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Covid-19 deaths: 6 bodies buried at Awodome cemetery

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Environmental Health Officials in the Greater Accra Region have buried six Covid-19 infected bodies at the Awodome cemetery.

 

Although the officials planned for eight bodies, members of two families failed to show up in the first-ever Covid-19 public burial since the third wave hit Ghana.

 

 

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has recorded a total of 945 deaths since Covid-19 hit the country.

 

Speaking with JoyNews‘ Maame Esi Thompson, shortly after the burial, the Environmental Health Director of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Joseph Asitanga, cautioned the public against what he observed as a disregard for the Covid-19 protocols, reminding that the virus is real.

 

“I want to tell every Ghanaian that the Covid is real,” he said.

 

Five of the bodies were from the Greater Accra Regional Hospital and one from the Ga East Hospital.

 

The Health Director said the protocols of the burial demands that “when the person passes on and we are informed that it is Covid, details of the dead person is recorded in our office then we start the process.

 

“Bear in mind that the law does not permit us to give the bodies to the family members, so when a person passes on, we do much counselling for the family.

 

 

According to him, education is provided for the family “and we tell them that this is a pandemic, and therefore, a pandemic is handled by the government so we help to handle the body.

 

“We will do everything possible to help lay the person to rest so, at the mortuary level, the bodies are kept at a different session from the other bodies.”

 

He further explained that apart from disinfecting the body for burial, “we disinfect the whole area, the vehicle that will carry the body, the coffin, even the grave.

 

“The people who are to do the handling are adequately protected with the PPEs, you the media people, before you have access to come and join the programme, we must protect you.

 

“After we finish the covering [of the grave] we will disinfect the whole place again before we leave.”

 

Meanwhile, some aggrieved families of the deceased disagreed that their relatives died of Covid-19.

 

“She did not die of Covid because if it was, her children who attended to her at the hospital would have been quarantined,” one told JoyNews.

 

He quizzed, “Why then have the children been left to walk about in public? Then all of us would be affected by the virus so if we behave like this in this world, it’s very painful.”

 

Another relative said, “we lost her I think about 10 days ago. My sibling did not contract Covid-19 because if it were so, all those who were around her before her demise would have been isolated.

 

Meanwhile, some aggrieved families of the deceased disagreed that their relatives died of Covid-19.

 

“She did not die of Covid because if it was, her children who attended to her at the hospital would have been quarantined,” one told JoyNews.

 

He quizzed: “Why then have the children been left to walk about in public? Then all of us would be affected by the virus so if we behave like this in this world, it’s very painful.”

 

Another relative said, “we lost her I think about 10 days ago. My sibling did not contract Covid-19 because if it were so, all those who were around her before her demise would have been isolated.”

 

According to him, his sibling was diagnosed with kidney failure and my sibling died, “you said you were taking her to a special ward, just some few hours you said she had contracted Covid.”

 

Mr Asitanga, however, refuted the assertion, “it doesn’t pay any doctor, doctors don’t get a reward for labelling any family member as a Covid body, and we are the last end of solving the problem.”

 

He said until the medical report indicates that a person died of Covid, “we have no hand in the body.”

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Pay bloggers to make you popular instead of contesting Mahama-Kofi Adams to NDC flag bearers.

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NDC Member of Parliament(MP) for Buem constituency, Kofi Adams, has disclosed that it will only be wise for anybody who will decide to contest former President Mahama for the 2024 flagbearership of the NDC to pay bloggers with the campaign money for them to make him or her popular.

Speaking on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ programme, the former National Organizer of the party explained that he cannot understand why somebody would want to contest former President John Dramani Mahama who has already been marketed and known within the party and the country at large.

“This is not the time we will need to do try and error or market a new candidate. Former President John Manhama is tried and tested and has proven that he is very popular in the country. He won over six million votes in the last elections and I don’t think it will be proper for the party to choose a new candidate over him,” Kofi Adams said.

Whiles voicing his support for the idea of potential candidates contesting against the former President for the flagbearer position of the party, Kofi Adams pointed out that it will only be proper and wise for who ever decides to contest him, to spend that money on bloggers so that they can make him popular.

He maintains though he has not heard from Dr. Kwabena Duffour on his decision to contest the former leader of the party, he believes that Dr. Duffour will not make such a grave mistake to contest the man of the moment.

Source:Peacefmonline

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Government is acquiring new presidential aircraft-Defence Minister

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Government is already in the process of acquiring a bigger jet for use,” he said at a press briefing at the Jubilee House on Monday.

Mr Arhin was answering a question on whether the government intended buying a bigger aircraft to accommodate the President and his entourage on official foreign trips as the current presidential jet had proven inadequate for the purpose.

He explained that the move to get a bigger fit-for-purpose aircraft was part of a cost saving measure on the travels of the President and other key state functionaries.

Mr Arhin did not give the specifics of the aircraft deal, but said the Defence Minister would shed light on the development at the appropriate time.

The President’s foreign travels have generated discussions on the airwaves and on social media lately, with some Ghanaians asking why the President has to fly in hired private aircrafts when the country owned a functional presidential jet.

But the Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul told Parliament that the configuration of the current Presidential jet, a falcon 900EX purchased during the era of former President John Kufuor, did not meet the travel needs and security of the President.

“This aircraft will carry a load of 11 persons minus the crew. When this aircraft is travelling to the eastern part of the USA or Asia, it will not load a crew of more than eight plus the luggage. So it depends on where it is going.

“Secondly, I have also said the aircraft has to do refuelling stops, and also in this COVID-19, when you are travelling to multiple destinations like the president’s recent travel, the Falcon couldn’t have been taken because he would have had to do technical stops which are not desirable, and when he is travelling with more than 20 people like he has been doing for business trips that brought huge sums of money for this country, he will need more than just a Falcon, otherwise, the others would have to go a day ahead before the president to prepare themselves,” Nitiwul stated.

Former President Kufour before leaving office in 2008, made provisions for the procurement of two aircrafts for the Ghana Air Force, which included a larger jet for use by the President and his delegation on state travels. But the deal was however abrogated by the Mills administration.

According to the Defence Minister, if that arrangement had held, that bigger aircraft would have been deployed for the strategic lifting of troops, and could be reconfigured into presidential jet for the president’s travels to save the country the huge amounts spent for delegation who traveled ahead of the president.

He told a private radio station in Accra that since the cancelation of the deal for acquisition of the bigger aircraft by the Mills administration, the country had spent in excess of USD 50 million on official trips of the government.

Touching on the issues arising from the appointment of Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies Chief Executives (MMDCEs), Mr Arhin dismissed the allegation that some of the MMDCE’s nominated by the President were not originally shortlisted for those positions.

He said the claim by some civil society organisations (CSOs) that about 44 per cent of the MMDCEs were not recommended by the three-member committee that vetted their nominations, and 10 per cent of the nominees did not apply for the positions, was false.

The Communications Director stated that those allegations were based on a supposedly leaked report on the nominees shortlisted for the MMDCE positions.

“I can say on authority that that report was not the report that was submitted to the President,” he said, adding that the President was not bound by any law to resort to any report to hire or fire his appointees.

“He is not bound by the recommendations of any report. He decides what he has to do,” he said, stating emphatically that the President was satisfied with his appointments and unruffled by the threats that some of his appointees would not secure the two-thirds majority votes to gain approval of their local assemblies.

“It is a human institution so we expect that there would definitely be agitations. If at the end of the day, voting is conducted and a nominee is rejected, the President can renominate that person on two occasions.

“If on all the two occasions that person is rejected, the Constitution gives him the power to present somebody else. Agitation is a normal phenomenon of human life,” he said.

Mr Arhin also indicated that President Akufo-Addo had begun a process to assess the work programme of his ministers for the rest of 2021.

He explained that the consultative meeting with the Ministers will ensure they were in tune with the President’s agenda for his second term in government.

Mr Arhin said the President was scheduled to embark on a week’s tour of the Eastern and Ashanti Regions from Friday,
Source:GNA
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