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Ghana Treating Frontline Health Workers Better Than US – Report

Health workers at the Frontline of the covid-19 fight in Ghana are being treated better than their counterpart in the US, The Washington Post, has revealed, with calls on the US government to emulate the intervention of the Ghanaian Government for health workers. In its latest report sighted by DGN Online, The Washington Post analysed how frontline health workers are treated in countries across the world. It did a comparative analysis between Ghana and the US, concluding that Ghana's frontline health workers are taken better care of than those in the US. Its conclusion was drawn based on the relief packages introduced by the government of Ghana led by Akufo-Addo. According to The Washington Post, “Hazard pay has become a rallying cry and a source of controversy around the world as health-care workers risk their lives on the front lines – often without adequate supplies or protection. Ghana is offering some of the globe's most generous additional benefits while a number of..

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‘We’ve Arrested The Cedi’ – Bawumia

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has insisted that Ghana’s exchange rate has fared better under the Akufo-Addo-led government than the Mahama administration. Dr. Bawumia said this in reaction to criticisms that the cedi keeps depreciating against major currencies despite his comments that the exchange rate is under control. While defending government's macroeconomic performance in an interview on Joy News, Dr. Bawumia maintained that the current depreciation of the cedi is 50 percent less than the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration. “Fundamentally, we have managed the cedi much better by all accounts. We did arrest the depreciation of the cedi and if you look at the records in terms of the depreciation of the cedi in the last eight years, since the NPP came into power, the rate of the cedi depreciation is 50 percent less than what it was before. That is what the data shows. So yes indeed, we have arrested the depreciation of the cedi and brought..

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Ofankor: Landlord Allegedly Shoots Tenant To Death For Refusing To Vacate House

A man has died after he was shot multiple times on Sunday, May 24 at Spot M near Ofankor in Accra. According to police, the deceased was brought to the police station unconscious by some persons around 1:45 pm. The complainant alleged that the deceased had been shot by his landlord for refusing to vacate a room rented out to him. The deceased was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival. A visit to the crime scene resulted in the discovery of a pool of blood and four spent shells at the entrance of the main gate of the rented apartment. “The former reported that on the same day at about 1:33 pm, victim’s landlord, Victor Stephen Nana Kankam shot the victim for refusing to vacate a room he rented from him. Police rushed the victim to Police Hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival,” the police said in a statement. “The district commander DSP MR. George Asare and his team proceeded to the scene of the crime at Spot M and saw a pool of blood at the entrance of ..

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COVID-19 Information In Local Languages Introduced

Savana Signatures, an NGO is operating through its Sexual Health Education Plus (SHE ) Helpline to ensure inclusive efforts in reducing the spread of the disease. The Savana Signatures' SHE Helpline has been in operation for some time now and providing information and counselling on all issues related to sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and has now added information on transmission, symptoms, and preventive measures on COVID-19. Callers to the Helpline who are suspected to exhibit COVID-19 signs and symptoms or have issues on SRHR, are referred to appropriate authorities and health centres for further professional handling. So far, The SHE centre has received more than 300 calls from the public seeking SRHR and COVID-19 related information. Another strategy under the SHE is the SHE Champions, made up of trained health group of young people to engage in sensitisation exercises in the Northern Region, educate members of the public on SRHR as well as COVID-19 issues...

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South Africa: Covid-19 Outbreak Will Get Worse — Ramaphosa

Listen to articleThe President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa has warned that the country’s coronavirus outbreak is going to get much worse while announcing that lockdown measures are to be eased. He said a third of the country’s more than 22,000 cases had been recorded in the last week. Despite that, the president said the current lockdown could not be sustained indefinitely. He announced that, from 1 June, more restrictions would be lifted. Mr Ramaphosa was speaking after a mining company in South Africa said 164 workers at a gold mine near Johannesburg had tested positive for coronavirus. How will the lockdown be eased? An overnight curfew will no longer be in place, more businesses will be allowed to open and schools will re-start, the president said. A controversial ban on alcohol will also end, with limited sales allowed for home consumption only and “only under strict conditions on specified days and for limited hours”, the president said. But Mr Ramaphosa said the ban ..

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Covid-19 Is A Major Test – Says Foreign Ministry

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, has described the coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak on the continent as a major test of the resolve the African Union (AU) and its member countries to advance the development of Africa. In a statement to mark this year’s edition of the African Union Day on May 25, 2020, the Ministry says “while dealing with the pandemic, Africa cannot defer urgent action on plans and programmes that will advance continental trade and development.” It added that “it is, therefore, only through our collective efforts and resilience that we can position Africa in the right place among the comity of nations.” AU started 2020 with the theme: “Silencing The Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development.” The AU has maintained the above theme for the past three years. The Ministry bemoaned how the novel viral disease devastated the world’s most robust economies and heightened uncertainty amongst the investor community. “Despite the relat..

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Legon Cities Wants To Use UG Stadium When League Resumes

“We have started engaging the authorities at the premier University and we are hopeful of a positive response from them. We believe that such a facility would help us grow our fan base and also align ourselves with the institution as the name of the club has a connection with the school,” he said. He added that Legon Cities were willing to bring the business bit out of their club where supporters can even make money out of the club and that they were targeting campuses after the pandemic to boost their stadium attendance. Among the issues discussed on the Zoom Hangout platform with fans include player transfers as they confirmed unfruitful transfer talks with top premier league marksman Sogne Yacouba. The club was also set to unveil a number of new signings in the not too distant future to augment their squad. ---GNA

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Daily Guide’s A.R Gomda Apologises To Sheikh Anas Over False Publication

A.R. Gomda Listen to articleThe long-serving News Editor with the Daily Guide Newspaper, A.R. Gomda has apologised to the Head of the Darul-Hadith Institute for Islamic Studies, Sheikh Anas Taufic Bakri, for accusing him of engaging in youth radicalization and incitement in a publication dated May 20. It is however surprising that the News Editor with his craft in the field, will surrender his 'guns' so soon by apologising to this particular 'error-ridden' story which he mastered the artistry at the pro-NPP newspaper. Mr. Gomda in Monday, May 25 edition of the newspaper expressed regret for associating the families of the late Sheikh Taufic Bakri, the Ahlussuna and Shia community with terrorism by describing the publication as an “error" and "unintended". "I hereby express an unqualified apology to the families of the late Shiekh Taufic of Kumasi, who is the father of Sheikh Anas Taufic Bakri, Head of the Darul-Hadith Institute for Islamic Studies in Kumasi, w..

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Eid-ul-Fitr: Historical ‘Gangara’ Absent As Muslims Observe Quiet Celebration

The usually packed-to-capacity streets in Zongo communities in the Ashanti Region were virtually empty as the Muslim community observed strict adherence to the laid-down protocols of the covid-19 pandemic. “As law-abiding citizens, the Muslim community has decided to respect the existing social and health protocols,” Sheikh Bun Bida, Public Relations Officer in-charge of the Ashanti Regional Eid Planning Committee, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Kumasi. The 'Gangara', coinciding with the Eid-ul-Fitr (a sacred day on the Islamic calendar symbolizing the end of Ramadan), under normal circumstances brings all tribal groups in the Zongo communities together to revel. They usually move in processions through the principal streets amid drumming and dancing, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the various tribes. A visit by the GNA to some communities, including Sabon Zongo, Akwatialine, Aboabo Number One and Two, saw the streets virtually empty as most revelers stayed a..

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Daffiama Community Wants Support To Complete School Project

Community members in Daffiama said the kitchen construction project was initiated by the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) to secure a decent cooking place for the school children who were benefiting from the Ghana School Feeding Programme. Mr Peter Dakurah, the PTA Chairman of the school, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said since the school was constructed about a decade ago, there had not been a decent cooking place for the school forcing the school caterers to cook under makeshift sheds. He explained the shed under which they cooked the food was destroyed by a rain storm about three months ago while the schools were closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the PTA decided to build the kitchen to enable the cooks at the school to prepare food for the school children when schools resume as the rains set in. Mr Dakurah said the building has been completed through a communal labour, but that they could not raise funds to purchase cement to plaster the structure...

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