Showing posts with label Ghana. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ghana. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Ghana declares end of Marburg virus disease outbreak

Ghana has declared the end of a Marburg virus outbreak, a highly infectious disease similar to Ebola, that was confirmed in July, the president's office said on Monday.

Ghana's Marburg outbreak was the second in West Africa. The first ever case of the virus was detected last year in Guinea, with no further cases identified.

"The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has officially declared Ghana free from the Marburg virus disease outbreak that was confirmed nearly two months ago," the presidency tweeted on Monday.

Two people who died in Ghana tested positive for Marburg at the start of July, after which the West African country's government confirmed its first outbreak of the disease on July 17.

Two more cases were confirmed around 10 days later, one of which died at the start of August, bringing the total number of fatalities to three.

There have been a dozen major Marburg outbreaks since 1967, mostly in southern and eastern Africa. Fatality rates have varied from 24% to 88% in past outbreaks depending on the virus strain and case management, according to the World Health Organization.


Saturday, August 14, 2021

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Nigeria trails 157 countries in COVID-19 vaccination, behind Togo, Ghana, others

Amid the third wave of COVID-19 infections, only 1,416,623 Nigerians, representing 0.9 per cent of the country’s population, have been fully vaccinated against the deadly virus.

Experts say a nation must vaccinate 70 per cent of its population to achieve herd immunity.

WHO, on its website, describes herd immunity as the indirect protection from an infectious disease that happens when a population is immune either through vaccination or immunity developed through previous infection. However, the agency has yet to take a position on the percentage of vaccinations required for a country to be officially declared as having achieved COVID-19 herd immunity.

Check by Saturday PUNCH on Friday showed that Nigeria was behind 157 countries around the world in the rate of vaccination against the deadly virus.

Worldwide figures provided by Google News based on data aggregated from Wikipedia, Johns Hopkins University and Our World in Data showed that 4,620,035,352 vaccines had been administered, while 1,257,545,210 (16.2 per cent) people were fully vaccinated.

The 10 countries topping the vaccination chart are Malta (81.3 per cent), Maldives (78.2 per cent), United Arab Emirates (73.7 per cent), Seychelles (70.2 per cent), Iceland (70.1 per cent), Singapore (70 per cent), Bahrain (69.2 per cent), San Marino (68.2 per cent), Chile (67.5 per cent), Uruguay (67.4 per cent), and Qatar (67.4 per cent).

As of 9.30pm on Friday, the total number of doses administered in Nigeria stood at 3,967,013, while the population of those who had received at least one dose of the vaccine was 2,550,390, representing 1.2 per cent of the country. Of that number, the population of fully vaccinated Nigerians was 1,416,623 (0.69 per cent).

According to Worldometer, which provides real-time statistics for diverse topics, Nigeria has a population of about 206,139,589.

In terms of population, the closest country to Nigeria, Brazil (212,559,417), had administered a total of 160,056,922 doses, with 116,138,282 (55 per cent) having received at least one dose, while 48,164,569 were (22.8 per cent) fully vaccinated.

In Africa, the second most populous nation, Ethiopia with 114,963,588 citizens, had given 2,302,496 vaccine doses, though no data was provided on the number of recipients of either one dose or full vaccination.

Egypt, with a population of 102,334,404, had administered 5,750,549 doses. A total of 3,883,927 Egyptians (3.9 per cent) had received at least one dose, while 1,866,622 (1.9 per cent) were fully vaccinated.

With a population of 31,072,940, Ghana had given 1,271,393 doses in total, with 865,422 (2.9 per cent) of its people having received at least one dose and 405,971 (1.3 per cent) fully vaccinated.

South Africa, with a population of 59,308,690, had administered 9,185,756 doses, and 7,249,045 (12.3 per cent), who had got at least one dose, including 3,958,231 (6.7 per cent) fully vaccinated.

In Kenya with a population of 53,771,296, a total of 1,922,085 doses had been administered to 1,192,418 (2.5 per cent) of its citizens, including 729,667 who were fully vaccinated.

With a population of 8,278,724, Togo had administered 474,776 doses. A total of 321,139 (4.3 per cent) had received one dose, while 153,637 (2 per cent) had received the complete dosage.

The World health Organisation, last week, confirmed to Sunday PUNCH that the Alpha variant of the novel coronavirus, first detected in the United Kingdom, had been reported in 38 African countries, including Nigeria.

Similarly, the Beta variant (B.1.351), first detected in South Africa, has so far been confirmed in 35 African countries, including Nigeria, while the Delta variant has been reported in Nigeria and 25 other nations on the continent.

WHO disclosed that Africa had received 91 million COVID-19 vaccine doses so far, noting that about 24 million people, just 1.7 per cent of Africa’s population, had been vaccinated.

The New Vaccines Introduction Officer at the WHO Regional Office for Africa, Dr Phionah Atuhebwe, said, “The continent needs up to 183 million more doses to fully vaccinate 10 per cent of its population by the end of September and up to 729 million more doses to meet the end-of-year goal of fully vaccinating 30 per cent of Africa’s population.

“COVAX aims to deliver 520 million doses to Africa by the end of 2021. Almost 90 million of these doses have now been allocated to African countries and will be delivered by the end of September.” Punch

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Cement cheaper in Nigeria than Zambia, Ghana others - Dangote

The management of Dangote Cement Plc has clarified that the price of a bag of cement from its factories and plants across Nigeria (as at 12th April, 2021) is N2,450 in Obajana and Gboko, and N2,510 in Ibese inclusive of VAT.

The Company in a statement stated that the clarification was made in view of recent insinuations that the company sells cement in Nigeria at significantly higher prices relative to other countries, particularly Ghana and Zambia.

Dangote’s Group Executive Director, Strategy, Portfolio Development & Capital Projects, Devakumar Edwin according to the statement revealed that, while a bag of Cement sells for an equivalent of $5.1, including VAT in Nigeria, it sells for $7.2 in Ghana and $5.95 in Zambia ex-factory, inclusive of all taxes.

He said that though the Company has direct control over its ex-factory prices, it cannot control the ultimate price of cement when it gets to the market.

He advised that it is important to distinguish Dangote’s ex-factory prices from prices at which retailers sell cement in the market.

He, therefore, frowned at what he described as intentional misinformation or demarketing, allegedly sponsored by some individuals, that Dangote sells its cement at higher prices in Nigeria relative to other African countries at the expense of Nigerians.

He described the allegation as false, misleading, and unfounded, while giving the media persons present at the press conference copies of invoices from Nigeria and some other African countries (Cameroun, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Zambia), and urging them to conduct independent investigations on the price of cement across the West African(W/A) coast.

Edwin further explained that while Dangote cement has 60% share of the market, other companies have the remaining 40%.

He further explained that “Demand for cement has risen globally as a fallout of the COVID crisis. Nigeria is no exception as a combination of monetary policy changes and low returns from the capital market has resulted in a significant increase in construction activity.

“To ensure that we meet local demand, we had to suspend exports from our recently commissioned export terminals, thereby foregoing dollar earnings.

“We also had to reactivate our 4.5m ton capacity Gboko Plant which was closed 4 years ago and run it at a higher cost all in a bid to guarantee that we meet demand and keep the price of Cement within control in the country.”

He said: “Over the past 15 months, our production costs have gone up significantly. About 50% of our costs are linked to USD so the cost of critical components like: gas, gypsum, bags, and spare parts; has increased significantly due to devaluation of the Naira and VAT increase.

“Despite this, Dangote Cement has not increased ex-factory prices since December 2019 till date while prices of most other building materials have gone up significantly.” Vanguardngr

Saturday, March 06, 2021

Saturday, March 06, 2021

Ghana court upholds President Akufo-Addo’s election victory

Ghana’s Supreme Court has upheld President Nana Akufo-Addo’s victory in December’s election.

The court rejected a challenge by the runner-up, Former President John Mahama, who had alleged irregularities in the results.

Akufo-Addo was retained as leader, following a seven-member panel of the country’s top court Judges’ dismissal of the election petition filed by Mahama.

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court said this was because the case had no merit.

Mahama, who contested the 2020 elections on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress, took the Electoral Commission to court.

He sought to challenge validity of results and subsequent declaration of President Akufo-Addo as the winner.

In his petition filed on Dec. 30, 2020, Mahama sought five reliefs from the apex court.

He, among other things, asked the Supreme Court to declare the EC’s declaration of Akufo-Addo as winner of the polls unconstitutional, null and void.

He also asked the apex court to order the Electoral Commission (EC) to conduct a re-run of the election between himself and Akufo-Addo.

The petitioner called three witnesses to make his case at the court-Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte and Rojo Mettle-Nunoo – and they were cross-examined.

Mahama, in his closing address, insisted that he discharged the burden of proof placed on him by the constitution.

But the respondents – the Electoral Commission and Akufo-Addo – urged the apex court to dismiss the petition.

They argued that the petition was incompetent, lacked merit and raised no reasonable cause of action.

Ruling, Chief Justice Anin Yeboah said the petitioner did not satisfy all the five issues outlined by the court to determine the case.

According to the Electoral Commission, Akufo-Addo was re-elected with 51.59 per cent of the vote against 47.36 per cent for his predecessor and opponent of the main opposition NDC.

Only 515,524 votes separated the two candidates.

International and local observers said the election was generally calm. However, five people were killed in violence on voting and counting day, according to police. Thenationonlineng

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Ghana: 2 Brothers Win Parliamentary Seats

The two brothers, who contested under different political parties, won their constituencies.

Two brothers, John Jinapor and Abu Jinapor, have won Ghana’s parliamentary seats in the just concluded general elections.

The two brothers, who contested under different political parties, won their constituencies.

John Jinapor, the older brother, vied for Yapei-Kusawgu constituency seat of the Savannah Region under the platform of the opposition party, National Democratic Congress.

His younger brother, Abu Jinapor, just secured the Damango seat in the West Gonja District also of the Savannah Region after defeating an experienced lawmaker, Adam Mutawakilu, in a closely contested election.

John Jinapor was the deputy minister of Power under the previous National Democratic Congress government and had earlier served as a spokesperson to former President John Mahama.

The younger Jinapor, a legal luminary polled 15,671 votes to defeat the incumbent National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament, Adam Mutawakilu who garnered 13,330 votes while an independent candidate David Tiki Dange polled 296 votes.

Before winning the Damango seat, Abu Jinapor was one of Nana Akufo-Addo’s Deputy Chief of Staff and had also served in other capacities in Akufo-Addo’s office while in opposition, Ghanaweb reports.

Sunday, December 06, 2020

Sunday, December 06, 2020

Africa: Campaigning ends in Ghana ahead general elections

Defeaning vuvuzelas and party songs took over Ghana's capital Accra on Saturday, the final day of campaigning ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections.

Twelve candidates, including three women, are vying for the west African nation's top job, but Monday's vote is essentially a fight between President Nana Akufo-Addo, 76, and former head of state John Mahama.

The city centre was plastered with billboards and posters and flags at every corner.

Akufo-Addo, running for a second term, drove through the shanty town of Nima, making whistle stops to acknowledge mammoth crowds clad in T-shirts of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

"It’s a done deal. It’s clear. The crowd says it all. Four more (years) for Nana," a party supporter, Dauda Faisal said.

Defying all COVID-19 protocols -– with just a handful wearing face masks -- the ecstatic crowd waved miniature flags as the president headed towards the rally grounds where he was due to address supporters.

Opposition leader John Mahama meanwhile kicked off his final day of campaigning by meeting local chiefs and labour union leaders, assuring them of more jobs if he won the December 7 election.

Mahama, 62, who has been campaigning hard for months, was expected later in the evening at a rally organised by his party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

More than 17 million people are registered to vote in the nation's eighth poll since it returned to democracy nearly 30 years ago.

This is the third time that Akufo-Addo and Mahama are running against each other, and the race is expected to be very close.

Results could be announced within 24 hours after the polls close. (Africannews)

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday, September 15, 2019

WHO: Kenya joins Ghana and Malawi to roll out Landmark Malaria Vaccine

The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulates the Government of Kenya for launching the world's first malaria vaccine today in Homa Bay County, western Kenya.

The malaria vaccine pilot programme is now fully underway in Africa, as Kenya joins Ghana and Malawi to introduce the landmark vaccine as a tool against a disease that continues to affect millions of children in Africa.

The vaccine, known as RTS.S, will be available to children from 6 months of age in selected areas of the country in a phased pilot introduction. It is the first and only vaccine to significantly reduce malaria in children, including life-threatening malaria.

Malaria claims the life of one child every two minutes. The disease is a leading killer of children younger than 5 years in Kenya.

"Africa has witnessed a recent surge in the number of malaria cases and deaths. This threatens the gains in the fight against malaria made in the past two decades," said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. "The ongoing pilots will provide the key information and data to inform a WHO policy on the broader use of the vaccine in sub-Saharan Africa. If introduced widely, the vaccine has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives."

First vaccination: a day to celebrate

Distinguished health officials, community leaders and health advocates gathered in Homa Bay County - one of eight counties in Kenya where the vaccine will be introduced in selected areas - to mark this historic moment with declarations of support for the promising new malaria prevention tool and to demonstrate a ceremonial first vaccination of a 6-month-old child.

Speaking at the event, WHO Representative to Kenya Dr Rudi Eggers said: "Vaccines are powerful tools that effectively reach and better protect the health of children who may not have immediate access to the doctors, nurses and health facilities they need to save them when severe illness comes. This is a day to celebrate as we begin to learn more about what this vaccine can do to change the trajectory of malaria though childhood vaccination."

Thirty years in the making, the vaccine is a complementary malaria control tool - to be added to the core package of WHO-recommended measures for malaria prevention, including the routine use of insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor spraying with insecticides and timely access to malaria testing and treatment.

Malaria vaccine implementation in Kenya

The Ministry of Health, through the National Vaccines and Immunization Programme, is leading the phased vaccine introduction in areas of high malaria transmission, where the vaccine can have the greatest impact.

The aim is to vaccinate about 120 000 children per year in Kenya across the selected introduction areas, including Homa Bay, Kisumu, Migori, Siaya, Busia, Bungoma, Vihiga and Kakamega counties. Within the eight counties, some sub-counties will introduce the vaccine into immunization schedules while others are expected to introduce the vaccine later.

More about the vaccine pilot programme

The WHO-coordinated pilot programme is a collaboration with the ministries of health in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi and a range of in-country and international partners, including PATH, a non-profit organization, and GSK, the vaccine developer and manufacturer, which is donating up to 10 million vaccine doses for this pilot. (Capital FM)

Friday, July 12, 2019

Friday, July 12, 2019

South Africa denies Nigeria visa-free status, grants Ghana

South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has added Ghana to a list of seven countries whose nationals will be permitted to enter South Africa visa-free.

Nigeria was not included despite the large volume of trade between the two countries.
South Africa announced in September 2018, that it was finalising a number of visa waiver agreements with other countries including Ghana to allow travellers to enter the country without a visa.

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According to the Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, citizens of the seven countries are able to enter South Africa without a visa.

“Tourism will soar if we relax visa requirements for entry into South Africa. We know that Tourism is very important for job creation,” he said today at a briefing in South Africa.

“Out of the 193 countries who are member states of the United Nations, the Department has granted visa-free status to 75 countries. Of these 16 are in our continent and are SADC members and 59 are from all over the world.” (NAN)

Monday, April 22, 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019

3 Nigerians declared wanted in Ghana for kidnapping diplomat

The Ghana Police Service has declared wanted, three Nigerians for allegedly kidnapping the Consular – General and Head of Mission of Estonia to Ghana.

The 61-year-old foreign envoy was reportedly kidnapped in the early hours of Thursday, during his regular morning walk in his neighbourhood in Accra.

According to the Public Relations officer of the Accra Regional Police Command, DSP Efia Tenge, the Head of the Estonian Mission to Ghana, Hon. Nabil Makram Basbous, was abducted by three gunmen suspected to be Nigerians, who held him hostage in an unknown location until he was rescued by the police.

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The police spokesman in a statement, revealed that the police foiled the kidnap, through intelligence report it received from the neighbours of the three Nigerians.

DSP Tenge disclosed that the SWAT Unit of the Accra Regional Police Command picked up intelligence that some Nigerians residing at NTHC Estates, Vivian Farms, in Lashibi, in Accra were engaged in suspicious activities.

The information the police gathered was that the suspects stayed at home all day and only went out at nights.

The police swooped on the house, but the suspects escaped by scaling over a fence.

According to DSP Tenge, “While police were still at the scene, Hon. Nabil Makram Basbous, 61years, a Lebanese, Consular – General and Head of Mission of Estonia to Ghana came out from one of the rooms in the house.”

The envoy had recounted to the police, how he was kidnapped by three armed men.

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He was on his usual morning walk in his neighborhood on Thursday morning, 10 minutes into the walk, a white Hyundai Elantra pulled up beside him.

“One of the occupants came out, pulled a pistol on him and ordered him to enter the car or risk being shot if he resisted. He obliged, entered and was driven away with the kidnappers pointing a pistol and an axe at him. He could not see his way till they got to the location and he was detained in the room and held hostage for the payment of ransom,” the police said.

After searching the house, the police found a Retay brand pistol loaded with five rounds of 7.65mun ammunition and two axes. Also the car has been impounded. (Daily Trust)
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