Friday, October 31, 2014

CEPACE Donates Neonatal Ventilators to Pediatric ICU of the 37 Military Hospital

Col RK Ametepi Commander receiving the equipment from Japanese Ambassador to Ghana on behalf the entire Hospital.18 August 2014.   The Center for Pregnancy and Childbirth Education (CEPACE) in collaboration with the Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGHSP) has donated two neonatal ventilators and four monitors and its accessories to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of  the 37 Military Hospital on Monday 18 August 2014.

The neonatal equipment are the first of its kind to be installed in the country and would go a long way in assisting the government of Ghana in achieving its millennium 4 and 5 goals in reducing neonatal deaths.

The donation valued at One Hundred and Twenty Thousand US dollars was made as a result of a publication in the Daily Graphic by a parent whose child was admitted to the children’s ward of the 37 Military Hospital. Her article caught the attention of CEPACE who sought for funding from the Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects.

The aim of the donation is to prevent majority of the causes of neonatal deaths by serving all children with respiratory challenges irrespective of the weight and also to improve maternal and child health care at the 37 Military Hospital.

During the handing over ceremony, the Commander of the 37 Military Hospital, Col Ralph Kodjo Ametepi on behalf of the Ghana Armed Forces and the entire hospital extended gratitude to the Non- Governmental Organization (NGO), CEPACE, and the Japanese Government for supporting and funding the project. He assured them that the equipment would be put to good use to save more lives.

The Commander also appealed for assistance to train staff who will be handling the equipment to avoid mismanagement and prolong its life span.   He also used the opportunity to solicit for help from other institutions and corporate bodies in the development of the 37 Military Hospital to deliver its task efficiently as mandated.

One of the Neonatal ventilators mounted and ready for use by the hospital.In  her response, the Project Director of the Center for Pregnancy and Childbirth Education,  Dr Genevieve Insiadoo, congratulated the 37 Military Hospital, especially the Officer- In- Charge of the Pediatric Unit, Col Prosper Kwame Ayibor and his team for their support in making the installation a success.

She mentioned that babies born premature or born with complications need to be given a chance to live, hence all levels of care such as the donated ventilators and monitors must be made available to provide effective health care for  babies born especially at the 37 Military Hospital and other Teaching Hospitals. She added that “more than 3 million babies and women could be saved each year through the investment of quality care around the time of birth.”

In his remarks, the Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Naoto Nikai commended the 37 Military Hospital and the Center for Pregnancy and Childbirth Education for their contribution in mobilizing and working hard to facilitate the project.

He disclosed that, improving maternal and child health care is one of the top most priorities of the Japanese government's health cooperation in Ghana. He added that the donation was geared at cementing the existing ties between Ghana and Japan, especially in the health sector.

Ambassador Naoto Nikai encouraged the Staff of the 37 Military Hospital, patients and the entire community to take good care of the equipment to ensure maximum use to achieve the best results.

Present at the ceremony were, the Deputy Director Medical Services, Col Samuel Otis Bel-Nono, the Commanding Officer, Col Samuel Adjei, the Hospital Matron, Col Mercy Yelbert, the Deputy Matron Lt Col Ivy Tamakloe and others.

Chief of the Naval Staff visits Naples

Adm Mark Ferguson welcoming R/Adm GM Biekro to the Headquarters of the US Naval Forces Europe-Africa/US 6th Fleet18 August 2014.  The Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro, visited Naples to meet with senior leaders of the Commander, US Naval Forces Europe-Africa in order to strengthen bilateral ties between the two navies and discuss increased opportunities for collaboration to achieve maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.

Commander, US Naval Forces Europe-Africa, Admiral Mark Ferguson and senior leaders of the command welcomed Rear Admiral Biekro to Naples on 4 August 2014. The CNS had the opportunity to visit the US 6th Fleet Maritime Operations Centre and discussed maritime collaboration with US Naval Forces Europe-Africa leadership.

As a testament to the ongoing partnership between the two navies, US naval forces teamed with Ghana naval forces and interagency units earlier this year (March 2014) for Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP). During the operation, the combined US-Ghana boarding team was able to board three fishing vessels that were fishing illegally in Ghanaian waters. Additionally, Ghana is a long-running participant of Exercise Obangame Express, the multinational maritime exercise held in the Gulf of Guinea, and recently hosted the initial planning conference for the upcoming exercise scheduled in March 2015

US Naval Forces Europe-Africa/US 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance US national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

Soldiers Advised to remain non Partisan - COAS

COAS (middle), Commander Southern Command in a group photograph with staff of Southern Command.12 August 2014.  The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Richard Kwame Opoku- Adusei has urged personnel of Southern Command to continue to remain politically neutral and subject themselves to democratic control in the discharge of their duties.

He said the Ghana Armed Forces has gained national and international recognition because of its professional role in international peacekeeping and the professional manner the Officers, and Men discharge their duties.

Major General Adusei said he has much confidence in the Armed Forces and commended troops in Southern Command for their loyalty.

He said these when he paid a working visit to the Headquaters Southern Command at the Kpeshie District on Tuesday, 12 August 2014. He mentioned that the aim of his visit was to familiarize, update himself with the projects and existing situations, as well as challenges in the unit with the view of developing strategies to tackle them.

The Chief of Army Staff visited an ongoing renovation block, Medical Reception Station (MRS), the laboratory, armoury within the unit where he inspected various structures and interacted with troops and civilian employees.

COAS addressing troops under Southern Command.On civil military relations, Maj Gen OPoku-Adusei emphasized the need for soldiers to build a good working environment with their civilian counterparts so that civilians would have trust and confidence in the military. He used the occasion to advise troops to revisit some of the good military traditions of the past, particularly the drill and duties competition.   He also stressed on the need for troops to take their basic fitness test seriously.

The General Officer Commanding the Southern Command, Brig Gen Sampson Adeti gave an over view of the roles and responsibilities of the unit, several threats and challenges confronting the headquaters were also outlined.

Defence Minister Visits General Headquarters of Ghana Armed Forces

CDS briefs the Minister and the deputy at his office13 August 2014.   The Minister for Defence, Hon. Dr Benjamin Bewa-Nyong Kunbuor, accompanied by his Deputy, Mr Alex Segbefia, and the Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr Alidu Fuseini, has paid a working visit to the General Headquarters of the Ghana Armed Forces, on 13 August, 2014.

He was met on arrival by the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie, after which he inspected a guard of honour, mounted by the Ghana Navy with the Navy Band in attendance. 

The Minister and his entourage were later given a comprehensive brief by the Director General of Plans, Research, and Development, Air Commodore IR Wayoe, followed by a renewal of loyalty by the CDS, on behalf of the military, to the Commander In Chief, and the Minister, saying that the security and peace of the country was their topmost priority.

The Minister later toured the headquarters of the three services; namely Army, Air Force, and Navy.  The Commanders of these Services namely; Major General Richard Kwame Opoku-Adusei, Air Vice Marshal Samson-Oje, and Vice Admiral Godfred Mawuli Biekro, respectively, briefed the Minister at their headquarters within Burma Camp, before handing over to their Chief Staff Officers to brief the entourage on specific issues. 

At the Army Headquarters, the Director of Army Operations, Colonel Robert Affram, took the entourage through the structure, logistics, manpower, and operations of the Army whilst at the Air Force Headquarters, the Chief Staff Officer, Air Commodore Morgan Nyadodui, also briefed the delegation.

Commodore Mark Yawson, Chief Staff Officer, Ghana Navy, was the one who briefed the Minister at the Navy Headquarters.  He said that despite the improvements made in equipping the Ghana Navy, the increasing challenges and demands of maritime security have called for the need to bring the Ghana Navy to a more modern standard. He, however, described the maritime territory of the nation as safe. 

Responding, the Minister said that his tour was fruitful, as it gave him a deeper insight into the workings of the Armed Forces and its challenges.  He assured the military high command that he was going to give immediate attention to those challenges that demanded urgency.

The Minister was later taken on a tour to inspect some self-help projects at the Naval Headquarters.  He commended the military high command in general and the Chief of the Naval Staff in particular on their efforts to sustain and develop the military.  

VEEP Praises Graduands of Course 35

VEEP presenting the overall best student award to Maj MK Mfum.

8 August 2014.   The Vice President, Mr Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, has congratulated 66 graduating students of course 35 of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), for a successful completion of an 11-month intensive Senior Division Course on Friday, 8 August 2014.

Mr Amissah-Arthur, who was the guest of honour, commended the staff of the college also, for developing a number of modules such as Defence Management, Conflicts and Crisis, Exclusive Economic Zone, and Integrated Peace Support, adding that their efforts paved way for Ministries, Public and Private institutions and countries in Africa to partake in the course.

He stressed the consistent efforts being made by the college to improve on its academic standard by seeking accreditation to begin a Masters Programme in Defence and International Politics scheduled for next January. He expressed appreciation to institutions supporting the college to expand the field of study, citing Consolidated Discount House Limited for providing financial support that enabled the college to complete the installation and expansion of internet infrastructure and facilities. Praising the company for sponsoring Best Academic Student Award, Mr Amissah-Arthur appealed to other corporate bodies to support the college.

The Vice President urged the graduates to consistently make choices beneficial to the nation, based on the professional and traditional values imbued in them by the college. “To whom much has been given much is expected and therefore I expect you to make decisions subject to scrutiny”, he emphasised. Commending foreign students, he asked them to put to practice knowledge acquired from the school for the development of their respective countries.

In his address, the Commandant of the school, Air Vice Marshal Issifu Sakib Kadri, said that the graduating students from the Ghana Army, the Ghana Navy and the Ghana Air Force, Narcotics Control Board, and Ghana Fire Service, reported in September, 2013. He mentioned Nigeria, Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Togo, Malawi and Zimbabwe as countries which took part in the course.

VEEP delivering his address.The Commandant disclosed that the college’s curriculum comprised three components namely: Core Programme, Curriculum Enrichment Programme, and Academic Programmes. He explained that the Core Programme emphasised traditional and military or defence and security studies as well as Leadership, Command, and Staff duties. This, he said, led to the award of the Staff College (psc) Certificate.

He added that the curriculum enrichment programme offered students the opportunity to research in selected subject areas in some African countries. The African studies tour, he disclosed, was a very crucial component of the course package, designed to enhance the students’ research capabilities in a foreign environment, and also to broaden the understanding of the international geo-politics. He pointed out that the selected areas of tour included the Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria and Togo.

He recalled that since 1960, the Ghana Armed Forces had been participating in International Peace Support Operations, which, together with other imperatives of the global system, informed the decision to venture into academic programmes that would arm graduates of GAFCSC with the requisite knowledge and qualification to be abreast of modern trends.

The overall best student award went to Maj MK Mfum. Awards were also presented to students who excelled during the course. Master of Arts Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy was received by seven graduands from the University of Ghana while 15 of them received Master of Arts Degree in Governance and Leadership.

Present at the occasion included the Minister for Defence, Hon Benjamin Kumbour, the Chief of Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie, and Chief of Army Staff, Maj Gen Richard Opoku Adusei.

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