I’m excited my sing-a-thon journey inspired young ones despite shortfall – Afua Asantewaa


Ghanaian entrepreneur Afua Asantewaa says she is delighted that her sing-a-thon journey inspired young people despite not being able to break the record for the longest singing time by an individual.

The Guinness World Record (GWR) earlier announced Afua Asantewaa’s attempt to break Sunil Waghmare’s 105-hour record was unsuccesful.

Afua Asantewaa has released a statement expressing gratitude to the people of Ghana and various stakeholders for their support.

‘Even though the final outcome of the attempt did not meet my expectations. I am content with the massive impact I made during the period of the sing-a-thon and beyond.

‘The interest and support I have received have been overwhelming, and I am deeply grateful,’ she said.

Afua Asantewaa was also content with the opportunities it opened for people who trooped to the venue during the Christmas festivities.

‘..I am excited to have inspired a lot of young people to step out of their comfort zone to dream big. I am looking forward to the showcasing of more
talents through GWR and other?similar ventures that will help project the rich talent and resources Ghana is endowed with,’ the social media sensation said.

Afua Asantewaa also encouraged other compatriots to set their initiatives of breaking the Guinness World Records across various endeavours.

She also disclosed that she had engaged GWR to provide details for her disqualification to enable her learn lessons.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Vaccine Uptake: Media practitioners urged to support advocacy


Dr Charity Binka, Executive Director, African Media and Malaria Research Network (AMMREN), has called on media practitioners to support efforts in advocating patronage of vaccine in the country.

She urged them to encourage the citizenry to take the relevant vaccinations towards preventing the outbreak of preventable diseases.

Dr Binka made the call at an Editor’s Forum in Accra, organised by AMMREN in partnership with Ghana Health Service (GHS), World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF on the theme: ‘Vaccine uptake in Ghana, role of the media’.

The Executive Director said that should be done by demystifying false information and fears, which were discouraging people from taking the vaccines.

She said the media had a critical role to play in ensuring its gatekeeping role, helping to shape public perception with effective and comprehensive reportage about vaccine uptake and dispel misinformation among the public, hence the media engagement to support the initiative.

Dr Binka said vaccine hesitancy in the
public continued to be a worry, adding that until everyone took the vaccines in the country, the entire population was not safe.

‘Vaccination is important in the lives of every individual and it has saved the lives of many from death and protected the adult population and it is necessary to ensure continuous uptake to save the lives of children, pregnant women and the general population,’ she stressed.

According to the GHS, vaccination has been an important component of healthcare delivery in the country, however, acceptance and uptake of the vaccines continued to be a challenge as the citizenry refused to take the vaccines due to misconception among the public.

The GHS currently has 14 vaccines as its routine vaccination, which are Tuberculosis, Poliomyelitis, Diphtheria, Pertussis (whooping cough), Tetanus, Haemophilus influenzae type B, Hepatitis B, Pneumococcal diseases and Rotavirus diarrhoea.

The rest are Measles, Rubella, Yellow fever, Neisseria Meningitis and Malaria.

Dr Kwame Amponsa-Achiano, Pr
ogramme Manager, Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) at GHS, said immunization had eliminated most of the childhood killer diseases as well as reduced under five mortality deaths in the country.

He said urban and peri-urban communities had not achieved full coverage due to false information, high in population size and hard to reach communities,adding that efforts were being made to cover the entire population.

Dr Amponsa-Achiano, disclosed that out of 20.7 million targeted for the COVID-19 vaccination, 71.8 per cent had at least taken one dose, while 57 per cent had been fully vaccinated, adding that the target had not been fully achieved due to public perception and fear among the public.

He said the engagement with the media would go a long way to restore confidence among the population to ensure public safety.

The Programme Manager said getting the entire population to take the vaccines remained necessary to achieve herd immunity and ensure the safety and total protection of everyone in the count
ry.

Dr Frank John Lule, Officer in Charge of WHO Country Office, Ghana, said immunization stood as one of the remarkable achievements in the history of public health and had significantly reduced the burden of infectious diseases and saved countless lives.

‘Today, smallpox is no more a threat to humanity, and the burden of diseases, including polio, measles, tetanus, yellow fever, and meningitis just to mention a few that once killed many children and maimed others have significantly reduced, thanks to vaccination,’ Dr Lule said.

He said the media had the responsibility to hold authorities accountable for sustainable and efficient vaccine distribution, while the sector ensured equitable access to vaccines for all regardless of socio-economic status or geographic location to achieve health for all.

Mr Albert Dwumfour , President, Ghana Journalists Association, acknowledged that the attainment of vaccination objectives for particular diseases had been a challenging endeavour, owing to vaccine hesitancy enge
ndered by misunderstandings, apprehensions, and false information.

Mr Dwumfour said the situation required further efforts from a range of stakeholders, including the media, to alter the prevailing discourse to address vaccine hesitancy.

He said capacity building and welfare for Journalists were GJA’s major priorities and commended AMMREN and the partners for the initiative to get the media well informed and help shape public perception.

The media engagement with AMMREN would be preceded with sensitisation, intensive training for media persons, radio and television discussions and possibly, the establishment of a National Media Vaccine Watch Network towards getting everyone vaccinated to achieve herd immunity for the safety of all.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana aims for 30 percent nuclear energy by 2070


President Nana Akufo-Addo says Ghana is envisioning nuclear energy to account for 30 per cent of the country’s energy mix by 2070.

This would ensure the provision of clean and affordable electricity to drive the country’s industrialisation agenda.

‘It is also meant to position Ghana as a net power exporter in the ECOWAS region through the West African Power Pool,’ he said.

President Akufo-Addo made the statement when delivering the 2024 State of the Nation Address to Parliament.

He stated that his remark was an extension of what he said at the US-Africa Nuclear Energy Summit and the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Co-operation (IFNEC) Ministerial Conference, which took place in Accra in November last year.

‘We have committed ourselves to the development of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes,’ he added.

Nuclear energy comes from splitting atoms in a reactor to heat water into steam, turn a turbine and generate electricity.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, nuclear is a lo
w carbon emitting source of energy apart from being a clean, reliable, affordable, and modern energy source.

Available data indicates that the total installed capacity for existing plants in Ghana is 5,134 Megawatt (MW), with a dependable capacity of 4,710 MW.

Thermal generation accounts for the largest share of Ghana’s power generation, representing 66 percent, with hydro accounting for 33 percent.

Ghana’s thermal power generation is fuelled largely by natural gas, but occasionally using light crude oil and diesel. Ghana exports power to Togo, Benin, and Burkina Faso.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Victory of Adwa Reminds Ethiopians Rallying Together To Defend their Sovereignty

The Victory of Adwa reminds us of a time when Ethiopians, setting aside their differences, marched together in unison to defend the sovereignty of our beloved nation,’ Addis Ababa City Mayor Adanech Abiebie said.

‘We solemnly commemorate the 128th anniversary of the Victory of Adwa, honoring the courage and unity it represents in our nation’s history,’ the mayor posted on X, formerly twitter.

The mayor added that today marks the 128th anniversary of the historic Victory of Adwa, a day that stands as a testament to the unity, resilience, and heroism of our nation.

This year, we are commemorating this momentous occasion in a manner befitting its significance, the mayor said.

‘We gather at the Adwa Victory Memorial, a place that embodies the grandeur and the spirit of our forebears’ triumph against colonial aggression.’

Adanech recalled that the Victory of Adwa reminds us of the time when Ethiopians, setting aside their differences, marched together in unison to defend the sovereignty of our beloved nation.

‘Our ancestors made immense sacrifices, united by a common goal and a shared belief in the sanctity of our land and the dignity of our people,’ she added.

The major elaborated this victory is etched in history with indelible ink, symbolizing unity, respect, heroism, and resilience she said, adding it is a victory that belongs to all Ethiopians, a shared heritage that we proudly celebrate together.

‘As we commemorate this victory, we are also reminded of the promise it holds for our generation and the generations to come,’ she underlined.

The Victory of Adwa also demonstrates the unity and commitment to uphold the values of freedom and sovereignty that our forefathers fought for.

Finally, each one of us needs to continue working towards a united, strong, and prosperous Ethiopia, she said.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

School bus traps thirteen-year-old girl to death


A thirteen-year-old girl who was on her way to school died in a gruesome accident which occurred at Kwabedu in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality on Friday morning.

The accident which happened around 6:30 am involved a Tata school bus with registration number GN 681-11, belonging to Lee’s Kingdom Kids Montessori School.

Information gathered by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) from eyewitnesses who had their shops along the Kwabedu stretch alleged that the driver in charge of the bus had about thirty- three children and adults on board the bus.

They said the bus was transporting the children from Tarkwa to Kwabedu where the school is located, but when the driver got to a portion of the road, a taxicab from the opposite direction overtook a vehicle ahead of him, and suddenly met the bus at a close interval.

As a result, the bus driver, in an attempt to avoid crashing the taxi, swerved after which the vehicle landed in a ditch with the deceased who happened to be passing by to school trapped under it.

All the occupa
nts in the bus who sustained some injuries were rescued and rushed to the Goldfields and the Tarkwa Municipal hospitals by a section of the public who went to the accident scene.

Further checks at the two hospitals by the GNA revealed that the deceased was pronounced dead on arrival, but all the others have been treated and discharged.

The body has since been deposited at the Tarkwa Municipal hospital mortuary for preservation and autopsy.

Source: Ghana News Agency