A pregnant woman and seamstress, has been electrocuted to death in her shop while sewing dresses for her customers at Tebeso Number One, a suburb in the Ashanti region.
The 25-year-old mom-to-be died today [Friday] minutes after she was electrocuted by her electrical machine after an interruption in power supply was restored.
Narrating the incident on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Christopher Anto our reporter said, the deceased whose name was given as Zaria, was sewing for her customers when the unfortunate incident occurred.
According to him, there were a number of customers who were present at the time of incident and were there to have their dresses sown so they will use same for the Eid-Mubarak celebration.
The woman was eight and half months pregnant and just a couple of weeks from the due date for the birth of the baby. She left behind two kids.
He said, the there was an interruption in power supply but immediately the light was restored, Zaria was electrocuted. The force hit her on the wall and was had her skin turned dark.
The lady was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
The police have since deposited the body at the morgue awaiting autopsy.
The father of a twin said to have died at the Ridge Hospital in Accra has said he never saw the corpse of his supposedly dead baby as explained by the hospital authorities.
John Gabulja also said it is false that the hospital lost contact with him for over a month after the death of his baby for which reason they disposed off the body as “due process” required.
“It is not true…I was at the hospital every single day until June 12,  and the baby died on May 16,  so it is not even a month yet,” Mr Gabulja said in a radio interview on Accra based Joy FM on Friday morning.
However, according to medical director of the hospital, Emmanuel Sorofonyo, the baby died on May 14, 2018 and the father, Mr Gabulja was made to see the baby and given the chance to take the corpse home for burial.
Dr Sorofonyo in a radio interview with Joy FM on Thursday evening said, the father declined to take the corpse and said he will get back to the hospital authorities.
He added that after a month of not hearing from Gabulja, they took the baby to the morgue as required by the hospital’s policy.
“We even make announcements on the airwaves,” he said.
Speaking on Friday, Mr Gabulja questioned the logic of Dr Sorofonyo, saying that he was present at the hospital for the entire period and therefore the authorities could have talked to him before taking the supposedly dead baby to the morgue.
He said his wife was on admission at the hospital for the entire time with the other twin baby so the hospital’s claim that they couldn’t contact them to take their corpse is not true.
“They haven’t even told me the cause of death, all that the doctor said was it is an unfortunate death,” he lamented.
“They also made me sign a document saying that I have been counselled,” he said
Speaking to the Daily Graphic, he said his wife was delivered of twin girls on May 10, 2018 at the Ridge Hospital and was told by the midwife that the children had to be kept in an incubator at the Babies Ward because they were delivered at 31 weeks and were, therefore, premature.
He stated that he was initially denied access to the children by a nurse whose name he gave as Dede “because she wanted me to place a deposit for each child and also buy some medicines and baby dresses before I can see my children”.
“Even though I made the deposit, I still could not see them because the nurse said I did not have the baby dresses. My wife and I actually saw our children on May 11, 2018 after I fulfilled all the conditions,” he said.
Mr Gabulja said he and his wife went to the hospital every day but the doctors always said the babies were doing fine. He stated that there was no problem with them until May 14, 2018 when he got to the hospital about 3 p.m. and was told by a female doctor that “one of my children, the first one, had died about 8:30 a.m”.
“I asked what killed her but she said she did not know the cause of the baby’s death because she was initially fine and was even fed with breast milk. I requested, therefore, to see the doctor in charge and was told she was not in. I asked to see her supervisor who arrived with three other doctors, one of whom tried to justify the cause of death, but I was not convinced,” he stated.
Body of baby unavailable
“My wife called later to say she was at the entrance to the hospital and was coming to join me, after which I requested to see the body of the child. Immediately one of the doctors urged me to prevent my wife from coming, since she would be difficult to deal with. At that moment, all the doctors left me alone to tell my wife what had occurred,” he added.
Mr Gabulja said he went to see one Dr Brako who was among the doctors he had met and who introduced himself as the senior doctor in charge of the Babies Ward, and again requested for the body of the baby.
He said Dr Brako told him that the baby’s body would be taken care of and asked him to rather concentrate on the surviving baby.
When he persisted in asking for the baby’s body, he was told the body could not be found.
“My wife and I are not convinced that our baby is dead and so we are demanding for the cause of death and the body of our child,” he added.
When the Daily Graphic contacted the Medical Director of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Dr Emmanuel Srofenyo, said his outfit was putting together a report for submission to the Director General (DG) of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, for consideration and action.
The ‘No Bed Syndrome’ that is believed to have pushed a number of patients to their graves on calling on health facilities for medication has been the talk of town in recent times.
This issue might just be one of the many nuisances at the various health facilities that are making people suffer the more.
In the case of Mr. Mark Quaye, he lost both his wife and new born baby to what the family believes to be failure of the Achimota Hospital to display professionalism at work.
Mrs. Helena Ama Akyere Quaye was admitted on labour at the aforementioned health centre on 13/05/18. Initially the husband was told that his wife was fit to bring forth the baby naturally but it turned out that, she be taken through a cesarean section.
In the process Mr. Quaye was informed by the medical team that he had a baby boy but unfortunately it passed away.
Helena was eventually referred to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital at Ridge in the company of a senior medical doctor who was called to assist when her condition was believed to have been critical.
On arrival at the Ridge Hospital, she was pronounced dead.
At this hospital Mr. Quaye was informed his wife's womb was removed at the previous facility but he said he was not made aware and for that matter, was not aware of the womb removal.
To him, the Achimota Hospital did not act professionally and would want the state to act on his behalf because he cannot take any legal all alone because he might not be the only one to have suffered this.
The Achimota facility has so far been the major one that the late Helena Quaye attended for medical attention until her demise and that was the second time of giving birth at the same outfit.
By: Daniel Asuku
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said Ghana stands unique in Africa when it comes to religious tolerance.
Ghana he stated is the home to every religious group and we are the envy of every nation.
The president who was delivering his message at the Eid Mubarak prayers at the Independence Square said, ‘’indeed our country stands unique in West Africa, both in terms of inter and intra religious cooperation.
‘’Ghana is home to persons of virtually every religious denomination. They all go about their religious practices without any hindrance. ‘’
He admonished Ghanaians to guard this religious tolerance so we will continue to be the envy of the world.
‘’We ought to guard this tradition of religious cooperation and tolerance…When it comes to the spirit of living together, we are the envy of many nations
President Akufo-Addo urged Muslims to be guided by the core values of the Ramadan so the period of the fasting will continue to be relevant.
He underscored the need for them to continue preaching and promoting peace and eschew all forms of negativity.
The president also commended the National Chief Imam, Dr. Sheik Nuhu Shaributu, for his exceptional leadership role in ensuring peace in the country.
The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has signed a contract with Cymain Ghana Limited, a local company, to begin the re-construction of the country’s Old Parliament House.
With the Architectural Engineering Services Limited (AESL) as consultants on the project, the signing of the agreement in Accra yesterday paved the way for work to begin on the wing and the auditorium of the Old Parliament House that was gutted by fire in December 2013.
The new edifice will comprise many offices built to suit the work of CHRAJ and an auditorium which will seat between 500 and 700 hundred people.
The cost of the project is GH¢17.8 million and it will be completed in 18 months’ time.
Speaking to journalists after the signing of the contract and the examination of the architectural plans, the Commissioner of CHRAJ, Mr Joseph Whittal, gave an assurance that the new edifice would be a worthy replacement of the historical monument.
He said it had been a long and rocky road from the time parts of the building were destroyed by fire in December 2013 to the signing of the contract for work to begin and commended the government for its show of commitment to fund the project.
He said the government had also shown its commitment to resource CHRAJ by approving the pegging of the salaries of lawyers at the commission with that of lawyers at the Attorney General’s Department.
That, according to him, had resulted in lawyers from other public institutions responding to advertisements to work with CHRAJ, as against the past when they were not willing to do so.
He said if the government had approved the purchase of vehicles for the commission to be delivered soon and the release of funds for work to commence on the project, then there was hope that funds would be released in a timely manner to enable the contractor to deliver according to the timelines of the project.
“This is all about resourcing CHRAJ,” he added.
An official of the AESL, Mr William Sackey, in his remarks, promised that they would ensure value for money in respect of the construction of the project, adding: “We will not tolerate any shoddy work from the contractor.”
Mr Sackey said the new building would be architecturally in sync with other parts of the Old Parliament House that were still intact.
When asked by journalists if the contractor could meet the 18 months’ timeline, he said only a delay in the release of funds could cause that.
The Chief Quantity Surveyor of Cymain Ghana Limited, Mr Joseph Ofosu Appiah, expressed joy at the fact that the company had been chosen, among several others, to do the job.
He promised that Cymain would endeavour to justify the trust reposed in it by CHRAJ and the government.
The Accra Community Centre was used as Parliament House during the colonial era.
At independence in 1957, the Old Parliament House, comprising the chamber and adjourning offices, was constructed at the site, but the wings adjourning the chamber and parts of the chamber were completely destroyed in the December 2013 fire.
The Old Parliament House has served as the country’s first Parliament House, the offices of the National Reconciliation Commission (NRC) between 2002 and 2003 and in recent times as the offices of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) and CHRAJ.
After the fire incident, EOCO moved to its own premises in Accra.
Source: Daily Graphic
A Ugandan inventor has won a major prize for a device which tests for malaria without drawing blood.
Brian Gitta, 24, won the Royal Academy of Engineering's Africa Prize for a device that detects tell-tale signs of malaria by shining a red beam of light on the patient's finger.
The diagnosis is ready to be shared to a mobile phone in a minute.
He developed the device, called Matibabu, after blood tests failed to diagnose his own malaria.
Malaria is the leading cause of death in Uganda, but it took four blood tests to diagnose Mr Gitta with the disease, Shafik Sekitto, who is part of the Matibabu team, told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme.
"[Gitta] brought up the idea: 'Why can't we find a new way of using the skills we have found in computer science, of diagnosing a disease without having to prick somebody?" Mr Sekitto said.
"Matibabu is simply a game-changer," Rebecca Enonchong, Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation judge and Cameroonian technology entrepreneur, said in a statement.
"It's a perfect example of how engineering can unlock development - in this case by improving healthcare."
Matibabu, which means "treatment" in Swahili, clips onto a patient's finger and does not require a specialist to operate.
Its red beam can detect changes in the colour, shape and concentration of red blood cells - all of which are affected by malaria.
The majority of global deaths caused by malaria - usually transmitted by the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito - occur in sub-Saharan Africa.
His team hopes the device can one day be used as a way to better detect malaria across the continent.
'Not an easy journey'
But before that, Matibabu has to go through a number of regulators before being available in the market, Mr Sekitto told the BBC.
It is "not an easy journey because you have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the device is safe for human use", he said.
In the meantime, the Matibabu team are currently writing an academic paper on their findings, have been approached by international researchers offering support, and are currently performing field trials on the device.
The prize, which was set up in 2014, provides support, funding, mentoring and business training to the winners, the Royal Academy of Engineering said in a statement.
Mr Gitta has also been awarded £25,000 ($33,000) in prize money from the Royal Academy of Engineering.
"The recognition will help us open up partnership opportunities - which is what we need most at the moment," Mr Gitta said in a statement.
Investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, says he is open to scrutiny from individuals who criticize his method used in investigating alleged corrupt persons.
The award winning journalist speaking at a forum organized at the University of Ghana Thursday said, criticism is good for his works and is open to them.
“I have always said that let, not people think that what I put out there should be taken hook line and sinker. Any piece of work I do, I put it out there for critical scrutiny. I have become what I am because of the kind of scrutiny I get from the public,” the investigative journalist said.
Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong has been on the neck of Anas threatening to expose him because he alleges Anas is a blackmailer.
The investigative journalist has since slapped the legislator with a GHc25 million defamation suit at the Accra High Court.
Meanwhile, Anas has also denied claims that, resigned FA boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi was trapped in his latest Number 12 expose.
He told the gathering the team did not solicit for the information but the embattled lawyer gave it out willingly.
“Those who think we just carry the camera and do what we do, it is untrue. We play by the rules that is why we are able to play on the international stage. Again, we will open up ourselves for scrutiny. People have spoken about entrapment and all that… they make specific reference to our encounter with Kwesi Nyantakyi. The man [was] welcomed from the Airport, he gets into his hotel room, and the first thing he tells us is how to scam the GFA, it gives us a proper procedure, something I did not even know and took you through a lecture on how you can form a shell company to fleece money of the investors,” Anas said.
“This was unsolicited. I’m not a football person…People make it seem as if I forced him to speak. He gave me the information. I didn’t even ask for it… By the time we could say jack, the man had mentioned and dropped names,” he added.
The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has called on Muslim youth to exercise ‘’significant moderation and circumspection in their celebrations so that at the end of the day, no injury is recorded nor life, lost.’’
This was contained in a message which was signed by John Boadu, Acting General Secretary of the party.
The message expressed happiness that the Ramadan period was successful and incident-free.
‘’The party is also happy to observe that this year's Ramadan was incident-free.’’
The party called on Muslims to pray for the ruling party.
‘’Finally, we call on them to use this important occasion to pray for the government of Ghana under the distinguished leadership of His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as well as His Excellency Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to continue to deliver on the mandate of the Ghanaian people. We also call on them to commit the nation and indeed every single Ghanaian into the good hands of almighty Allah for His mercy and grace.’’
Read the full message below:
June 15, 2018
*NPP CONGRATULATES MUSLIMS ON THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF RAMADAN FAST AND WISHES THEM EID MUBARAK*
As Muslims in Ghana and across the globe climax the end of Ramadan with the celebration of Eid-Ul-Fitr today, the NPP congratulates them on this milestone occasion and wishes them a successful Eid (Eid Mubarak). Eid-Ul-Fitr, otherwise known as "feast of the breaking of the fast" is an important festivity celebrated by Muslims all over the world to mark the end of the holy month of fasting.
It is characterised by merrymaking, alms-giving and the observance of Eid Prayers to thank almighty Allah for seeing Muslims through the holy month of Ramadan, during which time, they intensified their supplications and good deeds. It is hoped that they are able to maintain this same lifestyle in the other eleven months of the year since the Allah they served in the month of Ramadan is the same Allah today and forever.
As much as Muslims have every reason to mark this day with feast and the making of merry, the NPP calls on them especially the youth to exercise significant moderation and circumspection in their celebrations so that at the end of the day, no injury is recorded nor life, lost. The party is also happy to observe that this year's Ramadan was incident-free.
Finally, we call on them to use this important occasion to pray for the government of Ghana under the distinguished leadership of His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as well as His Excellency Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to continue to deliver on the mandate of the Ghanaian people. We also call on them to commit the nation and indeed every single Ghanaian into the good hands of almighty Allah for His mercy and grace.
Once again, Eid Mubarak to our Muslim constituents here in Ghana and across the globe. May ALLAH bring you joy, happiness, great fortunes and prosperity on this blessed occasions.
Barka Da Sallah
General Secretary (Ag)
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has charged Muslims to be guided by the values of sharing and caring for the poor.
The second gentleman of the land in his Eid Mubarak message to Muslims called on Muslims to also pray for the nation so it will prosper.
He also commended Muslims for the successful completion of the month long Ramadan fast.
The message by Dr. Bawumia read: ‘’All praise be to Allah, the Most High, the Most Merciful. I congratulate my fellow Muslims in Ghana on the successful completion of this year’s fasting.
‘’As we celebrate the Eid, we must remember the important sacrifices we made in the Holy month of Ramadan and continue to be guided by the same values of sharing, caring and praying for the prosperity of our nation,’’ the message concluded.