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African Health Ministers announce ‘pivotal’ new strategy to combat communicable diseases

With the burden of cardiovascular disease, mental and neurological disorders, and diabetes rising in the region, African health ministers on Tuesday, endorsed a new strategy to boost access to the diagnosis, treatment, and care of severe non-communicable diseases. The health ministers, gathering for the seventy-second session of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa in Lomé, Togo, adopted the ...

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Make prompt payment of royalties to mining communities – Chamber of Mines CEO

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Sulemanu Koney, has called on the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and other relevant institutions to ensure that royalties and other funds meant for the direct benefit and development of mining communities are paid on a regular basis into the Minerals Development Fund (MDF). Describing the situation where the release ...

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South Africa faces shut down amid nationwide strike

Two of the country’s largest unions are leading the strike, calling for a “total shutdown” of the economy in protest against high unemployment levels, and rising fuel and electricity costs. Thousands of people across South Africa are taking part in a national strike in protest of the rising cost of living. Two of the country’s largest unions are leading the ...

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Govt, BoG must directly address key drivers of inflation – IEA

The Director of Research at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Mr John Kwakye has said there is a need for the government and the Bank of Ghana (BoG) to directly address the main drivers of high inflation. The drivers are food, fuel and exchange rate, he said. The inflation rate for the month of July 2022 was 31.7 percent, ...

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Address the nation on current challenges – Prof Adei tells Akufo-Addo

A former Board Chairman of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Prof Stephen Adei has charged President Akufo-Addo to address the nation on the challenges confronting the country. According to him, the enormity of the current economic problems is similar to the Covid-19 situation. Thus, the President must once again hold periodic nation addresses to let the people know the government’s ...

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History Shows Ghana Cedi’s Fall May Extend Even After Rate Hike

Ghana’s currency has dropped for 15 straight weeks and the depreciation may extend, if history is any guide.  The cedi has weakened 36.3% this year making it the world’s worst-performing currency after Sri Lanka’s rupee. A 30-year analysis shows that every time the measure has dropped for 15 straight weeks — there have been 28 such instances in the period ...

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Study recommends harmonization of mental health treatments

Stakeholders in the mental health sub-sector have been encouraged to intensify discussions to agree on the urgent need for harmonized treatment approaches in Mental Health conditions. The recommendation is intended to among other things bridge the mental health treatment gap between the traditional and scientific ways of handling mental illness. “What is required is for more dialogue and open discussions ...

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Fleecing Fisher Folks for Personal Gains; How Non-Fishermen are Cashing in on Premix Fuel in Oti Region

Fisher folks in the Krachi West and East Municipal Assemblies in the Oti Region are being denied access to Premix fuel by faceless individuals who have hijacked the Premix Fuel markets for personal gains. These faceless individuals, tagged as political party activists, purchase the relatively scarce product in large quantities, hoard it, and later sell the fuel at exorbitant prices ...

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WFP: First Ukrainian humanitarian grain shipment leaves for Horn of Africa

The first vessel transporting Ukrainian wheat grain to support humanitarian operations run by the World Food Programme (WFP) has left the port of Yuzhny, also known as Pivdennyi, the UN agency reported on Tuesday.  The MV Brave Commander departed with 23,000 metric tonnes of wheat grain for WFP’s response in the Horn of Africa, where the threat of famine is looming due to severe ...

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BoG announces emergency MPC meeting over recent economic woes

The Bank of Ghana is convening an emergency Monetary Policy Committee meeting on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, over recent challenges faced by the Ghanaian economy. The meeting according to the apex bank will review developments in the economy over the past month. Some of the issues expected to be discussed are ways to deal with the sharp depreciation of the ...

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