Tuesday, December 1, 2015

RCC intake 35 interacts with RCC intake 55 Cadets

18 August 2015.  The 1995 Year Group of the Ghana Military Academy, Regular Career Course (RCC) Intake 35 as part of activities marking their 20th anniversary in the Ghana Armed Forces, paid a working visit to Ghana Military Academy to interact with cadets of RCC Intake 55 and also to share their rich experiences with the cadets, at the GMA Officer Cadet Mess on Tuesday 18 August 2015.

The Commanding Officer of the 66 Artillery Regiment, Lt Col SK Amengbor, delivering a lecture on theme ‘’ Command Expectation of the Young Officer’’, stated that, the high reputation that the Ghanaian officer has attained over the years is based on the firm foundation GMA offers.

He said as a young officer in the GAF, they are expected to be disciplined, exhibit high level of integrity and also be able to manage their finances well.
“Discipline is the bedrock of any army and it entails a lot ranging from paying of compliment, dressing and awarding of punishment”, he added.

He said as lieutenants they are bound to face numerous challenges and urged them to maintain their integrity in every situation by applying the leadership principle of moral courage. He charged them to offer good leadership and be responsible for the welfare of the troops that will be placed under them.

He urged them to develop good relationship with soldiers and other officers and also should be meticulous in rendering courtesies to their superiors.
“Courtesy and a spirit of cooperation are essential elements of the relation that should exist between soldiers and other officers; Personal dislike for other soldiers or officers should be overcome at all levels”, he reemphasized.

The RCC Intake 35 in collaboration with their civilian and diaspora colleagues presented five water dispensers and four Global Position System (GPS) to the academy to help solve some of the numerous infrastructural and logistical challenges facing the academy. Global Position System is a radio navigation system that allows land, sea and airborne users to determine their exact location, velocity and time 24 a day in all weather conditions, anywhere in the world.

The President of the group, Lt Col Eric Konadu speaking at the handing over ceremony at the Officer Cadet Mess, said members of the RCC Intake 35 thought it was prudent to come back and assist the institution that has made them who they are today.
‘’Giving back to our alma mater will always be a privilege’’, he added.

He mentioned that the presentation was done as part of the group’s 20th anniversary celebration in the GAF and therefore said the RCC Intake 35 is willing and ready to support the GMA in any possible way.

The Commander of GMA, Brig Gen Mike Akpatsu in his closing remarks expressed his profound gratitude to the group for the gesture and promise the equipment would be put to proper use.

He said despite the logistical constraints facing GMA, efforts had been put in place to ensure that cadets receive the best of training to enable them to become successful officer in the GAF after commissioning.

He said one principle to address the challenges confronting any given institution was for the alumni to endeavor to assist their alma mater.
Brig Gen Akpatsu however challenged other intake groups to emulate the examples of RCC Intake 35 and come to the aid of GMA.

Government Support for GAFCSC at the Graduation Ceremony of Course 36 of the Senior Division

Hon  Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah presenting a trophy to Major Dominic Buah as the overall best student.21 August 2015.    The Minister of Water Resources Works and Housing, Hon Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, reaffirmed government’s support to complete the 50 suite GETFUND residential accommodation block for the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) by the end of next year and also assistance to support the college to sustain its services to the nation.

He made these remarks on behalf of the Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur at the graduation ceremony of sixty students of Course 36 of the Senior Division of the GAFCSC at the Otu Barracks Teshie, Camp on Friday 21 August, 2015.

He noted that,  the college over the years has carved a niche for itself in Africa for the training of middle and senior level officers for staff, command and leadership roles in their various Armed Forces and allied institutions.

Senior Officers (serving and retired) present at the ceremony. He added the plans by the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College to begin a Master of Science degree programme in procurement, logistics and supply chain management by the close of the year was a milestone in the college’s efforts to reach out to the civil populace.

The Minister expressed his satisfaction with the performance of the GAFCSC and urged the management to constantly redesign its programme to strategically confront the global challenges. He commended the graduands and advised them to hold the high values of loyalty and integrity, which were very critical to their professional progression.

Some of the graduating students.The commandant of GAFCSC, Air Vice Marshall Issifu Sakib Kadri in his address said, demand for allocation of vacancy from the sister African Countries have increased due to the quality of the impact of the product of the college at national and international level.

He added that the college would begin a PhD programme in Defence and International Politics to build a reservoir of lecturers for the college next academic year and also introduced programmes which would be relevant to the needs of the industry.

Awards were presented to students who distinguished themselves during the course. Major Dominic Buah from the Ghana Army was adjudged the overall best student whiles Major Samuel Essel and Major Prince Tandoh all from the Ghana Army also took the second and third prizes respectively. Major Dorothy Tay, a female graduand emerged the best in the Research paper in the Master of Science in Defence and International Politics.

Present at the ceremony were the Deputy Minister of Defence, Hon Gilbert Kenneth, CDS, Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie, the Service Chiefs, Rector of GIMPA, Prof Franklin Acheampong Manu, the Dean of Academic Affairs GAFCSC, Mr Vladimir Antwi-Danso, representatives from other Security Services, Senior Officers and guests of graduands.

6 Infantry Battalion Extends Medical Support to Zagyuri Community in Tamale

The 6 Infantry Battalion in collaboration with the Battalion Wives Association have combined efforts in extending a free medical outreach to the people of Zagyuri, a community in Tamale. The medical outreach together with a blood donation exercise was part of a 3-day programme, which commenced from 7 to 9 August 2015 on the theme “WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE FOR DEVELOPMENT”.

The rationale behind the maiden event was to lay emphasis on the unique role of military wives and to highlight the importance of their contribution to the welfare and training of children. It was also a way of giving back to the community of which they form part by bringing medical aid to the door steps of the people of Zagyuri.

In all, over 400 residents were attended to by a medical team from the 6 Medical Reception Station and a special team from the 37 Military Hospital headed by Lt Col Dr (Mrs) Evelyn Kwabiah. The residents were also given free medical drugs for the ailments they were suffering from and a de-worming exercise conducted for over 100 children in the area.

A blood donation exercise by troops, wives and some residents of the area was also conducted to support the blood bank of the Tamale Teaching Hospital ( TTH).
In his opening remarks, the Commanding Officer of the 6 Infantry Battalion, Lt Col William Kwabiah said, military wives play an important role in the life of their husbands and the nurturing of children. They also take charge of the home when the men are far away on military duty and Peace Support Operations. Therefore, the programme was organised to recognize their invaluable contribution. He added that it was also part of the Units Corporate Social Responsibility towards the surrounding communities within Kamina barracks.

Marie Stopes International, a Non Governmental Organisation were also present to offer support in the areas of sexually reproductive health counseling and family planning.
Speaking in an interview with the AFNEWS, Dr Mark Abilba, Senior Medical Officer with the 6 MRS, said Zagyuri was one of the poorest communities in Tamale with little access to medical facilities, hence the free medical outreach came in good stead to help take care of some of their medical needs.
Some of the residents also spoken to in an interview expressed their delight and praised the medical team for the care they received.

Later in the evening, there was a talk by Rev Mrs Joyce Dagadu on the theme “WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE FOR DEVELOPMENT” and a health talk on Hepatitis “B” by Sqn Ldr Dr Rosa Asiedu which was well attended by personnel and their wives.

The second day of the programme commenced with a food bazaar and a cooking competition by the Battalion wives. The women who were grouped in their company slots prepared various mouth watering and sumptuous Ghanaian dishes which were judged by some prominent personalities. There were also several magnificent cultural performances by the barracks children and a dressing competition where the wives had to dress up in military camouflage.

In addition, the wives performed an outstanding drama to highlight the importance and role of women in the success of their husbands and their children. They also highlighted on the importance of planning for retirement and the need to eschew certain common social vices in the barracks.

At the end of the competitions, the Headquarters Company emerged victorious in both cooking and dressing competition while Bravo Company came second in the cooking and Alpha Company second in the dressing competition. The third place was won by support Company in both the cooking and dressing competition.
In her speech, the Guest of Honour, Mrs Adobea Asante, a philanthropist and a renowned banker said mothers were like a button and they hold everything together. She therefore urged all military wives never to rest on their oars and confine themselves to the home, but to soar to greater heights and unleash their God given talents and put them to maximum use for the benefit of all.

The 3-day programme ended with a Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, 9 August 2015 at the Methodist/Presby Church in Kamina to give thanks and praise to God for the success of the programmes.

The medical outreach and blood donation exercise was spearheaded by 6 Medical Reception Station and a special team from 37 Military hospital with support from the Tamale Teaching Hospital, Marie Stopes International, the Assemblyman of Zagyuri, Mr Neindow Salifu Jonathan and the Chief of the area, Naa Iddrisu Alhassan and the people of Zagyuri.
Some of the sponsors included, Marie Stopes International, JY pharmacy, Ernest Chemist, Kinapharma, Allied Savings and Loans ,Dokuloku pharmacy, PK Gumbilla Pharmacy, Stanbic Bank, Nestle Ghana Ltd, Accra Brewery Limited, Gratis foundation, Anchor Stationery, Mariam Hotel, Tigo Ghana among several others.

The programmes were graced by several prominent personalities among which included, the Commanding Officer, Lt Col Kwabiah, the Municipal Chief Executive of Tamale, Mr Abdul Rahaman Hanan Gundaadow , Mrs Adobea Asante,  Mrs Gloria Poku, Mr Abdu-Latif Bavug, Ecobank Branch Manager, Mr Osmound Amuah, Stanbic  Branch Manager, Elder Jerry Ato-Appiah of Danadan Pharmaceutical Company, Representatives of the Wives Association from the Airborne Force, Air Force, Police and Fire Services.

37 Military Hospital Health Services to be Improved - Brig Gen Ametepi

13 August 2015. The Commander of the 37 Military Hospital Brig Gen Ralph Kodjo Ametepi has reiterated the need for the 37 Military Hospital to improve upon its health delivery system in other to handle the challenges that may confront it presently, in the future and also anytime there may be an industrial disputes in the health sector.

He made these known during the opening ceremony for the second batch of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) Course on Thursday, 13 August 2015 at the WOs and Sergeant Mess at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.

Brig Gen Ametepi hinted that, training of EMTs for the military, a collaboration between the Ghana Armed Forces Medical Services (GAFMS) and the National Ambulance Services (NSA) will go a long way to add more hands to work force an also enhance the work of health personnel who are always overwhelmed in such situations.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Commander and Guest of Honour for the occasion noted that the course which started in October 2013 for personnel of the hospital was to train personnel in the area of administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), control of bleeding, treatment of shock, immobilization of fractures, bandaging of wounds, assisting of childbirth, management of patients with behavioural disorders, and initiation of treatment for poisoned and burnt victims.

In his speech, he stated that, the course would assist EMTs to offer assistance to patients in the absence of physicians during emergency cases.  He urged the trainees to take their studies seriously since they will be the first point contact during emergency cases.

He however commended the Director Nursing at the General Headquarters Medical Services, Col Vida Otoo and her colleagues and the entire team of NAS for their efforts in the success of the ceremony.

The Chief Executive Officer of NAS Prof Ahmed Nuhu Zakaria said, the objective of the EMT training is to ensure that each student would be sufficiently equipped to administer immediate life-saving procedures, provide quality emergency care to patients and casualties at the hospital.

Prof Zakaria noted that, military EMTs known elsewhere as combat medics are also responsible to provide first aid and frontline trauma care on the battlefield and the provision of quality emergency care to patients and casualties.

He congratulated the Commander of the hospital facilitators and instructors of the course, the first batch of sixty six students who passed out last year, the eighty students who are taking part in this year’s training, made up of 38 women and 42 men, and all who contributed in one way or the other in the success of the programme.

Present to grace the occasion were the Commanding Officer of the 37 military hospital Col Adjei, Deputy Matron Administration of the hospital Col Tamakloe, Deputy Director Medical Col Bel Nono, Mr Jerry Olvatine, Dr Maxwell Osei Ampofo from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and the Procurement and Logistics Director of NAS Mr Simon Nyaaba, students of this year’s course and other senior officers.

CDS Commends Staff of the 37 Military Hospital

CDS Visit Medical Emergency Ward.18 August 2015. The Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie has commended Command and Staff of the 37 Military Hospital for the wonderful and hard work done since the beginning of the nationwide strike by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA).

He made this known during his visit to the 37 Military Hospital on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 to find out  the immediate and  current conditions under which Command and Staff were operating  since the public doctors’ strike nationwide, to press home demands for better conditions of service.

Vice Admiral Quashie in his remarks renowned  that  in times like this the hospital needs key medical facilities such as beds, mattresses, nurses,  and other personnel in the area of health delivery as well as  equipment to enable the doctors and staff members of the hospital work efficiently.

OIC Trauma and Surgical Col Awuku updating CDS about the situation at the ward.He said challenges such as accommodation, welfare and other issues faced by personnel of the hospital will be solved. He advised personnel to work hard in order to save more lives and maintain the standard of the hospital especially during the strike action by the doctors nationwide.

He appealed to government and other corporate bodies to provide medical equipments as well as manpower to beef up the work at the hospital in times like this.

The CDS accompanied by the Commander , the Commanding Officer Col Samuel Adjei  and other senior officers of the hospital inspected the maternity ward, surgical and trauma ward and the emergency ward. 

In attendance during the visit were the Commander of the hospital Brig Gen Ralph Ametepi, Commanding Officer of the hospital Col Samuel Adjei, Director Personnel Administration, General Headquarters Brig Gen Isaac Mensah Tetteh, Nursing Officer in charge of Medical Division at the Emergency Unit Lt Col Victoria Oku and other senior officers.

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