Jasta Motors and Investments limited in collaboration with the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) office at Nkoranza has registered 1000 people within the Nkoranza area.
The beneficiaries included orphans, widows, the less privileged in the society and the aged at a cost of GH₵10, 000.
Speaking to the Media during the registration exercise, Chief Executive Officer of Jasta Motors and Investment Limited, Mr. Charles Anum noted that the initiative forms part of the firms’ Corporate Social Responsibility of ensuring that the vulnerable and less privileged persons within the Nkoranza society receive free medical care.
Mr. Charles Asum noted this would go a long way in promoting good health and by extension, sustainable national development.
He further disclosed that Jasta Motors and Investment considers it necessary and relevant to take on such an initiative which is aimed at easing the burden the beneficiaries has to endure to acquire NHIS cards.
Mr. Asum who is also the CEO of Jerryson FM, and Nkoranza based radio station added that as corporate entity Jasta Motors and Investments has outlined several measures to help ease the suffering of the vulnerable in society.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to Moonlite News after their registration commended the CEO and management of Jasta Motors Investment for the support given them to have access to free medical care, with the hope that the company would grow to embark on more of such interventions.
The plight of the people of Dinkra in the Nkoranza North District of Brong-Ahafo in accessing healthcare delivery has been eased by the timely intervention of MTN Ghana for providing the community with a Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Compound.
It is to liberate the over 5,200 people within the catchment communities of Dinkra, Kunsu, Betoda, Padol One and Two, Asugya, Benfrano and Agege who have to travel in the mercy of the deplorable road for 20kilometers before reaching the nearest health facility, Dromankese Health Centre.
Some of the Residents in their ecstasy recounted their ordeals that when patients are to be sent to Dromankese during emergencies, vehicles are normally difficult to come by and the roads from the hinterland communities are rugged and not motorable for cars.
MTN Manager for the Northern Business Sector, Mr. Samuel Sarpong during the commissioning of the CHPS compound noted that access to healthcare had been a bane to delivery of healthcare to people in rural communities.
Mr. Sarpong said there was a great disparity in healthcare delivery status between the urban and rural areas that needed to be addressed and because of this disparity there was an urgent need to pay attention to the critical needs of the communities, hence the provision of the GH¢216,000.00 CHPS Compound built by MTN Ghana Foundation for the chiefs and people of Dinkra.
The facility has an Out-Patient-Department (OPD), delivery room, consulting rooms, nurses’ station, labour ward and accommodation for the staff.
He said the facility was in line with the Foundation’s health focus area since it was committed to improving health care delivery in the communities MTN is operating and assist Ghana to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4, 5 and 6 by 2015.
Mr. Sarpong said he was optimistic that the facility would help reduce maternal and infant mortality, provide preventive and promote such services as child welfare, ante-natal and post-natal care services, health education and counseling services.
He said since the Foundation was established in 2007, it had spent over GH¢15.5 million on community development projects in health, education and economic empowerment.
Some of the projects in the region are the construction of a 30-bed female ward for the Sene District Hospital, six-unit classrooms with office for Saunders Community School and Atuna District Assembly Community School and a three- unit classroom block for Adamsu, as well as donating neonatal incubators to Goaso Government Hospital and ventilators to the Sunyani Municipal Hospital.
The Nkoranza North District Director of Health Service, Mr. Donatus K. Achisiba, receiving the keys to the facility said it would bring relief to the people because aside patience travelling from 20kliomenters to access healthcare delivery, health personnel has to travel long distances daily to render health services.
According to Mr. Achisiba, in terms of health outcomes available records indicate that 90 per cent of still births are from these communities, a situation which showed women in labour reported late to the health facility.
He said there are 26 CHPS facilities, seven of them have permanent compounds, six have temporary compounds and the remaining 13 are in operation without compounds.
A group within the New Patriotic Party (NPP) calling itself “Alan for President 2016” has called on the National Executives Council (NEC) of the party to take the Northern Regional Chairman, Daniel Bugri Naabu on, on his own account of testimony.
At a press conference held in Sunyani, the group “Alan For President 2016” indicated that the timely testimony of Mr. Bugri Naabu vindicates them on the alarm raised before, during and after the super delegates conference that there was so much intimidation and threat of act of violence from the camp of Nana Akufo Addo.
They cited that in an interview with Citi FM, Mr. Bugri Naabu admitted haven forced delegates to swear all sort of item including Bible, Quoran and Idols before the super delegates’ conference, which such kind of act is unconstitutional, undemocratic, and highly condemnable.
Spokesperson for the group, Nana Yaw Sarpong, emphasized that the act of Mr. Bugri Naabu was against the constitution under the rule and guidelines set for the 2014 presidential candidate race of the NPP.
Nana Sarpong also called on the council of elders of the NPP to call to order such individuals who are using their positions in the party to harass and intimidate others, stressing that it has happened severally and no action seems to have been taken, which could affect the trust the group have in the leadership.
The group rhetorically asked, “Why the call for all to pull out but one? Describing such act as a calculated attempt by some of the leadership to breach the NPP’s constitution.
According to “Alan for President 2016” those calling on Mr. Kyeremanteng to pull out have a hidden agenda; one of which is to make the party a laughing stock in Ghana and across the world, saying, “We in the NPP have always stated we are the front runners of the rule of law and pace setters in democracy in Africa, why then do we not practice what we preach?”
They continued that the NDC made such a mistake in 1999 when the then Vice President Professor Mills was presented to the congress of the party as presidential candidate, it made the NDC a laughing stock in Ghana, which has always been used against them as being communists and dictators.
The group alleged that those in NPP who want the other qualified round two candidates to pull out are the same persons behind the “No Nana No Vote”, adding that those persons are unpatriotic and undemocratic.
Nana Yaw Sarpong claimed that the recent happenings in the NPP compelled the “Alan For President 2016” believe that those persons fear that with the new wind of change blowing they would be affected, hence the fear of insecurity within the party by such persons.
He alleged that some of the big men have turned the NPP into a milking cow and draining it of all resources, and the fear that with the new proposal by Mr. Alan Kyeremanteng to deal directly with the polling station and not give monies and logistics to the “big men” , their days of bumper harvest would be over.
Thirty-seven opinion leaders from 21 communities in seven districts of the Brong-Ahafo region have been trained as Safe Abortion Advocates as part of the Safe Abortion Project which is being implemented by the Safe Abortion Fund (SAAF) and Global Media Foundation (GLOMeF).
Under the project, the opinion leaders are expected to engage religious and traditional leaders, Local Government Officials and their Members of Parliament on safe abortion related issues and help drum home safe abortion campaign in their communities.
They will also hold quarterly engagement meetings with Safe Abortion Service Providers on the need for them to provide friendly and quality services to those who need safe abortion related services.
In her address, the Chairperson of the Youth Advisory Board of Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG), Esther Munufie, attributed women’s involvement in abortion to lack of access to affordable family planning services especially in remote communities.
She further mentioned restrictive abortion laws and policies, wrong use of contraceptives as well as the lack of proper counseling as some of the factors fueling unsafe abortion across the world including Ghana.
Miss Munufie, who is also a tutor at the Ntotroso Community Nursing Training School, urged the trained opinion leaders to advocate change of some negative social-cultural and religious practices that continues to beset women and increase their vulnerability.
The CEO of Global Media Foundation, Raphael Godlove Ahenu Jr. said effective advocacy programmes are needed to address the negative social-cultural practices and economic vulnerability of young women to abortion related services.
Over thirty-two Ivorian Refugees at the Fetentaa Refugee Camp in the Berekum Municipality are currently on admission at the Holy Family Hospital in Berekum following what hospital authorities has confirmed is food poisoning.
The 32 Ivorian Refugees who are currently on admission attended a wedding ceremony at the camp on Sunday, September 7, 2014 and after enjoying the food served at the party began experiencing stomach upsets and aches.
Authorities at the Fetentaa Refugee camp quickly rushed the affected thirty-two to the holy family hospital after given them first aid treatment.
The authorities at the camp were seen busy attending to the other camp mates to ensure they are safe and healthy, so they could not speak to this Reporter when contacted.
The Human Resource Manager of the Berekum Holy Family Hospital, Mr. Isaac Quainoo confirmed that indeed 32 people from the camp were rushed to the hospital and is still on admission receiving further treatment.
However, report gathered indicates that the number is likely to rise beyond the 32, since most people from Berekum attended the wedding and were served the same food.
The Sports Head of Agoro FM, a Berekum based Radio station who attended the party is reported complaining of stomach ache.
The Berekum Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Opoku Boakye Yiadom when contacted indicated that the Municipal Security Council was alarmed and thought it was an outbreak, particularly of EBOLA since most of the Ivorians have been visiting the native country often.
According to Mr. Boakye Yiadom, the team rushed to the scene but after the hospital authorities and the medical officers confirmed it was food poisoning calm was restored, and assured thorough investigation into the matter to ascertain the real cause of the poisoning.
He indicated that though the situation was critical, no death is recorded and hope that all the 32 will respond to treatment and be discharge as soon as possible.
Mr. Boakye Yiadom however, could not readily disclose the source of the food, but assured that the police would conduct thorough investigation and take the matter up from there.
He assured the Berekum Municipal Security Council’s support to help treat the unfortunate incident to save the life of all the thirty-two victims, and called on the public to be calm and report quickly to the nearest health facility if the fellow was part of the party held on Sunday.
A tape has been cut for the official commencement of activities by the Sunyani Branch of the Ghana National Association of Garages at their newly acquired 285 acres parcel of land at Susuanso in the Tano North District.
The 285 acres land was acquired through the efforts of the Executives of the Sunyani branch of the Ghana Association of Garages, after realizing that the current place in Sunyani is choked and over-crowded hence a bigger pace to develop into a modern hub for members of the Association to conduct their activities at ease.
At the ceremony, Obrempong Tabiri, Chief of Susuanso indicated that the parcel of land was given by the traditional council to the Garages Association to help create job avenues for the youth within the area.
According to Obrempong Tabiri, with the inception of the activities of the members of the Garages Association, most of the unemployed youth within the area would have the opportunity to learn skills in welding, spraying, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, blacksmithing, whiles most people would engage in trading of all kinds to boost the economic standard of the area.
He noted that youth unemployment is a major bane to the socio-economic development of the Susuanso area, therefore it behooves on the traditional leaders to partner with government and private entities to create job opportunities for the youth of the country to ensure peace and development.
Obrempong Tabiri noted that the land was donated to the Garages Association after consistent appeal by its executives, therefore he entreated the executives of the Garages Association to abide strictly to the rules and regulations governing the deal in relations to the land and it use.
The Paramount Chief of Duayaw Nkwanta, Nana Boakye Tromo also call on the Executives to live peacefully on the land to make it a hub for specialized engineers where people would come from afar to repair their vehicles and other machines.
He however, bemoans that most often it is the male who dominate in activities of garages, however, the female counterparts could equally learn skills in any of the activities to gain an employable skills for livelihood.
Chairman of the Sunyani branch of the Ghana Association of Garages, Mr. Osei Tutu thanked the Paramount chief of Duayaw Nkwanta and Susuanso for donating such a vast land for their activities, and assured that the land would be use to serve the people of the traditional area, region, country and beyond to improve the image and economic standard of the area.
He said it was a dream come true after 10 years of consistent negotiation between the chiefs and elders of Susuanso and promise to abide by all rules and regulation governing the land and help trained the unemployed youth who are willing and ready to learn a trade in their activities
Newmont Ghana Gold Limited (NGGL) as part of its efforts to help sustain and improve agriculture in its Ahafo Mine area has assisted the Asutifi Processing and Service Centre (APSC) with two vehicles.
The Asutifi Processing and Service is a joint Newmont Ghana Gold Limited and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) initiative aimed at adding value to the production of a number of agricultural produce within the District.
Presenting the Vehicles, Newmont Ahafo’s Communications Manager, Agbeko Kwame Azumah explained that the APSC initiative follows a preliminary NGGL effort to support farmer productivity over the past few years, which has now evolved to the point where over 80 Farmer Based Organization of at least 1000 farmers, of which 70% are women and youth, will benefit from the processing of their produce and thereby improve their earnings.
He continued that the initial produce earmarked for processing through the plant were chili pepper, and ginger with expansion earmarked for maize and soybeans.
According to Mr. Agbeko Kwame Azumah, the APSC will help reduce post-harvest losses in the targeted crops, which currently stands between 15% and 25% in the Asutifi area.
He disclosed that communities of Asutifi Nort and South Districts that are currently engaged under the programs include Kenyasi-1, Kenyasi-2, Ntotroso, Gyedu, Wamahinso, Hwidiem, Nkaseim and Nkrankrom, and crops under production are chili pepper, soybeans, ginger and plantain.
Mr. Agbeko Kwame Azumah noted that the two vehicles would help transport produce of farmers to the plant, whilst officials would be mobile in their monitoring and evaluation duties to ensure effective production.
The Ahafo NGGL Communications manager further disclosed that the project has been recycled to reduce the cost by a further 28% with NGGL required funding for the 2 year period at USD343, 897.00, whilst GIZ has agreed to match this with USD270.000.
He said in order to fulfill the objective, the APSC project aims at establishing a one-stop, centralized processing and service centre in Kenyasi-1 in the Asutifi north district, strengthening the role and capacity of Farmer Based Organizations in value chain processes and management of the APSC, and reducing post-harvest losses due to adoption of efficient and modern post-harvest management strategies
Again, the APSC program would provide an avenue for improved earnings for farmers within the project catchment area with the added impact of employment generation, and gain reputational benefit with stakeholders including government and set a platform for further partnership funding for future initiatives.
Chairman of APSC, Mr. Joseph Adu-Yeboah commended NGGL for the support and assured to make good use of the vehicles to serve their required purposes.
The Brong-Ahafo Deputy Regional Minister, Justice Samuel Adjei has observed that the fight against HIV is far from over, hence there is no time to celebrate because there is still no cure for the deadly disease.
Speaking at this year’s Annual General Meeting of the Ghana HIV and AIDS Network (GHANET) in Sunyani, Mr. Samuel Adjei indicated that an estimated one hundred and fifty thousand people are infected with the HIV virus in Ghana as at 2014, whilst the prevalence rate for this year is 0.8 percent.
He commended the Civil Society Organizations for being part of the HIV and AIDS response from the very beginning of the epidemic.
Mr. Samuel Adjei emphasized that it is time to fight against HIV and AIDS from an emergency response to a long-term response, hence the need for the immediate partnership with Civil Society Organizations.
He continued that Civil Society Organization in the Brong-Ahafo Region should accept the mantle and contribute to make it a priority in the total eradication of the HIV and AIDS menace possible.
The deputy regional minister further noted that the theme for the Annual General Meeting, “Accelerating to zero together-the role of Civil Society organizations” was laudable, since it presents the country the opportunity to gain an upper hand in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
Mr. Victor Atta Ntumi, National President of GHANET GHANET disclosed that the network would build synergies with all stakeholder s in the National Response hence the choice of this year’s theme.
He added that GHANET would work to collaborate with its partners in getting to zero new infections, zero discrimination and HIV related deaths.
Mr. Ntumi used the occasion to commend the UNFPA the main sponsor of this 2014 AGM, as well as other partners such as GAC, UNAIDS, USAID through SHARPER Project and other government agencies for their regular support that has contributed immeasurably to the growth and strengthening of GHANET as a strategic stakeholder within the National HIV and AIDS Response.
The Dormaa Municpal Assembly had its Internally Generated Fund (IGF) increased significantly from January to June 2014 to Sixty-one percent (61%) due to the implementation of the project by Gift FM, a local Radio Station in Dormaa-Ahenkro aimed at promoting revenue mobilization through tax education and ensuring transparency and accountability at the assembly level.
The project was implemented in collaboration with Global Media Foundation (GLOMEF) and funded by STAR-Ghana, a multi-donor pooled organization.
Mr. Peter Nketiah, the Dormaa Municipal Budget Officer disclosed this during the inauguration of a media network in the Brong-Ahafo Region to help track and monitor revenue inflows and outflows at the municipal and district assemblies in the region.
According to Mr. Nketiah, basic rates mobilization also increased from GH₵2, 650 as at last to GH₵4,950 as at August 15, this year indicating a 91% increase in basic rates mobilization and commended Gifts FM, GLOMEF and STAR-Ghana for the implementation of the project.
He continued that after the implementation of the project, people are willing to give out information to security agencies in the municipality to ensure effective peace and security, which the Assembly enjoys much.
However, Mr. Nketiah noted that the only challenge that the project has brought to the Assembly is the increasing demand by the people for their fair share of the Assembly’s development projects, which has increased the operational cost of the Assembly.
He commended the formation of the Media Network to ensure the sustainability of the project in the region to ensure effective revenue mobilization and its utilization for rapid development.
The Seven-member Media Accountability Network on Local Governance is to work to ensure that internally generated and other funds of the assemblies are utilized judiciously to facilitate development, whilst serving as an effective link between tax payers and the assemblies, to help facilitate accountability, as well as effective decision-making processes at the local level.
Mrs. Lamisi Dabire, Media Officer at STAR-Ghana who inaugurated the network at Dormaa-Ahenkro, asked members to discharge their duties responsively to achieve their set goals.
She expressed optimism that the collaboration between STAR-Ghana and the project implementers would be sustained and enhanced to deepen local governance and strengthen transparency and accountability at the local level.
Mr Leonard Amengo, a former Brong-Ahafo Regional Director of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation called on the media to see itself as partners in development, noting, “The assemblies would appreciate the work of the media and the network in particular, if practitioners execute their work devoid of partisan considerations.”
He called on the media to step up education on the district assembly concept to empower citizens to make meaningful contributions towards development, especially, at the local levels.
Mr Raphael Godlove Ahenu, Chief Executive Officer of GLOMEF, said a strong working relationship between the network, the media and the assemblies would facilitate speedy development of the region since according to the Local Government Act, district assemblies ought to be more responsive and accountable to the people.
He asked the network not to use the platform to achieve their parochial interests, but rather allowed national interest to supersede their personal aspirations in the course of their duties.
The Youth of Suma-Ahenkro has in collaboration with the Suma Traditional Council and the Unit Committee has embarked on a massive Clean-up Exercise within the Township as an effort to avoid preventable and hygiene related diseases such as cholera, and malaria.
Speaking to the Brong-Ahafo File during the exercise, Chairman of the Suma Youth Association, Mr. Samford Ankomah indicated that the association was inspired by the vision of the paramount chief of the Suma Traditional Council, Nana Afram Brempong who has vowed to revive the communal spirit among the people within the traditional area for rapid development.
According to Samford Ankomah, the youth decided to embark on the clean up exercise due to the recent outbreak of Cholera in some parts of the country, whilst because Suma is closer to the borders of La Cote d’Ivoire it is a measure to ensure clean environment and sensitizing the people on the deadly Ebola Viral Disease.
He disclosed that the clean-up exercise and sensitization would be organized every two weeks to ensure a clean and healthy environment.
The Suma Youth Association chairman disclosed that the clean up exercise which started as early as 6:00am from the Suma Presbyterian Mission House, Police Station, Market, Principal streets and ended at the Suma Ahenkro Palace, where gutters were de-silt, rubbish and polythene bags were collected, with bushy areas cleared.
However, Mr. Ankomah disclosed that the entire Suma-Ahenkro Township has only one container to collect all rubbish, which does not help in keeping a clean environment because it compels people to throw refuse at their backyards and gutters.
He therefore called on the Jaman North District Assembly through the Unit Committee chairman Mr. Isaac Kwaku Asante to assist with an additional refuse container to help curb indiscriminate disposal of refuse within the township.
The youth also assured doing their best to acquire dustbins along the streets and other vantage places within the town to prevent people from littering indiscriminately along the streets of Suma-Ahenkro, and called for the traditional Council and the district Assembly for support.
Nana Afram Brempong, Paramount Chief of Suma Traditional Area, commended the Youth for the clean-up exercise and campaign against hygiene related diseases, assuring the total support of the Traditional Council to make it a regular exercise.
He also thanked the residents as well as members of the district sanitation agencies, the unit committee members for coming out in their numbers to clean the environment.
Nana Afram Brempong promised to work in collaboration with the Jaman North District Assembly to acquire extra refuse containers and garbage bins to be place along the streets of Suma-Ahenkro to prevent indiscriminate dumping of refuse.
Nana Afram Brempong call on the people to ensure personal hygiene and be vigilant and report quickly on any suspicious symptoms such as headache, coupled with vomiting and feverishness to help curb the spread of cholera and the deadly Ebola disease.