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Leprosy not curse, stop spurning sufferers – Public urged

Dr Benedict Okie Quao

The Acting Programmes Manager of the National Leprosy Elimination Programme, Dr Benedict Okie Quao, has called for an end to discrimination and stigma against people affected by leprosy. He said it was important to dispel the myth that leprosy was a curse resulting from sin, adding that leprosy could not be contracted through walking beside patients or shaking their hands. ...

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OccupyGhana voices concern over Ghana’s fiscal responsibility act

Ken Ofori Attah

OccupyGhana is delighted that Ghana has passed a fiscal responsibility act. It’s a step in the right direction. But we at OccupyGhana are still grappling with the basic question: “will the Act actually control excessive government expenditure now and in the future?” For instance, according to the law, “… the overall fiscal balance on cash basis for a particular year shall not ...

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Passport office to halt processing of manual applications

The Passport Office and the Regional Passport Application Centres will no longer process manual passport applications effective Thursday, February 28, 2019. This was disclosed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in a statement issued January 28, 2019. According to the Ministry, it is part of an initiative to migrate old manual passport application forms to the new ...

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Gov’t will not back down on free, quality education – Deputy Education Minister

Kwabena Osei Adutwum

Deputy Minister of Education, Kwabena Osei Adutwum, has reiterated government’s determination to go to every length to ensure that all Ghanaian children have access to quality education. No child should be denied the opportunity of going to school because of the financial situation of their parents or guardians, he said. The Minister said free Senior High School (SHS) policy has ...

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‘Overhaul Medical Supply Chains In Africa’

Three international security organisations, including INTERPOL, have called for a substantial overhaul of the regulatory, enforcement and educational systems of medical supply chains in Africa to reduce the proliferation of counterfeit drugs. According to the three organisations — the Institute of Security Studies, INTERPOL and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime — there was a liberal criminal market for ...

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Forestry Commission, CEIEC sign deal to increase forest sector revenue

Mr kwadwo Owusu Afriyie(left) and Mr Liu Zhirong(right)

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Ghana’s Forestry Commission and the China National Electronic Import and Export Corporation (CEIEC) meant to lead Chinese companies to corporate with the Ghanaian government to construct a China- Ghana Forestry Economic and Trade Corporation park. The move aims at building an internationally advanced industrial cluster and bringing out strong   industrial agglomeration ...

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Data collection, a catalyst for tourism growth in Africa

Exactly a week into the New Year, Kenya released its tourism statistics for 2018 much to the admiration of industry watchers who hailed the quickness and effectiveness with which they have been able to collate and compile the data. Kenya like just a few African countries has adopted an effective data collection mechanism as one of the multi-faceted approach to ...

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2,341 killed in 2018 in road accidents; 795 are pedestrians

Data compiled by the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service has revealed that, the total number of commuters killed in road traffic accidents in 2018 recorded a 12.76% jump over the figure for 2017. This means persons killed rose from 2,076 in 2017 to a total of 2,341 in 2018. It comprises 1,796 males and ...

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Ghana To Export Timber To EU Market

Ghana is close to making history as the first country in Africa to get clearance to export timber to the European market by the end of the year. This is after the country had met a series of requirements spelt out in the voluntary partnership agreement that was signed with the European Union (EU) over a decade ago. Currently, processes ...

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‘Sextortion’: 10 cases recorded in less than a month

The Police Cyber Crime Unit says it has recorded 10 cases of extortion by sex, referred to as “sextortion,” since the beginning of this year. Though figures for the period preceding 2019 were worrying, officials say the recent trend constitutes an alarming increase. Director of the Unit, Chief Superintendent Gustav Yankson, warns internet users to desist from putting out detailed personal ...

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