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Ghana Youth Movement Drives Mental Health Campaign

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Ghana Youth Movement drives mental health campaign

 

Twelve students drawn from some Senior High Schools (SHS) and universities in five Regions have been trained in advocacy aimed at promoting the mental health and wellbeing of Ghanaian youths on their various campuses and localities.

This forms part of a two-pronged mental health awareness campaign being undertaken by the Ghana Youth Movement (GYM) for Mental Health, a not-for-profit youth organisation.

This is part of efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal target 3.4.

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The advocate training was led by Psych Corps Ghana (PCG), following a series of workshops in psychological first aid to equip the trainees with the appropriate tools required to be great mental health advocates.

Ghana Youth Movement drives mental health campaign

Ghana Youth Movement drives mental health campaign

Training in session

The sessions were facilitated by experts, including Jesse Dzidzorli Blakor, who is a clinical psychologist and coordinator of Psych Corps Ghana; Dr Samuel Tinagyei, an Optometrist and certified professional and Emotional Intelligence Coach; Madam Freda Yawson, Founder of the annual Innovate Ghana Design Challenge, and Jeremiah Sekyi, an international award-winning public speaker.

According to the Founders of the Ghana Youth Movement for Mental Health – Margaret Joy Maison, Augustine Bannerman, and Papa Freduah Anderson – these trained youth advocates and ambassadors are expected to use peer education and other innovations to spread the message among their peers and the community at large.

The other leg of the campaign which preceded the training was a social media activation drive that encouraged conversations and engagements on the many dimensions of mental health via digital platforms.

To achieve greater reach, the campaign also involved sharing flyers and educational materials that sought to give the public the right knowledge on the condition to reduce stigmatisation.

A key part of this strategy is the deployment of mental health support hotlines for individuals with various mental conditions.

The group says it has other initiatives in the pipeline, such as the Gestalt Project, a motivational documentary aimed at raising awareness on the need to eliminate stigma towards persons living with mental health conditions.

With over 30 million people, WHO estimates that approximately 13% of Ghanaians suffer from one form of mental disorder or the other.

The GYM’s approach towards sensitising and educating the youth (students) on mental health and the strategies for attaining a sound state of mental wellness is a welcome addition to Ghana’s efforts to reduce the incidence of mental illness associated stigma.

 

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Trader Burnt To Death In Kiosk

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Fire has killed a 40-year-old trader during an outbreak in a wooden structure in Sunyani.

The bizarre incident occurred in the early hours of Thursday, January 27, 2022.

Initial reports by eyewitnesses indicated Kwadwo Obeng was deeply asleep when the fire engulfed the kiosk accommodating him at Area Four, a suburb of Sunyani.

Reports by Adom news explained that the fire had assumed a dangerous dimension when some people in the neighbourhood attempted to rescue him.

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Another eye witness also explained  that the personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) had already picked and deposited the charred body at a hospital morgue.

 

 

 

 

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‘Bird Flu Has Negatively Impacted Food And Jobs Programmes’ – Agric Minister

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'Bird Flu Has Negatively Impacted Food And Jobs Programmes' - Agric Minister
The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto says the recent outbreak of transborder animal diseases, including Bird Flu, has negatively impacted the progress of the government’s flagship Rearing for Food and Jobs programmes.

He said the outbreaks “threaten government’s agenda of attaining self-sufficiency in meat production by 2025 as envisioned under the rearing for food and jobs programme.”

Available data indicate that the outbreak, which occurred in 10 out of the sixteen regions between December 2021 to January 2022, affected over 700,000.

There has also been a ban on the import of poultry and poultry products from other affected countries.

The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, speaking on the subject, noted the government is implementing a number of interventions to curb the spread.

He also hinted at the establishment of a regulatory authority to strengthen the poultry industry.

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Dr. Afriyie Akoto noted that the necessary legal framework was being worked on.

“The government has taken the necessary steps to update the existing 1960 Animal health Act by finalizing a new bill for introduction into Parliament this year.”

“Once in effect, the updated act will empower the ministry to regulate the industry. Among the proposals of the bill is the regulatory authority to certify poultry and livestock farms and enforcement of sanctions such as the closure of farms of recalcitrant farmers in this country,” Dr. Afriyie Akoto said.

 

 

 

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Covid-19: 3 More Deaths Recorded

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Ghana has lost three more lives in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

In its latest update, the GHS noted that in 24 hours, the country’s death toll rose to 1,370. As of January 17, the number of deaths recorded so far was 1,367.

On its website, the Service stated that as of January 18, 169 new cases were recorded. Currently, Ghana is battling with 3,227 active cases.

All 16 regions in the country and the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) have recorded active cases. Out of the cases recorded, 29 are severe; whiles 10 are considered critical.

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Since the emergence of the pandemic in March 2020, the Ghana Health Service has confirmed 155,665 Covid-19 cases.

The GHS has discharged 473 individuals from various health institutions in a day. Cumulatively, 151,068 people who have shown signs of recovery have been discharged.

 

 

 

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