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Rebecca Foundation donates ambulance to needy health institutions

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Rebecca Foundation donates ambulance to needy health institutions

Rebecca Foundation donates ambulance to needy health institutions

The Rebecca Foundation on Wednesday presented six new ambulances to some needy health institutions across the country to improve emergency care in children and babies.

The gesture formed part of the Foundations efforts at supporting various health interventions, particularly targeted at women and children to improve their wellbeing.

The ambulances, handed over to the Foundation by SVANI Group Limited, are fitted with essential medical equipments including stretchers, maternity kits, cardiac monitors, oxygen, gloves, syringes and burns kits to provide optimum care to children in need of emergency care.

The beneficiary hospitals include the Osu Maternity Home, the Sakumono Community Hospital, Valley View University Hospital and the Paediatric Unit Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, all in the Greater Accra Region.

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The rest are the West Gonja District Assembly Polyclinic in the Northern Region and the Komfo Anokye Mother and Baby Unit in the Ashanti Region.

First Lady and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, presenting keys to the ambulances to the hospitals, said a robust emergency system was critical to deliver quality health outcomes.

“I know that the health ministry is in the process of distributing ambulances to health facilities across the country and this is our own way of complimenting such efforts.

The ability of health personnel to respond swiftly to emergencies such as accidents, childhood complications and venom bites among others is very cardinal in our pursuit of preventing avoidable deaths which is why we are making these donations,” she said.

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Mrs Akufo-Addo charged the hospitals to put the ambulances to good use and observe good maintenance practices to achieve desired results.

Deputy Minister of Health, Tina Naa Ayeley Mensah, expressed gratitude to the First Lady for the donation, which she said was a lead up to the government’s commitment to distribute some 275 ambulances nationwide.

“We will soon begin distribution of the ambulances to the constituencies and this presentation is just a first step in rolling out the policy,” she stated.

Ms Mensah pledged, on behalf of the beneficiary hospitals, to use the ambulances for its intended purpose “for the benefit of all”.

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On his part, the Municipal Chief Executive of the Korley-Klottey Municipal Assembly, Nii Adjei Tawiah, noted the timeliness of the ambulances particularly to serve residents within his jurisdiction which had been without a children’s ambulance for a long while.

“Osu had been without an ambulance for a long while and we are very much grateful to the Rebecca Foundation for extending this help to us,” he said while expressing appr

Source: ghanaiantimes.com.gh

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Lumba and I didn’t break up over a woman – Nana Acheampong

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Lumba and I didn’t break up over a woman – Nana Acheampong

One of the originators of ‘Burger Highlife’, Nana Acheampong has discounted claims that he split with his other half-brother, Daddy Lumba over a woman.

Following the decision by both musicians who formed the famous Lumba Brothers to go solo, there were reports their division was fueled by a woman both were chasing.

But reacting to it for the first time on Kumasi-based Pure FM monitored by MyNewsGh.com, the musician stated unequivocally that it was neither because of a woman nor money but a collective decision arrived at.

“After coming out with songs for a couple of times and playing for almost 10 years, he moved from where we stayed in Germany to another place called Oldenburg and the distance was quite far. He was unable to be coming for regular rehearsals”, he revealed to host Hammer.

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Though their fans were not too happy over the split, he insisted that it was not because of money nor a woman but a development that led to them producing more music for the country.

He admitted both are good at writing songs and pray that they will continue to be inspired to do more and produce good songs for their fans.

Source: mynewsgh.com

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Mahama increased electricity tariff by 166%, NPP decreased by 5% – Bawumia

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Mahama increased electricity tariff by 166%, NPP decreased by 5% – Bawumia

The National Democratic Congress, during the Mahama administration, cumulatively increased electricity tariff by 166%, Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said.

On the back of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission’s recent hike in power and water tariffs by 5.94 per cent and 2.22 per cent, respectively, Dr Bawumia said at the launch of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) at the Bank of Ghana (BoG) Auditorium at the University of Ghana (UG) on Wednesday, 2 October 2019 that: “Between 2013 and 2016, just the last four years of the NDC government, the cumulative increase in electricity tariff was 166%”.

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Dr Bawumia said that in line with the Akufo-Addo government’s agenda to create jobs, the administration has embarked on moves to cut electricity tariff to spur more employment.

According to him, “In 2018, we [NPP] reduced electricity prices of businesses by 30% and for households by 17.5 %, an average of around 22%.”

“Earlier this year in July, there was an increase of electricity price of 11% and yesterday of 5.6%. When you take the total cumulative increase on average, as I said, between 2017 and today, you have a cumulative decrease of about 5%”.

He continued: “So, the NDC, in their last four years, increased [electricity tariff] by 166%, we have come down since we have been in government by 5% on average”.

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This, Dr Bawumia said, far outweighs the performance of the Mahama administration.

Comparatively, he said it is “still ‘boot for charley-wote’ when you come to electricity pricing”.

Source: classfmonline.com

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Brother of deposed Algerian leader sentenced to 15 years

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Brother of deposed Algerian leader sentenced to 15 years

The brother of Algeria’s deposed former president has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiring against the state and undermining the military.

Said Bouteflika was widely seen as the real power behind the presidency after his brother, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, suffered a stroke in 2013.

Two former secret service chiefs and a political party head were also sentenced after the two-day trial.

President Bouteflika was ousted in April following pro-democracy protests.

The defendants were detained in May during a wave of arrests targeting the former president’s inner circle.

The ailing ex-leader is in a residence west of Algiers, and is not expected to face trial.

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The current authorities in Algeria have promised to crack down on what the call “the gang” that used to surround President Bouteflika and bring them to justice, the BBC’s Ahmed Rouaba says.

This trial is designed to show that the government is serious about fighting what it says is corruption at the highest level of the state, our reporter adds.

What were the allegations?

The charges related to an alleged meeting between Said Bouteflika and his co-defendants in March.

He was accused of conspiring with two secret service leaders, Gen Mohamed Mediene and Gen Athmane Tartag, and the head of The Workers’ Party, Louisa Hanoune.

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They were said to be considering declaring a state of emergency and firing the army chief, Gen Ahmed Gaid Salah, as protests against the president were mounting.

Who is now in charge?

Gen Salah remains the head of the armed forces and is considered to be the most powerful man in the country, but the speaker of parliament’s upper house, Abdelkader Bensalah, is the interim president.

Both men are tainted by an association with the former government.

Nevertheless, they say they are committed to dealing with alleged corruption under President Bouteflika.

Several former cabinet ministers, political leaders and businessmen linked to the ousted leader have also been detained.

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Despite this crackdown, the authorities have not been able to hold a presidential election that would pave the way to the return of constitutional rule.

Protesters, who are still taking to the streets every Friday, have rejected elections under the current government, and are calling for the removal of all officials associated with the Bouteflika regime.

Source: bbc.com

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