19 babies die in 4 months due to lack of incubators

Nineteen babies have died at the Presbyterian Hospital in Dormaa Ahenkro in the Brong Ahafo region from January to April this year due to the lack of incubators.

The hospital has been unable to purchase new incubators after the one which was in use broke down beyond repair last year.

Helpless mothers look on as their precious ones give up because there is nothing doctors can do.

Joy News’ correspondent Precious Semevoh paid a visit to the hospital and reports that children continue to die due to the unavailability of these equipment.

Doctors and nurses at the facility say they can no longer guarantee the lives of new born babies that will require special care.

In an attempt to reduce the deaths, officials at the facility are using what they call “improvised wooden incubators” with bulbs hanging over the babies cots on a wooden structure covered with bed sheets.


Mahama Speaks at Oxford-Africa Conference

President John Mahama has asked the international media to tell the positive stories of Africa as the continent begins a sharp rise from the shackles of poverty.

Delivering the honorary keynote address at the Oxford Africa Conference 2015 at the Oxford University Friday morning, the President said the numerous positive stories from the continent should be enough to change the world’s perception about Africa.

The President said the story about Africa should not only be about “malaria, Ebola and high infant mortality” but about the new innovations being made across the continent.


'Let's ensure 'irreplaceable' Adams does not die in vain'

New Patriotic Party Vice Presidential candidate Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has arrived at the home of slain Upper East Regional Chairman, describing him as an "irreplaceable man".

Calling for calm and unity, Bawumia said the party must ensure that the tragic death of Adams Mahama "is not in vain".

Mahama was attacked with acid Wednesday evening and died Thursday morning, an incident that has left the entire nation shocked.

The party's flagbearer who was on party duties in Europe has had to cut short the tour to commiserate with the family.

He is expected to arrive in Ghana, Friday night to lead the party for the funeral of the late Adams Mahama.

While many mourn, others, particularly the party youth, have visited anger on some leading members of the party and called for resignations.


I won't explain my absence at Dumsor vigil – Lydia Forson

Ghanaian actress Lydia Forson has opted to remain silent on why she was conspicuously missing at the much-publicised vigil against the power crisis in the country.

The actress, who is one of the architects of the vigil, failed to appear at the well-attended vigil, #dumsormuststop, last Saturday.

There were several rumours that the Lydia had ditched the organisers and her colleagues and jetted off to the United Kingdom.

Thousands of Ghanaians poured onto the streets – from Legon old gate to the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange – Saturday to join celebrities Yvonne Nelson, Van Vicker, Prince David Osei, Barimah Sydney and others, to protest and press on the government to solve the crisis.

Apart from Lydia Forson, rapper Sarkodie was also absent from the event. Sarkodie missed out on the event due to a music video shoot with American hiphop star Ace Hood in Miami, USA.


No ban on cereals from Ghana – EU

The European Union has debunked media reports suggesting that the Union has banned or intends banning cereals, groundnuts and related products coming from Ghana.

It noted in a statement that in 2014, the volume of groundnut products exported from Ghana to the EU amounted to EUR 10.5 million.

The statement however explained: “The European Union is taking Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues seriously and is working together with Ghanaian authorities to prevent adverse health risks posed by possibly contaminated products.”

It further underscored: “The European Union, through the Trade Related Assistance and Quality Enabling (TRAQUE) Programme, is jointly with the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) providing capacity building to export-oriented value chain operators. This includes local producers, traders and exporters.”

Below is the full statement


Farmers to embark on GMO demo at Asutuare

Farmer based groups and other Civil Society Organisations will on Saturday storm Asutuare, a farming community in the Eastern Region with a protest march against the GM Seed producing company Monsanto.

The event will be held concurently with similar ones taking place in more than 68 other countries across the world.

This year’s march will be led by The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana, the General Agricultural Workers Union of the Trades Union Congress, the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organisational Development and the Agriculture Sovereignty Ghana.

Mr Ben Guri, Chairperson of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) is expected to put the weight of the pan African body behind the march.


‘NPP suffering from rule of personalities’ - Asiedu Nketiah

General Secretary of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) is advising the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to stamp the rule of law in the party following the tragic attack on a regional party chairman, Adams Mahama.

Asiedu Nketia says the party should be built around the party’s constitution and not around personalities.

"If they are not careful rule of law will break down in the internal affairs of the party and that is dangerous for all of us......from the outside, I see that there appears to be a rule of personalities within NPP at this stage. They should all come together and move away from that one", Asiedu Nketia advised.

The NPP is undergoing an inquisition following the death of Upper East regional chairman Adams Mahama after two assailants attacked him with acid midnight Wednesday.


Legendary Gospel Musician Danny Nettey honored

Gospel music great, Danny Nettey, has been celebrated and honoured for his immense contribution to the development and growth of gospel music in Ghana.

The musician, who has been in gospel ministry for the past three decades, was honoured at a special concert dubbed ‘Celebration of Faithfulness’ at the National Theatre on Sunday.

The event, put together by KC Entertainment, in collaboration with Footprint TV, witnessed impressive performances from some of the biggest names in Ghanaian music.

Some notable gospel musicians, who have been greatly influenced by Danny Nettey’s ministry, took turns to entertain the hundreds who thronged the National Theatre for the concert.

Artistes, including Cwesi Oteng, Nii Okai, Joe Mettle, Ike Nanor, Eugene Zuta and Pastor Josh Laryea, performed to honour a man who has inspired their careers greatly.


‘I warned Adams about his safety a day before he died’

NPP Nasara Coordinator Kamal Deen Abdulai says at around 3pm Wednesday, he advised Adama Mahama to be “mindful of his security” but by midnight, Adams suffered a tragic acid attack May 21.

Speaking on the AM Show on Multi TV Friday Morning, he claimed, he passed on to Adams Mahama, information of impending danger.

He explains “as a brother when he [Adams Mahama] called me I didn’t mince words at all, I just told him this is a signal I have received”.

He said after cautioning him, he added that “above all be very prayerful.” He disclosed the late Mahama promised to be careful.

But eight hours late, at midnight Wednesday, two assailants poured acid on Adams Mahama after he rolled down the windows of his car to hear the assailants after they stopped him.


Tinny to sue Socrate Sarfo for defamation

Ghanaian rapper, Tinny has ordered movie producer, Socrate Sarfo to provide evidence to the fact that he has four children and four wives.

Socrate is alleged to have made the claim on Peace FM’s entertainment review show a couple of weeks ago.

Now the rapper wants Socrate to provide details of the customary or marriage by ordinance between him and the four women.

This, he said, should include names of the women and when they got bonded together as husband and wives.

Briefing a section of the media, Tinny noted that failure on the part of Socrate to produce this evidence to support his claim will lead to a legal tussle.

He said, “I will sue Socrate for defamation of character for failing to provide the requisite evidence.”

He said as a role model he needs to protect his brand and serve as good example for those who look up to him to emulate, adding that issues which will paint a negative image of him must not be countenanced.


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