Lives of younger population must be protected from e-cigarettes – Report

A policy brief report by the Vision for Alternative Development – Ghana (VALD-Ghana) Thursday said some research studies have suggested that the use of e-cigarette reverses decades of progress made in tobacco control.

It has, therefore, recommended some measures to be taken by the Government to prevent the product use in Ghana, to protect the lives of the younger population.

The recommendations include the ban on advertisement, promotion and sponsorship activities related to e-cigarettes, vapes, and new tobacco/nicotine products, and promotion of information campaign among young people about the harms associated with e-cigarette use.

‘The Government should legislate on the ban of the products in the country,’ it stated.

The report said between 5 – 7 per cent of the younger population in Ghana used e-cigarette, and although those had not been licensed commercially, over 100 brands were available on the country’s internet marketplace.

It stated that marketing of the novel products as a less harmful alterna
tive to cigarettes had seen rapid growth in popularity across many countries, including Ghana.

‘There is growing evidence to support that smoking e-cigarettes leads to health risks, introduce non-smoking youth to nicotine, and renormalise smoking. The use of novel products as a cessation aid remains inconclusive,’ it noted.

‘Since any form of tobacco use is addictive and detrimental to health, all forms of tobacco use should be actively discouraged by governments as outlined by the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ada East Health Directorate begins another round of COVID-19 vaccination

The Ada East District Health Directorate has begun the COVID-19 vaccination exercise for persons aged 18 and above, who are yet to take the jab, as well as those due for a booster.

The exercise began on Wednesday, July 3, and will end on Sunday, July 7, 2024, after which the vaccines will still be available at the various health centres and the district hospital for walk-in vaccination service.

The COVID-19 vaccine, to be administered, is the Janssen vaccine.

The vaccination exercise, being carried out across the country, is in line with the government’s policy to ensure that many Ghanaians are vaccinated to protect the public from future outbreaks.

Mr Anderson Obeng, the Ada East District Disease Control Officer, noted in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the Directorate had set up centres across the district to facilitate the smooth implementation of the vaccination exercise.

Some selected schools within the district and health centres including the Kasseh Model Health Centre and Ada-F
oah Health Centre, as well as CHPS compounds at Dogo, Tamatoku, Togbloku, Fantevikorpe, Adedetsekorpe, Puteh and Agorkpo are mong the vaccination centres.

Mr Obeng encouraged the public to fully participate in the exercise and get vaccinated by visiting the nearest centre.

He noted that the response to vaccinations in the district ‘has been positive, with a few communities being hesitant, but we are still engaging community and opinion leaders to ensure everyone gets vaccinated.’

There had been some reported COVID-19 positive cases in other districts within the Greater Accra Region, but Ada East had not recorded any case, noting that that did not mean the residents of the area were free but rather implied that their suspicion rate was down.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Health Facilities Regulatory Agency receives industrial copier from USAID

The Health Facilities Regulatory Agency (HeFRA) has received a Canon Image Runner Copier from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The gesture was made under the Health Systems Accelerator Project by the USAID to facilitate their operations.

Dr. Philip A. Bannor, Registrar of HeFRA, said the gesture would facilitate the annual printing of over 15,000 facility licenses.

Dr Ma’am Anu-Addae, the Country Director of Resources for Development, and the implementer of the Health System Strengthening project in Ghana noted that the initiative would assist HeFRA in fulfilling its mandate of ensuring quality healthcare delivery.

She was pleased with the successes of HeFRA and the Ministry of Health in achieving universal health objectives in quality care delivery.

Source: Ghana News Agency

HeFRA to investigate death of Trauma patient at Winneba

The Health Facilities Regulatory Agency (HeFRA) is to investigate the incident involving a patient who was discharged from Trauma and Specialist Hospital, Winneba, and allegedly deserted in a bush leading to her death.

The incident happened in June 2024 after the hospital declared the patient well and discharged her.

A statement issued and copied to the Ghana News Agency, however, said HeFRA had taken notice of the report making the rounds in various media outlets regarding the incident.

‘We are deeply committed to this matter, as the details surrounding the incident are still under investigation.

‘We are actively collaborating with relevant institutions to gather all the information and determine the facts of what occurred,’ it stated.

HeFRA advised the public to refrain from speculations and rely on information solely from official resources saying, ‘The agency will provide more updates as more information becomes available.’

It called on the public to contact the Registrar via the link ‘[email protec
ted]’ for any questions related to the alleged medical malpractice.

Source: Ghana News Agency

‘PAIX Data Centres’ expands capacity to boost Ghana’s digital economy

PAIX Data Centres, a leading provider of Data Center Solutions, has launched the expansion of its facility in Accra to 1.2 MW intended to boost the digital economy of Ghana.

The expansion was to help meet the demand for digital infrastructure as data consumption rapidly outstrips supply in Ghana and Africa at large.

Mr Bright Tawiah, Managing Director, PAIX Data Centres, Ghana, said, the data centre would help Internet Service Providers (ISPs), cloud providers, and enterprises take full advantage of robust digital infrastructure and improved connectivity, to create online businesses such as e-commerce that would thrive in the digital era.

He said the expansion was crucial and pivotal as the demand for reliable and scalable data centers in Africa is expected to exceed supply by 300 per cent over the next two years.

He said the current installed capacity of 250 MW would need to be significantly increased to 1,200 MW by 2030 to meet the rapidly increasing demand for data, with consumption expected to rise by
40 per cent each year until 2025, according to industry estimates.

Mr Tawiah said the upgraded facility boasts state-of-the-art infrastructure and robust security measures would ensure optimal performance and reliability for mission-critical applications and services.

He said the data center also featured advanced cooling and waste management systems, and the increased integration of renewable energy as a power source, to improve environmental impact.

‘This expansion reaffirms our dedication to providing best-in-class data center solutions to our customers in Accra and beyond. As one of Africa’s digital economy hotspots, Accra plays a vital role in driving innovation and growth across various industries, ‘ he added.

He said they were proud to be at the forefront of the transformation, enabling businesses to thrive in today’s increasingly connected world’, he added.

The Managing Director, said the strategic location in Accra offered low latency connectivity to all major regional and international network
routes and subsea cables, further enhancing the overall efficiency and performance of its services.

Mr Raza Hasnani, Managing Director, Head of Infrastructure Investments of Africa50 and Board Member of PAIX said, data centers were essential to support the creation of businesses that can thrive in the digital era, leading to increased employment opportunities and economic transformation.

He said this significant enhancement not only supports their mission to deliver reliable and high-speed internet services but also reinforces our commitment to fostering digital growth in Ghana.

‘The increased capacity and advanced infrastructure provided by PAIX would enable us to better serve our customers, drive innovation, and contribute to the overall digital transformation of the region,’ he added.

He said Africa50 was committed to supporting PAIX for such significant growth, saying, an amount of $30 million capital was paid to PAIX to support the company’s expansion into a new markets and to upgrade its current fac

PAIX Data Centres acquired its first facility in Accra, 2018, and constructed its second data center in Kenya in 2020. However, other centres were being built across other countries.

The company’s mission is to drive digital transformation and foster innovation across Africa, providing world-class data centre solutions that enable businesses to thrive in a digital age.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Santchou: Trigger-happy gendarme shoots teenager to death

The people of Santchou in Dschang, West region of Cameroon, on Thursday afternoon, blocked the road linking the Menoua Division and Douala in the Littoral region, demanding the head of the gendarme who shot the child.

Local media report that the Gendarme was furious after asking in futility the parents of the victim to show proof of ownership of a bicycle that was in their car. It is also alleged that he was asking for a bride.

He fired shots shooting the 14-year-old in the head. The victim was at the back of the car when he was killed at close range.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

MTN supports Elmina Bakatue Festival with GHS10,000 cheque

Telecommunications giant, MTN Ghana, has donated a cheque for GHS10,000 and a drink hamper to the Edina Traditional Council to support this year’s Bakatue Festival.

The gesture, which has been an annual ritual, was a demonstration of the company’s commitment to promoting the rich cultural heritage of the people across the country through festivals.

Mr David Woasey, the Area Sales Manager, Western and Central regions, said MTN was committed to protecting and promoting the African heritage and found festivals as a critical avenue to do so.

The Network was anticipating pressure on the existing capacity given the huge number of people in town, he said.

Consequently, beyond the donation, it will also install a mobile Base Transceiver Station (BTS) to augment the network’s capacity and improve service delivery.

‘We will also set up in various communities to market our product and services and excites our customers in many ways,’ he said.

Nana Kodwo Conduah VI, Omanhen of the Edina Traditional Area, received t
he donation on behalf of the Traditional Council and the festival’s planning committee.

The 2024 Bakatue Festival, which was launched in March, officially commenced on Tuesday, July 2, with the annual rituals at the banks of Benya Lagoon to lift the ban on fishing and noise making.

The rituals, led by Nana Conduah and the Chief Priest, were witnessed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and a host of dignitaries, indigenes, revellers and tourists.

The weeklong celebration is on the theme: ‘Patronising Made-in-Ghana Goods and Services to Enhance Economic Development: The Role of the People of Anomansa’.

It will be climaxed with a grand durbar on Saturday, July 6.

Nana Conduah applauded MTN for the continuous support to Elmina and officially gave them the greenlight to advertise and do business during the festival.

Reiterating his argument that the festival was business oriented because of its economic benefits, he indicated that the collaboration between MTN and the Traditional Council was great to f
urther enhance that business venture for mutually benefits.

He urged the company to brand parts of the newly built palace to strengthen the relationship between MTN and the traditional area.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Territorial Administration minister says he is ready for opposition politicians

The Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji issued another stern warning against political leaders who ‘have intention to destabilize the country during the upcoming Election’

This umpteenth warning was issued on Wednesday, July 3, as he opened the first bi-annual Governor’s conference in Yaoundé in the presence of the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence in charge of the National Gendarmerie, Galax Etoga, and Secretary General of the General Delegation for National Security.

During the working session, the MINAT reassured that the Head of State has given the chance to all those who will want to present their candidacies for the 2025 presidential election but this must be done in strict respect of the law.

On the aspect of security, he also sent a message to the public that regional governors will be up-to-task to contain security threats.

He however warned that any instigator of public disorder will face the law. ‘The Republican game will be to vote and not to spectacularly storm
the streets or the social media,’ He said

Paul Atanga Nji also reassured Cameroonians that the Head of State knows Cameroonians better than any other person.

Governors from the ten regions of Cameroon meet for the first bi-annual conference of regional governors. The conclave presided over by the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji is held under the theme ‘Administrative authorities in maintaining law and order in a pre-election period’

Pre-electoral security challenges are at the forefront of the conclave.

Source: Cameroon News Agency