Newborn deaths account for nearly 40 per cent of under-five mortality in Ghana. Addressing newborn deaths is, therefore, key to Ghana’s efforts at achieving Millennium Development Goals Four and Five that respectively relate to reducing child mortality and improving maternal health.
After eight months of sitting, the Supreme Court of Ghana will today, rule on the landmark case challenging the legitimacy of President John Dramani Mahama as winner of the 2012 Presidential Elections.
The government’s decision to scrap allowances for trainees in the colleges of education is to ensure equity and fairness in the educational system, the Minister of Education, Professor Jane Naana Agyeman, has explained.
A 33-year-old female administrator of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Ama Gyamfia, committed suicide on Tuesday evening, less than 24 hours after her husband had informed her of his final decision to end their two-year-old marriage.
Apparently hurt by the husband’s decision, Gyamfia entered her room, on the pretext of going to pray to God.
But 30 minutes later, she was found hanging on a rope tied to the roof of the room in the family house near the Siloam Junction at Kwadaso in Kumasi.
Neighbours expressed shock at the death of the young woman, said to be a graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
The Sofoline police confirmed the incident and said the remains of Gyamfia had been deposited at the morgue at KATH for autopsy.
The acting District Police Commander, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Mr Edward Jones Afutu, told the Daily Graphic in Kumasi yesterday that the police were investigating the case to determine the next line of action.
He would not give further details but said the police were looking for Gyamfia’s husband, whose name was not given, to assist in investigations.
Neighbours, however, told the Daily Graphic that Gyamfia, who was nursing a 10-month-old baby from her marriage, had not been her normal self since her husband started threatening divorce some few weeks ago.
Last Tuesday, the husband, who had travelled outside Kumasi, called her on phone to inform her that she should get herself ready for divorce immediately he returned to Kumasi.
According to the residents, the woman became perplexed and started moving from one house to another in the evening.
All attempts by relatives to convince her to take it cool proved futile.
On the fateful day, Gyamfia, who was then cuddling her baby, handed it over to her mother and entered her room, with the excuse that she was going to pray.
She locked herself up in the room and, after about 30 minutes when she had not come out, an attempt was made by relatives to go inside to find out what was happening.
On realising that the door had been locked from inside, they forced it open, only to see the woman hanging dead on a rope.
The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) says the country is losing huge revenue because of its failure to place the offshore oil-exporting terminal, Floating Production and Storage (FPSO Kwame Nkrumah), under the operations of the authority.
The bodies of five persons who got missing after a boat disaster on the Oti River last Sunday, have been recovered at Dambai in the Krachi East District. Three bodies were initially retrieved after the accident.
The Sole Commissioner of the Judgement Debt Commission, Mr Justice Yaw Apau, has questioned the basis for which the Attorney General’s Department had to hire the services of two local law firms to advise it in a settlement case between the then Ministry of Roads and Transportation and Sarroch Grandulati/GELFI Joint Ventures.
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called on all working people and their families to remain calm as the nation awaits the Supreme Court verdict on the 2012 presidential election petition today.
The TUC urged workers to avoid acts of provocation and any wild jubilation aimed at taunting political opponents or a resort to heated arguments to express displeasure at the ruling.
A statement on the need to maintain the peace during and after the verdict which was signed by the Secretary General of the TUC, Mr Kofi Asamoah, said the TUC had, at all times, been in the vanguard of the struggle for democracy, peaceful co-existence and socio-economic justice for the good people of this country, as well as actively engaged in the peace efforts prior to the 2012 elections and their aftermath.
“We, as a people, have chosen the high road of democracy and respect for the rule of law and human dignity as the path for our socio-political and economic development and, once again, our faith in this path is to be tested.
“We are hopeful that Ghana will scale over this hurdle. We changed governments in 2000 and in 2008 under very threatening conditions but we managed, against all odds, to remain a peaceful and stable country. No matter the outcome of the petition, we must turn our attention to healing the soul of the country,” it advised.
Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, has asked all orphanages in the country to register with the respective metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies so that their activities can be properly monitored and documented.
The committee charged to investigate the Bimpong Egyya deaths has recommended that 26 police personnel of the Ghana Police Service who have stayed in the Twifo Atti Mokwa District for more than six years should be transferred.
The First Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama, has advised Ghanaian graduates who have been granted scholarship to study in China to diligently pursue their studies in order to apply what they learn towards the development of Ghana.
The Tanker Owners Union (TOU) and Tanker Drivers’ Union (TDU) of Tema, yesterday embarked on a sit-down strike to register their displeasure at the move by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) to remove bulk road vehicles (BRVs) that are above 12 years from the road.