Despite blazing the trail at MESTI as a cabinet minister, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng still finds time to save lives by performing open-heart surgeries on weekends.
In a country where virtually all politicians insist on being addressed as “Honorable”; where the cabinet ministers work hard to produce results lest they be “embarrassed” at cabinet meetings because the president is reported to usually “know more about” the sector ministries; and where high egos amongst some ministers are not exactly lacking, meet Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) who prefers the title of “Prof” to “Honorable,” and who performs open-heart surgeries for free on Saturdays.
It is an uneventful Saturday morning in Accra, and the trotro drivers are being their usual annoying selves. For everyone, this is just another Saturday, but to a young boy of about ten, life is in balance. A part of his heart’s circuitry is “undeveloped” and needs repair to keep him alive. One mistake in this complex process and Ghana’s population will reduce by one.
Thus for close to eight hours, a team of Cardiothoracic surgeons led by Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng labored. The first surprise was how these doctors and their assisting nurses are able to stand on their feet for hours without losing an iota of concentration. “On that table, you don’t think about anything else but the mission at hand so how can you lose concentration,” asked Prof in response to our inquiries.
“But you can’t cheat nature; when you stand on your feet for that long, you get tired,” asked our DNT reporter. “Well that’s true, but on that table, that has never been an issue,” Prof responded.
After close to five hours, Prof finally takes a break and a standby surgeon takes his place to join the two (much younger) ones who were working with him. By this time it is well past mid-day and Prof sits on a bed in another room to take his lunch. Half an hour later, the body is tired and he takes an unplanned nap on a chair.
Back at the operating Theater, the three young surgeons, all of whom were trained by Prof, are continuing with the complex procedure. They eventually complete the surgery and sew the young man up. Prof is now back at the theater to oversee the finishing of the surgery.
At one point when somethings on the floor were getting in the way of operations as they were wheeling in the transport bed that would take the young patient into the ICU, Prof actually bends down and clears it up himself just in time. Yes, a Cabinet Minister was picking up debris from the floor of the operating theater to make way.
After the entire operation was finished and the monitor showed the patient’s vital stats in order, Prof finally sat down for the exclusive interview with DNT’s Jermaine Nkrumah.
Watch Diaspora Weekly on DNT this Saturday at 9 am as we place you inside the operating theater where Ghana’s Cabinet Minister Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng practices his gifted skills every weekend when ministerial duty is not calling.
Over 1,000 reports on adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccines in Ghana received – GHS
Ghana Health Service GHS has received over 1000 reports on adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccines in Ghana so far
Adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccines: Extended Programme on Immunisation (EPI) of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) says it has received about 1,000 reports of adverse effects from persons vaccinated against the COVID-19 vaccine.
These are people vaccinated within 12 days of the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise.
Dr. Kwame Amponsa-Achino, the Programme Manager of the EPI, told the Ghana News Agency that the reactions and complaints received by his outfit and the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) were fever, sweating, headache, weakness, chills, and body aches, which were all expected.
The Programme Manager said the reports were not different from reactions and adverse reports from other countries and what was stated by the manufacturer in the vaccine package information.
Dr. Amponsa-Achiano said the complaints were received mainly through the complaints call the number provided on the vaccination card, the Med App, and a complaints link provided by the FDA.
He said data showed that as of 1900 hours on Sunday, March 14, nearly 404,000 persons had taken their first jab of the COVID-19 vaccine from the 43 districts earmarked for the first phase.
Those vaccinated include front-line health workers, adults aged 60 years and above, and people with underlying health conditions such as diabetes, kidney diseases, hypertension, and cancer.
The others are frontline security personnel, frontline government officials, the media, and all frontline workers in the formal sector.
A total of 20 million Ghanaians are expected to be vaccinated against the virus, Dr. Amponsa-Achiano said, adding that females formed about 62 percent of the number vaccinated so far.
He said about 58,000 persons with underlying health conditions, 91,000 adults aged 60 years and above, about 68,000 health workers, 23,000 frontline security personnel, and more than 48,000 essential service providers had received their first jabs.
Similarly, more than 12,000 members of the Executive, Judiciary, and Legislature, and 60,000 teachers aged 60 and above, more than 3,000 media persons, and 72,000 ordinary persons had been vaccinated.
Dr. Amponsah-Achiano encouraged the public to keep adhering to the COVID-19 safety protocols by wearing a nose mask, observing social distancing, washing hands with soap under running water, or sanitize hands frequently.
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals. In rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It has an incubation period of four to six days and fatal, especially for those with a weakened immune system, the elderly, and the very young.
It could also result in pneumonia and bronchitis.
President Akufo-Addo swears in Regional Ministers
President Akufo-Addo swears in Regional Ministers
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has charged newly-sworn regional ministers to help ensure peace, law, and order in the regions Swearing in the 16 regional ministers at the jubilee house on Thursday, March 11, the president encouraged them to provide leadership and work hard to help transform regional economies
Most of the regional ministers are first-timers with only a few retaining their positions in the second term of the Akufo-Addo’s administration.
President Akufo-Addo challenged them to be tactful in managing issues of security to ensure peace
He again charged them to coordinate effectively with MMDCEs, chiefs, and opinion leaders to transform the living conditions of the people
Volta regional minister Dr. Archibald Letsa who spoke on behalf of his colleagues promised to live up to expectation.
Meet the beautiful daughters of Nana Akufo-Addo: The president of the Republic of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo has been in office since 7 January 2017.
He first ran for president in 2008 and again in 2012 which he lost to the late former president John Evans Atta Mills.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was born in Accra to the Edward Akufo-Addo and Adeline Akufo-Addo.
He began the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics course at New College, Oxford in 1962, but left soon afterward.
He also read Economics at the University of Ghana, Legon, in 1964, earning a BSc(Econ) degree in 1967.
He is currently married to Rebecca Akufo-Addo after he lost his first wife and they are blessed with five(5) adorable daughters who rarely appear in public.
The five daughters are Gyankroma Funmi Akufo-Addo-, Edwina Nana Douka Akufo-Addo, Adriana Dukua Akufo-Addo, Yeboakua Akufo-Addo, and Valerie Obaze.
We have taken the pain to sample pictures of these girls so you can once again have a glance at their beauty since coming by their pictures is no easy task…
Wakanda City of Return Project launched in Cape Coast
Wakanda City of Return Project launched in Cape Coast
The ‘Wakanda City of Return Project’ has been launched at a colorful ceremony at the Cape Coast Technical University Conference room.
The project is set to be a legacy project of the government’s ‘Year of Return‘ and ‘Beyond the Return’ tourism initiatives.
It is expected to give birth to the construction of residential, tourism and other facilities in the central regional capital, Cape Coast.
Speaking at the launch, Mayor of Cape Coast, Ernest Arthur expressed his appreciation to African Diaspora Development Institute (ADDI), Pelicape Limited and Adepa Africa Investments for accepting the Assembly’s proposal to undertake the ‘Wakanda City of Return’ Project.
The ‘Wakanda City of Return Project’ is a joint partnership between the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly, ADDI, Pelicape Limited and Adepa Africa Investments.
The project which is expected to provide over 3,000 jobs to people in the area is also expected to boost tourism promotion in the area.
The ultramodern edifice modelled around the architecture of the ‘Wakanda City’ as exhibited in the famous ‘Black Panther’ movie is expected to attract many across the globe to Ghana. It will also be a centre for teaching the history of the black race.
The ‘Wakanda City of Return’ will indeed cause the coastlines of Cape Coast to witness the construction of 5 -Star hotels, heritage walk way, retreat and health resort, conference centers, and the continental corporate headquarters of African Diaspora Development Institute (ADDI).
The Partners add that the project will indeed be a sound arena for leveraging on the heritage and cultural tourism assets of Cape Coast in creating a definite place of pilgrimage for people of African descent to know the history, culture, and civilization of Africa as well as the continent’s role in creating a new world economy and order.
Addressing the gathering during the launch, the paramount Chief of Cape Coast, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, who was also the Chairman of the event lauded the initiative of the Assembly and its partners and pledged his commitment to making the project a success.
He indicated that the project which will be built on the coastlines of Cape Coast should be used to correct the negative script about Cape Coast and Ghana as a whole in terms of development.
He added that the ultramodern city should be able to tell the world that Ghana is not only rich in tourism potentials but is also rich in terms of the mental capacity to do great things.
The Vice-Chancellor of the Cape Coast Technical University, Rev. Ing. Prof. Joshua Danso Owusu-Sekyere also pledged the readiness of the University to partner the investors in making the project a success as the project will not only add to the tourism potentials in the area but will also attract more investors into the area.
On funding for the project, Dr. Kojo Taylor, Chairman of the ‘Wakanda City of Return’, who is also a partner of Sanford Clinics, Ghana noted that the partners are on course in raising the needed funds to build the city.
He thus, discounted suggestions that the project is going to be one of the promises which were never fulfilled.
“I have been involved in so many projects including Sanford Clinics and raising money for this project is not going to be difficult. We are going to give the public monthly or quarterly updates so that they know what we are doing”, he added.
Her Excellency Ambassador Arikana Chihombori-Quao, a former African Union Representative to the United States and the President of ADDI praised Hon. Ernest Arthur, the Mayor of Cape Coast for his commitment in ensuring that this project comes to realisation.
She disclosed her readiness to mobilise funds for the construction to begin as soon as possible.
The Chief Executive Officer of Adepa Africa Investments and Apagyahen of Asebu Traditional Area, Nana Obokese Ampah I underscored the need to come together as a people to push this great vision.
According to him, the support of the people of Cape Coast is needed to bring this dream into realisation.
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