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The police officer has one life so just be careful on the road

Opinions

Some police officers can be on the road for 365 days a year, or 366 days in a leap year, and 24/7 without assessing the risks and health implications involved in standing on the road in both rainy and sunny weathers all year long, inhaling carbon mono oxide fumes ...

Election 2020: A Battle of Records?

Opinions

Now we are on course for the 2020 elections, and campaign has all but started.

Prof. Dodoo, GSA Director-General (left) and Dr Akwasi Achampong, GSA Board Chairman after receiving a certificate of accreditation from Daaks, a German Accreditation Agency.

Opinions

Since its initial celebration in 1970, member countries commemorate World Standards Day with special activities around mid-October.

Politics over Komenda Sugar Factory is needless

Opinions

As a result of all these shortcomings, the general raw material requirement, as a crucial element for the smooth operation of the factory, was absent.

Members of the Evangelical Church of Ghana (ECG) de-silting choked gutters at Old Fadama in Accra. Image credit - graphiccomgh

Opinions

Now, imagine this commitment and passion demonstrated by people towards the church were reflected in their general attitudes and vision for the nation.

Of Rape Apologists and Dangerous Men

Opinions

Why do we downplay the capabilities of the industrious women who raised us and those spending the rest of their lives with us?

Nana Appiah Mensah, CEO of Menzgold

Opinions

Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei

Opinions

This same story of the Delta Forces chasing Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei reminds me of a Kweku Ananse story ...

Shatta Wale (L) and Sarkodie. Image credit - YFM Ghana

Opinions

Two months ago, Sark released Can't Let you go, no hype, nothing: the song currently has 2.4 million views. Almost 500 thousand more than Shata's overhyped Gringo.

Inspector General of Police - David Asante-Apeatu

Opinions

The office of the IGP seem to have become like the “Elephant meat”, that everybody must cut his portion and share with his favourites before he leaves office, ...

Private solutions for public problems: the case of Dzorwulu and Abelenkpe roads

Opinions

For the past five years the affected roads have not seen any maintenance.

The author, Stephen Tindi

Opinions

It has become necessary for us to critically evaluate media content such as advertisement, news, music, commentary, movies, among others, in order to decipher their true purpose and hidden messages.

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

President Akufo-Addo nominates new chairperson, deputy chairpersons and member of the Electoral Commission

Press Release

NPP'S STATEMENT ON RECENT DEVELOPMENTS REGARDING POLICE-CIVILIAN RELATIONSHIP IN SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY

Press Release

The NPP is deeply concerned about the development which is increasingly becoming volatile. While commending and appreciating the efforts of government in electing to set up an independent committee to investigate the matter, ...

Press Release: Occupyghana Condemns Assault of Woman by Police at Midland Savings and Loans Company Premises

Press Release

We would however add other comments and observations on the matter, particularly on the role of the Midland Savings and Loans Company and its officers.

PRESS RELEASE: GHANA POLICE ORDERS ARREST AND PROSECUTION OF CORPORAL GODZI FREDERICK AMANOR FOR BRUTAL ASSAULT ON WOMAN

Press Release

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 ...

Sinohydro deal is a loan not a barter - Ato Forson

Features

“What this arrangement does basically is to say that we agree with Sinohydro that they provide us our choice of infrastructure worth two billion dollars ($2bn). We should note that some people misunderstand this deal and this is why it's important.

A typical ‘house’ without sanitation facilities at the ‘Kiosk Estate’.

Features

The sprawling slum community, which is built on a land earmarked for construction of a road through Community 18, is home to thousands of people from various regions of the country.

Speech By President Akufo-Addo, At The Opening Of The 2018 Synod Of The Global Evangelical Church

Features

I am not at all against the building of magnificent cathedrals or mosques. After all, I am committed to building a national cathedral. Indeed, I believe they definitely have their place in our towns and cities in a religious nation like ours;...

Remarks By President Akufo-Addo, At The Swearing-In Of The Chairperson, Deputy Chairpersons, And Member Of The Electoral Commission

Features

You, Madam Chair and your two deputies, have come to office at a time when there is considerable anxiety in the nation about the work of the Commission.

President Akufo-Addo speaking at the investiture of Mrs. Mary Chinery-Hesse.

Features

I pray the University of Ghana has a very happy 70th anniversary celebration, and long may it continue to proceed in truth and integrity to make our nation proud.

Chairman of UBI Group Salma Okonkwo.UBI GROUP

Features

Okonkwo is building Ghana’s biggest solar farm, called Blue Power Energy, slated to open in March 2019 with 100 megawatts of energy. It’s set to be one of the largest in Africa.

Minister of Energy, Boakye Agyarko

Features

For the 15 years deal Mytilineos will be paid $75 million every year. This will amount to $1.125billion over the period. This translates to $825 million gains...

Gov’t adopts double intake system for new SHS entrants

Features

In my considered view, this mindset is essentially our problem as a country. We reduce everything to political point scoring and cheap partisan shenanigans. This must explain why a Government which is conspicuously suffocating and at its wits end...

Once in a while, someone comes along who manages to leave an indelible imprint on his generation and humanity as a whole. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the man whose birth one hundred years ago we celebrate today, is surely one such person.

Abel Manomey with family members by his side after his operation at the 37 Military Hospital.

Features

In the Ghana Premier league, Gideon Baah and Jackson Owusu suffered the same injury, breaking their tibia and fibula bone in 2010 and 2016 respectively, as they featured for Asante Kotoko. After undergoing a successful surgery, they are now playing football again, stronger than ever before and their careers are blossoming.

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

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.

Ghana Athletics Team captain - John Ampomah

Letters

However, Mr. President, today you reinstated two individuals who were believed to have taken part in the scandal without mentioning to Ghanaians and fans of our sports who the actual culprits were.

President Akufo-Addo of Ghana.

Letters

Only birth certificate and passport are required for obtaining Ghana Card. How many Ghanaians have passports or birth certificates? It is also ironical for a government produced by Voter ID card holding Ghanaians to be refused the Ghana Card. The agenda of the NPP is very clear.

The author, Abel Manomey

Letters

I saw the joy on your face, when you received the WAFU Cup, which was won by our gallant local based footballers, when Ghana hosted the tournament in 2017.

A Letter to Hosanna Louisa Carol

Letters

It is heart-rending to read such statements from people who are the direct beneficiaries of the toils of our party footsoldiers.

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

Full interview: President Akufo-Addo talks about Africa, political instability, homosexuality in Ghana, and more with Jane Dutton

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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Executive Director of the NSS, Hon. Mustafa Usif

At Large

It is also apparent that with the huge number of graduates being churned out by the tertiary institutions in Ghana, the NSS might struggle in the future to place all graduates for National Service.

There have been some developments of late, at the National Service Scheme (NSS), which require a polite second opinion.

Ghana: The Homeless Good Men And Women

At Large

He told us of how data and records there for government projects, foreign donor projects, EOCO investigations, sensitive national security data and many more untouchable and sanctified information were manipulated, deleted, edited, disappeared, and tampered with by the current ....

I went through the DVLA express service at the 37 Elite Centre near Cantonments Post Office several months ago to renew my driver's license. I received it in 45 minutes, same day. I sat comfortably in one place through most of it. Information provided on their website about what I needed to do and bring, was greatly helpful in my not needing to go back and forth for documents I didn't know about.

A season of allegations!

At Large

It is plain Orwellian where believing in officialese is mandatory, not the result of rational choice by society and individuals.

“Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.’’ — Ralph Waldo Emerson

What do we do about our roads? Image credit - Joseph Turkson

At Large

I later got to understand that the gutter and the newly constructed road ended at the house of a member of parliament.

The state of our roads has been on my mind for some time now.

Imagine If Ghana Were China

At Large

That is when the thought struck me: in the last one decade or so, China seems to be topping all the league tables. Why?

I was at a ceremony in Accra this week at which the Standard Bank Group, in the name of Ghana’s Stanbic Bank, and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (ICBC), collaborating with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, launched ‘I Go Ghana: I Go China’.

In this undated image, a schoolboy walks over a makeshift bridge riddled with filth in an unidentified community. Image credit – newswires

At Large

I have been wondering since reading this report why we do not see the prudence in solving our national sanitation problem. As a health professional, ...

“The health consequences of poor water, sanitation and hygiene services are enormous. I can think of no other environmental determinant that causes such profound, debilitating, and dehumanizing misery. Speaking as a health professional, I am deeply concerned that many healthcare facilities still lack access to even basic water, sanitation, and hand-washing facilities, and I have committed the World Health Organisation to support partners to overcome this problem.” Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General.

Avea Nsoh, The Pathological Liar Exposed! - Part 2

At Large

Those who know the man Avea are fully convinced that he is mentally ill and needs prompt help.

In response to Avea Nsoh’s ridiculous claims of innocence, I wrote an article providing readers with 7 of the 19 charges that have been leveled against him, copies of which he has been duly served.

Mr Freddie Blay

At Large

It is clear from these scary developments that these party police have effectively degenerated into the SS, SA and the Gestapo of Nazi Germany sowing fear and terror firstly among NPP members ...

‘Public opinion is a compound of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy and newspaper paragraphs.’ - Robert Peel, former British Prime Minister

The Menzgold Saga, A Lesson For Avea Nsoh

At Large

The attempt by Avea Nsoh, to paint the current administration of UEW black, will NOT stick!! A window of opportunity has been extended to Avea Nsoh, to appear before the UEW Disciplinary Board, ...

Instead of making vain attempts to appear like a saint in the media, Avea Nsoh, should take a cue from Menzgold, and ensure that he assembles a very good defense team and square off with the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) upcoming Disciplinary Board encounter.

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.

To Mother. Image credit - face2faceafrica

Here And There

Motherhood is the one relationship that this socialization does not extend to. Suddenly it is a different set of rules. The mother cannot think about self, because there is another human being to take care of.

I spent a lot of time on the road with my mother as a kid. The road to the hospital. I was a frequent flyer along that route. Usually, it did not take long for any virus or malaria parasite to find I was a willing host. By the time I was 12 I had accumulated a significant number of flyer miles, to various hospitals, and also mother-son hours. I remember her basic message then, because it has never changed over the years. A week ago, the kids went to visit her, and as I debriefed from far away, my daughter said she had a message for me from my mother. She asked for the phone to be brought closer to her so she could relay it with satisfactory gusto: Work harrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd!

On Service. Image credit - cityofhemet

Here And There

There is a paradox that continues to strike me in my homeland. The expectation of a community without a culture of service, of our leaders to serve us when they get our vote. How do we expect them to suddenly start serving others, when they have been groomed in communities peopled by self-serving individuals?

I am convinced that service is key to our purpose as human beings. The whole reason for life is service. The highest form of living is service. To serve, is to put effort and time at the disposal of another.

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.”

Partnering Our Way To Outcomes Through Thought. Image credit - AmericanTelemed

Thoughts From Afar

To achieve this, however, will require an acceptance that there is more we can do even with our current poor healthcare professional ratios than we are doing.

“A choir is made up of many voices, including yours and mine. If one by one all go silent then all that will be left are the soloists. Don’t let a loud few determine the nature of the sound. It makes for poor harmony and diminishes the song.”

Selling off the Cow Whilst Buying Back the Milk. Image credit: News wires

Thoughts From Afar

Things like these are why I have been intimating that there is a huge potential for an entire service industry around healthcare. One that would decrease risk, ...

According to Lao Tzu, “life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be the reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

The Role of Independent Inspectorates in Improving the Quality of Healthcare

Thoughts From Afar

Another area of concern is the percentage of public hospitals with a functional emergency team which is said to be high performing at a figure of 25.5%. That our Health Ministry will be bold enough ...

“Be honest. This applies to every area of your life. Sketchiness is not an attractive trait. No more trying to cover up your baggage, sweeping things under the rug, withholding the truth, blatant lying, or even telling seemingly ‘harmless’ white lies or half-truths – release the need to lie completely! Start NOW.” Alaric Hutchinson

Purchased Morbidity; The Looming Health Hazard of Tomorrow’s Ghanaian. Image credit - Jesper Sehested

Thoughts From Afar

The problem of childhood obesity and the associated chronic disease that our children may inherit down the line are not signs of affluence; they are purchased ...

 Richard Louv argues in his book Last Child in the Woods that, “Parents are told to turn off the TV and restrict video game time, but we hear little about what the kids should do physically during their non-electronic time. The usual suggestion is organized sports. But consider this: The obesity epidemic coincides with the greatest increase in organized children’s sports in history.”

Unpicking our way out of Health Delivery Stagnation

Thoughts From Afar

As it is said, countries don’t attract what they want but what they are. Therefore, though we claim to want quality health care, we as a people have failed to invest our thinking into how to convert this wish into a need.

 According to A.A. Milne, “The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. A second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. A first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.” Throughout history, it has been known that thoughts and not our wishes, build a nation. In “As a man thinketh” James Allen argues, “A man is literally what he thinks, plans and acts upon.” In essence, outcomes are indicative of plans, actions and or inactions of yesteryear.

Public Health Dialogue: The Role of Citizen Engagement. Image Courtesy of The Maternal And Child Survival Program

Thoughts From Afar

Having citizens at the decision-making table also affords policymakers the opportunity to have conversations around what is feasible and what is not. It provides the citizens with the option of challenging the rationale...

“We define our identity always in dialogue with, sometimes in the struggle against, the things our significant others want to see in us. Even after we outgrow some of these others—our parents, for instance—and they disappear from our lives, the conversation with them continues within us as long as we live.”

HEALTHCARE IN GHANA: THE MIRAGE OF REACTIONARY NEWS

Thoughts From Afar

The truth, however, is none of the two political colours is being entirely honest with us. A simple review of our national budget spend for the last ten years can point all of us citizens to this reality. Fact is...

We should resolve now that the health of this nation is a national concern; that financial barriers in the way of attaining health shall be removed; that the health of all its citizens deserves the help of all the nation.” Harry Truman

Ageing and Healthcare: A Dystopian Ghana

Thoughts From Afar

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.”

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.