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DR. OSEI KWAME DESPITE & DR. OFORI SARPONG DONATE $100K TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS

Ghanaian business moguls Osei Kwame ‘Despite’ CEO of Despite Group of Companies and Dr. Ernest Ofori Sarpong have once again demonstrated their kind-heartedness in these challenging times in the wake of the Coronavirus 2019 ( CoVid-19) pandemic.

The two indigenous businessmen of our land very well known for their kindness, benevolence and philanthropic works and gestures have donated $100,000 to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi this morning as their contribution for the fight of coronavirus.

They have presented a cash sum of US$100,000 to enable the administrators at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital quickly acquire all the necessary tools and medications needed to combat the deadly Coronavirus scourge.

They hope and trust that this amount will be put into judicious use for the benefit of the vulnerable and the sick in our society. They are therefore entreating the CEO of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Dr. Oheneba Owusu-Danso and the entire management team to see to the proper spending of the money to help fight the virus.

Dr. Osei Kwame Despite and Dr. Ernest Ofori Sarpong acknowledge the support of the Government, to all the Regional Hospitals across the country.

However, the selection of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital comes as a result of the Hospital’s support for not only the Ashanti Region but all neighboring regions within the middle belt and Northern part of Ghana.

132 Confirmed Cases

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has confirmed that Ghana’s Covid-19 cases have passed 100; with the current tally now pegged at 132.

Statistics put out shows that “the great majority of the confirmed cases are Ghanaians, who returned home from affected countries. Seven (7) are of other nationals namely: Norway, Lebanon, China, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom (UK).

The number of confirmed cases among travelers under mandatory quarantine who have been tested is seventy-eight (78).

“Meanwhile, in respect of contact tracing,” a total of 970 contacts have been identified and are being tracked.

GHANA’S CORONAVIRUS CONFIRMED CASES RISES TO 132

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has confirmed that Ghana’s Covid-19 cases have passed 100; with the current tally now pegged at 132.

According to the GHS, as at the morning of 26 March 2020, a total of fifty-four (54) cases including three (3) deaths have been confirmed from the regular surveillance systems. All the three (3) cases that unfortunately succumbed to the disease were aged and had underlying chronic medical conditions. All the other fifty-one (51) cases are well; fourteen (14) are being managed at home and the rest are responding well to treatment on admission in isolation.” 

The GHS indicated on its portal that those people are awaiting their test results and will be discharged when the results are negative”.

Statistics put out shows that the great majority of the confirmed cases are Ghanaians, who returned home from affected countries. Seven (7) are of other nationals namely: Norway, Lebanon, China, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom (UK).

The number of confirmed cases among travelers under mandatory quarantine who have been tested is seventy-eight (78).

Meanwhile, in respect of contact tracing, a total of 970 contacts have been identified and are being tracked.

“Out of these, 204 have completed the 14 days mandatory follow up,” the statement read.

Source: Peacefmonline.com

GHANA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ASKS PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO TO DECLARE NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has observed with grave concern the increasing trend of confirmed cases for COVID-19 in Ghana and our national response  to this pandemic.

In a statement copied to the press, the GMA said being fully conscious of the threat posed by the pandemic, the disturbing trend of community spread and the obvious inadequate of capacity (logistics and human resource) of the nation’s health system, call on His Excellency the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo to declare a Nationwide Lockdown with the exception of essential services with immediate effect.

“The Lockdown though not a comfortable decision for leadership and citizens alike, is a proven option backed by science and along with the other measures will ultimately be in our best interest,” the statement said.

“We call on all Ghanaians to support such move in the national interest to save our nation from the devastating effects of this pandemic,” it added.

68 Confirmed Cases 

Ghana’s COVID-19 cases has risen to 68.

This was after 11 more persons who were mandatorily quarantined by the government tested positive.

According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS) as at the morning of 25 March 2020, a total of sixty-eight (68) cases including two (2) deaths have been confirmed.

Sixty-six (66) of these confirmed cases are being managed in isolation.

The sudden spike in case incidence is as a result of the mandatory quarantine and compulsory testing for all travelers entering Ghana, as directed by the president. Overall, 30 of the 68 cases have been reported in the general population with the remaining 38 cases among persons currently under mandatory quarantine.

As of 24 March, a total of 1,030 persons are under mandatory quarantine; samples from 863 of them have been tested and 38 confirmed positive.

Source: Peacefmonline.com 

GOD BLESSES THOSE WHO GIVE TO THE NEEDY SECRETLY – Yvonne Nelson

Actress, Yvonne Nelson says this is not the time to donate with cameras all over just for fame as is being witnessed in recent times.

According to her, in times like these, when donating to the needy there is no need to get the attention of the media.

She made this known in a tweet she shared On her wall.

The mother of one noted that this is the only way God blesses his children and not the donations to look good in the sight of man.

She added that most churches do not engage in charity because monies paid there are used to sponsor the Pastor’s luxurious life.

She said “Pls donate to the poor/needy/widows/orphans etc, don’t let an eye see it when you do, God in heaven sees it!this is how God our Father in Heaven blesses! most churches/pastors will use your money for their luxurious lifestyles. God sees and knows our hearts”.

COURT ORDERS FOR THE ARREST OF AFIA SCHWARZENEGGER’S FORMER HUSBAND

An Accra Circuit Court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Lawrence Abrokwa, the former husband of Afia Schwarzenegger for failing to appear before it.

The court presided over by Mrs. Justice Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku, a High Court judge siting as an additional Circuit court judge, was expected to deliver its judgement today in the case in which Abrokwa was being held on two counts of domestic violence to wit emotional, verbal and psychological abuse, threat of harm, assault, publication of obscene material, carrying offensive weapon, causing unlawful damage and stealing.

Abrokwa at the last sitting failed to appear in court and the trial judge adjourned the matter to Monday March 23, 2020. When the case was called on Monday, the accused’s counsel told the court that he has made several calls to the accused but to no avail.

The court therefore issued a bench warrant for his arrest and adjourned the matter to April 1. Sergeant Opoku Aniagyei held the brief of the Prosecuting officer, Chief Inspector Kofi Atimbire. The accused had pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of GH¢20,000.00 bail with three sureties, who should be gainfully employed.

The Prosecution had earlier told the Court that the complainant, Afia Schwarzenegger, and Abrokwa were legally married and lived together at Dome Pillar Two, a suburb of Accra, in the house of the complainant. According to the Prosecution, about three weeks before the domestic incident, Abrokwa packed his things and left the house for Dansoman, following persistent misunderstanding between them.

He said on August 29, 2017, Abrokwa was informed by their house help, one Afia Nyamekye, there is a male visitor with her mistress who would be spending the night with her. The Prosecution said based on this information, Abrokwa armed himself with a kitchen knife and a bottle containing some liquid purported to be acid.

The prosecution said Abrokwa proceeded to the house of the complainant, scaled the wall and entered the compound. He said the accused found a strange private car, which he believed belongs to the visitor parked on the compound, deflated two tyres of the said car, and entered the house through the back door, with the assistance of the house help.

He said the accused entered the bedroom with his mobile phone and forced the bedroom door opened and found Afia and her male visitor naked in bed. The Prosecution said Abrokwa threatened them to stay put as he had found them for him to video them, or else he would pour acid on them to cause harm to their bodies.

Prosecution said the male visitor managed to escape during the confrontation, but Afia was prevented by Abrokwa, who ordered her to go on her knees, to declare herself as a prostitute, while he held the bottle of the alleged acid in his hand.

He said Afia obliged to his instructions, while Abrokwa continued his video filming of the complainant in her nudity amidst pleas from her to stop.

The Prosecution said in the process, Abrokwa assaulted Afia and chased her out of the house. He said Afia escaped to a neighbour, who eventually clothed her. The Prosecution said the accused then transmitted the nude videos of his wife to his second mobile phone before reporting the matter to the Police with all the items belonging to the visitor and the first phone used for the video.

He said when the complainant went to the house later, she alleged that her bedside drawer had been forced opened and 2,000 dollars and 500 pounds had been taken by the accused. He said the complainant reported the matter to the Police and Abrokwa was arrested, cautioned and granted bail later.

According to Prosecution, whilst the case was being investigated, Abrokwa transmitted the video from his phone to Afia’s father on his phone on September 1, 2017. He said the video, however, went viral on social media and the bottle containing the said acid was sent to the Ghana Standard Authority (GSA) for examination.

He said on September 13, 2017, the Police received a report from the GSA that the content in the bottle was water and not acid.

ALL BEACHES IN GHANA ORDERED TO SHUT DOWN

The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has ordered the closure of beaches across Ghana to prevent the further spread of coronavirus in the country.

GTA issued the directive in a statement dated Monday, March 23, 2020.

The GTA order which is supported National Security and the Ghana Police Service, will begin patrols on the beaches from Tuesday, March 24, 2020 to ensure patrons and managers of the beaches comply with the closure order.

Ghana is desperately working around the clock to contain the dreaded coronavirus disease.

Read the full statement below:

Source: Eugene Osafo-Nkansah

GOVERNMENT CANNOT ARRANGE A JET TO BRING AN INDIVIDUAL HOME AT THIS MOMENT – Minister Tells Pappy Kojo

Ghanaian musician Pappy Kojo who has been appealing to government to rescue him back home from Italy, may have to stay a bit more longer in Italy.

The Rapper’s plead have reached the authorities but they have made it clear to him that there is absolutely nothing they can do for him at the moment.

The “Aye Late” Rapper had earlier cried out on social media to authorities despite the ban on travels to evacuate him and other Ghanaians trapped in Italy as death toll from the coronavirus pandemic continued its relentless rise.

“I’m not safe, I live just across a busy street and people keep using that road every minute which is not safe for me, I’ve been calling out to the government; yet no response. “I’m a Ghanaian and I’ve done a lot for this country in terms of creative arts. Sincerely I’m not safe, I have something to feed on now but I’m afraid I might soon run out of food,” he stated during an interview on TV3 via Skype.

Responding to Pappy’s plea Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Madam Oteng Gyasi said the ministry understands the plight of the musician; however, the request, unfortunately, cannot be granted.

“Currently, travelling is out of the question. We’re not encouraging people to come to Ghana,” she said.

“Ghanaians can return home but if you’re in a country which is locked down and you don’t have flight coming in, then how do you travel? He wants to be jetted back to Ghana? How is that possible? We cannot arrange a jet to bring an individual back.

“We’re trying to contain a situation and the directive is that for countries which have recorded over 200 cases, we are not allowing people from those countries into Ghana because we are also trying to contain the situation here. And I believe that wherever he finds himself, if he follows the guidelines from the protocols, he will be safe,” she added.

Italy’s death toll rose to 651 on Sunday, bringing its total to 5,476. It was an increase of 13.5 percent but down from Saturday’s figure when 793 people died.

Globally, more than 13,000 people have now died from the pandemic. An estimated 92,000 of the 304,500 people who contracted the disease globally have recovered.

In Ghana, 24 cases have been confirmed and there are fears the number will rise. Some stakeholders of the industry have been counting their losses following the ban on public gatherings which has consequently led to the cancellation of events, closure of nightclubs among others, in the quest to prevent the disease from spreading.

While recognising the effects of the crisis on Ghana’s arts and entertainment industry, the minister said efforts are being made to save the sector. “The sector is really suffering,” she admitted.

“The ministry recognises the impact it has had on the industry and we have engaged industry players through the Ghana Tourism Authority. It’s currently in the process of collating information from them in respect to what government can do to support them so it is not completely crippled by this health issue.”

CANNABIS LEGALIZED IN GHANA FOR HEALTH & INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES

Parliament has passed into law the Narcotics Control Commission Bill 2019, legalising the growing of some cannabis for health purposes.

The Narcotics Control Commission Bill, 2019 which transforms the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) into a commission with enhanced powers was passed late Friday night.

It empowers the Minister for Interior in consultation with other institutions like Ministry of Health to grant licenses for the production of cannabis of not more than 0.3 per cent Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for industrial and medicinal purposes.

THC is one of the about 113 chemicals found in cannabis.

It, however, does not give a blanket license for the growing of cannabis in the country.

“It is illegal to grow or posses cannabis without a license. And also growing cannabis of more than 0.3 per cent THC (the one people smoke) remains illegal,” Kunbungu MP Ras Mubarak clarified after parliament approved the bill.

He urged members of the public to respect the law and desist from abusing it.

“Parliament hasn’t legalized cannabis for smoking. Possession of cannabis without lawful authority remains illegal. What we have approved is a different strain of cannabis, and vastly different from recreational cannabis which has more than 0.3 THC. This is not a license to smoke,” Mr Mubarak cautioned.

“There are real concerns about abuse. What we have approved is not the type people smoke. So those who are worried can be rest assured.

“And the law provides for stiffer punishment for people who cultivate or possess without lawful authority,” he added.

“What we have approved is not recreational marijuana. It’s important for people to understand the difference.

“As a country, we have to follow the science and numbers for the good of our country,” Mr Mubarak said.

The bill also gives the narcotics Control Commission the mandate to control and eliminate trafficking of prohibited narcotic drugs to ensure public safety and oversee the rehabilitation of people who become addicted to drugs.

The bill also ensures drug abuse will be treated as a public health issue and not only a law enforcement one.

The bill will now go to the president for assent before it becomes law.

I DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL MAKE ME LEAVE MY HUSBAND – Beverly Afaglo

Ghanaian actress Beverly Afaglo has said nothing can make her leave her husband as she denies having a relationship outside her marriage.

According to reports, the actress had an issue in London recently with a certain man believed to be her boyfriend and sponsor.

It is alleged that the gemtleman left her after finding out about her marital status which has left her broken-hearted.

Refuting the allegations, the actress who is married to a member of musical trio Praye, Choir Master, speaking in an interview with Nana Romeo on Ayeeko Ayeeko on Accra100.5FM on Thursday, 19 March 2020 said: “I don’t easily get broken-hearted. It’s not possible. No one can break my heart except my husband.”

Explaining further, she said the rumours can destroy her marriage but “it will be difficult [to leave my husband], it will be difficult because they’ve tried and tested it. Me, my policy is that the devil you know is better than the angel you don’t know. Even if you find someone who falls into the category of the type of guy you want, he probably has money and when both of you put your monies together, you will get double riches and be able to live a luxurious life but take into consideration his attitude.

“For now, he can lie to you that he’ll treat you well but after marrying him…then because of him you leave your husband? No! it will be difficult for me. I don’t know what can make me leave my husband. It will be difficult. The rumour is not true. I don’t have a sponsor in London.”

covid-19 updates: GHANA NOW HAS 16 CONFIRMED CASES, 8 RECOVERING

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has confirmed five (5) new people have tested positive to the coronavirus in Accra.

This raises the overall infection in the country to 16.

According to a statement issued by the Disease Surveillance Department of the GHS, the confirmed cases include 3 males and 2 females all residing in the Greater Accra Region.

Five (5) new confirmed cases on the 19th March 2020. All five were reported from Greater Accra Region.

29-year-old Ghanaian lady; resident of Accra; no history of travel; sample confirmed positive in the laboratory

34-year-old Ghanaian lady resident of Accra; contact of a confirmed case at place of work; sample confirmed positive in the laboratory.

53-year-old Ghanaian male, resident of Tema; no history of travel, no evidence of close contact with confirmed case; sample confirmed positive in the laboratory

41-year-old Ghanaian male; arrived in Ghana by KLM on the 15 March 2020; indicated exposure with family members in Amsterdam exhibiting respiratory symptoms and also on the flight with some passengers sneezing and coughing; sample confirmed positive in the laboratory.

36-year-old Ghanaian male; resident of Paris, France; date of arrival in Ghana unconfirmed; no evidence of contact with infected person;

This brings to a total of sixteen (16) confirmed cases in Ghana, with no death.

Contact tracing has been initiated in all these confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, Eight Ghanaians who contracted the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are recovering, a highly placed government official has told kasapafmonline.com.

As at Friday, March 20, 2020, Ghana has confirmed and recorded 16 cases of the coronavirus. Considering the number of recorded cases, it means 50 percent of victims are recovering.

The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu in an interview with Joy News confirmed that some patients are indeed recovering.

“As at yesterday, they were all very stable, some of them I will say are even recovering. There are two of them we are treating at home we don’t see any signs again but we may need to do some tests before we discharge them fully. But so far we don’t have anybody who’s critically ill or severely ill. Illness is mild but you see some of them like they are becoming very normal people.”

President Akufo Addo last Sunday announced the shut down of all educational institutions – universities, second cycle schools and basic schools effective, March 16, 2020, until further notice in the wake of the outbreak of the deadly COVID-19.

However, BECE and WASSCE candidates will be allowed to prepare for their examination under prescribed social distancing protocols.

All public gatherings, including conferences, workshops, funerals, political rallies, sporting events, such as services in churches and mosques have been suspended for the next four weeks.

Private burials are however permitted but with limited numbers not exceeding 25 people in attendance.

He reiterated that travel bans announced are still in force.