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Moderna Vaccines To Be Deployed In Greater Accra On November 5 – Regional Health Directorate

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The Greater Accra Regional Health Directorate has given indications that it is ready to administer Moderna vaccines in all the 29 districts of the Region, from November 5.

Addressing the press on Wednesday, the Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Charity Sarpong, disclosed that, the exercise is targeted at persons who have not taken any Covid-19 jabs, since the pandemic broke out in March, 2020.

“Starting from Friday, November 5, 2021, through to November 10, 2021, we are beginning to vaccinate those who have not been vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine,” Dr. Sarpong announced.

The Moderna vaccine is additional to the AstraZeneca, Sputnik and Johnson & Johnson vaccines previously administered by the Greater Regional Health Directorate.

In all, over 216,000 individuals are expected to be vaccinated at various vaccination centres in the Greater Accra Region. However, pregnant women and persons below 18 years are exempted from the five-day exercise.

The Regional Director of Health Services further disclosed that in addition to the vaccination centres, mobile teams will be deployed across all the 29 districts in the Greater Accra Region, to administer the Moderna vaccines.

‘And then we’ll also be having static mobile teams. Every district will also be carrying mobile teams’, Dr. Sarpong said.

Touching on some myths, the Regional Health Directorate debunked claims that some vaccines are more effective than others.

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In this regard, Dr. Sarpong emphasized that all vaccines that have been rolled out since the outbreak of the pandemic have the same levels of efficacy. She, therefore, urged the general public to discard their fears and participate massively in the upcoming exercise.

“We want to give the assurance that every vaccine that has been deployed for Covid-19 has been well researched and has been proved to be very efficient and effective in combating or protecting us against Covid-19. There is no one that has a better advantage over the other, no. They’re all equally effective, so as and when any of the vaccines become available, let us avail ourselves and make sure we take the jab’, Dr. Sarpong advised.

She also revealed that adequate measures have been put in place to cater for persons who may experience any side effects from the vaccination.

In attendance at the presser were two District Directors of Public Health, Dr. Luiz Amoussou-Gohoungo and Dr. Akosua Sika Ayisi.

So far in Ghana, about 1,182 persons have lost their lives to the virus, with a total of about 130,000 recorded cases nationwide.

 

 

 

 

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Wearing Of Smocks Banned In Bawku

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Wearing Of Smocks Banned In Bawku

The Upper East Regional Co-ordinating Council has banned the wearing of smocks in Bawku township with immediate effect.

In a press statement signed by Regional Minister Stephen Yakubu, the Council indicated that the decision was taken after consultation with the Upper East Regional Security Council (REGSEC).

The imposition according to the release seeks to address the use of smocks by “criminals or unscrupulous elements to hide arms and ammunitions and attack opponents or innocent civilians.”

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Wearing Of Smocks Banned In Bawku

Residents in Bawku are therefore urged to take note of the directive to be enforced by Municipal Security Committee (MUSEC) and comply until further notice.

Individuals who fail to heed the directive the Council noted “will be dealt with accordingly.”

 

 

 

 

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Accra Ranked 3rd Most Polluted City In Africa – World Air Quality Report

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Accra is the 3rd most polluted city in Africa, according to the 2020 World Air Quality Report, published by Swiss firm, IQAir.

The Malian capital, Bamako, topped the list of most polluted African cities, with the air quality there considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups”.

Sebokeng in South Africa followed in the 2nd position.

The city of Vereeniging in South Africa is 4th, while Kampala in Uganda is 5th, followed by the South African cities of Soshanguve, Sasolburg, Pretoria, Springs, Midstream and Ga-Rankuwa and Johannesburg in 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th respectively. 11 South African cities were among the top 15 most polluted cities in West Africa.

Abidjan was ranked 13th most polluted city in Africa and 3rd in West Africa.

The report which excluded cities in Nigeria, however, did not measure the economic impact of pollution on the respective cities and countries.

According to the report, the severity of air pollution in Africa and its resulting health impact is difficult to quantify, as air quality data is limited.

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For most regional locations, the report said insights must be inferred from satellite data. By this method, it is estimated that air pollution claims up to 780,000 African lives annually.

In 2020 alone, the report said the Africa region’s air quality monitoring network grew across five new countries (Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, and Kenya) and 10 new cities.

However, data in the region remains sparse.

41 African countries, the report noted, lack air quality monitoring data, leaving nearly a billion people without the information necessary to make important health decisions.

South Africa is the only African country with a public, real-time governmental air quality monitoring network.

Data for every other country in the report is supplied by either U.S. State Department monitors or non-governmental monitors, contributed by individuals and organsations.

 

 

 

 

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2 Female Students Expelled From UPSA For Allegedly Engaging In Lesbianism Acts

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2 Female Students Expelled From UPSA For Allegedly Engaging In Lesbianism Acts

Two female resident students of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) have been expelled from the institution’s hostel for allegedly engaging in a threesome sexual activity with a non-resident male.

According to a statement by the institute, the said females fondled each other during their sexual escapade and engaged in some form of lesbianism.

“Engaging in acts of lesbianism is contrary to Section 1.28.11(g) of the Student Handbook of the University of Professional Studies, Accra; 2018 and Schedule G 8.3 (23) of the Statute of the University.

“They have since been dismissed from UPSA Hostel awaiting further sanctions from Management,” part of the announcement read.

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The management further announced that the notice should serve as a deterrent to all resident students.

The school also cautioned resident students to avoid harbouring “perchers” and accommodating visitors be beyond 10 pm.

“Desist from sexual misconduct and observe all other rules and regulations in the Hostel as well as the Student Handbook. Any student caught infringing any of the regulations will not be spared,” it warned.

 

 

 

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