As it was foretold that, “there is always light at the end of the tunnel”, and Hamamat Montia’s story exemplifies it the more. This must be an admonition to all male partners who are irascible in a relationship!
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Remember beautiful Hamamat? Read her inspiring story, how she turned the lemon life threw at her to lemonade.
“After I left my marriage, my savings was not enough to sustain my daughters and I.
Everything was gone in months and I was left with nothing but my children & my big dreams.
How did I go from modeling around the world & living lavish to having nothing?
I had nothing but passion. Passion to make sure I wasn’t in the same place the following year. I had a strong drive to move forward or at lest try.
So I found myself asking myself this question over and over again- “What do you have right now and how can you make the most of it?”
I had good health, I had the love & support of my children and I had an iPhone.
What could I possibly do with these?
The city life was getting too expensive for me and I was heart broken after my failed marriage & my ex had already moved on and started a family.
So I decided to go back home to my village for a visit. Everyone was so happy to see me because I hadn’t visited in years.
I felt so loved – so much that I decided to capture moments and share on social media.
People I knew in the city called me names and laughed at my village videos.
It was tough but that was all I had. So I threw myself into my village.
I dressed like everyone, ate what they ate, slept on a mat outside and under the moon and the stars just like everyone else and also made shea butter with them.
Sheabutter has always been in my family so I didn’t think anything special of it.
I recorded the process with my iphone and shared it on social media. The next day, my video went viral with millions of hit and viewers wanting to buy my sheabutter. This was how Hamamat African Beauty was born.
Today our sheabutter is sold worldwide and we are currently at the #Africa economic forum.
I am not where I want to be yet but I am here in EGYPT to meet World leaders and show them my sheabutter.
To all the single mothers going through it .
Yes it is tough………..
Yes it is painful……… …
Yes you will cry, but never give up and never stop believing in your dream.
Even if you have been lied to or used – you are still valuable.”
Hamamat Montia is a Ghanaian model and a former Miss Maliaka queen. She was elected Miss Maliaka in 2006 and model of Africa Universe in 2007. She is a mother of two daughters named Safari and Zuri and the daughter of Aisha Taimoko and Sisala. She hails from Bolgatanga in the Upper East region of Ghana.
Source: Copied from the facebook wall of #Mmiliaku Genevieve
Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals: A threat to Africa’s development-ENACT
A new policy brief titled “The Rise of Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals in Africa”, has been launched in Accra with a focus on its implications for Ghana and West Africa.
The brief, embodies key findings and recommendations of a study conducted by Enhancing Africa’s response to transnational organized crime (ENACT), one of the European Union (EU) funded projects under its Pan-African Programme support agenda.
Mr Eric Pelser, the ENACT Programme Head of the Institute for Security Studies, at the opening ceremony on Tuesday said, the proliferation of counterfeit medicines in Africa, is becoming a challenge to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG 3).
This also places significant emphasis on populations’ health, with its sub-target 3.8, specifying access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.
“Yet remarkably missing from the discourse around achieving this goal is the need to address the growing phenomenon of counterfeit medicines, which disproportionately affects developing countries,” he said.
Mr Pelser said counterfeit medicines put people’s life at risk, finance criminal groups and caused profound public health challenges, yet the full scale of the challenge in Africa was not fully understood, but research suggests that the problem and its impact are severe.
He said the growing incidence of the so-called falsified and substandard medical products, is arguably the most insidious and evil form of illegal trade which leads to widespread loss of lives, accounting for between 64,000 and 158,000 otherwise avoidable deaths annually from malaria alone in sub-Saharan Africa.
Although the phenomenon is not specific to Africa, counterfeiters preyed on poor countries more than their richer counterparts with up to 30 times greater penetration of fakes in the supply chain compared to the one per cent in the developed world, he said.
Mr Pelser said, to make headway in achieving the SDG 3, the issue of counterfeit medicines must be moved higher up on policy agenda, saying evidence elsewhere have suggested that there would be scope for significant positive results.
He said addressing the problem in Africa, may help prevent widespread loss of life, and mitigate other public health and safety risks, and that African States must prioritise the issues, and responses should include a substantial overhaul of the analytical, legal, educational, regulatory and enforcement systems around the medical supply chains, to help strengthen the mechanisms for combating medicine fraud.
These responses, he said, would need to be coordinated within a global effort, including setting up a database of intelligence on counterfeits, and improved awareness-raising campaigns, and recommended that national medicines regulatory authorities be tasked to regularly investigate mass serialisation forms of track-and-trace.
Mr Pelser said the increasing trend of these illicit trading, therefore showed that counterfeiters found Africa an easier target because it has not developed the West’s armory of responses to these fake drugs, citing the Europe and USA’s enviable supply chain regulation, track-and-trace technology and enforcement regimes, as a defences that were wholly lacking in African countries.
The paper, he said, sets out the scale and effects of the problem and recommends a comprehensive programme to awareness creation, as well as measurement, legal, supply chain and enforcement activities, to begin the enormous task of reducing counterfeits in Africa.
Mrs Martha Gyansa-Ludtterodt, the Director of Pharmaceutical Services at the Ministry of Health, and also Chief Pharmacist, urged all stakeholders to form a united front to fight against the proliferation of these counterfeit pharmaceuticals on the Ghanaian market.
She said the presence of these illicit medications has become a huge setback to the country’s achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), saying fake drugs including anti-malarials, dewormers, pain killers, Tramadol, codeine and aphrodisiac drugs brought into the country by unknown persons, have and continue to be seized by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), however, such sporadic seizers would not solve the huge problem of the illicit trading unless stakeholders joined forces to fight the menace.
She said the capacities of mandated institutions must be strengthened to make them more proactive, ensure the harmonisation of policies and standards of pharmaceuticals and the enhancement of intelligence sharing as strategies to arrest importers of these counterfeit drugs and trace their source of supplies and manufacturing.
Ghana, she said, is currently re-engineering her supply chain mechanism to make it responsive to current challenges both at the national, regional and global level, citing the Executive Instruments, the Act 167 which banned the importation and use of all Codeine content in cough syrups, and the Act 168 criminalising the use of Tramadol drug with active ingredients higher than 50 to 100 milligrams, saying these medicines must be obtained strictly with prescriptions only.
Brigadier General Robert Affram, the Director of Training at the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre, added his voice to the dramatic shifts in the conversion around Transnational Organised Crime (TOC) in Africa, said while the continent has enjoyed increasing stability and rising economic indices, these have also facilitated cross-border criminal activity across the continent.
He said the unprecedented openness in trade, finance, travel and communication has also given rise to enormous opportunities for criminals, highlighting also on the treat such activities pose to governance, peace and development in both developed and developing nations.
Mr Sotirios Bazikanwe, the Governance Advisor to the EU delegation to Ghana, said the Union places security in Africa at the forefront of its international agenda, notably through its Pan-African Programme, which is the first of its kind to centre on development and cooperation, and covering Africa as a whole, hence its support through the three-year ENACT programme.
He called on all partners to accept the recommendations of the study to help the fight to eliminate counterfeit pharmaceuticals, maintain quality health of Africans and reduce the high rate of preventable deaths.
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Cuba trains more than 3,000 Ghanaians in various fields
More than 3, 000 Ghanaians have so far received training in various fields, especially Education and Medicine, in Cuba, as part of the healthy relations between the two countries.
Mr Charles Owiredu, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, who said this, announced that the process for selecting students was ongoing with successful students expected to arrive in Cuba by the end of January.
The Deputy Minister was holding discussions on strengthening socio-economic relations with a six-member Cuban delegation, which paid a courtesy call to the Ministry, on Monday.
The delegation, led by Dr Mrs Marcia Cobas Ruiz, Deputy Minister of Public Health, comprised Ms Vivian Herrera Cid, General Director of Foreign Trade at the Ministry for Foreign Trade and Investment and Ms Martha Elena Romero Bermudze, Director of International Operation of the Banco Financiero International, a Cuban Bank.
Other members are: Ms Miladys Orraca Casterillo, President of Cuban Medical Services, Ms Laura Antonia Vives Castillo, Commercial Specialist Biocubafarm and Mr Pedro Luiz Gonzalez, Cuban Ambassador to Ghana.
Mr Owiredu thanked the Cuban Government for the tremendous support it had provided towards Ghana’s service health delivery through the Cuban Medical Brigade Assistance Programme.
“Often, people express amazement at the zeal with which medical doctors work so hard to improve the conditions of patients in rural and under-privileged communities,” he said.
The Minister commended the fruitful relations dating back to Ghana’s independence, saying it had been based on shared values and interest in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).
Ghana is the first country south of the Sahara to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1959.
Mr Owiredu said a proposal had been made to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Ghana-Cuba Diplomatic relations by organising special events.
He announced that the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice President Mahamadu Bawumia had agreed to honour the invitation of their Cuban counterparts to further deepen the bilateral relationship.
Dr Mrs Ruiz, for her part, pledged Cuba’s continuous support to Ghana in the areas of health and education, which has been the traditional areas of cooperation between for the past 60 years.
“Our visit today is to explore, augment and define the agreement to help move it to the next level,” she said.
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A total of 442km roads to be constructed under Sinohydro deal to start in March
A total of 442 kilometers of roads will be constructed under the first phase of the two billion Sinohydro Agreement between government of Ghana and the Chinese company at the cost of $646 million, Mr Kwasi Amoako-Attah, the Minister of Roads and Highways, has said.
Mr Amoako-Attah, who said this when he took his turn of the Meet-the-Press encounter on Tuesday, said 10 major projects would be executed in the first phase and construction works would begin by the first quarter of this year
He said 70 per cent of the projects under the Sinohydro Bauxite Barter Arrangement has been allocated to the Roads and Highways Ministry for execution, which would involve the construction of roads, interchanges and bridges to ease traffic congestion and ensure free movement of goods and services.
He said the second phase of the projects under the Sinohydro Agreement would start in June, adding that officials from Sinohydro and Ghana Highway Authority were touring the regions to familiarize themselves with the areas where the projects would be implemented.
He said apart from the 10 regions all the six new regions created during the recent referenda would also benefit saying;”President Akufo-Addo’s Administration would ensure that the national resources are fairly distributed”
Mr Amoako-Attah answered questions on wide range of issues about his Ministry, noting that, government has paid GH¢1.9 billion to road contractors since it assumed office in 2017, with outstanding debts of GH¢3.94 billion being owed contractors.
He said government is committed to pay the outstanding arrears to the contractors and complete all the abandoned road projects left by the previous regimes, saying; “If you start any road project and you don’t see its completion then it is useless”.
“We will adopt smart, progressive and innovative methods to improve the road infrastructure in this country as well as contribute to the socio-economic development of our people.
“My Ministry’s vision is to build a Ministry of Roads and Highways that can honour its financial obligations and where value for money is not compromised.
“I want to assure this nation that as the mangers of the roads sector we will do everything possible to deliver to the proud people of this country and build healthy infrastructure that is comparable to any infrastructure in the world and give value for money,” Mr Amoako-Attah emphasised.
The Minister outlined many projects being undertaking by government to improve socio-economic activities and mentioned the construction works at the oil and gas enclave in the Western Region totalling 53km, which is 99 per cent complete.
He said construction works was ongoing on over 30-kilometre Elubo and Half Assini Town roads to improve socio-economic activities in the area.
Mr Amoako-Attah said the Ministerial Monitoring Committee has visited 178 projects ongoing across the country to ensure that contractors execute projects according to specifications and ensure value for money.
The media encounter enabled the Minister to render account of his stewardship for the past two years and provide useful information on ongoing projects.
It also enabled the media to ask probing questions and engage in positive dialogue.
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