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Parents advised to spearhead education on menstrual hygiene to young girls

Accra, May 27, GNA - Dr Comfort Asafo Agyei Owusu, a Medical Laboratory Scientist at Shalina Diagnostics Center has advised parents and guardians to spearhead education given to young girls on menstrual hygiene before outdoor education. She said there was the need for the parents and guardians to educate their wards on menstrual hygiene when they come of age and to make them understand that it was normal and part of growth. In modern times, young girls as early as nine years, experience their first menstrual cycle, due to factors such as food and environment among others, unlike back then when girls experienced it in their teens, so parents have a long way to go' she stressed. Dr Asafo-Agyei Owusu made the remarks during a talk on menstrual hygiene and donation of sanitary pads organised by Van Moorhouse Foundation (VMF) to commemorate the World Menstrual Hygiene Day with the Bubiashie '1' basic school in Accra. She emphasised the need for the parents and guardians to make sure that sanitary pads were provided for the young girls to aid them in their cycle. Dr Asafo-Agyei Owusu advised the young girls to frequently change sanitary pads between four to six hours for the 'heavy' and 'normal' flow, respectively. She said some girls generated bacterial growth and rashes because of keeping the sanitary pads on for longer hours, wearing tight underwear and not bathing frequently. Dr Asafo-Agyei Owusu urged young girls who contracted bacterial infection and rashes to consult a medical practitioner for assistance. Miss Benedicta Appiah, a Midwife at Pentecost Hospital, called on young girls to cultivate the A, B and C methods to prevent them from contracting Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). 'The 'A' is for abstinence, where once you abstain from sex, you protect yourself from STDs, the 'B' is for being faithful to your partner, that is for those who cannot abstain and finally the 'C' for condom, for those who cannot employ the A and B to rely on,' she stressed. Miss Appiah indicated that the 'Being faithful' method was not meant for the young ones as they were not married but for the elderly to rely on, to minimise or stop the contraction of STDs. She advised parents, guardians, and teachers to engage the students and create an environment where the students could open to them regardless. Major Dr Adu Barima Sarkodie, Acting Country Director of VMF said the aim of the foundation was to help and enhance lives of the underprivileged. He said that the main aim of the foundation was to establish ICT laboratories for basic schools in underprivileged communities. 'Last year, we established a 20-seater computer lab in a primary and JHS school in the Eastern Region and that has now been adopted as our signature project, and we are hoping to do more along the length and breadth of the country in the underprivileged basic schools,' he said. Major Dr Sarkodie said it was an opportunity to help educate the young girls on menstrual hygiene, reproductive health and advise them on issues pertaining their health and education. He said the foundation also donated some sanitary pads, shaving stick and Dettol to over 120 young girls in the school to help them during their menstrual cycle. Madam Rose Quaye, Headmistress, Bubiashie '1' basic school thanked the VMF team for choosing and supporting her students. She also expressed gratitude to the speakers for educating the young girls in her institution on menstrual hygiene and STDs.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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Ya-Na condemns lynching of two persons over witchcraft accusations

Yendi (N/R), May 27, GNA - Ya-Na AbukarI II, Overlord of Dagbon, has condemned the recent lynching of two persons over accusation of witchcraft, at Zakpalsi, in the Mion District of the Northern Region. Ya-Na Abukari II said lynching people over witchcraft accusations was not right and had no justification in the Dagbon traditional area. He said: 'No one has the right to take the life of another man,' adding that, 'all the factions involved in the lynching incident at Zakpalsi are my children. 'If they had informed me earlier, we could have addressed these issues amicably without anyone losing his or her life,' Ya-Na Abukari II said, when a delegation from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), led by the Sector Minister Hajia Lariba Zuweira Abudu, paid a courtesy call on him at the Gbewaa Palace at Yendi to seek his support to stop lynching of people accused of witchcraft in the Northern Region. Ya-Na Abukari Il commended the MoGCSP for the visit and pledged to institute measures to intensify sensitisation and advocacy to help safeguard the rights of persons accused of witchcraft in the traditional area. Hajia Abudu said the visit formed part of her two-day working tour of the Northern and North East Regions to solicit the support of the traditional authorities on the need to institute measures to help address issues of witchcraft accusations, and the lynching of victims. She said the recent lynching of two persons at Zakpalsi was worrying, especially considering the numerous efforts put in place by government and other stakeholders to stop such acts in the country. She said: 'We cannot develop as a nation if a section of our population is continually subjected to abuse and discrimination. The perpetrators will be made to face the laws of our country.'

Source: Ghana News Agency

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NDC Minority on Appointments Committee did not vote on Chief Justice’s nominee

Accra, May 27, GNA - The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary Minority Members on the Appointments Committee of Parliament did not vote on the President's nominee for the position of Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Gertrude Araba Esaaba Sackey Torkornoo. According to a statement issued by Mr Kwame Governs Agbodza, the Minority Chief Whip, copied to the Ghana News Agency, this was due to the unavailability of the reasoned judgement of the Supreme Court in the matter of Mr James Gyakye Quayson. It noted that it was important to state that the Appointments Committee not long ago in 2019 vetted and approved this same nominee as a justice of the Supreme Court. It said, however, it was imperative for Members of the Minority on the Committee to evaluate the decisions of the nominee on all other cases, including the James Gyakye Quayson case since the vetting in 2019. 'We successfully evaluated the nominee on all relevant criteria except the outstanding matter of James Gyakye Quayson which would enable us, come to a decision,' the statement said. 'We expect the reasoned judgement of the court on this matter by 7th June 2023 to finalise our decision. 'We have duly communicated our challenge to our colleagues on the Majority side and expect their cooperation.'

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Middle Belt Development Authority ends staff retreat

Goaso (A/R), May 27, GNA - The Board and Management of the Middle Belt Development Authority (MBDA) are working assiduously to well-position the Authority as the government's vehicle to push the nation's physical infrastructure development agenda. Mr Joseph Kumah Mackay, the Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) said this when he was addressing the closing session of a four-day staff retreat of the Authority, held at Goaso in the Ahafo Region. It was on the theme, 'Building Common Grounds for Rethinking and Repositioning for Management and Staff of the MBDA' and the participants were taken through various topics and exercises to improve their knowledge base, sharpen their skills and to empower them to deliver on the mandate of the Authority. The activities included interactive and participatory learning, physical training aimed at unleashing pent-up energies to galvanize and drive organizational transformation and the participants also visited some projects sites of the Authority in the region. Other topics treated were 'rallying around a common vision,' 'strategic direction and priorities,' 'mission command-a way to lead,' 'repositioning MBDA to deliver on its mandate for national development,' 'internal organizational assessment,' 'public sector performance management,' 'compliance requirements for projects monitoring and evaluation' and 'business enterprise development in the MBDA zone' Mr. Mackay emphasised the Authority was also poised to coordinate and implement projects and programmes to tackle the deficit in the country's physical development in a more proactive manner. 'The Authority has also prioritized and is currently focusing on branding and staff capacity building as important tools to push its transformational agenda,' he added. Mr Mackay reminded and highlighted the mandate of the authority, and asked the management and staff to work hard, saying, 'we must all be innovative, creative and facilitate teamwork that would well-position us to achieve our mandate.' Some of the resource persons were drawn from the Public Services Commission and the Ghana Armed Forces Human Resource Consultancy. Other facilitators were Madam Joyce Opoku Boateng, the Deputy CEO, Legal and Corporate Affairs, MBDA, Mr Vincent Frimpong Manu, the Deputy CEO in-charge of Operations, MBDA, Mr Alexander Ferkah, the Deputy CEO, Finance and Administration, MDBA. Earlier, the authority paid a courtesy call on Nana Yaw Agyei II, the Paramount Chief of Mim Traditional Area, and a board member of the MBDA. Nana Agyei II accompanied the participants to inspect some development projects being executed by the Authority in the area. The MBDA was created by an Act of Parliament, Middle Belt Development Act, 2017, (Act 962) and received Presidential accent in June 2017. It is the main vehicle for the development of the Middle Belt Zone which comprises Ashanti, Eastern, Bono, Bono East and the Ahafo Regions.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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Akwamuhene of Kadjebi Traditional Area passes on

Kadjebi (O/ R), May 27, GNA-Nana Owusu Sekyere II, Akwamuhene of Kadjebi Traditional Area has passed on. Nana Sekyere, born Joseph Henry Kwesi Osei- Sekyere, died on April 24, 2023, after a short illness. His funeral rite is scheduled for October 6, at Kadjebi in the Oti Region. Okyeame Baah Danso, the Adontenhene's Okyeame officially announced this at Kadjebi on Thursday, May 25. Nana Sekyere, who was born in 1948, during the 2021 Population and Housing Census exercise, served as a District Census Implementation Committee (DCIC) member, where he made sure that accurate data was gathered on the district for factoring into the National Data. He also served as an Interim Chair for the NCCE's Inter-Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC), when the Chair became vacant following the transfer of Rev. Fr. Norbert Okoledah, the former IPDC Chair from Kadjebi to Chinderi, the Krachi-Nchumuru District capital. Nana Sekyere was very instrumental in the creation of the Oti Region in 2018 leading the YES vote campaign in the Kadjebi District. Nana Asabre Amankwatia II, Baamuhene of Kadjebi Traditional Area, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), described Nana Sekyere as an 'important Chief in the traditional set-up' and that his demise has affected them so much. Nana Amankwatia disclosed that until his death, he served as the Regent for Kordibenu Community when the Chief of that community passed on. The Baamuhene said Nana Sekyere was a hardworking Chief, down to them, always ready for duty and doing things for the traditional area during his lifetime. He said he also represented the traditional area on the Kadjebi District Assembly Development Planning Co-ordinating Unit (DPCU) till his death. Nana Amankwatia said during the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary Voter Registration exercise, he was a member of the Registration Review Committee, and that Nana Sekyere has done a lot for the traditional area.

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Boat disaster on Black Volta leaves 50 missing, one dead

Tamale, May 27, GNA - Aboat disaster on the Black Volta in the Savannah Region has left one person dead, and about 50 others missing. The disaster happened when the boat transporting the passengers from Dorkorchina to Kpandai capsized as result of alleged overloading. Mr Kipo Sulemana, Bole District Director of National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), who confirmed the incident to the Ghana News Agency in Tamale on Saturday, said one person had died, two others survived the incident while about 50 others remained missing. Mr Sulemana said information gathered by NADMO indicated that the boat was overloaded with human beings and goods, adding it hit some tree stumps in the river forcing it to capsize. He said where the incident happened was inaccessible, adding NADMO was relying on local people to help rescue those missing.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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Volta Regional Minister, AGI salute African Ambassadors in Ghana

Akatsi (VR), May 27, GNA - The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, Volta Regional Minister, have extended their solidarity message to all African Ambassadors in Ghana on the 60th Anniversary celebration of the Africa Union (AU). 'Your deep commitment to Pan-African diplomacy, revolutionary economic policies and promotion of strategic trade alliances have reposition the African Continent for inclusive growth and sustainable development.' This was released in a joint statement on Thursday, May 25, and signed by Mr Dela Gadzanku, the Eastern, Volta, and Oti Regional Chairman of the AGI and Dr Letsa in commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which is now the African Union (AU). 'We wish all African Ambassadors in Ghana a happy celebration on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Africa Union. We are deeply touched by your dependable support of our efforts, over the past two years, to promote industry through the Volta Fair and Visit Volta initiative.' The statement further commended the historic joint participation in the 2021 'Volta Trade and Investment Fair' which has had a profound impact on the regional economies as well as strengthening productive partnerships. 'In a spirit of solidarity, we express our gratitude and tremendous respect for your leadership. We look forward to building stronger partnerships with you as we prepare to host this year's edition of the Volta Fair which will focus on the African Continental Free Trade Area and Local Economic Development,' the statement added. The 60th anniversary is being celebrated under the slogan 'Our Africa Our Future' using the hashtag #OurAfricaOurFuture. Activities to mark the historical moment will be commemorated all over the African continent by the fifty-five (55) member countries of the AU to showcase major successes, milestones, challenges, and the way forward under Agenda 2063.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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Minister meets families over lynching at Zakpalsi

Zakpalsi (N/R), May 27, GNA - Hajia Lariba Zuweira Abudu, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection has met with the bereaved families of victims in the recent lynching of two persons at Zakpalsi in the Mion District of the Northern Region. The meeting, which brought together opinion leaders in the area, the bereaved families, and the families, who made the witchcraft accusations, was to help the Minister seek firsthand information over the incident, which occurred on May 07, 2023. Hajia Abudu said the visit was to interact with the families and the traditional authorities in the area on the need to institute measures to safeguard the rights of all, and stop barbaric acts meted out to persons accused of witchcraft. She said it was also to assure the bereaved families that the government was working assiduously to ensure justice was served. She advised persons suffering from any health condition to prioritise medical attention instead of accusing innocent women of witchcraft without any evidence to support their claims.

Source: Ghana News Agency