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WFP Supports Ghana School Feeding Programme to Digitize its Monitoring System

 The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has provided the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) with tablets to digitize the monitoring of the school feeding programme.  The initiative aims to reinforce programme efficiency and implementation by enabling real-time tracking of daily attendance and feeding in 260 pilot schools in all 16 regions of the country.  “The tablets will enhance the monitoring ...

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New scientific group to study COVID origins, prevent future pandemics constituted

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday launched an expert group that will examine the origins of new pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.  The proposed members of the WHO Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO) were selected for their expertise in areas such as epidemiology, animal health, clinical medicine, virology and genomics.   WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the news during his regular briefing ...

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COVID-19 deaths at lowest level in nearly a year, WHO reports

Although COVID-19 deaths continue to decline, vaccine inequity persists, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, again calling for greater support for developing countries. Agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reported that the death toll from the disease is now at its lowest level in almost a year.  “But it’s still an unacceptably high level – almost 50,000 deaths a week, and ...

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Africa: Covid-19 Aid Falling Short

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for African governments to strengthen social protection systems and fulfill people’s rights to social security and an adequate standard of living, Human Rights Watch said. Many African governments introduced measures like cash transfers and food assistance in response to the rising poverty and hunger occasioned by the pandemic, but most households received no support. The ...

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NPA approves 2-month removal of Price Stabilisation, Recovery levy to reduce fuel prices

The National Petroleum Authority (NPA), has approved the removal of the Price Stabilisation and Recovery Levies (PRSL) on petrol, diesel, and LPG for two months. This was announced in a press statement issued by the Authority’s Corporate Affairs Department today, October 11, 2021. “The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) wishes to inform the public that His Excellency the President, Nana Addo ...

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Special Prosecutor discontinues case against Mahama Ayariga over lack of evidence

The Special Prosecutor, Mr. Kissi Agyebeng, has discontinued a suit brought against the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, in which he is accused of using public office for private gain. The case was started by the then Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu. Mr. Ayariga was accused of fraudulently evading customs duties and taxes by paying GH¢6,062.86 instead ...

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U.S. Donates 1.3 Million More COVID-19 Vaccines to Ghana

More than 1.3 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine donated by the United States arrived via COVAX in Accra this afternoon.The  delivery brings the total to more than 2.5 million doses donated by the United States to Ghana to date.  U.S. Ambassador Stephanie Sullivan was joined by Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Health, Honorable Tina Mensah, Chief Director of the  Ministry ...

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Tackling Ghana’s Mental Health Challenges in an Unequal World

The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed a devastating blow on people living with psychosocial disorders. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) some groups, including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, have been particularly affected. Services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders have also been significantly disrupted in many countries. ...

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Fuel levies to be suspended soon – Energy Ministry

The Energy Ministry says it is planning to suspend levies on fuel products. According to the sector Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, his outfit is working with the Ministry of Finance to ensure its implementation. The Minister said this when he received a delegation from the Ghana Energy Awards (GEA). This comes amid concerns from a cross-section of the public ...

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World misses most 2020 mental health targets: WHO

At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting a growing need for mental health support, there has been a worldwide failure to provide people with the services they need, a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded. “It is extremely concerning that…good intentions are not being met with investment,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO said. “We must ...

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