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COVID-19: GHS warns of third wave

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says the threat of a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana is real.

The Service said it was due to the increase in cases as well as the detection of the delta variant in communities.

It said the emergence of the new variants with higher infection rate further complicated the non-adherence to the COVID-19 safety protocols among the public.

A statement, issued at the end of the GHS high level strategic meeting on COID-19 in Kumasi, said evidence from other countries that had experienced a third wave indicated that the cases were usually twice or three times the cases in the first wave.

It said the rise in cases was of concern to the GHS and that necessitated the strategic meeting of senior managers of the Service.

“The threat of a third major wave in Ghana is real, our first wave recorded a peak of over 1,100 cases in a single day, there were several days during that peak, where we reported between 600 to 1000 cases a day,” it noted.

The statement said other threats of a third wave included; the outbreaks of cases in neighbouring countries, surges in the Ashanti and Greater Accra regions and low vaccination coverage, among others.

It said the increase in cases had largely been from the major hotspots of Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions with a few sporadic outbreaks in other regions such as the Volta and Eastern regions.

“For example, between 11th and 25th April 2021, a total of 968 cases were recorded for the two-week period compared to 2,500 recorded from the 1st to 14th July 2021,” it said.

The statement said following the confirmation of the first two cases of COVID-19 in Ghana on the 12th of March 2020, several more cases had been recorded in the last 16 months.

As of the 17th of July 2021, a total of 99,734 cases were recorded with 817 deaths, with active cases at 3,466, with over 1.3 million tests done.

After the confirmation of the country’s first two cases, Ghana has seen two major and two minor waves.

The first major wave spanned June to July 2020 while a second major wave was experienced from late January to early March 2021.

The Service said the main drivers identified for the second outbreak were activities during the Christmas festivities with lowered adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols, coupled with the high number of travelers to Ghana during the Christmas festivities.

The GHS said although its current system had some inherent strengths, all of its capacities could be overwhelmed if a third wave, especially driven by the Delta variant, said to be highly transmissible was not averted.

The statement said it was, therefore, critical for all to adhere to the protocols that had been proven to be effective such as: the wearing of face mask at all times when in public, washing hands regularly with soap under running water or the use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, maintaining social distancing and cough etiquette.

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John Mahama eulogizes Ama Benyiwa Doe

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Former President, John Dramani Mahama, has poured a fountain of laudations on the late Former Central Regional Minister, Ama Benyiwa Doe, who has passed.  According to him, the late party stalwart was not only a politician, but a gender activist.

President Mahama, who took to his Social Media walls on Sunday, September 19, 2021 expressed shock about the passing of madam Benyiwa Doe and praised her for her great service to the NDC and Ghana.

“I have received with deep sadness, news of the demise of one of the most inspirational icons to have served our party, the NDC, and this great nation.” John Mahama stated.

He added that the late Ama Benyiwa Doe was a personality of courage, commitment and served her country with passion.

“Ama Benyiwa Doe was an embodiment of limitless courage, commitment and passion for service.” The Former President observed.

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Family sources said the outspoken politician died during the early hours of Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Tema in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.

Madam Benyiwa Doe, who was the Central Regional Minister between 2009-2012 died at age 71. She was once a Member of Parliament for Gomoa West and a Former National Women’s Organisation of the Opposition National Democratic Congress.

Our sources said, Madam Ama Benyiwa Doe, popularly known as Am Shavez was unwell for few years until her unfortunate demise on Sunday.

Her death, has seen Facebook and other Social Media platforms flooded with a fountain of messages to eulogize the iconic late member of the NDC.

The National Youth Organiser of the NDC, George Opare Addo, has described the late Ama Benyiwa Doe as a selfless patriot who served Ghana well.

“As a party executive and Minister, she was exceptional, patriotic and served her nation well.” Mr.Opare Addo stated.

An astute NDC Youth and Social Media Activist, Bright Abakosem observed that the late Former Minister’s life deserves celebrations.

“We will celebrate a life well lived. NDC is forever grateful for your commitment, dedication, hard work and above all, long service.” He eulogised.

Source: Nationalistgh.com

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Chereponi: Police move in to prevent demo against purported DCE nominee

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The Chereponi District Police command has foiled a planned demonstration against the purported District Chief Executive nominee, Zuweira Mada Nashiru.

The police in a statement said the demonstration was going to be embarked upon by some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who were aggrieved that their favourite candidate, S. K. Orlando, was not recommended for nomination.

“The Chereponi District Police Command upon receipt of the information quickly invited the constituency chairman, Aliu Sulemana and some of the youth leaders and after discussing, the chairman and the youth leaders realized the need to keep the peace and abide by the advice of the police not to proceed with the demonstration. They also promised to go by the Public Order Act and notify the police accordingly, should they intend to organize the demonstration.”

The police also engaged S. K Orlando who was urged to calm his supporters down.

The district remains calm, however, the police say they are monitoring the situation.

Two patrol teams have currently been deployed to maintain peace in the area, including a standby security team put in place.

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NDC stalwart Ama Benyiwa Doe passes on at 71; eulogies go viral

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A Former National Democratic Congress’ Central Regional Minister, Ama Benyiwa Doe has passed on, the Nationalistgh.com can confirm.

Family sources said the outspoken politician died during the early hours of Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Tema in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.

Madam Benyiwa Doe, who was the Central Regional Minister between 2009-2012 died at age 71. She was once a Member of Parliament for Gomoa West and a Former National Women’s Organisation of the Opposition National Democratic Congress.

Our sources said, Madam Ama Benyiwa Doe, popularly known as Am Shavez was unwell for few years until her unfortunate demise on Sunday.

Her death, has seen Facebook and other Social Media platforms flooded with a fountain of messages to eulogize the iconic late member of the NDC.

The National Youth Organiser of the NDC, George Opare Addo, has described the late Ama Benyiwa Doe as a selfless patriot who served Ghana well.

“As a party executive and Minister, she was exceptional, patriotic and served her nation well.” Mr.Opare Addo stated.

An astute NDC Youth and Social Media Activist, Bright Abakosem observed that the late Former Minister’s life deserves celebrations.

“We will celebrate a life well lived. NDC is forever grateful for your commitment, dedication, hard work and above all, long service.” He eulogised.

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Source: Nationalistgh.com

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