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Medical Drones Saga In Ghana – An Aviation Safety Risk Perspective And Way Forward

Opinions

From a flight operations and safety management perspective, there are some concerns that needs to be addressed before the entire project will be deemed safe in the airspace of Ghana.

Drowning Ghana with Drones – Corruption, Incompetence and Arrogance (CIA)

Opinions

What is the drone system going to do? Deliver blood/blood products and emergency drugs. Really?

Memo to government: Add free intelligence to free education

Opinions

Thus, regardless of quality of test-scores, free education is a nation-builder. Having said these things we must turn to the practicalities of learning and of genius. Learning requires a “learner”.

St. Thomas Aquinas Old Boys' Association General Elections - A Battle of Ideas or Financial Muscles?

Opinions

I call on Old Toms, far and near to probe for the truth to save our association from the oppressors who will go the extra mile even if it will put their bank accounts in red to lead the association in order to boost their egos and lift them from their low esteem.

Celebrating living legends/leaders, Former Ghanaian President John Kufuor

Opinions

What is the essence of celebrating or praising the dead hyperbolically and posthumously? It is high time we started celebrating our leaders.

Prof George Gyan - Baffour, Minister of Planning.

Opinions

Then the best national and international economists would work diligently to estimate costs and benefits for these proposed policies.

Drones, Ghanaian politics and my bottle of beer

Opinions

Apparently a committee of various stakeholders sent delegations to Rwanda to learn from a similar system in place.

Food everywhere but preservation is a problem. Image credit - GBN

Opinions

Planting for Food and Jobs may have been one of the contributory factors to the abundance of food items in our markets today. But the rains have also been kind to our planting strategy,...

Weddings Today

Opinions

“A sum of hundred and fifty thousand Ghana Cedis (GH 150.000) took away the joy we ever dreamt of after their marriage.”

The author, Kobina Ansah

Opinions

The Apple we see today could definitely not have African blood running through it obviously because our brands are built around founders and not customers.

File image - Asawase zongo youths burn down police station over injustice following the killing of 7 individuals on allegation of being armed robbers.

Opinions

The current Ghanaian media landscape is politically polarised and heavily commercialised.

Trivializing the National Discourse: The Matter of Courier Drones

Opinions

But the big elephant still staring us in the room is, was this the best we could get out of such a deal? Well, I hesitate to think so, especially judging from the figures we’re being told are the cost per drone.

CIVIL SOCIETY AND MEDIA DECLARE #RTIREDFRIDAY AGAINST DELAY IN THE PASSAGE OF RIGHT TO INFORMATION BILL

Press Release

Additionally, the start of the #RTIRedFriday action begins a countdown to the Rt. Hon. Speaker's recent promise that the Bill would be passed before Parliament rises this year.

Press Release by Inter-Ministerial Committee on Roads and Highway on N4 Footbridges. Image credit - happyghana

Press Release

Mr. Kim Grant (L) with CEO of AHOSC, Mr. Mark D. Noonan. Image credit - @heartsofoakgh

Press Release

Henry Asomani. Image credit - Alexandria Virginia Sheriff's Office

Press Release

This victim had a total loss of approximately $800,000. Of that amount, the indictment says, the victim sent approximately $220,700 to accounts controlled by Asomani.

Hearts Will Not Sell Patrick Razak To Kotoko

Press Release

The Center for Human Rights and Democracy (CHRDA) condemns Cameroon governments travel permits requirements and restrictions in Anglophones regions

Press Release

These kinds of action not only harm. Calls on government to start an all-inclusive dialogue to end the deadly crisis; Calls on all Anglophones and Francophones in Cameroon and the international community to speak out against this hateful policy. the future prospects of individuals and peace, but also diminishes our own reputation and performance as an outward-looking community

Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC)

Press Release

This scenario mirrors a number of Board - Executive impasse that has engulfed the public sector and reflect the weaknesses of our corporate governance arrangements. Notwithstanding,...

President Akufo-Addo Mourns Kofi Annan

Press Release

I have directed that, in his honour, Ghana’s national flag will fly at half-mast across the country and in all of Ghana’s diplomatic missions across the world, from Monday, 20th August, 2018, for one week.

President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina eulogizes Kofi A. Annan

Press Release

He was a great personal mentor and father to me. His simplicity, decency, uncommon humility, selflessness and compassion made him a gem for humanity.

RE: CAPITAL BANK AND RELATED MATTERS - PASTOR MENSA OTABIL

Press Release

My position was a non-executive role. I was therefore not involved in the day-to-day management and operations of the Bank.

President Akufo-Addo Makes Changes To His Government

Press Release

President Akufo-Addo Makes Changes To His Government

President Akufo-Addo Relieves Minister For Energy Of His Position

Press Release

Deliver us from drones that can drown Ghanaians - Dr. Omane Boamah

Features

Ordinarily, I would have let this slip by but how can a ‘citizen not a spectator’ look on unconcerned as human lives are to be experimented on, when a stupendous amount of US$ 12 million is to be spent when the justification being adduced is crooked?

Demonstration of civil society, November 3, in Lomé, Togo © Thomas Dietrich

Features

Despite the anointing that the international community continues to give to the last dictatorship of West Africa, the Togolese volcano is reeling again, threatening to erupt.

The History and Formation of Gbawe

Features

The name Gbawe is a corruption and shortening of the term “gbalɔi”, which means soothsayer (someone who can see the future and foretell it).

Kofi Genfi(left) and Osae Dade

Features

CYST continues to evolve in its scope and relevance. It has designed an artificial intelligence engine they call ALICE - Artificial Learning Intelligent Cognitive Engine.

Medical Physics for patient benefit. Image credit - ssrpmch

Features

Medical physicists are the experts in physics, which is central to radiation treatment of cancers, and the development and advancement of medical imaging techniques.

Career Guide Take Away: Skills for Everyone Aiming to be in the Tech Industry

Features

Soft skills are the most difficult skills for technologists to learn. Gone are the days when a coder could sit alone in a dark corner all day with a headset, pizza, ...

Sunyani NMTC makes strides towards University status

Features

Since then, authorities have spent millions of Ghana Cedis on an ultra-modern campus infrastructure to push forward and facilitate serious academic work and improved practical skills.

Mr. Ben Dotsei Malor with Kadaria Ahmed. Photo credit - Mr. Ben Dotsei Malor

Features

Mistakes are not the worst things that can happen, it is HOW YOU RESPOND to the mistakes that matters.

As his fame grew, Sam knew he needed to address the issue of racism

Features

South-Korea is one of the most ethnically homogeneous countries in the world. Over 99 percent of South Koreans identify as ethnically Korean.

Address By President Akufo-Addo At The Passing Out Ceremony For 100,000 Nation Builders Corps Trainees

Features

The one hundred thousand (100,000) young men and women, who are present, did not listen to the loud cries of the cynics and ‘Jeremiahs’. They rose up to the challenge, signed up for the programme, took part in the rigorous selection process, and are passing out as Ghana’s first NABCO trainees.

I Can't Think Far

Features

The media house reported that the court, presided over by Mrs Mariam Sinare, has also granted each of the eight persons, including three Chinese nationals, a GH¢40,000 bail with one surety each to be justified.

Tangoing with China or emergence of Chinese in our informal labour market; is it something new? What history have for us in Ghana? Image credit - Huffpo

Features

You see, there is nothing new in this country. The difference here is how our early nationalist leaders handled the situation and protected our local labourers as opposed to ...

The man who's awaken the world about Congo

Editorials

Behind the figures, it is about humanity. It is challenging our hearts and willingness to deliver solidarity on a global scale. This is the unbelievable story of fifteen million people whose villages have been burnt down, ...

File image: Samy Badibanga, former Prime Minister of DRC

Editorials

This crisis kills every passing second. It kills women, children, and men who have fled the violence, hidden in the forest or even further away, and have nothing left when they return. This disaster could soon claim between one and two million lives if humanitarian aid is not funded.

Kwesi Appiah’s confidence must translate into results

Editorials

Vigilante Groups In Politics – Rule of Law Must Prevail

Editorials

Pra River (Photo: K. Amigosten Amoah)

Editorials

Dangme News

Editorials

A Letter to Pepper Dem Ministries – Are You Misandrists or Feminists?

Letters

But you Akosua Abebrese from a village which isn’t even shown on the map of Ghana think that because your father ...

Ex-Ghana president, John D. Mahama. Image credit - qedng

Letters

You cannot leave office, accept the retirement package and vie for the same office again. That is called ‘’double dipping’’ and it is illegal.

Ambazonia First Lady, Lilian Ayuk-Tabe (L) invokes the conscience Of Cameroun First Lady, Chantal Biya. Image credit - BaretaNews

Letters

I write to you today, forced into exile and no longer in Cameroon, nearly twenty-four years later with a heavy heart.

Open Letter to Shatta Wale; Keep Mute Because Kiki Died a Pauper

Letters

Many people have attributed his ill-character to his wealth, his supplementary intake ...

Member of Parliament for North Tongu (VR) and Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.

Letters

As you will recall, the document in issue was made public and it is fair to admit that it did attract considerable media attention and enormous national interest.

A Letter to Ghanaian Leaders as Busumuru Kofi Annan is Laid to Rest

Letters

Look at what is happening with the anger of the youth not because they are lawless and recalcitrant, but because you have failed to educate them. You have failed to create and sustain...

An artistic rendition of the proposed Ghana National Cathedral

Letters

I support the building of the National Cathedral and especially so, since as I have heard the State is playing only a facilitating role, as a partner ...

Former commander who oversaw Bin Laden raid, William H. McRaven, asks Trump to revoke his security clearance. Image credit - news wires

Letters

A good leader tries to embody the best qualities of his or her organization. A good leader sets the example for others to follow. A good leader always puts the welfare of others before himself or herself.

An open letter to Ghana from a non-Ghanaian perspective

Letters

Then came a news story that made me wonder: does Ghana even know what a patriot looks like? Did colonialism so deeply penetrate your psyche that you distrust and attempt to destroy any good thing that comes from your homeland?

Open letter to President Akufo-Addo - Kobby Gomez-Mensah

Letters

However, despite promising to turn our country into something never imagined in our history, power and those around you seem to have clouded your understanding of the plight of the people, most of who remain in some awe of your person.

File Image: Launch of 2017 Ahanta festival. Photo credit- Ghanabusinessnews

Letters

Today, Ahanta (Ayinda) lies in desolation and we are sharply divided among ourselves because every Ahanta (Ayinda) chief wants to have his own paramountcy, supremacy and create his own identity, forgetting that strength lies in unity.

Mr President, the double track system will collapse Senior High School

Letters

You fell short of mentioning where else this system operate successfully and additional statistics. But of course I cannot begrudge you, you didn't have all the time to make this disclosures.

DecoKraft’s Akua Obenewaa Donkor

Interviews

My chocolatier journey began when I came across the word “chocolatier” in a magazine. It piqued my curiosity, ...

Angolan businesswoman, Isabel dos Santos

Interviews

In 2013, according to research by Forbes, her net worth had reached more than three billion US dollars, making her Africa's first billionaire woman. Five years have passed ever since and her wealth has continued to grow.

Related: Exclusive Interview: Marricke Kofi Gane Talks Political Future and More - Part 3

Interviews

AA: Like any armchair football coach, the armchair politician’s task is always the easiest; it becomes a different story when the reality hits him in office. What is your take on that?

Exclusive Interview: Marricke Kofi Gane Talks Political Future and More – Part 2

Interviews

Well, let me put it this way – it is not enough if I wish to stand – the people must also want me to stand, after all, they will be the ones to vote for me. What I can say however is this - if I do make an announcement to stand in 2020, it will be because the people believe in me. Do I believe I am ready myself?

Exclusive Interview: Marricke Kofi Gane Talks Political Future and More - Part 1

Interviews

I am not sure there is a very new me from when we last spoke. I think it’s more the case that the Author side of me has been asked to proceed on leave, hahaha, and my more vocal and politically inclined self, awakened. Both have always been there.

The developing world is an easy target for populists – Kofi Annan

Interviews

There has been much debate about democratic dysfunction in the advanced world due to paralyzing polarization exacerbated by fake news and social media manipulation. Isn’t this also an issue in the fledgling democracies of the developing world, from Malaysia to Kenya, Nigeria and elsewhere?

The story is titled 'The Shimmer in the Photo Album', and it revolves around 4 children and their grandfather, and a series of time-porting adventures and mysteries they go through. The title was purely to create curiosity and thereby encourage anyone to pick up through book.

Abel Manomey (1st left) celebrates a goal with Gt. Olympics teammates. File image credit - @images_image

Interviews

SA: I find your reference to the use of occultism/juju in the Ghana Premier League very intriguing. I do recall a video on Twitter of several Gt. Olympics players walking backwards into a stadium with hopes of picking up the 3 points as they sought to escape relegation towards the end of the 2017 season. Did that really happen or was that clip a prank?

Abel Manomey (1st left) celebrates a goal with Gt. Olympics teammates. File image credit - @images_image

Interviews

They have done well so far. They registered players last season for them to be insured but they need to be cushioned by the Ghana Football Association (GFA), and other corporate bodies since it is a huge financial burden on the PFAG. Also, in my case, Mr. Baffoe personally called and assured me of the association paying any debt incurred at the hospital resulting from my recent injury.

An Interview with Farida Nabourema - Part 2

Interviews

An Interview with Farida Nabourema - Part 1

Interviews

Meet Farida Nabourema, Togo - Photo courtesy of Farida Nabourema.

Interviews

Introduction Of The Two Track System Of Admitting Students Into SHS

Commentary

Under the new system, students in SHS two and three will continue with the normal system but run a semester system just like the universities.

National Revenue Targeting And Expenditure Projections

Commentary

It is commendable for the government to put in place the necessary reforms to support revenue mobilization, such as the issuance of a National ID Card, Tax Identification Number, National Digital Property Addressing System,...

Ghana’s Growth And The Missing Jobs

Commentary

Youth unemployment is a serious threat to national security. The problem in securing decent jobs after school may increase the vulnerability of young people to social vices and disorders.

IGP David Asante Apeatu

Commentary

The unfortunate killing of seven people in the Ashanti Region suspected to be armed robbers has raised a number of questions regarding the professional conduct of the Police in certain respects.

Finance Minister, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta

Commentary

Numerous economic problems facing the country include expansion in education at all levels, infrastructure, agriculture, health and other essential facilities needed for the overall growth of the economy.

Contributions Of Late VEEP Amissah-Arthur To Ghana’s Development

Commentary

From Degraft Johnson, Ekow Arkaah, Prof. Atta Mills to Amissah-Arthur. Your Excellency, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur: You served your nation well and you will forever remain in our minds and in our hearts. Rest in Perfect Peace.

Ghana's progress in fighting corruption

Commentary

No wonder the Commission wants civic education to be re-introduced into the basic school curricula. Another way to find out if Ghana is making any concrete progress in its fight against corruption is to monitor and examine progress made in achieving goals and commitments.

Need To Take Precautionary Measures At The Onset Of The Rains

Commentary

Image credit - @MBawumia

Commentary

Older people are encouraged to use all accepted means to demand from government and policy-makers the implementation of promises made in their speeches, including that of the Freedom Pass in 2017, the Aged Bill and improving their health status which among others came out last Sunday at the Luncheon at the State House.

Ghana Football: Meeting Between Government and FIFA

Commentary

Fair play in competitive football is the needed hallmark or yardstick for all tournaments, whether at the sub-district, regional, national or international level.

Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources - Mr. Joseph Kofi Adda

Commentary

The vision of the President also includes making Accra the neatest and cleanest city in Africa by 2020 and to make Ghana one of the most attractive tourism destination countries in Africa and beyond.

2018 and yet another flooding in Accra

Commentary

Is there an answer? Are our leaders and engineers equipped to solve this problem? Are we willing to obey the rules and take measures to end the floods of Accra and other parts of the country?

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File - President Nana Akufo-Addo

At Large

This country must have a dream. And besides the payment of taxes, everyone must partake in making this dream come to pass. So the question that I ask is - what are our dreams as a nation?

One of the most important things that we can do for ourselves as a nation is to have shared dreams and desires.

Inside my Xmas hamper

At Large

I received my resurrection last Sunday at the PIWC ATTC Dome in Accra.

Words can kill. Listening to predictions by some of my most trusted radio commentators in the last two weeks, Christmas 2018 died in me.

The changing face of the Christmas holiday in Ghana

At Large

Christmas is now more commercial than religious in its orientation these days throughout the Christian world and the commercial aspect has affected all age brackets from the very young to the very old.

I think it was sometime in the middle of last week that I heard someone whose name I cannot recall make the persuasive argument on a radio station that one of the lasting effects of the Rawlings Chain phenomenon from 1982 to 1984 in Ghana was the way the famine caused by low rainfall in farming communities at the time altered our diet.

Mr Dan Kwaku Botwe

At Large

The six are to be carved out of four of the current 10 regions in the country.

The Justice Brobbey Commission has proposed the creation of six new regions.

Well, sad to say - some companies, far from being a safe conduit, are actually out to steal your money, kill your investment and destroy your dreams.

Whether as part of a lifetime investment, a mix of a temporary savings portfolio or securing a peaceful house to make a home, we all at some point have thought about buying a piece of LAND.

Emile Ratelband is 69. But he wants to legally subtract 20 years from his life. (Courtesy of Emile Ratelband)

At Large

In a press statement, the court said: “Mr Ratelband is at liberty to feel 20 years younger than his real age and to act accordingly.

I have been following a story in Netherlands that has gone viral and should interest us here.

Who are on the Cathedral Board?

At Large

The evicted judges, it is said, had been given a US$168,000 (GHC800,000.00) for temporary accommodation.

On November 18, 2018, MyNewsGh.com reported that the government had begun demolishing bungalows housing Court of Appeal Judges to make way for the construction of a National Cathedral.

Elizabeth Ohene

At Large

The Church has found itself in a mess precisely because for years, it had adopted the GES attitude of recommending transfers as punishment or solution to serious problems.

Over the weekend, I came across two lamentations from a policeman and a teacher.

Atuguba, Prof. Avoke, Ackorlie And Others In ‘Hiding’

At Large

Sadly, it is gone 5pm, and Lawyer Atuguba has failed characteristically to show up at UEW with Prof. Avoke ....

Lawyer Atuguba, who parades himself as a Lawyer, but acts worse than an illiterate, has gone into hiding together with Prof. Mawutor Avoke, Ackorlie and some other dismissed officers of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW).

On Community

Here And There

Coming from an environment still reeling from the effects of communal dissipation, leadership deflation and duty relegation, I have experienced life that a lot of people here have not seen.

I find myself in the UK at a time of change. It is an experience that gives me again another chance at perspective. Around me I see what dedication to community, and public exhortation of communal responsibility does.

On Philanthropy

Here And There

There has to be another narrative. There have to be new stories about centres of excellence springing up all over Ghana, funded by people who want to see health care change.

No important project has ever survived only on freebies. Deep in the psychology of any project that fails is that lack of commitment. The inability to put skin in the game. And these are the thoughts that pass through my mind as I go for a fundraiser for a project that I really care about. It is striking to me, how much more giving there is to health, outside Ghana than inside it.

Home Thoughts. Image credit - VideoHive

Here And There

But what if they did not? What if development was just based on humanity? What if development was based on the capacity to care, to love, to reach out in honest commitment to make life better for another human being.

I have recently gone back home. To Tel Aviv. It is one of the ironies of life, that going for a conference of pediatric neurosurgeons in Israel, was like going home. Life has mountains, valleys and plains. Sometimes one gets the chance to fly to a peak quickly enough to take in a perspective of the past, and snippets of the future. Tel Aviv was a chance like that for me last week.

The only thing that is more terrible than writing off a human being, or a people, is assuming that some brains have an advantage over others.

Here And There

It is a terrible thing to write off a human being as incapable of progress. It is an even more terrible thing to write off an institution, or a country, or a people as incapable. To do so, ...

The brain is made up of up to a 100 billion neurons. A neuron is a nerve cell, dedicated to one thing only: processing electric signal and delivering it to another. Each neuron has multiple inputs, and a single output. It is a recurring theme in the nervous system, that it does not matter how many inputs there are, there is usually a single output. Sometimes a single neuron may have hundreds of thousands of inputs, microscopic tendrils of nanometric dimensions gathering signal from hundreds of thousands of other nerve cells, and handing the processed information to one nerve cell in networks that are complex beyond imagination.

Death Certificate

Here And There

The worrying thing about working in Ghana is lack of thought given to systemic process. The whole point of keeping intellect is generating an environment and a system that makes it possible...

When my father died, I had to go back to the hospital to collect a certificate indicating the cause of death. It is a single sheet with a lot of power. On losing a relative, it is the single sheet that enables everything to do with the next stage of bidding farewell. Without it, the body cannot be moved from the mortuary, cannot be embalmed, cannot be buried, legally.

To Daddy

Here And There

There is a finality that it has, at least on earth, on this side of heaven. A certain abruptness that hits hard, no matter how old the person is. No matter how many times it seemed like he was going, and yet survived.

One week after Father’s day, on Sunday morning, I lost my Dad. I got in in time to see him alive. Just in time. But it was like arriving at 11.01 for the 10.59 train. Seeing it pulling away, and standing powerlessly. Seeing all the glory of an express train, with no possibility of touching it, being on it, experiencing it.

In life there are journeys to be traveled so life is better for posterity. Journeys that are long and arduous. Long enough to get lost in. And it is the fathers in my life who have given direction.

Here And There

I know enough about the defeats I have had, to understand the influence of guidance. It is a tragedy to be fatherless. It is that fatal mix of directionless existence that cements underachievement. Look at any life that has no substance, and somewhere hidden in the entrails of untouched dreams, is the lack of guidance, encouragement and vision.

On father’s day, my Dad was unwell. I am far away from home and praying. These are not good times to be ill in my country. I am sure this has been a day for him to think about his children. I have been thinking about mine. I am separated from my kids too. Along a journey that has gifted me with good fathers at every step.

Shifa Amankwa-Gabbey, winner of Ghana’s 2018 National Spelling Bee contest sandwiched between Raj Thakwani and Akshaya Janikiraman, both from DPS International Ghana at Tema.

Here And There

She will be the toast of a few radio stations for a short time. She will recount her experiences and sometimes those who listen will rejoice with her, and some won’t. She will inspire some, and discourage some. And then she will disappear into some obscurity. Into the system of education which do not exactly produce more people like her, or schools like hers.

I have been thinking about Shifa this week. One lone Ghanaian voice on the international spelling stage. Counting herself among the spellers who have come together in Washington to celebrate knowledge. She did not win, but that is not the important thing. She has traveled the road that many great people have traveled before her. Now it is completely up to her, to make this count in her future.

Cry Freedom

Here And There

I have read some of the comments that have been made by people after the statement by the health minister about government bearing the cost of training specialists. Some break my heart. That a country should come to the point where it wants doctors to pay for specialist training is unthinkable in the first place.

Broad Street in Philadelphia is this wide swathe of black, running through its middle. A black big motoring vein with asphalt tributaries emptying cars, and people, milling restlessly with a tenacity that hardly ever changes. The City Hall punctuates it, splitting the broad street flow with its imposing gravity defying white columns hewn out of stone. Intricate sculpted masonry from another time, that remains beautiful in these days of glass and steel. The statue of William Penn looms blackly atop the tower, keeping perpetual watch over the city of brotherly love. The city that he, and his fellow freedom dreamers birthed.

An abandoned hospital project – Bekwai Hospital – in the Ashanti Region of Ghana sitting idle and wasting away. Image credit – myjoyonline.

Thoughts From Afar

The opposition often sit and wait for a change of government to reverse entirely or even abandon what the predecessor government has started.

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

My penchant for following down the dusty fields in the middle of nowhere to seek understanding of why for sixty years we fail to have a system befitting of what one will call world-class healthcare, providing dignity and efficiency is what keeps me awake.

Health Innovation; Let the Alleles Slug it out

Thoughts From Afar

Like St. Francis’s, I speak up because I believe, I have a responsibility to be involved in dialogue around health innovation that would change the face of our healthcare delivery and improve quality of life.

According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, “of the many causes that shaped St. Francis’s actions, a primary one was the belief that his actions mattered, and that he had a responsibility to change the world around him. This belief, in itself, is a “cause.” The idea of free will is a self-fulfilling prophecy; those who abide by it are liberated from the absolute determinism of external forces. Chance”

This Law is a Mint; Enforce it. Image credit - tripwire

Thoughts From Afar

A visit to any health facility in Ghana exposes how such a space is not a priority of our healthcare. To start with, basic information is obtained from new patients without any explanation given or consent sought, often in a crowded environment and within an earshot of many; ...

In Umberto Eco’s view, “a book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. So the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion.”

Digitalising our Health Delivery System; A Necessity, not a Luxury

Thoughts From Afar

It is well known that our healthcare delivery system relies predominantly on a manual backbone. However, it is mind-boggling that the problem persists in an era of technological abundance.

“Humanity does not suffer from the disease of wrong beliefs but humanity suffers from the contagious nature of the lack of belief. If you have no magic with you it is not because magic does not exist but it is because you do not believe in it. Even if the sun shines brightly upon your skin every day, if you do not believe in the sunlight, the sunlight for you does not exist.”

Standardisation of Our Health Infrastructure: A No Brainer

Thoughts From Afar

Then he decided to go even a step further, ... “ Mr Speaker, Government under the leadership of the Office of the Vice-President and Office of the Senior Minister, and in consultation with the relevant professional institutions, has produced standardised designs and costs of various public infrastructure projects in Health, (such as CHPS, Polyclinics, District Hospitals and Regional Hospitals).”

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. We shape our buildings, and afterwards, our buildings shape us.”

Contrarian Thinking in the Face of Health Industry Despondency

Thoughts From Afar

For me, though I will follow the bottom line figures to ascertain how Ghana Incorporated is fairing. I will be watching the Chief Financial Officer help me understand how he will financially resource the health sector.

“Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.” Voltaire

Road Traffic Accidents: A Public Health Cry for Equity

Thoughts From Afar

The case of residents of Madina is a classic example of our societies definition of man’s cruelty to man. As I write, ...

Marcus Aurelius in Meditations opined, “If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.”

The Cannabis Debate. Photo credit - Mark

Thoughts From Afar

Unsurprisingly, the debate has not passed Ghana by. In fact, in February 2016 the late Kofi Annan raised the bar in the cannabis debate arguing that, ...

“People use drugs, legal and illegal because their lives are intolerably painful or dull. They hate their work and find no rest in their leisure. They are estranged from their families and their neighbours. It should tell us something that in healthy societies drug use is celebrative, convivial, and occasional, whereas among us it is lonely, shameful, and addictive. We need drugs, apparently, because we have lost each other.” ― Wendell Berry.

Politics and Ghana’s Healthcare Firefight. Image credit - Laura I

Thoughts From Afar

Unsurprisingly, the citizenry has in characteristic fashion started the usual shouting chorus without any of us asking the relevant questions of why we got here in the first place.

According to Sun Tzu, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

Water for Togo

This And That

Tears shouldn’t be the easiest way to have clean water,

Togo’s leaders sit on thrones

Made of gold and bones

The dry, dehydrated bones of the people,

Several cows caught crossing the street around the Achimota Overhead area with flagrant disregard for traffic rules. Photo credit: On the road with Amigo.

This And That

These cows, and many of their other four-legged brethren, not to mention those of the two-legged and winged varieties, can be an eyesore in certain parts of the city. Together, they take care of their private business in full glare of the public, and without fail, fail to clean up after themselves. As for their owners, the less said about their interest in cleaning the public mess, the better.

As someone who dabbled in animal husbandry during his youthful days on a homestead within the city limits of Accra many years ago, and rose to the ranks of a Johnny-do-it-all General Manager, I was really taken aback by a news item from the renowned Associated Press (AP), about lawmakers in one of the States of our own spirited friend, Number Forty-Five, who currently occupies the WH, weighing a trespassing bill against chicken owners in the state of New Hampshire.