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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.

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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Bus carrying E/R Police Band crashes

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Three officers with the Eastern Regional Police Command are receiving intensive care at the Koforidua Regional Hospital, where they were transferred to following an accident on the Aperede-Somanya road in the Eastern Region.

They were among 17 members of the Command’s band on board a Mercedes Benz Sprinter Bus travelling from Koforidua to Somanya on official duty.

But according to a situational report sighted by 3news.com, the driver of the bus, Kofi Asare, failed his brakes while descending the Aperede hills.

The bus consequently crashed, leaving all personnel on board with various degrees of injury. All of them were rushed to the Atua Government Hospital in Somanya for treatment but the three were later transferred to the Central Hospital in Koforidua.

Eastern Regional Police Commander DCOP Johnson Oyirifi Akrofi as well as Operations Commander Chief Superintendent Raymond Erzuah and Staff Officer DSP George Mills were at the two hospitals to visit the victims. They are said to be responding to treatment.

The driver, 31, has been arrested as a suspect.

Credit: 3News

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More Covid-19 vaccines arrive in Ghana

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More than 1.7 million doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine arrived in Ghana on Monday, bringing the total of US-donated vaccines to Ghana to more than 4.2 million doses since September. 

US Ambassador Stephanie Sullivan was joined by Deputy Minister of Health Mahama Asei Seini, representatives of the Ghana Health Service, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Kwaku Ampratwum Sarpong, and the UNICEF Country Representative to Ghana Ms. Anne-Claire Dufay, to receive the vaccines at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport. 

“These life-saving vaccines, donated on behalf of the American people, will help save Ghanaian lives, as we work together to defeat this virus.  These doses are the same safe and effective vaccines used in the United States.  There is no better time for Ghanaians to protect their families and communities by getting the jab,” said Ambassador Sullivan.

Delivered through COVAX, the donations are part of the United States’ global efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. 

In September, President Joe Biden committed to donating 1.1 billion doses of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine worldwide. 

The United States government has already delivered 252 million doses to over 100 countries, including 71 million doses in Sub-Saharan Africa alone. 

With President Biden’s commitment, the American people are now donating three vaccine doses for every dose that has been administered in the United States. 

The United States has strongly supported Ghana’s Covid-19 response efforts, providing more than $30 million for personal protective equipment and training for medical professionals, medical equipment and testing supplies, vaccine distribution planning and support, economic assistance for impacted communities, three new regional Public Health Emergency Operations Centers in Ghana, as well as educational support for Ghanaian students during the pandemic.

This whole of government approach has included elements of the Department of State, Department of Defense, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Source: US Embassy

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NAM1: Prosecution still awaiting AG’s advice; case adjourned to Dec 21

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The Circuit Court in Accra has adjourned the case in which the Chief Executive Officer of Gold dealership firm Menzgold Ghana Limited Nana Appiah Mensah has been arraigned to December 21.

This was after the Prosecution led by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sylvester Asare told the court that the prosecution is still awaiting the Attorney General’s (AGs) advice on the case docket.

The accused person was present in court.

NAMI was initially charged with abetment of crime, defrauding by false pretences, carrying on a deposit-taking business without a licence, sale of minerals without a licence, unlawful deposit-taking, and money laundering.

It is alleged that the accused had taken various sums of money, totalling GH¢1.6 billion from customers.

The State had previously on June 24, 2020, filed new charges against the CEO of Menzgold, also known as NAM 1 at the Accra Circuit Court.

ASP Sylvester Asare then told the Court that his directives were that he should hold on to the new charges and the plea taking of the accused.

The Circuit Court on July 26, 2019, granted NAM 1 bail in the sum of GH¢ 1 billion cedis with five sureties, three to be justified.

He had pleaded not guilty to all initial 13 charges levelled against him by the State. The state had since amended its charged sheet which is yet to be moved.

He is also to report to the police every Wednesday at 10:00 hours.

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