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2 fake physician assistants grabbed for operating with accredited documents

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The Medical and Dental Council has caused the arrest of two physician assistants for allegedly practising without requisite documents.

A statement from the council said the two persons were arrested after a routine monitoring exercise conducted by the Council at the health facilities in line with standard practice.

The two quack physician assistants are Abdulai Abubakar Sadik (Tamale Technical University Hospital) and Richard Dzomeku (Good Morning Clinic at Adentan New site) who were nabbed on July 27 and August 7, 2020, respectively.

They are currently in police custody assisting with investigations.

Abdulai Abubakar Sadik claims to have graduated in July 2015 with a BSc. Certificate in Physician Assistantship from the Central University College in Accra had since been employed and practising at the Tamale Technical University as the Clinical Care Coordinator of the hospital contrary to law.

He was subsequently arrested with the assistance of the Northern Regional Police Command and is currently on police enquiry bail.

For Richard Dzomeku, he was met consulting at the Good Morning Clinic at Adentan New site.

At the time of the arrest, there were two patients on admission at the female ward of the facility.

In accordance with the Council’s commitment to ensure care continuum and the safety of the patients, Council oversaw the evacuation of the two patients to Madina Polyclinic where they were passed by a medical doctor and managed accordingly.

He is also in police custody.

Meanwhile, the Council “assures the public that it will continue to guide the profession and protect health and safety”.

Members of the public and other personnel in the health profession are being encouraged to continue supporting the council’s regulatory efforts by providing information about the conduct and competence of practitioners.

 

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‘Nana Akufo-Addo will retire Mahama in 2020 polls’ – Evans Nimako

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Director of Elections, Mr. Evans Nimako has said he is confident President Nana Akufo-Addo will end former President, John Mahama’s aspirations of leading the country again as President after the 2020 polls.

Addressing Ghana’s voter registration process in an interview on Citi TV’s The Point of View on Monday, Mr. Nimako opined that former President John Mahama “never helped” the country as President, hence the need for him to “take some rest”.

He also accused the opposition National Democratic Congress of initially scheming to sabotage the whole voter registration exercise.

“At this stage, Nana Akufo-Addo will retire Mr. Mahama for good. He needs to take some rest, he never helped. The NDC’s position has been that they didn’t want a cleaned-up register for the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections”.

Mr. Evans Nimako was, however, full of praise for the Electoral Commission led by Jean Mensa.

According to him, the EC, together with NPP polling agents, needed to be commended for good work done during the voter registration exercise.

“Thankfully, we have gotten it, I think this whole voter registration process has been very successful. I will use this opportunity to commend the EC for a good work done,” he added.

 

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Mahama Advises Akufo-Addo over pastor jailed for flouting COVID-19 rules

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Mr Mahama says the four-year prison sentence handed down to the pastor, Apostle Sampson Agakpe and two others is draconian and an act of selective justice.

“We must all abide by the law, that is true, but we should not engage in selective justice, where you apply the law heavily on church workers who flout the law.

“Yet, during primaries, people were seen flouting the law with impunity and nothing happened to them,” he said.

Some of the decisions and outcomes arising out of the imposition of the restrictions, he noted, have not been pleasant.

“We are all equal before the law. It should not be possible for political parties to flout a law and get away with it, yet when a church flouts the law, the punishment is heavy and draconian. We have our Christian colleagues, a pastor and some church workers languishing in jail. They were sentenced to jail for four years.

“That is a very draconian punishment”, Mr Mahama said.

Apostle Agakpe, Founder of the Church of Pure Christ in the Volta region, was arrested, charged and jailed for four years together with his Assistant Pastor, Maxwell Dzogoedzikpe and the church secretary, Samuel Agakpe.

Former President Mahama also spoke about the poor education and awareness among the citizenry and recounted an incident at Damango.

“At Damango, they ambushed me on the road, a huge crowd of people and nobody was social distancing, and many were not wearing masks. When I drew their attention to the protocols, one of them shouted back that Corona will not infect them,” he said.

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Prophet Kumchacha buries mother in strange coffin [Video]

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Nicholas Osei, popularly known as Prophet Kumchacha, on Saturday, August 8, buried his mother at her hometown, Apedwa in the Eastern region.

The popular prophet was supported by friends and family to finally bid farewell to his mother.

However, Prophet Kumchacha surprised his guests at the funeral with a mansion-styled casket that contained the remains of his dear mother. The coffin has, as expected, made waves on social media.

Watch below the mansion-styled casket:

 

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“Kotoko Is Bigger And Can Even Sponsor GFA”- Wa Sunta Founder

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Mr. Hamid Saaka, Co-founder of Division One Club, Wa Sunta has said Kotoko is bigger than the Ghana Football Association (GFA), taking into consideration their huge fan base and rich history.

He told the GNA Sports that “Kotoko is bigger than the GFA and a big team in Africa. Based on the huge fan base capable of generating adequate revenue to sustain itself.

“But this will be dependant on how well systems and structures are put in place. I am even convinced they can sponsor the GFA if things are well structured.

“There are loopholes in the club. All they need is to seal them and the club would be in a sound position to deliver,” he added.

On the new CEO, Nana Yaw Amponsah, he believes the young football administrator was the right man for the job and confident he would deliver and bring success to the club.

He said “Nana is the right person for the job. He has what it takes to give success to the club. He is a young football administrator and with his qualities and links, he’ll definitely deliver.”

He urged Nana Amponsah to work closely with Kotoko fans and the Board members of the club and certain he’ll succeed

 

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National Cyber Security Centre and CID nab empress leak operator

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The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) of the Ministry of Communications, in collaboration with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service and the National Cyber Security Technical Working Group, has nabbed the administrator of the notorious website, empress leak.

Empress Leak is a website known for the publication of child pornographic and adult sexual content. The website records about 600,000 monthly users who are located in Ghana, Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

The Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful revealed this during a joint press briefing held on Monday August 10, 2020 in Accra, to announce the arrest of the operator.

Addressing the media, she noted that, an investigation to clamp down on activities of empress leak was launched after a female Senior High School student, filed a report on January 6th, 2020, with the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-GH) of the NCSC. The report by the victim who is below 18 years, was to alert the CERT-GH team of an uploaded sexually explicit video of her to the website.

The Minister further noted that preliminary investigations uncovered information on the website’s registrant information, associated domain names, email addresses, telephone contacts as well as residential address of the administrator, Mr Anderson Ofosuhene Anim.

She said, “As part of Government’s efforts towards the protection of Ghana’s cyberspace, the National Cyber Security Centre in 2019 launched a Cybercrime/Cybersecurity Incident Reporting Point of Contact (POC), to provide an effective mechanism for citizens to report suspected and identified cybercrime and cybersecurity incidents.”

The channels are:
Call or send a message to – 292
WhatsApp – 0501603111
Download NCSC Ghana App on Google Play store or Apple App store
Email – [email protected]
Website – www.cybersecurity.gov.gh

The Minister stated that since the operationalization of the PoC, the NCSC has received countless cybercrime/cybersecurity incidents reports from the public. Key among these reports is the publication of non-consensual intimate images (sextortion), online impersonation, online fraud, malware attacks, online blackmail, website defacement, among others.

According to her, sextortion and distribution of sexual images of individuals are gradually becoming a canker in the Ghanaian cyberspace, due to the trusting nature of most Ghanaians.

“Out of a total of 296 cases received by the National CERT between January 1 to June 30, 2020, 27% of the cases, representing a total of 79 cases, are related to either sextortion, non-consensual sharing of intimate images or child online abuse”, she added.

She stressed that these criminal acts are perpetrated by malicious individuals who build acquaintance with unsuspecting victims on platforms such as social media, dating and adult website through the use of fake identities.

Explaining how these criminals operate, the Minister said, victims, are coaxed to either share nude pictures/video of themselves or perform sexual acts that are secretly recorded. The criminals capitalize on these recordings to extort monies from victims.

Touching on the provisions of the law, the Hon. Minister explained that “Child pornographic content and the act of extortion constitutes criminal activities under Section 136(1) of the Electronic Transactions Act, 2008 (Act 772) – (c) possesses child pornography in a computer system or on a computer or electronic record storage medium, commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than 25 penalty units or a term of imprisonment of not more than10 years or to both, and Section 151 of Criminal and Other Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29).”

She added that “Government and its agencies are working assiduously to curtail the prevalence of cybercrimes, however, implored the general public, especially children and young adults to be cautious of the activities of malicious individuals.”

The Director-General of the CID of the Ghana Police Service, COP Isaac Ken Yeboah, in his address, mentioned that victims who reach out to the perpetrators of these criminal activities are compelled to pay between GHS 500 to 1,000 via mobile money.

He revealed that the suspect will be charged for obscenity, child pornography and extortion.

The press briefing was also graced by the National Cybersecurity Advisor, Dr Albert Antwi-Boasiako, Deputy Minister for Communications, Hon. George Andah, Deputy Minister for Communications, Hon. Alexander Abban, Director, Cybercrime Unit, Dr Gustav Yankson, Chief Director, Mrs Magdalene Apenteng and others.

The National Cyber Security Centre works closely with the National Cyber Security Technical Working Group (NCSTWG), which is the governance body responsible for providing technical direction to the country’s cybersecurity development.

COVID-19 GOV’T PPE SELLER BUSTED ‘: Ridge Hospital workers cash in on PPE amid coronavirus

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An Anas Aremeyaw Anas and BBC Africa Eye undercover investigation have revealed that some staff in Ghana’s hospitals have been selling vital personal protective equipment (PPE) for personal profit.

“More than 2,000 medical workers in Ghana have been infected by coronavirus,” Anas said in the documentary.

Ghana has faced a severe lack of PPEs such as visors, face masks and bodysuits.

The undercover investigation shows how some medical workers are profiteering at the expense of their colleagues who are being exposed to danger.

Thomas Osei and Divine Kumodzi, two staff of the Greater of Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge Hospital), were caught selling (PPEs) which were meant for the frontline workers.

The two staff of the hospital were seen diverting the PPEs for their private again.

Africa Eye investigators successfully negotiated and sold a PPE purchasing deal worth $450 with Thomas Osei within the offices of Ridge Hospital but he denies the allegation, saying the items were his personal property.https://youtu.be/cWFoYs-fNxA

Divine Kumodzi, on the other hand, made a fortune from selling PPEs which was made by the hospital itself. Ridge hospital produces some PPEs to augment the ones received from the government and other institutions and persons.

Nkrankwanta Clash: Mahama Condemns Shooting Violence At Voter Registration Centr

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Ghana President John Dramani Mahama speaks during a high-level meeting at the Ford Foundation on post-2015 anti-poverty goals, on September 24, 2014, in New York City. Cameron is in New York attending the United Nations General Assembly together with President Barack Obama and other world leaders. (Photo by John Minchillo-Pool/Getty Images)

Former President John Dramani Mahama has condemned the shooting violence that occurred at a voter registration center at Nkrankwanta in the Dormaa West District of the Bono Region.

Supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) clashed in the Bono regional community over the weekend leading to the death of one person.

One vehicle and motorbike were burnt amidst gunshots with two others injured. Three persons have also been arrested as a result.

Police reinforcement was quickly dispatched to ensure restoration of peace and order.

The former president in condemning the incident said, violence must never be an option of Ghana’s democracy.

He further said the incident shows that President Akufo-Addo has lost control of NPP and many sectors of Ghana’s economy.

“I condemn the violence at the EC voters’ registration centre during the mop-up exercise in Dormaa on Sunday.”

“I join the rest of our well-meaning compatriots to mourn the loss of the NPP activist who was killed by gunshots discharged by armed thugs of his own party. It is crystal clear now for all to see that armed NPP thugs are running rampage everywhere and this portends a clear and present danger to our democracy.”

“Violence must never be an option in our democracy. Unfortunately, it is increasingly clear that having nurtured and democratized violence by his all “die be die” mantra, Nana Akufo-Addo has lost control of his own party, just as he has lost control of many sectors of the economy in Ghana. In January 2021, a new administration under my leadership will fix our economy and restore justice and peace to our beloved Ghana.”

The Rise And Fall Of Face Shield On The Ghanaian Market

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The plastic face shield was a ‘hot’ commodity in Ghana within May, June, and early parts of July. This was as a result of the continuous increases in the number of infections and the difficulties by people to wear the nose masks for longer hours.

This compelled many people to switch to the face shield and thereby, raising its popularity and demand on the market.

Many Ghanaians with their ingenuity at work and the need to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to create opportunities for themselves, decided to venture into face shield production to get as many people as possible to get protected from the virus.

The mad rush for these shields by persons who might have been tired by the continuous wearing of nose masks caused a hike in prices.

A plastic face shield that came with glasses was initially sold at GH₵ 50.00.

The minimum price at that time stood at GH₵25.00.

The face shield soon became an accessory worn by many attending parties, weddings, funerals, and so on.

The hype of the product on social media and the mysterious imaginary demands of huge quantities ranging between 10,000 and 20,000, per month by some people, also contributed to the hike in prices.

Some people said it was a scheme by sellers who sought to create the impression of its high demand on the market.

It, however, did work on some Ghanaians.

People bought these ‘fast-selling’ face shields in huge quantities to resell.

However, most of them sadly regretted their actions in a few weeks.

The price of the commodity within a few weeks sadly jumped to as low as ₵GH 2.00 on the Ghanaian market, but still, people seem not to buy them.

Not able to withstand, many investors in the face shield business had adopted the ‘reduce to clear’ strategy to clear their stock, but still people are not buying.

It has become a bad business for those who still have it in stock.

Their problem had been compounded by new information from health officials that the face shield alone was not enough to protect oneself from contracting the virus.

According to health officials, one needs to wear a nose mask in addition to the face shield to reduce the risk of contracting the virus.

People understand now that nose masks are more protective than the face shield and have, therefore, decided to use them instead of the face shield.

Why should the face shield be gone so soon? Indeed, fast business has gone bad.

—GNA

Just In:COVID-19 Cases Hit 41,212

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Some 209 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded.

This pushes the total case count to 41,212.

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) latest update has confirmed.

The active cases are 2,270 with the discharges/recoveries count pegged at 38,727.

The death toll still stands at 215.

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