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FDA worried over rise in tobacco use among young female adults



The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has expressed worry over the new trend of growing tobacco use among young female adults in Ghana.

It said data from the 2017 Ghana Youth Tobacco Survey showed that 0.4 per cent of boys, compared to 1.7 per cent of girls currently smoked shisha, (flavoured tobacco that is smoked through pipes).

Mrs Delese Mimi Darko, the Chief Executive Officer of the FDA, who raised the concern, said those smoking shisha were being deceived and lured into believing in the myths that they were safer alternatives and less harmful.

She cited data from the Tobacco Atlas Ghana, which showed that Ghanaian youths were moving away from the traditional tobacco use to electronic tobacco or e-cigarette due to their appeal in the flavouring form.

“I want to therefore reiterate that shisha has no safe haven,” she warned, saying those alternatives were equally dangerous to human health and an hour session of shisha amounted to smoking 100 to 200 sticks of cigarettes.

Speaking at the national launch of the 2021 World No Tobacco Day at Nsawam in the Eastern Region, Mrs Darko said tobacco posed a great danger to human health regardless of the form in which it was presented.

The Day was on the theme: “Commit to Quit,” aimed at creating a healthier environment for quitting tobacco use.

Mrs Darko said the campaign would focus on advocacy for stronger tobacco cessation policies, increasing access to services, raising awareness of tobacco industry tactics, and empowering users to make successful quit attempts through “quit & win” initiatives.

The FDA and its partner agencies, she said, intended to embark on a year-long campaign aimed at supporting people who planned to quit tobacco use through the creation of communities of quitters.

Mrs Darko said the dangers posed by tobacco usage was serious, because globally, it accounted for more than eight million deaths annually, seven million of which were from direct tobacco use and around 1.2 million, due to non-smokers who were exposed to second-hand smoke.

The Tobacco Atlas Ghana also showed that there was an estimated 807,600 smokers, out of which 75 men died weekly from tobacco-related illnesses, because that was known to contain 7,000 chemicals, and had a high toxic content, increasing the risk of cancer, cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases.

Mrs Darko said the global campaign which was marked yearly on May 31, by the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners including the FDA, and allied agencies such as the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Vision for Alternative Development (VALD), and the National Union of Ghana Students, was to raise awareness about the harmful and deadly effects of using tobacco in all forms and provide public education on the risks involved in second-hand smoke exposure.

She said the adoption of the theme was largely informed by recent studies by the WHO indicating that millions of tobacco users around the world had declared their intentions to quit in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The WHO had also set up a Digital Access Initiative for Quitting Tobacco, in partnership with tech companies like Facebook, WhatsApp to give free access to digital counselling, raise awareness and support tobacco users to quit.

Mrs Darko explained that the FDA aimed to advance this cause by enabling access to cessation services through referrals and empowering tobacco users with the requisite information motivating them to quit.

It would continually use its routine public education in schools, marketplaces and transport terminals as a platform to address specific challenges encountered by smokers in their quest to quit smoking, Mrs Darko added.

Mr Kwabena Boadu Oku Afari, the Chief Director, Ministry of Health, said Ghana had made tremendous progress to reduce tobacco use considerably by effectively enforcing the complementary smoke-free policies through the implementation of the Public Health Act 2012 (Act 851) and the Tobacco Control Regulations 2016 (LI 2247), among other interventions.

Dr Joana Ansong, representing the WHO, said the use of tobacco was sadly, increasing among 13 to 15-year-old girls in the African Region, with one in every five adolescents using a tobacco products, with the drug accounting for 146,000 deaths annually.

She said WHO would continue to work with partners to debunk myths, expose manipulation tactics and strengthen health policies, by supporting Member States to counter tobacco industry interferences, by implementing comprehensive control policies, as outlined in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, to save lives and reduce healthcare costs.

She called on all stakeholders to include the youth to join the fight against the tobacco epidemic and to build a movement for a tobacco-free generation.





Accra: Disaster looms as articulated truck skids off Kwame Nkrumah Circle overpass [Video]



An articulated truck with registration number GT 8387 X said to be carrying gallons of engine oil has skidded off the Kwame Nkrumah circle flyover.

The accident occurred on Friday, June 11 at about 9 PM.

Andrew, an eyewitness, told TV3’s Johnnie Hughes that the brakes of the truck failed, forcing the vehicle to recess.

The driver, in an attempt to navigate the vehicle towards the rail, burst a rear tyre and lost control.

The fire service and police were at the scene as of the time of filing this report.

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Source: 3News.com

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Green Ghana: Bole becomes green under the NHIA



The Bole District Branch of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has today Friday June 11, 2021 planted sixty (60) trees as part of the National tree planting exercise led by the President of Ghana.

The Green Ghana project, which is a Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources initiative spearheaded by sector Minister Samuel Abu Jinapor, aimed to plant five million trees in a single day.

The Bole branch of the National Health Insurance Authority planted 60 various types of tree species on the premises of the NHIA led by the scheme Manager Mr. Mohammed Suraj-Deen and his staff.

Mr. Suraj-Deen, speaking to the media following a brief event to plant seedlings at the NHIS complex, noted that “in line with the President’s directive that government institutions and individuals should assist in greening Ghana, we have gone ahead to implement our own version of greening Ghana on the NHIS compound”.

“We planted trees which included acacias, thick and others. Already, we have started our own afforestation before the coming of greening Ghana and we are going to continue NOT only to plant trees but to take good care of them until they become matured and needs no care” Syrah-Deen added.

Earlier in June, 2021, President Akufo-Addo called on Ghanaians to plant more trees to preserve the country’s forest cover and the environment.

The President stressed that “We cannot sit by and watch as our trees, flora and fauna are wiped out. Our very existence is tied directly to the survival of trees. Without the oxygen produced by trees, we cannot survive as humans.

“Lend your support to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources as it executes this ambitious national assignment. I will be planting a tree and I expect you too to plant one. Let us make Ghana green.

Story by: Osman Abubakari-Sadiq

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“Ghana is going to create 10,000 millionaires within the next 10 years” – Gov’t projects



The govt of Ghana has projected that in the next ten years, Ghana will produce ten thousand millionaires.

This was made known by John Ampntuah Kumah, the Deputy Minister-designate for Finance following the policies the govt has implemented so far which is believed that in the coming years, it will yield good fruit.

According to him, this will be made possible through youth entrepreneurship, adding that tenure as Chief Executive Officer of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP), the government provided funding to more than 9,000 businesses that can scale up to employ more people with further support.

While addressing the Parliament’s Appointment’s Committee on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, to be vetted as a Deputy Minister for Finance.

“As the Chief Executive Officer of NEIP, I oversaw the training of 45,783 businesses on various business management practices under the Presidential Business Support Programme and also disbursed funds ranging from GHC 2,000 to GHC 100,000 for 9,350 businesses. These businesses are all doing well and if more capital is injected into their businesses they can scale up and become giants in their areas,” he said.

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