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Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, the Chief of Staff, has commissioned an ultra-modern oxygen plant for the 37 Military Hospital at a ceremony in Accra.

The hospital, since 2009, has been operating a 20 normal meter cube Linde oxygen plant, which was bedeviled with frequent break downs.

The new 50 Newton-meter cube production plant, is three times the capacity of the old plant and it has the ability to dock 10 cylinders at a time, compared to the old plant, which docks only one cylinder.

Commissioning it, Madam Osei-Opare noted that oxygen was one of the critical consumables in the healthcare delivery chain the world over, adding that, the occasion marked another stride in government’s quest to achieve quality and efficient universal health care delivery.

“The importance of medical oxygen in all hospitals in Ghana cannot be overemphasized and commended the Military High Command and the 37 Military Hospital in their perseverance to get the best for their patient always,” she added.

The Chief of Staff noted that the old and obsolete plant, having served its purpose, suffered frequent breakdowns causing nerve-cracking moments for staff and patients, could no longer sustain the increase in demand.

Madam Osei-Opare said the new oxygen plant had come as “good news” to the Ambulance Service, Medical Reception Stations and all hospitals who hitherto, wait long hours and sometimes, days to get refills from the facility.

She was confident that the production plant, which met the highest standards of safety, reliability, and efficiency, would be maintained effectively by the hospital.

The Chief of Staff assured the hospital of government’s support to deal with the myriad of problems and challenges militating against the full implementation and delivery of universal health care in the hospital.

“As a sequel to this, a new multipurpose X-ray machine has been procured, installed and currently in use, whilst a new CT Scan and Fluoroscopy machine are expected to arrive soon,” She added.

Madam Osei-Opare entreated corporate Ghana and benevolent persons to support health institutions in order to complement government’s effort in improving the lives of people.
Brigadier General Michael Yeboah Agyapong, Commanding Officer of the 37 Military Hospital, expressed appreciation to the government and Military High Command for supporting the hospital to secure the new oxygen plant.

Brigadier General Agyapong recalled that the old plant, which was secured during phase two of the hospital’s expansion, broke down three times a week from the beginning of 2018.

This, he noted, did not affect the operations of the hospital but the Ambulance Service and all clinics within the hospital’s vicinity that depended on their plant for a refill.

He said the hospital was in dire need of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machine, saying, what they have, had broken down for several years.

The Commanding Officer of the 37 Military Hospital appealed to stakeholders to help raise the facility to the desired standard as it strived to get inputs for the commencement of the third phase of the hospital project.


Apateim Methodist Basic School Receives Learning Materials From The Shidaa Foundation




The Shidaa Foundation led by Canada-based Ghanaian entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mr. Roland Akwensivie has donated learning materials to Apateim Methodist Basic School in the Nzema East Municipal in the Western region.

On Tuesday, November 7, 2023, the foundation donated an electric wheelchair, reading books, pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, binders, colored pencils and crayons, calculators, mathematical sets, and school bags.

In an interview with Wyse Brain of Wyse Promotions, Mr Roland Akwensivie disclosed the reasons why he chose Apateim for this particular donation.

“Apateim was identified as an area with a significant need for educational support. This was based on factors such as economic conditions, access to educational resources, and the number of underserved children in the community. The foundation identified Apateim as an area where the donations would have the most impact”, he said.

He also appealed to the general public to support the Shidaa Foundation.

“The Shidaa Foundation welcomes support from individuals and organizations to help advance its mission of empowering underserved youth and improving education. Contributions can take various forms including donations, in-kind donations, volunteering, partnerships, advocacy, sponsorship, and community engagement”, he added.

The mission of The Shidaa Foundation is to advance education and empower underserved youth to reach their full potential. The foundation is dedicated to providing educational support, resources, and opportunities to children in need, ensuring that they have the tools to succeed in their academic journeys.

The vision of The Shidaa Foundation is to create a brighter future by making education accessible and igniting hope in underserved communities. The foundation aspires to touch the lives of as many children as possible, kindling their love for learning and providing them with the necessary tools to succeed. It envisions a world where education is a transformative force, breaking down barriers and empowering youth to realize their dreams.

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Poor Sanitation In Winneba Calls For Major Concern





In recent times, a significant health risk has emerged in Winneba due to inadequate sanitation practices. Winneba, a town and the capital of the Efutu Municipality in the Central Region of Ghana, is home to a population of 55,331 individuals who are grappling with the adverse effects of subpar sanitation conditions. The availability of safe drinking water and proper sanitation facilities have become a pressing concern. Presently, Winneba is contending with a marked decline in environmental sanitation, notably in areas like Akosua village, Eyipey, Sankor, and Sekegyano.

The poor state of sanitation in Winneba can be attributed to several underlying factors. Firstly, the absence of adequate sanitation facilities, including proper toilets and latrines, in both rural and urban areas is a matter of significant concern that requires immediate attention and resolution. The dearth of toilet facilities in Winneba has precipitated open defecation practices and contributed to substandard environmental hygiene. The consequences of open defecation, when combined with soil, lead to environmental pollution, water contamination, and, consequently, an elevated risk of diseases and fatalities.

Economically, the annual losses incurred due to poor sanitation amount to a range between 1% and 2.5% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It is essential to recognize that the actual cost could potentially surpass these estimates, as they encompass only the losses linked to premature mortality, healthcare expenditures, diminished productivity, and time wasted due to the practice of open defecation.

Secondly, the improper disposal of solid waste has inflicted severe damage on the local environment. The littering of materials in the streets, lanes, and gutters has precipitated a sanitation crisis in Winneba. This habit of indiscriminate littering have adversely impacted the lives of the residents. The absence of effective waste disposal planning at the grassroots level, the inadequacy of policy implementation, and the lack of awareness are formidable obstacles to the improvement of sanitation standards.

Furthermore, the rapid surge in Winneba’s population has placed an overwhelming strain on the existing sanitation infrastructure. The increasing number of households and schools lack the necessary facilities to manage their sanitation needs. Consequently, both adults and children endure the consequences of inadequate sanitation provisions.

To address these challenges, a multifaceted approach is imperative. Initiatives must be launched to stimulate the demand for sanitation services. This entails the implementation of measures by those in authority to employ individuals tasked with cleaning the environment to foster a healthy and hygienic sanitation ecosystem. Additionally, the adoption of pit latrines, where human waste is collected in pits beneath toilets and left to decompose, along with the utilization of bio-toilets or waterless toilets, offers sustainable solutions that conserve water resources while advancing sanitation objectives.

Moreover, the provision of strategically placed dustbins in various towns and beaches, such as Eyipey, Sekegyano, Akosua Village, Sankor, Sir Charles Beach, Royal Beach, and Warabeba Beach, is crucial for effective waste management.

In conclusion, the promotion of sound sanitation behavior is paramount to ensuring the well-being of Winneba’s residents. Nevertheless, it is essential to emphasize the importance of consistently practicing good sanitation principles and policies to effect lasting change and safeguard public health.

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