Cameroon: Increasing acts of violence perpetrated against women, girls- MINPROFF

Violence against women and girls is taking on a worrying and unacceptable scale in our society, and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs has cried out. Since the beginning of the year, cases of maltreatment, rape, ritual crimes, murders, and killings targeting women and girls are said to have hit the headlines, causing shock, grief, and horror.

The Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family, Marie-Thérèse Abena Ondoa in a press briefing on June 15, 2023, lamented the increasing number of murders and acts of violence perpetrated against women and girls in Cameroon.

The press briefing which took place in Yaounde, Center region of Cameroon was aimed at reiterating to all women and girls of the country, the determination of the government to put an end to the inhuman butchery.

According to Minister Marie-Thérèse Abena Ondoa, the Cameroonian government will continue to implement family and mental life education programs as well as positive parenting programs and accelerate the implementation of the National Strategy to combat Gender-Based violence.

“Under the very high impetus of the head of State, and the coordination of the Prime Minister, Head of Government, we intend to intensify the denunciation of perpetrators and set up structures for this purpose. We equally intend to promote the culture of peace, living together, and the rule of law,” she stated.

“Through me, the Government of Cameroon is taking this opportunity to rejoice over the happy outcome that would have led to the tragic disappearance of some thirty women abducted by separatists in the North West on May 20, 2023, and condemns this pernicious instrumentalization of women,” she continued.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Ghana Poultry Day and Third Ghana chicken festival slated for 1st July, 2023

The Ghana Poultry Day and the third Ghana Chicken Festival, is scheduled for the 1st of July , 2023, at the Forecourt of the State House.

Ms Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, the Founder and Executive Di­rector of Agrihouse Foundation has called on Ghanaians to patronize the event and said it will be fun-packed and educative.

‘There will also be new learnings on the nutritional and medicinal values of our poultry as well as skills development Training.’

Ms Akosa told the Ghana News Agency that the idea of the Ghana Chick­en and Poultry Festival was borne out of the Livestock, Poultry and Fisheries Trade Show in 2019, to come out with solutions to alle­viate the effects of scarcity in the poultry industry.

‘It was in the course of exe­cuting the project that we noticed the growing challenges faced by Ghana’s poultry farmers and, in re­sponse to that situation, we arrived at the idea of the Ghana Chicken Festival, in collaboration with the then USDA Ghana Poultry Proj­ect,’ she said.

‘Not only did we find that Ghana could sufficiently meet her poultry need, but that this could be done with additional health benefits too,’ she said.

Ms Akosa said the local breeds contained Vitamin D and less toxin.

She urged Ghanaians to join the advocacy journey of promoting the local poultry industry and increasing local consumption.

She announced that there will be free Chicken and egg dishes, for all participants

Source: Ghana News Agency

Let’s find ways to make kidney care affordable – Gabby Otchere-Darko

Mr Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, the Group Chairman of the Asaase Broadcasting Company (ABC), has appealed to the Ghana Health Service and the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to explore avenues to make kidney care services affordable for Ghanaians.

He said the cost of receiving dialysis was ‘mind-boggling’ and appealed to the health authorities to have a ‘serious look’ at the situation and support Ghanaians who could not afford treatment.

Mr Otchere-Darko made the appeal when the Asaase Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the ABC, distributed at least seven dialysis machines to selected health institutions at a ceremony in Accra, on Friday.

‘Receiving dialysis in a week is mind boggling if you get it here. Not many Ghanaians can survive the cost of it.

‘I plead with the State and in particularly the NHIA; I understand you have limited resources but is there any way we can stretch that to support, even subsidise the cost of receiving dialysis,’ Mr Otchere-Darko appealed.

The distribution of the machines, which formed part the Foundation’s Kidney Heath Campaign, also commemorated the three-year anniversary of the Asaase Radio.

The beneficiary hospitals are: the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Enchi Government Hospital, Sogakope District Hospital, Obuasi District Hospital, Volta Regional Hospital, Bono Regional Hospital, and the Upper East Regional Hospital.

Nenyi George Andah, the Chief Executive Officer, ABC, said the distribution of the machines formed part of the company’s commitment to support kidney care in needy and deprived communities.

‘The setting up of these dialysis machines shows our dedication to improve healthcare in marginalised communities, transform lives and build inclusive societies,’ he said.

Dr Bernard Okoe-Boye, the Chief Executive Officer of the NHIA, said the health insurance scheme currently did not cover chronic kidney cases.

It covers acute kidney disease (short-term due to injury) dialysis with a flat amount of about GHS900.00

He said the Authority would consider adding chronic (lifetime) 9cases to its benefit package if its resources improved.

It costs between GHS500 and GHS500 per one dialysis session.

Chronic patients need three sessions to flush out toxins and excess fluid in their blood.

The kidneys remove extra wastes and fluids from the body.

They also remove the acid produced by the cells in the body and maintain a healthy balance of water, salts and minerals in the blood.

Kidney diseases include simple kidney cysts, infection, kidney stones and polycystic kidney disease.

The main causes of chronic kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure.

It can also be a genetic condition, caused by repeated urinary tract infections, obstruction by tumors and kidney stones and enlarged prostate.

Certain drugs, infections and injuries are also known to result in acute kidney conditions.

Source: Ghana News Agency

India High Commission climaxes 75th Anniversary, bids farewell to High Commissioner

The India High Commission in Ghana has climaxed its 75th national independence anniversary celebration (Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav) in Accra.

As part of the climax of the two and half year-long anniversary celebration, a farewell reception was hosted at the residence of the High Commissioner in Accra, whose duty tour comes to an end after nearly three and half years in Ghana.

The reception was momentarily characterised by utter stillness as Mr Sugandh Rajaram delivered a rather emotive farewell speech to an audience made up of the diplomatic corps, ambassadors, Ministers of State, Members of Parliament, chiefs, the Indian Community in Ghana, artiste, and the media.

The dignitaries included, Mr Yaw Sarfo Marfo, Senior Advisor to the President; Mr Ken Ofori Atta, Minister of Finance; Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, Deputy Minister, Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration; Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, a former First lady; Madam Samia Yaaba Nkrumah, former MP and Chairperson of the CPP; Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II, President of the National House of Chiefs; Togbe Afede XIV, Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State and Rocky Dawuni, Ghanaian singer and three-time Grammy-nominee.

The were treated to graceful traditional Indian dance (Kathak) including Bharatanatyam from students of the Nila Dance Academy who performed a duet, and a solo dance performance by Gayatri Bhatachaya.

75th Anniversary (Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav)

Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence and the glorious history of its people, culture and achievements.

The celebration, which cuts across political, economic and socio-cultural events, was launched on March 12, 2021, and will officially be climaxed globally on August 15, 2023.

This Mahotsav is dedicated to the people of India who have not only been instrumental in bringing India thus far in its journey of nationhood.

In addition, Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav epitomises all what is progressive about India’s political, socio-cultural, and economic identity.

Mr Rajaram, however, said the celebrations were not only to tout India’s achievements but to realise what it had failed to attain in order to re-commit new energies in accomplishing the country’s goals in the next 25 years in 2047 when India becomes 100 years old.

He said India’s achievements were made possible by its friends and partners globally, especially Ghana, one of the closest and oldest partners, stressing that ‘we believe in the philosophy of one world as one family’.

The emotive speech

Mr Sugandh Rajaram said: ‘It has been a wonderful three-and half-year period as the Indian High Commissioner to Ghana – which is a beautiful country. I had not imagined that I would leave in this state with such impressions – with the treasure of love and friendship.’

He said, ‘I never imagined that I would have such a diverse and rich interaction with a section of mankind that I have had while in Ghana. Personally, mentally and emotionally, it has enriched me a lot.

‘Professionally, it was one of the milestones for my career of more than two decades of being an Indian diplomat globally,’ he said amidst intermittent claps and nods of approval.

The Ambassador said, ‘The Ghanaian authorities, both political and traditional, were extremely good to me. In fact, I never found here that there was a formal way while I needed the authorities.

‘Nobody exerted any kind of authority; everyone came to extend assistance and help when it was needed, especially with the traditional chiefs.’

Ghana-India Relations

The Ambassador said, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Ghana and India were able to revitalise and deepen their bilateral partnerships as political engagements continued with a tighter structural mechanism of interactions between both countries.

‘At the same time, we strengthened our partnership at the global level as Ghana and India become new members of the United Nations Security Council, representing and fighting for the agenda of the global south.’ Mr Rajaram added.

While cementing political bonds between Ghana and India, he said the economic front had become even stronger as both countries took new initiatives to help support the efforts of entrepreneurs, service providers, tech developers, and investors.

He added that India was a significant development assistance partner of Ghana, as both countries took initiatives in new priority areas of Ghana’s development, including agriculture, water and sanitation, renewable energy and critical infrastructure.

Mr Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, a deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, said India had been a friend and development partner since established relations which date to the early 1950s by the founding fathers of the two countries.

He, on behalf of the President, commended the outgoing High Commissioner for his dedication and commitment to his diplomatic duties.

The Deputy Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Minister applauded India for the support for policies and programmes rolled out by the Government of Ghana to address the current economic challenges aimed at improving the living standards of Ghanaians.

A book, authored by the outgoing Indian High Commissioner, on the seven editions of the India/Ghana Dialogue which is aimed at strengthening the long-standing partnership between both countries was launched.

Finance Minister applauds India’s role in IMF approval

Mr Ken Ofori Atta, Finance Minister, who presented an artifact to the outgoing Ambassador, extolled the ‘truly significant’ role that India played in Ghana’s achievement of the IMF approval on May 17, 2023.

There was a period of a lot of uncertainty in which we had agreed to join the common framework which was a tunnel that you never knew how you will get out of,’ said, and that the Paris Club, and non-members, including India, had to take a strong position to support Ghana to get the necessary financing assurance to the IMF Board.

‘I met with my colleague, the Indian Finance Minister, and she was very emphatic about the support that they would give to Ghana to ensure that. ‘ Mr Ofori Atta noted.

The Finance Minister said, ‘I know the Indian High Commissioner made a lot of frantic phone calls to really get the support we required for that.’

‘That is really true friendship, and we would remember that because without that,’ he said, and admitted that ‘it would have been impossible for the fund to then sit and approve the facility that we got.’

In addition to that, Mr Ofori Atta said, ‘it was quite an extraordinary package that India and the directors backed in terms of the three-billion-facility, which was three times Ghana’s quota.’

He said it was the largest disbursement from the Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust (PRGT), the trust fund for the purpose.

The Finance Minister said, ‘for the first time as the managing director of the IMF reported to us, when she put down the gavel at the end of the approval, she heard a thunderous clap form the whole Board of Directors and she was like what type of spirit does Ghana have to be able to elicit such goodwill…We truly have to thank India and co for that type of support.’

‘These are friends who remain in difficult times and remain so through that period,’ he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Man allegedly kidnaps friend’s daughter in Messassi, Yaounde

Security elements in Yaounde, cntre region have opened investigation with the hope of apprehending a suspected kidnapper.

The suspect, Andela Fabrice is reportedly on the run with his friend’s daughter of just about three years old.

According to sources, the little girl’s father accommodated Fabrice in his home in Messassi where he was living with his two daughters. He went out Thursday June 15, 2023 and only to return the next day and discovered only elder daughter sleeping, while the younger one was no where to be found, including his friend Fabrice.

Unable to reach Fabrice, he reported to the police who have launched a manhunt to track down Fabrice, suspected to have kidnapped the little girl.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Seychelles’ President describes his state visit to Maldives a success

Seychelles’ President Wavel Ramkalawan has described his state visit to Maldives as highly successful, said State House on Friday.

Ramkalawan visited several key Maldivian projects and facilities in order to observe best practices and possible exchanges of expertise on Thursday.

These included the new Maldives International Airport project, the Ghanzee primary school, tuna fishing port, fish and vegetable markets and various cultural sites, including mosques in the capital Male.

“The relations between Seychelles and the Maldives are now at a higher level. We have now identified various common issues on which we will stand by each other on the international scene. These include climate change, economic development, development of the tourism industry and putting emphasis on the establishment of the Multi-dimensional Vulnerability Index (MVI) and the Loss and Damage fund,” said the President.

The Maldivian tuna fishing port. (State House) Photo License: CC-BY

He added that “as Indian Ocean neighbours, the support to each other to maintain the Indian Ocean region as a zone of peace and for greater cooperation in the domain of maritime security are also important obligations we will fulfil.”

Ramkalawan also wished the Maldives peaceful elections and said that “may their democracy continue to be strengthened.”

The first round of election in Maldives is scheduled for September 9 and seven candidates have declared their intention to contest in the upcoming election.

Source: Seychelles News Agency