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Conceptualisation of national cathedral misplaced priority?

Opinions

My problem with this project is that Ghanaians are already saddled with extreme religious beliefs, culminating in extreme laziness. That leaves them worshipping and praying, instead of engaging in hard work for prosperity.

Sexual harassment - Swinging the pendulum

Opinions

For a long time, there have been rumours in this country of bosses demanding sexual favours in return for giving contracts, employment or for promotion, of teachers taking advantage of students in return for ...

Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh

Opinions

Worst of all, some parents are themselves neck deep in child sexual abuse, thus, the exclusive right to parents handling sex education is without any basis.

The writer, Kobina Ansah

Opinions

"Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”— Matthew 7:12 [NKJV]

Time for different kind of parenting

Opinions

And no matter how tired you may be, listen to your child and find out how his or her day went.

Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia (middle) presenting a miniature of a three-Bedroom House being the ultimate prize for the Most Outstanding Teacher to Ms Sabina Dosu

Opinions

Too often, many of us forget about our kindergarten teachers, but I think we ought to celebrate them more.

Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh

Opinions

It is imperative to understand the basic assumption and history behind the chaos and heartbreak: all parents at the Black Star Square believed that some schools are better than others.

Let's talk about sex... children!

Opinions

But on a more serious note, the guidelines, from what has been heard discussed and read, is to guide teachers in the sex education of children, from the ages of six to nine, that is from class one and thereafter.

Wading in the waters of Efua Sutherland and Ama Ata Aidoo; Apiorkor’s poetry in ‘The Matriarch’s Verse’

Opinions

In Apiorkor’s “The Matriarch’s Verse”, the matriarch symbolises the all-knowing, empathetic woman. The book’s cover displays the silhouette of a curvaceous, voluptuous ...

The writer, Kobina Ansah

Opinions

Our beautiful shoes may be our titles. They may be our possessions. They may even be our gifts. Our wealth and titles are like a pair of beautiful shoes.

When property rate knocks at your gate should you return to sender?

Opinions

Why do we continue to pay property rate to the local assemblies with no corresponding services to communities? And for how long should we give it ...

I don’t want to remember

Opinions

File Image – President Akufo-Addo

Speeches

The responsibility is ours as individual sovereign countries not only to aim at reducing poverty, but, actually, to create prosperity for all our citizens. We, in Ghana, certainly are engaged in fighting to eradicate poverty from our country.

File image - TRANSCRIPT: What President Akufo-Addo said about Aisha Huang's deportation (VIDEO)

Speeches

"First of all, the fight against illegal mining in Ghana is something that has not been systematically undertaken until I came into office.

Mr. Yao Selorm Kuatsinu

Speeches

With the absence of funding, the project team can only do so much with self-funding. We therefore encourage like-minded individuals and progressive organizations to partner us to create opportunities and bring lasting change to hundreds and eventually, thousands of lives across the sub-region.

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta. File image

Speeches

Mr. Speaker, I am performing this statutory function in accordance with Article 179 (8) of the 1992 Constitution and Standing Order 143 of this august House ...

Speech By President Akufo-Addo At The 2019 May-Day Celebration Parade

Speeches

The lopsided nature of things in our country is demonstrated by the statistic quoted eloquently in the speech by the General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, ...

Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu, RND, PhD. Conference convener

Speeches

This is just the foundation of Alternative Medicine movement: Providing an alternative way to help patients and nothing else. This should not create acrimony ...

Hon Linda Ocloo delivering her speech Ashaiman, 20th June 2019

Speeches

I am very much impressed as a Member of Parliament for Shai-Osudoku to see one of our illustrious sons doing amazing work; both locally and internationally in the health sector.

Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank

Speeches

President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Inaugural Address

Speeches

My election proves that our citizens are tired of the experienced, pompous system politicians who over the 28 years, have created a country of opportunities — the opportunities to bribe, steal and pluck the resources.

Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh

Press Release

However we have seen video footage dated February 2019 in which the minister referred to some guidelines and was emphatic that sexuality education should be part of ...

Security Agencies Foil Attempt To Create Instability In Ghana

Press Release

File image - Awomefia of the Anlo State, Togbi Sri III

Press Release

We are of the considered opinion that the President, the embodiment of the State, is apparently condoning an impropriety, since we are very much aware our petitions

Mr Agyenim Boateng Adjei the suspended CEO of the Public Procurement Authority

Press Release

Press Release: Police retrieve skeletal remains suspected to be that of missing Takoradi girls

Press Release

Parliament drops new chamber project for now

Press Release

PURC approves 11.17 per cent electricity tariff increase

Press Release

DECISION TO RECUSE MYSELF FROM AFCON 2019, EGYPT AND RETIRE FROM THE NATION TEAM – ASAMOAH GYAN

Press Release

DECISION TO RECUSE MYSELF FROM AFCON 2019, EGYPT AND RETIRE FROM THE NATION TEAM – ASAMOAH GYAN

Stonebwoy Apologizes For Gun Incident At 20th VGMA Awards Ceremony

Press Release

Stonebwoy Apologizes For Gun Incident At 20th VGMA Awards Ceremony

Press Release: Marricke Kofi Gane Announces His Candidacy For 2020 Presidential Race

Press Release

Press Release: Uniformed man seen kicking young man in video not police officer

Press Release

Hearts Appoint Frederick Moore As Chief Executive Officer

Press Release

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II (middle) with Nayiri Naa Bohogu Abdulai Mahami Sheriga (left) and Yagbonwura Tuntumba Boresa Sulemana Jakpa I. The three constitute the Committee of Eminent Chiefs set up by former President John Agyekum Kufour in 2002.

Features

One beautiful feature of the Dagbon Kingdom system is its centralised political system.

How Nigerian Criminals Across Borders Operate

Features

Nigerian criminal gangs are also active in countries like Malaysia, South Africa, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, India and Brazil where they engage in criminal activities like ...

Nkrumah in the UN general assembly in the early 1960s. Image credit: UN Photo/Marvin Bolotsky

Features

The Writer, Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom

Features

Many investors do not read the fine print or the rules that govern the products they go after. As a consequence, in Ghana, many people just ask how much they will get for every cedi they invest.

Planting for Food and Jobs: Ghana on the path to food sufficiency?

Features

Despite the plethora of policies in Ghana’s food and agricultural sector, the country cannot be deemed to be food secure. Perhaps, ...

The minister is right: For the sake of Ghanaians and its fisheries, saiko must stop

Features

This clear statement is very welcome. Last year, after a two-month closed season for industrial trawlers, the government intensified enforcement action against saiko, resulting in a high-profile arrest.

Senyo Hosi writes: I shall have my say but before then, my alumni and Kinbu

Features

Tagging the University of Ghana as the nation’s premier university will mean nothing if its products continue to be less attractive on the job market. As I see it, the University of Ghana risks becoming irrelevant to industry.

Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama - Minister for Local Government and Rural Development

Features

GSOP, which ended in June 2018, was an initiative meant to promote the creation of job opportunities for enhanced welfare of the people, particularly the poor. It was rolled out as a key support programme for District Assemblies country-wide.

Ho Teaching Hospital

Features

Attaining teaching hospital status means the arrival of more professionals at all levels, specialised tertiary care, increased complexities of management issues and human conflicts, as well as increased workload and pressure on existing facilities.

Nduom writes: The wrong we did? Our story

Features

We became toxic in a few months. For some customers, a “friend” had become an “enemy”.

H.E. Shi Ting WANG, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana

Features

Secondly,”One Country, Two Systems” has been proven a remarkable success. Over the past 22 years, Hong Kong has been keeping prosper and stable, ...

Nene Neur Keteku III, Konor of Agotime Traditional Area

Features

The people of Agotime believe kente evolved from their area before spreading to other parts of the country.

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia (in blue) in a bilateral talks with the President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel.

Editorials

Cuban doctors offer health care to the world's poor because they have big hearts.

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

Editorials

Indiscriminate disposal of refuse, generated at homes and workplaces, is a common feature, which if not tackled, ...

Export of nurses innovative

Editorials

But there are other areas where we can take advantage, as we may have a competitive edge over other nations.

Mother tongue may be our development launch pad. Image credit - ghanagrio

Editorials

Many scholars have posited that language develops with the rise and development of a society. Perhaps the most instructive postulation is that language dies when a society dies.

Cocoa farmers deserve a bigger share of the pie

Editorials

Sadly, however, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire have little to show for their efforts at leading the sustenance of an industry that is equal to or more than the combined value of their national outputs ...

TIME TO TAKE HIV TREATMENT SERIOUS

Editorials

It is regrettable that Ghana who was tipped as far back as 2012 to be the first country on the African continent to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS has not as yet succeeded.

Press Freedom Must Mean Freedom And Responsibility

Editorials

Truth is that some media professionals have taken freedom of the press for granted and thrown professional ethics to the abyss.

COP Mrs Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah

Editorials

It is also very disappointing that the police service is behaving as if it has no communication policy in place. A senior officer says the girls have been found or their whereabouts are known but in the same breath the very Police Administration denies the abducted victims have been located.

Pay attention to the roads

Editorials

The importance of roads is well appreciated, viewed against the backdrop that they link producers to markets, workers to workplaces, students to schools and the sick to hospitals.

File image – Circa 2015, an unidentified location in Accra following a heavy downpour that left parts of the capital severely flooded.

Editorials

As if we were possessed then, all of a sudden we discovered all the causes and solutions to floods. We were overtaken by a certain powerful force to put measures in place to curtail once and for all the flooding menace.

James Klutse Avedzi, PAC Chairman

Editorials

Quite honestly, many Ghanaians are not enthused about the warnings that have been issued to the public officials over the period because everyone is fully aware that nothing would come out of it.

Death penalty: To expunge or not to

Editorials

The death penalty has been justified by many, while it has been criticised by others.

Open Letter To COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah

Letters

You are an injurious meretricious "poster-girl" of the Ghana Police, a true and valuable example of why blind affirmative action is unhealthy to the inviolable progress of every institution and/State.

File image - President Akufo-Addo

Letters

Your Excellency, it’s worthy of note that a leader and his leadership is recounted for nothing more than the inspiring accounts and memories of ...

Aisha Huang and Huang Yanfeng

Letters

In April this year, the Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo, told some Ghanaians abroad that jailing the Chinese illegal mining ‘queen’ for engaging in illegal mining was not important as it was not going to solve Ghana's economic problems.

File image - President Akufo Addo

Letters

I have been following with keen interest the current debate on the construction of a new Parliamentary Chamber for the country. In my considered opinion it is a good proposal and if carried out ...

Letter to the First Lady; Water in Chanyili is a health hazard

Letters

File image - Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo

Letters

Consider that while other countries are making their citizens ready for the future, you are reveling in a past that doesn't exist anymore, ...

Richard Owusu Nyarko and Christian Asum, the writers

Letters

Soon people gathered and they started hurling insults, “armed robber”, “thief”, you have snatched a phone, okada boys are criminals, etc. “God made you to have this accident ...

Open letter to the manager of British Airways in Accra

Letters

The British Airways flight to Accra was horrible.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Letters

FUND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WORK IN GHANA, IMPLEMENT THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACT AND RELATED LEGISLATION AND CREATE SEXUAL HARRASSMENT POLICIES IN SCHOOLS AND WORKPLACES IN GHANA

Open Letter to the Ministers of Highways and Railways

Letters

The people of Tarkwa are suffering because of the very poor nature of the road on the outskirts of the municipal area from Tarkwa Senior High School to Wassa Agona.

An Open Letter to Afenyo-Markin

Letters

The call for Ahmed Jinapor’s promotion to Associate Professor because his brother is a staff at the Office of the President, is as absurd as Hilda’s case.

President Akufo-Addo writes to Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, NDC Chairman

Letters

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed he gave his first interview to a Western news organization in late May, when he spoke to the Voice of America’s Horn of Africa service reporter Eskinder Firew, in Addis Ababa in Amharic.

Interviews

Bishop John Bonaventure Kwofie

Interviews

How can somebody like me from a small tribe - the Ahanta people in the Western Region - be called to go to work in Accra; I mean how are the people going to receive me?

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

NPRA’S Efforts To prosecute Defaulting Pension Companies

Commentary

Tier one is the mandatory Social Security and National Insurance Trust, SSNIT, tier two which is ...

Urgent action needed to reduce the annual figures of Ghanaian deportees

Commentary

In fact, to have 67 people escorting 17 unwanted guests is in itself a signal that the German government is really serious with its immigration laws.

File image - Upcoming Referendum On Election Of MMDCEs

Commentary

The suggestion to elect the MMDCEs if endorsed by the electorate come December 17 will among other benefits enhance participation and all-inclusive governance at the grassroots level, ...

Implementation of the new Standard-Based Curriculum for basic schools. Image credit - ebitcoinics

Commentary

The new curriculum which was developed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment is a shift from the objective-based curriculum to a standards-based curriculum with focus on strengthening the acquisition of the 4Rs -

File image: Looting and violence erupt in shops owned by foreign nationals in Soweto, Johannesburg. Credit - theconversation

Commentary

Well, there is nothing wrong with the youth in African nations fighting to take their rightful places in their own nations. What needs to be done is for ...

Certification of refined gold and its benefits

Commentary

Importance Of Asking Right National Questions

Commentary

This finding underscores the need for the timely and effective implementation of all provisions of the Right to Information Law, recently assented to by the President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, who ...

Need To Remain Security Conscious At All Times

Commentary

If we are unable to do this, then we have all failed in ensuring that security is upheld to its required and logical conclusion.

Armed personnel of the mttd of the Ghana Police

Commentary

The decision by the Interior Minister is one that has come under severe scrutiny and criticism from security experts and a cross section of the public

Vote Buying In National Elections

Commentary

However, those who will not receive the blessings of the electorate will be running into serious debt. With regard to the lamentations of the famous Actor, John Dumelo, ...

Smuggling of fertilizers under Planting For Food And Jobs Initiative

Commentary

The crux of the matter is, which entity takes delivery of the fertilizers from the national level? Who are those in charge of those entities?

84th Anniversary Of Premier League Club Asante Kotoko

Commentary

In as much as the achievements have been many, there have also been myriad of challenges. In the effort to restore the club to its rightful place, the true supporters and teeming followers of the club must ...

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The writer, Elizabeth Ohene

At Large

The saddest ones have been from other women who say that by writing the article, I have given them the strength to face up to the abuse they suffered during their childhood and which has continued gnawing at them through adulthood.

I suppose you can’t write on sex and expect not to raise temperatures. Usually when I write on any subject, I take the position that I should not get involved in whatever discussion that is generated by the article.

Elizabeth Ohene - The Writer

At Large

Today, I know what he did and one of the frustrations I have is that social norms do not allow me to describe exactly what happened and I am reduced to saying I was defiled or sexually molested.

I am not quite sure I had considered what the effect would be if I went public with the story of my having been sexually molested.

Elizabeth Ohene - The writer

At Large

When I was eleven years old, I was raped. He was not a stranger.

In 1952, I was seven years old, I was in Class Three and I was living in Abutia with my grandmother. There was a celebration marking the opening of a bridge near or in a village called Podoe, which meant the road was now opened from Abutia to Juapong.

President Nana Akufo-Addo

At Large

Here we are, almost at the end of September, and he has not yet given one press conference this year.

For someone who is so keen to be seen as a deliverer, our President is running late with one promise.

The Writer, Elizabeth Ohene

At Large

I suppose there is nothing new about women being judged on how they look rather than on what they do or how they do things.

Last week I appeared to have touched some raw nerves with the piece I named Maybe we want them to steal.

Maybe we want them to steal - Elizabeth Ohene writes...

At Large

atThe story about my friend the First Lady is repeated in differing forms. Another friend of mine was called to a family meeting six months into her appointment as a Minister of Ste and presented with ...

I tell a story about a friend of mine who became a First Lady. I am not sure I should mention her name, so, let’s say she was a First Lady in an African country. A week after the inauguration ceremony at which she became First Lady, she went to her village to have a meeting with the group of women she had been helping for much of her life.

The Ghanaian big man

At Large

In whichever direction you want to spin Chairman Ofosu Ampofo’s ‘No Contribution No Chop’ declaration, I am convinced that for once, a Ghanaian political party has been forthright with the people.

One of the reasons cited for the entrenchment of corruption in Ghana has been that “they-who-pay-the piper”, that is party bankrollers, must be facilitated to recoup their investment before the end of four years.

Elizabeth Ohene - The writer

At Large

I suppose the first difficulty is, can those in the diasporas mark or celebrate something here without the full participation of those of us here?

I stopped worrying long ago about whether you can celebrate the anniversary of an unpleasant event or not. I no longer even agonise about whether I mark or celebrate an anniversary. Everything becomes a celebration in the end.

We don’t read, that’s the problem

At Large

I think there were 15 or so of us reading my Honours degree course in my year, these days there are more than a thousand students in one class.

I suspect I have to declare an interest.

On Power

Here And There

It is difficult to look forward with hope. It is difficult to see the same shadows that familiar trees have cast, and ...

When I saw the CT scan my heart sank. The beautiful symmetry that the brain has, the different shades that white and grey matter imprint on the LCD screen were gone. The lines that divide the electrical generating cells, from the transmitting cells, were gone. This was the aftermath of battle, and the brain cells had lost the ultimate war. And now even as the person’s heart and lungs worked together in the unison that is life’s rhythm, the brain was gone. Life had ended. And there was nothing that we could do about what was going to happen in the next few days. 

On Service

Here And There

If good health care requires strategic planning, from committed players, and it has devalued the way it has in this country, then it is either there has been no strategic planning, or the players have been uncommitted or both.

There is this bread selling business in my neighbourhood. I don’t know how they do it. Really. But if I need soft, pliant, delicious, bread at 10pm, I go there. And I get it. Without fail. No questions asked. And me and my indisciplined self… yes, I have tried it after 10. I did not get it. They had closed. And I knew I had pushed it far enough. There is really a limit to soft bread provision. All service, no matter how excellent, depends on well planned duration limits.

On Movement. Image credit - flickr

Here And There

The drive for excellence depends on assimilating enough knowledge about a challenge to deal with it, in the most efficient way as possible.

I entered the barber shop not knowing about the increase. I noticed it on the wall, in the middle of the cut. Time has flown, my hair is gone, but there is still some stubble to be trimmed. It’s just that the price had gone up by a whole 50%. Overnight. There were no reasons. There had been a two day notice, and I had no choice. What remained of the hair was already trimmed, and the trimming price had moved, up.

On Health

Here And There

This country has half its population under 18. Our burden of non communicable disease is a fraction of what developed countries have. The top killer of our young people is ...

There is a certain reality that one must accept as a healthworker in Ghana. There are certain truths to be assumed.

It appears to me that there will always be two groups of people: those who create value and those who do not. - Image credit - Barlow/McCarthy

Here And There

We can choose which side of the divide we want to be on. We are ...

The human body is an ecosystem of value creation and dissemination. It is a collection of cells with an unimaginable capacity to achieve. The scope of what this collection of cells is able to create is mind blowing.

Kigali, the city of Principles. Image credit - Rwanda Times

Here And There

Kigali is what they say it is... and more. It is as clean as they say, it is as planned as they say. And there is not a single motorbike rider without a helmet. I am from Ghana, so ...

I have been in Kigali the last 3 days, in the presence of movers and shakers that only the EIsenhower Fellows can pull together. It has been an insightful 3 days in a city that proves that Africa can have a future, if we choose.

Terminal 3, Kotoka International Airport, Accra. Image credit - ariport-technology

Here And There

One thing that has been striking in the last few weeks, is a renewed awareness of the need for something beyond just primary health care. We are beginning to ask questions of ourselves: why do we send so many people out of Ghana when it could be done here?

I have spent my last few weeks settling down. Getting back into the groove of all things Ghana. Not much has changed in one year. A few new buildings here, another road there, same people, same challenges.

On Tomorrow

Here And There

And so, we are left with the burden to carry on. Because once we are alive, morning turns to evening, and evening to morning, and the cycle continues. And it will not stop, until we do.

The flowers are beginning to flash their color here again. The birdsong announces the waking hours. The sun stays longer in a brighter sky every day, as spring beckons. But this has been a month of death.

Image credit – mayo clinic

Here And There

In 2019, if offices still use messengers to transfer messages, and websites for whole governmental arms, do not function when shall the epilepsy end, and the production begin?

Epilepsy is a devastating disease. In our part of the world it is more prevalent. It is a tragedy to see the most complex interconnected unit in the universe, pulverizing itself into uselessness. Neurons that are built to share information with each other, relay implosions of electric impulse that orchestrate brain malfunction.

A Health Debate of Russian Roulette

Thoughts From Afar

But, in reality, this must not be a cause for celebration. It is not because, with a population growth rate of 2.25% ...

Christophe Galfard in his book, The Universe in Your Hand, argues that “a clock that is moving through space at a very fast speed does not tick at the same rate as a slow-moving watch gently attached to your wrist as you stroll on a tropical beach. The idea of a universal time – a godlike clock that could somehow sit outside our universe and measure, in one go, the movement of everything in it, how its evolution unfolds, how old it is and all that – does not exist.”

File image: Trainee nurses celebrate the restoration of training allowances under the NPP government.

Thoughts From Afar

I understand the political ramifications of any conversations around trainee nursing allowances. However, I struggle to make sense ...

Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” Steve Jobs

A tale of two halves. Image Courtesy of Contract Surfaces, Inc.

Thoughts From Afar

The fact is, our health system always makes and breaks our hearts. It does because whilst a lot of good goes on, ...

According to Saidi Mdala, “bad luck is what results when bad things happen to you unprepared, or when you neglect to do what you have to do when you are supposed to do it.”

Are Safe and Effective Drugs for All a Mirage or Reality? Image credit - expressrx

Thoughts From Afar

I would conclude by asking, “if spending potentially 38% of our total health expenditure or 2.4% of our GDP on otherwise useless medicines does not push us to rethink our national approach in this area, what would”?

Roy T. Bennett in The Light in the Heart argues “Do not let the memories of your past limit the potential of your future. There are no limits to what you can achieve on your journey through life, except in your mind.” The 25th of September 2019 was World Pharmacists Day, celebrated this year with the theme “Safe and effective medicines for all.”

Framing A Future Path For Health Transparency

Thoughts From Afar

Sadly, our society has been late in coming to terms with this new reality. Starting from the individual citizen, very few of us are conversant with our basic health information

According to Brian Tracy, “all successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.”

Finding a Cure Whilst Dealing With Reality

Thoughts From Afar

I am under no illusion that unless the blame game is dropped, the NPP government will be incapable of operationalizing all these health facilities before the next general election.

“The greatest scientific discovery was the discovery of ignorance. Once humans realised how little they knew about the world, they suddenly had a very good reason to seek new knowledge, which opened up the scientific road to progress.” Yuval Noah Harari

Are We Serious About Bridging Our Health Disparity Gap?

Thoughts From Afar

The youth cannot wait for a yet to be identified appointment time to take over the reins. We are not doing just fine, and that message must be sent without any ambiguity. In fact, it is delusional and deceitful to ...

The late Alvin Toffler one of the renowned futurists of the twentieth century had this view of how society treated the youth; “The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they – at some distant point in the future – will take over the reins. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely… because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile.”

The Disconnect in Health Advancement

Thoughts From Afar

Truth is, healthcare now is heavily reliant on data. Unfortunately, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have had very little interest in this new raw material.

Eric Topol in his book, The Patient Will See You Now, painted this picture about the future of healthcare delivery; “It may just mean that the best way to cut the ever-increasing costs of health care around the world will be to provide cheap smartphones with Internet service to those who otherwise could not afford to buy them.”

The Health Story We Are Told and Why We Believe It

Thoughts From Afar

Another example can be seen in the restoration of nurses’ allowances which dominated the 2016 election campaign. At the time of that debate ...

According to Patrick Rothfuss “It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”

My Beef With The ‘John’ At Work. Image credit - American standard

This And That

Personally, I don’t engage in the rushed entry business as it is disrespectful in my opinion. How do you relate to a colleague once you conclude that their shit smells bad? Interestingly, ...

I have for a while now come to the somber realization and conclusion that there are quite a few number of people whose behavior around the workplace John need to be readjusted. Either that, or they just have olfactory bearings in serious need of realignment.

Marshae Jones - Alabama Woman Indicted for Death of Her Fetus. Booking image released by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

This And That

A pregnant woman, who was shot in the stomach by another woman, was recently charged with manslaughter in the death of her unborn baby.

The state of Alabama has always been somewhat radical. They threw themselves headlong into slavery, and after it was abolished, Alabama championed segregation. The state, and still is, known for unsteady race relations, and from its illustrious history, it’s clear that Alabama is also right-leaning in its tendencies.

Bottled Water Scare - How Can You Know What’s Safe?

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Worse still is that this is not America’s first tryst with sullied drinking water. In April 2014, the Flint, Michigan water crisis ...

In recent news all over the United States, it has been discovered that certain brands of bottled water contain arsenic, a substance that can be deadly in humans. These brands are Starkey Water and Penafiel. According to news reports they were sold at Target, Wal Mart and Whole Foods.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Image credit - Atlas Obscura

This And That

I have no idea what went on inside during the ceremony but the smiles and joy on the faces of parents, ... was enough to signal joy and success of a fortune well-spent at this solely private Catholic girls school.. to provide their daughters an education many of them never had, ...

After frustratingly searching for my phone for several minutes to take a picture of people dumping trash in front of a mail box, I finally came to the realization that I was having a dream, something that I rarely have. This was three Thursdays ago.

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.