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thoughts from afar

  • A Barrier or Opportunity in Health Access Improvement?

    A Barrier or Opportunity in Health Access Improvement? Image credit - Ted Eytan
    On a webinar this week about health policy in the developing world, I was asked what I envisaged healthcare in Ghana will look like in 15-20 years. I was initially pensive...

    James Allen in As a Man Thinketh argues, “A strong man cannot help a weaker unless the weaker is willing to be helped, and even then the weak man must become strong of himself; he must, by his own efforts, develop the strength which he admires in another. None but himself can alter his condition.”

  • A CHARGE TO KEEP; IN CONFLICT WITH UNRULY PARTISANS

    Kwadwo Bamba, alleged leader and organizer of the 'Delta Force' that stormed the offices of the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator.

    “The man who cannot listen to an argument which opposes his views either has a weak position or is a weak defender of it. No opinion that cannot stand discussion or criticism is worth holding. And it has been wisely said that the man who knows only half of any question is worse off than the man who knows nothing of it. He is not only one sided, but his partisanship soon turns him into an intolerant and a fanatic. In general, it is true that nothing which cannot stand up under discussion and criticism is worth defending.” James E. Talmage

  • A CHARGE TO KEEP; REVOLUTIONISING THE DELIVERY OF PHARMACEUTICAL CARE

    A CHARGE TO KEEP; REVOLUTIONISING THE DELIVERY OF PHARMACEUTICAL CARE. Image - Linkedin

    Susan Elizabeth Phillips in Breathing Room argues, “I finally figured out that not every crisis can be managed. As much as we want to keep ourselves safe, we can't protect ourselves from everything. If we want to embrace life, we also have to embrace chaos.”

  • A FAILURE OF PHARMACEUTICAL CARE; A NATION ON SUICIDE WATCH

    A failure of pharmaceutical care; a nation on suicide watch

    As a young student pharmacist, I fell in love with this classical definition of drugs and poisons, “a drug is a poison at low concentrations and a poison is a drug at high concentrations.” That every drug even the most innocuous is a potential killer is a known fact. I have over the years observed how our country has fallen in love with all manner of legal medicines and the ease with which these medicines can be obtained.

  • A letter to the NHIS on moving towards financial security, exploiting generic drug pricing, and digitization – Part 1

    A letter to the NHIS on moving towards financial security, exploiting generic drug pricing, and digitization – Part 1

    Dear NHIS,

    You cannot continue to have a high budget for medicines whilst trying to clear your historic debt. No insurance scheme has survived with a recurrent drug budget of more than 28%. To continue that way means you have little of your capital inflows to invest and nothing left to clear your debt.

  • A letter to the NHIS on moving towards financial security, exploiting generic drug pricing, and digitization – Part 2

    A letter to the NHIS on moving towards financial security, exploiting generic drug pricing, and digitization – Part 2

    Dear NHIS,
    It’s me again trying to be a citizen helper. I have been wondering why we still have manual claims for pharmaceutical and medical reimbursement and capitation? In this era of computational software and Apps, this can’t just be right.

  • A MESSAGE TO MY FELLOW PARENTS, CHALLENGING THE STATUS QUO

    A message to my fellow parents, challenging the status quo

    Opinion is that “the world we build tomorrow is born in the stories we tell our children today.” Over this weekend I have been pondering over a question I often ask myself regarding Ghana, i.e. “What have we done so wrong to deserve such a mess?”

  • ADIOS MR PRESIDENT, THESE LEGACY PROJECTS MAY DEFINE YOUR LEGACY

    I therefore entreat Mr President not to stop at this project but to order an inventory of all such legacy projects across the country. I would crave his indulgence to then find a way of bringing closure to their transient states.

    “This light of history is pitiless; it has a strange and divine quality that, luminous as it is, and precisely because it is luminous, often casts a shadow just where we saw a radiance; out of the same man it makes two different phantoms, and the one attacks and punishes the other, the darkness of the despot struggles with the splendour of the captain. Hence a truer measure in the final judgment of the nations. Babylon violated diminishes Alexander; Rome enslaved diminishes Caesar; massacred Jerusalem diminishes Titus. Tyranny follows the tyrant. Woe to the man who leaves behind a shadow that bears his form.”

  • Ageing and Healthcare: A Dystopian Ghana

    Ageing and Healthcare: A Dystopian Ghana
    This coupled with a fluctuating Cedi and inflation puts many at the risk of destitution in old age. Ironically, the current financial sector mess makes it even less appealing to suggest otherwise to those who fail to save.

    Ray Bradbury, in The Illustrated Man, explains, “We’re all fools,” said Clemens, “all the time. It’s just we’re a different kind each day. We think I’m not a fool today. I’ve learned my lesson. I was a fool yesterday but not this morning. Then tomorrow we find out that, yes, we were a fool today too. I think the only way we can grow and get on in this world is to accept the fact we’re not perfect and live accordingly.”

  • AN ODE TO THE CITY THAT PRESERVES MY UMBILICAL CORD

    File image - Kumasi Central Market (Photo - OMG)

    Chaim Potok in Davita's Harp opines, “Everything has a past. Everything; a person, an object, a word, everything. If you don’t know the past, you can’t understand the present and plan properly for the future.” This is a view I strongly agree with.

  • BEING A CITIZEN NOT A SPECTATOR; RESPONDING TO OTUTU BROFU’S CALL

    President Akufo-Addo - Under public scrutiny for appointing 110 ministers.

    According to Friedrich Nietzsche “A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions--as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.”

  • BLISSFULLY GHANAIAN; THANKING OUR MAKER WHILST HEALTH AND SAFETY IS THROWN TO THE DOGS

    BLISSFULLY GHANAIAN; THANKING OUR MAKER WHILST HEALTH AND SAFETY IS THROWN TO THE DOGS

    According to Dr Rob Long “The use of silly and meaningless safety language matters, it creates a distraction and delusion that safety and risk are being addressed. We may feel good about speaking such words but they dumb down culture and distract people from taking safety seriously.”

  • CHALLENGING THE REBEL IN ME; FORTY-FIVE YEARS AND COUNTING

    CHALLENGING THE REBEL IN ME; FORTY-FIVE YEARS AND COUNTING

    Dean Koontz in his book, The Good Guy argues, “Given enough time, you could convince yourself that loneliness was something better, that it was solitude, the ideal condition for reflection, even a kind of freedom. Once you were thus convinced, you were foolish to open the door and let anyone in, not all the way in. You risked the hard-won equilibrium, that tranquility that you called peace.”

  • Christmas Message; At Table With Institutionalized Corruption

    Christmas Message; At Table With Institutionalized Corruption

    Dear Friend,

    H.L. Mencken in a rather sarcastic tone argued. "In the present case, it is a little inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favour of common sense, common honesty and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for any public office of trust or profit in the Republic. But I do not repine, for I am a subject of it only by force of arms." He had a real point then and continues to do so now. There are many in this land who are by default ineligible for any public office. They are because they have refused to be part of the status quo and go against the norm.

  • CONFRONTING THE NEW FRONTIER IN GHANA’S ILLICIT DRUG USE; THE ULTIMATE CONVERSATION WITH TOMORROW’S GENERATION

    CONFRONTING THE NEW FRONTIER IN GHANA’S ILLICIT DRUG USE; THE ULTIMATE CONVERSATION WITH TOMORROW’S GENERATION
    Finally, know your children’s friends and their families. Though our society has deviated markedly from the communal approach in child upbringing, we must not jettison the useful aspects of that approach of yesteryears. We should all be able to speak to other parents...

    “Stories you read when you're the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you'll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.” Neil Gaiman, in “M Is for Magic.”

  • CONFRONTING THE NEW FRONTIER IN GHANA’S ILLICIT DRUG USE; UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF TRAMADOL IN THE WORLD OF ORGANISED CRIME

    A Libyan police officer views a haul of prescription drug Tramadol seized from a shipping container in Tripoli (Reuters/Chris Helgren)
    There were indications at this point that there was a concerted effort by well-organised groups some linked with organised crime and international terrorism to create a new generation of youthful tramadol addicts who they could manipulate and control in furthering their ulterior motives. Their target groups were teenagers living in slums and rundown areas and those in second cycle institutions.

    Criss Jami argues in Killosophy that, “Deceit for personal gain is one of history's most recurring crimes. Man's first step towards change would be thinking, counter-arguing, re-thinking, twisting, straightening, perfecting, then believing every original idea he intends to make public before making it public. There is always an angle from which an absolute truth may appear askew just as there is always a personal emotion, or a personal agenda, which alienates the ultimate good of mankind.”

  • CYNICALLY YOURS; HONOURABLE VICTOR BAMPOE

    CYNICALLY YOURS; HONOURABLE VICTOR BAMPOE

    Honourable, I greet you with this open quote. “Man doeth this and doeth that from the good or evil of his heart; but he knows not to what end his sense doth prompt him; for when he strikes he is blind to where the blow shall fall, nor can he count the airy threads that weave the web of circumstance. Good and evil, love and hate, night and day, sweet and bitter, man and woman, heaven above and the earth beneath--all those things are needful, one to the other, and who knows the end of each?” H. Rider Haggard

  • Decoupling Healthcare Financing From Excessive Donor Dependence

    Decoupling Healthcare Financing From Excessive Donor Dependence. Image credit - AAA Business
    Also, healthcare donor funding directly fuels corruption. There are many anecdotal reports of funded projects being completed by bureaucrats with data riddle with forged documents and ghost name payments with the bulk of the funds sleazed by those at the top.

    Dambisa Moyo in Dead Aid opines, “Africa is addicted to aid. For the past sixty years, it has been fed aid. Like any addict it needs and depends on its regular fix, finding it hard, if not impossible, to contemplate existence in an aid-less world. In Africa, the West has found its perfect client to deal with.”

  • DO WE REALLY HAVE GHANAIAN VALUES? A LETTER TO YOU LUCILLE

    DO WE REALLY HAVE GHANAIAN VALUES? A LETTER TO YOU LUCILLE

    Lucille,

    According to Mahatma Gandhi, “your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, and your values become your destiny.” In short where we are today as a country is an epidermisation of our beliefs and thoughts over the years. Today I would try and answer the simple question you put on your wall, “what are Ghanaian values?”

  • ELECTION 2016 AT CROSSROADS WITH MONEY, SELF-ESTEEM AND PRIDE

    ELECTION 2016 AT CROSSROADS WITH MONEY, SELF-ESTEEM AND PRIDE

    Written By Kwame Asiedu - “To be robbed and betrayed by a fiendish underground conspiracy, or by the earthly agents of Satan, is at least a romantic sort of plight - it suggests at least a grand Hollywood-ready confrontation between good and evil - but to be coldly ripped off over and over again by a bunch of bloodless, second-rate schmoes, schmoes you chose, you elected, is not something anyone will take much pleasure in bragging about.”

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