Tuesday, May 24, 2016

500-Bed Military Hospital in Kumasi To Be Completed Soon

The Guest of Honour of the Occasion, Hon Kenneth Gilbert Adjei.5 February 2016. The Deputy Minister for Defence, Hon Kenneth Gilbert Adjei has stated that in order to improve the quality of health of the people in the country, the health sectors of the country has witnessed massive infrastructural development by Government over the past few years of which the 37 Military Hospital is not exempted.

Hon Adjei who was also the Guest of Honour for the occasion disclosed that in view of this the 500- Bed Military Hospital in Kumasi which would be the second largest Military hospital will soon be completed to reduce the pressure on the 37 Military Hospital.

He said it would also improve access to quality healthcare to the people of the middle and Northern parts of the country and ease the pressure on the Komfo Anokye Hospital and other hospitals in the country.

He made these remarks during the 37 Military Hospital Officers’ Mess Annual Ball on Friday, 5 February, 2016 at the Officers Mess, Accra.

The Deputy Defence Minister hinted that the 37 Military Hospital is the Base Hospital for the Ghana Armed Forces, a National Emergency and Disaster Hospital and a Level 4 Hospital for the United Nations deployment in West Africa and also serves as a referral centre for many hospitals within and beyond the borders of Ghana.

He congratulated the Commander of 37 Military Hospital, Brig Gen Ralph Ametepi and all staff of the facility for the dedication and hard work over the years especially during the fire and flood disaster and the Doctors’ strike in 2015. He assured the staffs of the various measures that have been put in place to tackle the accommodation problems they are facing.

Awards were presented to some individuals, both officers and civilian officers who have worked hard over the years and some companies who have worked closely with the facility such as Fraga Oil, Promasidor Ghana Limited, producers of Cowbell products, East Cantonment Pharmacy, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO).

Present to grace the occasion was the Director Medical Services, Brig Gen Alhassan, the Acting Commanding Officer of the facility, Col Christopher Agbeka, the former Commander of the facility, Brig Gen Kponyo (rtd), the former Commanding Officer of the facility Col Abban (rtd), some retired officers, Junior and Senior officers and their spouses.

British Royal Army Delegation calls on GOC Southern Command

09 February 2016. A delegation from the British Royal Army led by the Commander of the 7 Infantry Brigade, Brigadier General Jonny Bourne paid a courtesy call on the General Officer Commanding Southern Command, Brigadier General Musah Whajah on Tuesday, 09 February 2016 at the Headquarters, Southern Command.

According to Brig Gen Bourne, the visit was aimed at exploring and understanding how the armies of the two nations could collaborate in areas of training and operations. “We want to know the priorities for the further development of the Ghana Armed Forces as well as its training requirements with additional consideration for overseas training options” he disclosed.

On his part, Brigadier General Musah Whajah thanked the delegation for offering a helping hand. He stated that collaborations among armies were necessary for the attainment of global peace. He further assured the delegation of the preparedness of the GAF to tap the expertise of personnel of the British Royal Army.

Brigadier General Bourne was accompanied by the Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Anghan Regiment, Lt Col Guy Foden, Staff Officer II of the Defence Engagement of 7 Infantry Brigade, Major John Gammon and the Defence Attaché at the British High Commission (Ghana), Lt Col Ben Richards.

CDS Visits 37 Military Hospital

8 February 2016. The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Air Marshal Michael Samson-Oje accompanied by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Maj Gen Richard Opoku-Adusei and the  Chief of Staff (COS) Brig Gen Adeti  on Monday, 8 February 2016 visited two injured soldiers who are on admission at the Trauma and Surgical Emergency Unit (TSEU) of the 37 Military Hospital.

The visit was to see how the two soldiers Pte Christopher Semabiah and Pte Noah Sarpong were faring after they were attacked and shot by unidentified armed robbers who had laid ambush for them on the way during an Exercise known as Operation Gong- Gong in the Bole District.

The matron in charge of the ward, Maj Patience Awumee said, the two injured soldiers who are on admission at the hospital were brought to TSEU at 0200 hours on Saturday, 6 February 2016 for treatment and are responding to treatment.

Meanwhile a Staff Sergeant and a civilian woman were shot dead by the armed robbers during the same operation.

Air Marshal Samson-Oje wished them a speedy recovery and also visited the dispatch rider, Staff Sergeant Kamaldeen who was involved in the pulling out ceremony of the former CDS, Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie. He however used the opportunity to inspect a place earmarked for the construction of a modern kitchen for the hospital.

The Commander of the hospital Brig Gen Ralph Ametepi, the Commanding Officer, Col Adjei, the Matron of the hospital Col Mercy Yelbert, the Deputy Matron Col Ivy Tamakloe and the Deputy Matron Clinical, Lt Col Beatrice Laryea, the Senior Administrative officer Lt Col Rex Adzagba and other senior officers were present during the visit.

Ghana Ambassador to Egypt Visits CDS

4 February 2016. Ghana’s Ambassador to Egypt, His Excellency Lt Col (rtd), US Ahmed has paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Air Marshal Samson-Oje on Thursday 4 February 2016, at the General Headquarters, Burma Camp-Accra.

The visit was to congratulate him on his assumption of office as the new CDS of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and to wish him well. He assured the CDS of the Embassy’s support and willingness to build upon the already existing mutual relationship between Egypt and Ghana.

Lt Col (rtd) Ahmed said he shall ensure that mutual cooperation continue to exist between the Egyptian Army and the GAF.

The CDS welcomed the Ambassador and expressed his appreciation for his august visit. He noted that he would work diligently with other senior officers in order to maintain high standard of professionalism within the GAF. He assured him that he would continue from where his predecessor left off and would always call on him to tap from his rich resources. 

Embraer Defence and Security Representative Visits CDS

3 February 2016. The Director of Business Development of Embraer Defence and Security of Brazil, Mr Frederico Cimade Azevedo Lemos, has called on the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Air Marshal Michael Samson-Oje at his office on Tuesday 3 February, 2016.

The visit was to deliberate on the acquisition of the Super Tucano 1:40 to be purchased from the Embraer Company.

Mr Frederico Cimade Azevedo Lemos revealed that the necessary plan of actions had been put in place. Also, they had consulted the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General and were left with the financing from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. The procedures for the acquisition of the aircraft were completed and they hope there would be more advancement this year.

He hinted that, President John Dramani Mahama has keen interest in the project; therefore they have improved upon the conditions on their previous work done. Again he said they would train pilots and technicians to operate and maintain the aircraft.

Mr Lemos stated that his company operates in several countries, adding that Embraer was created in the early stages in 2011 to lead the process of strengthening the Brazilian defence and security industry. Embraer Defence and Security has implemented a strategy through partnership in critical areas of knowledge such as command and control, radars and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

He said Embraer was ready to partnership with the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) in areas of security whenever they were called upon. Mr Lemos was accompanied by the Deputy Head of Mission for Brazil to Ghana, Mr Rubem Coan Fabro Guimareas Amaral.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) received the delegation on behalf of the CDS. He noted that the Military High Command cherished the strategic financing for the acquisition of the aircraft and hoped that by the end of this year GAF would have access to the new Super Tucana1:40 to patrol the oil fields and conduct operations.  

He requested that an extension of grants be given to cover the purchase of missiles for the facility to be acquired. COAS emphasised that GAF would be happy if the Brazilian Military would support them in the area of training of their Special Forces and exchange programs as well.

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