It is six months since I last wrote my column for the Daily Graphic. It means my brother, Lawyer Emmanuel Ohene, has been dead for six months. It was his death that made me decide to take a break from writing the column.
On March 24 we mark World TB Day. On this day, we appreciate efforts made towards ending TB, a killer disease and highlight further action that is needed to defeat this life-threatening disease. Efforts have been made to combat the spread of TB through the development of new tools and commodities, increasing global and domestic financing and mobilizing the required political will to end the disease. This year, we mark the day amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which in 12 months has eliminated 12 Years of Progress in the Global Fight Against Tuberculosis. The response to the COVID-19 pushed aside tuberculosis outreach and services, resulting in a 20% drop in diagnosis and treatment worldwide. Urgent recovery is needed.
Over the past few days, social media has been alight with the interesting story of a young student who was turned initially away by Achimota School until he cut his dreadlocks and had a low haircut in accordance with the school’s regulations for all students, including girls.
Though, per its constitution, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) still has nearly three years to go before the party decides who wears the flag bearer crown, it appears the battle to succeed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has long started and an interested contender will have himself or herself to blame when he or she fails to dance to the tune.
It has been 64 years since Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, made the historic “At long last, Ghana is free forever” speech on March 6, 1957 to mark the cutting of the country’s umbilical cord from our British colonial masters.
If British Airways (BA) was a Ghanaian politician, we would be describing it as a listening opposition or government. Why? It has rescinded its decision on moving its Accra-London flights from Heathrow to Gatwick Airport.
If you ever wanted to understand the expression “Guerilla warfare,” the place to visit is the Volcanoes National Park in the north of Rwanda where a search for the endangered mountain gorillas unpacks the phraseology.
It doesn’t bear thinking about that every year, scores of Ghanaians risk going blind from glaucoma, although their sight could be saved by a quick visit to a health facility for a simple eye screening.