studied for his undergraduate at the University of Ghana and later gained admission to read Master of Science in International Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Friends and lecturers have testified to Azamati’s academic prowess and debating skills.

In October last year, Azamati was in the news after he was manhandled during a debate session at the Oxford Union at the University of Oxford. His abuse led to the resignation of several leaders of the Union including the president of the Union after he admitted he couldn’t protect Azamati’s interest.