Court orders 37 Military Hospital to release report on death of 48-year-old man to family

An Accra High Court has ordered the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and the 37 Military Hospital to release an investigation report conducted on the death of Mr Solomon Asare-Kumah, a 48-year-old man, to his family.

The Court presided over by Justice Charles Ekow Baiden, a Justice of the Court of Appeal sitting as an additional High Court Judge, ordered that the report should be released within 10 days.

The family of Solomon Asare-Kumah had sued the Hospital together with Col/Dr. G. A. O. Appiah, a Doctor at the facility, the CDS, and Attorney General, demanding GHS2 million in damages for medical negligence leading to his death.

The bereaved family contended that the death of their relative at the Hospital in October 2019 was due to breach of contract and negligence by the Hospital and the doctor, Col. Dr Appiah, who took care of him.

The family, then petitioned the CDS for an enquiry into the circumstances leading to the death of their relative but after the investigation, the report was not given to them.

Following suing the Hospital in damages and pending the determination of the case, the family through one Emmanuel Asare-Kumah, on October 21, 2022, filed an application for an order for Discovery.

The plaintiff sought for; ‘an order directed at the 2nd Defendant (CDS) to furnish plaintiff with the final Report of the Board of Inquiry held in respect of the death of Solomon Asare-Kumah and allegations of extortion against Col/Dr Appiah.’

The Plaintiff also sought ‘an order directed at the 3rd Defendant (37 Military Hospital) to furnish Plaintiff with the full and complete medical record of Solomon Asare-Kumah (deceased).

Mr Justice Oteng, a Legal Officer at the Depatment of Legal Services at the Ghana Armed Forces, General Headquarters, responding to the application, opposed to the request and said the report was exclusively for internal use.

He said ‘..The 2nd Respondent is vehemently opposed to the request by the Applicant for the Report/Record of the Board of inquiry.’

He said the Report of the Board of inquiry was a restricted document meant for the exclusive internal use of the Ghana Armed Forces.

The Court said the report or record of proceedings of the Board of Inquiry relating to the admission, treatment and death of the deceased, howsoever described by the AG, CDS and the Hospital, together with the medical records of the deceased shall be furnished to the Plaintiff within 10 days.

The 10 days order is expected to end on Monday June 12, 2023.

Justice Baiden in his ruling said, ‘I take judicial notice and it is so proven that on or around January 2023, a summary report of Board of Inquiry into the alleged missing baby at the 37 Military Hospital maternity unit, which Board of Inquiry was convened by the Hospital was disclosed to an aggrieved couple in that matter.’

‘I am of the humble view that the principles of accountability enshrined in the Preamble, Articles 23 and 296 of the 1992 Constitution frowns upon unbridled exercise of such wide discretionary power contained in Article 21.17.1 of AFR (Volume 1) C.I 12 which purports to oust the jurisdiction of the court,’ he said.

He said even if, the Defendants had the discretion to not disclose a Board of Inquiry Report to the Plaintiff/ Applicant, such discretion must be exercised fairly, reasonably and not arbitrarily or in a biased manner.

Indeed, Article 17 of the 1992 Constitutions abhors discrimination against persons such as the Plaintiff/Applicant herein.

He said Article 17(3) provides that: ‘For the purposes of this article, ‘discriminate’ means to give different treatment to different versons attributable only or mainly to their respective descriptions by race, place of origin, political opinions, colour, gender, occupation, religion or creed, whereby persons of one description are subjected to disabilities or restrictions to which persons of another description are not made subject or are granted privileges or disadvantages which are not granted to persons of another description.’

The Judge said it had not been demonstrated to the Court that there was a reasonable justification for treating the Plaintiff/Applicant differently from the manner the couple has been treated.

He said the Defendants/Respondents have denied the existence of a contract.

If so, the Defendants/Respondents must be made to subiect this dispute to the ordinary rules of negligence in tort, contract and the remedies available to a party who alleges violation.

He said in so far as the Defendants/Respondents engaged in commercial transactions, they must necessarily abide by the rules of engagement, including good faith obligations and the duty of care, among others.

‘The Defendants/Respondents ought not to be allowed to seek refuge elsewhere,’ he added.

He said for all the above reasons, ‘l am of the firm view that the Plaintiff/Applicant has shown reasonable cause for this Court to grant the order prayed for as the report relating to the death of the Deceased is necessary to fairly dispose of the matter, pursuant to the overriding objective of Order 1rule 2of C.I. 47.’

The family contended that, ‘the Hospital and its employees failed to exercise due care when they wrongly inserted Solomon’s breathing tube under his skin thereby denying oxygen for a considerable amount of time and as such causing stain on his heart and other organs thus causing his death.’

They argued that they, therefore, requested for a refund and for an administrative enquiry into the claims as well as the allegations of breach of contract and negligence but the Hospital refused to accede to the demand for investigations.

The family said a petition was therefore lodged with the Medical and Dental Council which took up the matter with the Military Command.

It said the Military Command subsequently commissioned a Board of Inquiry to look into the petition, where they were invited to give testimony as part of proceedings held by the Military Command and it did in March 2020.

‘Unfortunately, the Military Command, just like the Hospital has failed and or refused to communicate its findings or make available its report to the family, in spite of several demands by the family and plaintiff’s lawyer,’ they said.

The Plaintiff stated that indeed, the CDS’s office failed to respond to plaintiff lawyer’s letter requesting for a copy of the report on behalf of the grieving family.

When officers from the lawyer’s office subsequently followed up, they were informed that the office would get back to the family, but that had not happened as at the time the plaintiff’s lawyers served a notice of plaintiff’s intention to sue.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana Education Coalition calls for sustainable source of financing basic education?

The Bono Regional Chapter of the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) has called on the government to find sustainable sources of financing basic education in the country to make it more accessible to children of school-going age.?

According to Mr Kobina Afena-Sam, the Bono Regional Chairman of the Coalition, access to quality basic and formal education remained constitutional provision which and no Ghanaian child should be denied.

Denying school-going age children access to quality education was not only abuse of their human rights, but also an affront to the 1992 constitution, he stated.

Mr Afena-Sam made the call at the Regional Council meeting of the GNECC held in Sunyani.

He expressed worry that many basic schools in the region were still bedeviled with challenges including inadequate physical infrastructure, text books and furniture as well as lack of teachers.

These challenges, he added, were impeding the growth and development of education in the region and also affecting academic performances of school children.

Mr Afena-Sam said the country’s over-reliance on donor, foreign and development partners to financing basic education was unsustainable, hence the need for the government to consider and find resources locally to implement educational programmes.?

Research, he added was key element of facilitating education growth and development, saying the Coalition intended to set up a regional research unit that would conduct vigorous research work into basic education in the region.?

This would well-position the coalition to identify and help tackle the pressing challenges confronting basic education in the region.

‘In fact we are more concern about the welfare of the child. So we need to use the media space and intensify advocacy, raise funds to address the teething challenges impeding the growth of basic education,’ Mr Afena-Sam stated.

Mr Raphael Godlove Ahenu, the Bono Regional Coordinator of the GNECC, urged the members to also champion the course of menstrual hygiene at the community level.

He reiterated appeals by the civil society to the government to remove taxes on sanitary pads to make them affordable for girls.?

Mr Ahenu said at the community level, many girls failed to go to school during menstruation, a situation that was lowering the interest of some girls in education.

‘The government must do more and improve sanitary facilities in basic schools so that girls can change and clean themsleves whenever they are in their menstrual periods, ‘ he stated.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Education Coalition appeals to government to increase grants under school feeding programme?

The Bono Regional chapter of the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) has appealed to the government to increase feeding grants, under the Ghana School Feeding Programme.

The coalition described the current feeding grant of GHC0.97 per child as woefully inadequate, and called for an increment to GhC2.00

At a meeting of the council members of the coalition, held in Sunyani, the members further implored government to address the delays in the release of funds to the caterers.?

Speaking at the meeting, Mr Raphael Godlove Ahenu, the Bono Regional Coordinator of the GNECC, advised the caterers under the programme to increase the nutritional content of meals they prepared for the school children.?

‘We visited one of the beneficiary schools at the community level and the kind of meals the caterers have prepared for these innocent school children were highly unacceptable,’ he stated.?

Mr Simon Asore, a council member of the GNECC in the Bono Region, also said prompt and regular release of the feeding grants would ease the undue pressure on the caterers who had borrowed or credited to cook for these school children.

He was of the view that the feeding grants ought to be increased to GhC3.00 due to the increase in prices of food items in the country.?

Mr Kobina Afena-Sam, the Bono Regional Chairman of the GNECC, said the school feeding programme was a laudable initiative, hence the need to tackle the bottlenecks impeding the programme.?

‘The feeding programme has sustained the interest of many children to go to school,’ he said, and called on the government to consider extending the programme to benefit junior high school?students as well.?

Mr. Afena-Sam said the programme must also be expanded or extended to cover and benefit every public school in deprived areas at the community level.?

Source: Ghana News Agency

Supervise and nurture Green Ghana Trees -DCE tasks NADMO, others

Mr George Gerald Naluri, the Lambussie District Chief Executive (DCE), has tasked the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and the Youth in Afforestation officials to supervise in the distribution, planting, and nurturing of tree seedlings in the area.

This, he said, would ensure their survival to mitigate the impact of climate change on the environment and to sustain the government’s Green Ghana Initiative.

Mr Naluri said this when he launched this year’s Greening Ghana Day (GGD) in the district, together with stakeholders and traditional authorities in the area on the theme: ‘Our Fores; Our Health’.

The GGD is a presidential initiative launched by President Nana Akufo-Addo on March 23, 2021, to rally Ghanaians to preserve the country’s forests and beautify the environment while mitigating the risk of climate change.

Mr Naluri said the survival of trees in the district was necessary for the fight against the effects of climate change, adding that ‘The availability of trees regulates and stabilises climate conditions, provides fresh natural air and shade amongst others for the survival of not only humans but other living organisms.’

He, therefore, urged residents to show interest in the planting and protection of trees in the area by stopping the cutting down of economic trees and burning of bushes.

Kuoro Issaka Zengeh Kazie Tenjie ll, Paramount Chief of Lambussie Traditional Area, assured the District Assembly of the support of the traditional authorities in helping to ensure that community members especially the youth to participate in planting, nurturing, and protecting the trees.

Mr Dontege Belinku Aloysius, Lambussie District NADMO Officer, said the district received about 2,200 tree seedlings including mango, Eucalyptus, Cassia, Luciana, teak and cashew to be distributed to individuals, groups, Organisation, and institutions for planting to mark the GGD.

He assured that the NADMO office in collaboration with the Youth in Afforestation members in the district would supervise to ensure that individuals or groups who received the tree seedlings were registered and educated on how to plant and nurture the trees to grow well in the area.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Resource SIGA to deliver on mandate- Otumfuo urges Government

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has urged Government to adequately resource the State Interest and Governance Authority (SIGA) to enable it to effectively deliver on its mandate.

The Asantehene said this when management of SIGA paid a courtesy on him at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi on Friday.

The visit, led by Mr Edward Boateng, the Director-General, SIGA, was to officially introduce the State agency to the Asantehene and also update him on its activities so far, a statement issued by the Corporate Affairs Division of SIGA and copied to the Ghana News Agency, in Accra, said.

It also offered the Management an opportunity to have discussions on areas in which SIGA could collaborate with the Palace for mutual benefits.

The call forms part of SIGA’s plans to engage key stakeholders to gather support for its activities and Entities.

The Asantehene said SIGA’s mandate was quite crucial to the development of the country as State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) provided a lot of development to Ghanaians.

He said for SIGA to be effective in its mandate, it needed to be fully empowered, advising that Government resourced and empowered it (SIGA) to be able to raise funding for SOEs as well as review their annual budgets and operational plans.

‘SIGA must work hard to make these SOEs profitable and eventually weaned them off government support,’ Otumfuo said.

Mr Boateng updated the Asantehene on key achievements of SIGA, including negotiating performance contracts with the Specified Entities to ensure that they operated profitably and adhered to good governance practices.

Also, he said, the Authority was collaborating with other government organisations such as the Controller and Accountant General, Public Services Commission, Auditor-General to support the Specified Entities.

While thanking the Asantehene for the warm reception and his pledge to support the work of SIGA, Mr Boateng promised to periodically give him progress report.

Members of the delegation are:Mr Franklin Asafo Adjei, Board Member, Madam Hollistar Duah-Yentumi, General Manager, Operations, Madam Alexandra Totoe General Manager, Finance and Administration, Mr Kwame Agyemang-Budu. Senior Technical Advisor, Energy Sector, and Mr Stephen Asiedu, Head of Division, Corporate Affairs.

The rest are:Mr Alex Agambila, Acting Head of Department, Finance, Mr Godfred Sowah Khartey, Manager, Director-General Secretariat, Mr Musa Frimpong Manager, Governance Risk and Compliance, and Madam Araba Pratt, Assistant Manager Corporate Affairs.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Philanthropists present ceiling fans to Kpetoe Ghana Police Service Command

June 10, Torgbui Satsi III, Chief of Adzonkor and his Stoolfather, Fiator Kwaku Norvor, have donated five Cropmtion ceiling fans valued at GHS4,000:00 to the Agortime-Ziope District Headquarters of the Ghana Police Service (GPS) at Kpetoe in the Volta Region.

The duo also paid for the full installation of the fans to make them operational to serve the purpose for which they were donated.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Torgbui Satsi said the donation came as a follow-up to a pledge they made to the Command during ‘a casual visit to the GPS District Headquarters a couple of weeks ago.’

He said during their visit, ‘they noticed the unfavourable conditions under which the men in uniform at the Headquarters were working.’

‘The heat emitting from the office of the men in uniform at the Headquarters in addition with the unpleasurable noises coming out from the defected fan in the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) office compelled me to push for the support from my Stoolfather for the donation,’ he said.

The Adzonkor Chief said the presentation formed part of their contribution to the development of Ghana since the government could not do everything for them.

Receiving the fans, Superintendent of Police, Benedicta Akpene Ansah, the District Commander, commended the benefactors for the presentation and appealed to other philanthropist and benevolent organisations to emulate Torgbui Satsi and Fiator Norvor and follow suit.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Action Aid builds? child-friendly Kindergarten schools for? Yabraso, Bepoayease communities

Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister, has inaugurated two Kindergarten School Blocks for the Bepoayease District Assembly (D/A) and Yabraso D/A Basic Schools in the Tain District of the region.

ActionAid Ghana (AAG), a non-governmental organisation, constructed the child-friendly gated schools, which contained two-unit classroom blocks each, washrooms for boys and girls, playing grounds and potable water.

The facilities, furnished with tables and chairs, with teachers’ offices, have the capacities to accommodate 36 children per classroom.

Speaking at separate ceremonies held at Bepoayease and Yabraso, Madam Owusu-Banahene praised AAG for its immeasurable contributions towards helping to create access and improving basic school education in the region.

Describing the NGO as a key development partner in the region, the Minister observed the continuous support of AAG had enhanced pupils’ access to formal education, and also improved enrollment in basic schools in the region.

She said enhancing quality education remained collective and shared responsibility, saying as the government was creating a sound environment for education to thrive, there was the need for parents and all stakeholders to also contribute their part as well.

Madam Owusu-Banahene called for effective collaboration between teachers and parents and school management committees to instill a high sense of discipline among school children and entreated rural communities to motivate teachers to sustain their interest and serve in those


The Regional Minister also advised parents to minimize their expenses on frivolous activities such as funerals and weddings and instead channel much of their resources to develop the potentials of their children who would thereby grow to become responsible adults and fend for them too.

Mr John Nkaw, the Country Director, AAG, underlined the need to equip children with the knowledge, skills and confidence they needed to navigate the complexities of the modern world, saying with quality education, children would grow and liberate themselves from the cycle of

poverty and become active contributors to society’s progress.

?’By investing in education, we invest in the future prosperity and well-being of our nation, ‘ he stated, indicating that the KG schools would serve as a ‘sanctuary of learning, a space where young minds will be nurtured, and dreams will take flight.’

It is a space where teachers will inspire, motivate and mould the minds of the next generation. It is a space where friendships will be forged, ideas will be exchanged, and a sense of community will be fostered, he added.

Mr Nkaw appealed to the government to commit the needed resources and prioritise the provision of kindergarten and primary infrastructure in the nation’s educational development planning and implementation and urged the teachers and district education directorate too to maintain the facilities well.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Damang Circuit Schools emerged winners of AGL’s Environment Day debate competition

Schools in Damang Circuit has won the 2023 World Environment Day (WED) debate competition organized by Abosso Goldfields Limited (AGL) for schools in its host communities.

The debate on the topic ‘Should Government ban single use plastics to reduce plastic pollution’ was part of activities to celebrate this years WED.

At the end of the competition, held at Kyekyewere community centre, School’s in Damang Circuit emerged winners with 88 points as against 81 points for Huni-Valley Circuit Schools.

They received assorted books, school bags , mathematical sets, flasks and a trophy while, Huni-Valley Circuit Schools had books, school bags, mathematical sets and flasks.

This year’s event was on the theme: ‘Beat Plastic Pollution.’

The Acting Operations Manager, Mr. Samuel Hadjor, in a speech read on behalf of the General Manager, congratulated schools that participated in the competition for the sterling performance.

He said observing the 50th anniversary of the WED, served as a platform for raising awareness on environmental issues such as water and air pollution, global warming, climate change, resource depletion, hazardous chemicals, waste management and wildlife crime.

Mr Hadjor revealed that Ghana generated around one million tonnes of plastic waste each year, but only recycled about five per cent and the rest end up in landfills, oceans, rivers and ecosystems, harming wildlife, human health, and the climate.

‘Today, plastic clogs sewages that causes floods and our landfills leaches into the ocean, micro-plastics find their way into the food we eat and the water we drink. Many plastic products contain hazardous additives, which may pose a threat to our health,’ Mr Hadjor indicated.

He noted that plastic waste also affected Ghana’s tourism industry as beaches and natural areas were littered with plastic debris, adding that ‘therefore, we need to act together to beat plastic pollution in Ghana.’

The Acting Operations Manager said, ‘We need to rethink our relationship with plastic and adopt a circular economy approach that minimizes waste and maximizes reuse and recycling.’

He, therefore, implored Ghanaians to support innovation and investment in alternatives to single-use plastic packaging and products.

According to him, governments, businesses and individuals must collaborate to develop comprehensive waste management systems that prioritized recycling and the circular economy.

Additionally, by fostering a sense of environmental responsibility and stewardship, they could inspire future generations to cherish and protect the planet.

Madam Florence Asere-Bioh, Community Relations Manager for Tarkwa and Damang Mines, on her part, said countries all over the world were battling with waste management.

In 1972, the first World Environment Day was held to raise awareness on environment, highlighting the importance of saving the precious environment, she explained.

Since then, Madam Asere-Bioh, said it had been a good platform to drum home messages on saving the environment.

The Municipal Education Director of Prestea Huni-Valley, Mr Sebastian Atrama Diaw, assured the public that Ghana Education Service would continue to raise awareness and educate students on the dangers plastics posed to the environment.

He appealed to organizations to make use of advanced technics for disposal of waste to help make progress towards a healthy and clean environment.

The WED celebration is marked annually on 5th June, and it is driven by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Source: Ghana News Agency