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Russian CJ Returns Home

18 September 2013.
The Russian Chief Justice (CJ), His Excellency, Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Lebedev has been flown to Russia for further medical treatment.

He was flown out this morning, Wednesday, 18 September, 2013 with other doctors from Russia. 

Justice Lebedev expressed his gratitude to the staff of the hospital for the special medical care and love he received during the time of his admission at the hospital.

He also thanked all Ghanaians for their support and prayers.

Russian CJ Grateful to Ghanaians

17 September 2013. The Russian Chief Justice (CJ), His Excellency, Vyacheslav Mikhailovich has expressed his profound gratitude to Ghanaians for the uttermost care and love showed him when he was involved in an accident on the Ho highway on Monday, 16 September, 2013 while returning from the Annual Bar Conference of the Ghana Bar Association.

He said Ghanaians were a very warm people and he appreciated all the prayers and the hospitality accorded to him.

Justice Mikhailovich made these statements when his Excellency the Vice President, Mr Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, the Chief Justice, Mrs Georgina Theodora Wood and the Ministers for Defence and Transport, Hon Mark Woyongo and Hon Dzifa Attivor paid him a visit at the 37 Military Hospital on Tuesday, 17 September, 2013.

The Vice President extended the kind regards from his Excellency President John Dramani Mahama and was grateful to the hospital staff for their support. They expressed their heartfelt thanks to the Almighty God for saving the life of the CJ and also assured him of receiving the best medical care in the hospital.

They also seized the opportunity to apologise to him on behalf of all Ghanaians for the unfortunate accident.

Justice Mikhailovich was air lifted from Ho to the 37 Military Hospital and was received at the Trauma and Surgical Emergency Unit (TSEU). According to the team of Medical doctors, he was responding to treatment and is in a stable condition.

Reconstituted 37 Military Hospital Board Inaugurated

5 September 2013. The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie has inaugurated the Reconstituted Board for the 37 Military Hospital on Thursday 5 September, 2013.

The eight-member Board chaired by Rear Admiral GM Biekro, the Chief of Naval Staff, comprises: Air Cdre Pumpuni (rtd), Brig Gen MI Tetteh, Acting Commandant of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Col RK Ametepi, Acting Commander of the 37 Military Hospital, the Acting Director General, Medical Services, Col Mohammed Alhassah and Col Vida Otoo, Director of Nursing at the Hospital. The other members are Dr Ahmed Kofi, Chief Health Consultant at the 37 Military Hospital and Ms Marigold Korri, Director of Pharmacy at the Hospital.

The CDS who was the past Board Chairman of the Hospital in his address stated that the Ghana Armed Forces Medical Service was a very essential Arm of the Service because the health of troops and their families greatly depended on the overall performance of the Medical Corps.

He added that the 37 Military Hospital was the referral centre of the GAF Medical Services with seven Medical Reception Stations and Medical Centres to offer first line medical support to the numerous service personnel and their families deployed in all the regions as well as some civilians in the catchment areas.

Vice Admiral Quashie also enumerated some of the challenges facing the Hospital, which he said attracted persistent complaints of poor service delivery at the Hospital from both retired and serving personnel. The CDS explained that it was due to these challenges that the Board was constituted to study the problems thoroughly and make recommendations for revamping the Hospital.

The CDS commended the past board members for completing their mandate successfully irrespective of the daunting challenges.

The current Board Chairman, Rear Admiral Biekro in his remarks thanked the CDS and his team for their immense and invaluable service to the Hospital. 

The chairman challenged the board members to look ahead to maintain and build upon a positive momentum with confidence for the success of the Hospital.

Avian Influenza Surveillance Exercise Launched at Burma Camp

13 September 2013. The Veterinary and Public Health Division of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) in collaboration with the United States Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3 (NAMRU-3) and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research has launched an Avian Influenza Surveillance Exercise on Friday 13 September, 2013 at Burma Camp. 

The two-week exercise would be held in all garrisons from 13-27 September 2013 to educate troops and school children on the hazards of the virus, ways of prevention as well as handling infected persons.

The Director General Medical Services, Col Mahama Alhassan in his introductory remarks said though the virus was originally confined to birds, it had the potential to mutate if unchecked. Consequently, it was imperative to check the health threat.

He added that cases relating to the outbreak of the virus near various military barracks such as 1 Bn in Tema, 3Bn in Sunyani and 66 Artillery Regiment in Ho have raised a lot of concerns to the GAF. “The proximity of this outbreak to military installations put into sharp focus the reality of this virus virtually being carried into our camps with disastrous consequence”, he lamented.

Representative of NAMRU-3, Lt Cdr Nehkonti Adams in her presentation said military personnel are at a higher risk of contracting the virus since they travel frequently. According to her, the virus had killed about 43,000 people in Europe in 1918 while about 20-40 million soldiers mobilized for World War 1 also died through influenza.

She therefore urged troops to exhibit good personal hygiene and frequent hand washing exercise to help check the virus.

Col Alhassan on the other hand urged school children who formed majority of participants to educate their peers on the surveillance of the Avian Influenza.

A 50 Year-Old Imposter Arrested by GMP

11 September 2013. A 50 year-old man, Mr Asare Darko, was arrested in Burma Camp on Wednesday 11 September 2013, for posing as a Retired Colonel of the Ghana Armed Forces.

Mr Darko who lives at Kordzor, a suburb of Teshie, was arrested by Military Police when he attempted to gain favours while seeking admission for his ward at the 5 Garrison Education Centre.

According to the Commanding Officer (CO) of the Ghana Military Police (GMP), Lt Col Seth Agordekpe, Mr Darko’s claim to be a retired Colonel and a mate to a serving officer of the rank of Lt Colonel raised suspicions.

Accordingly he was being monitored when he departed the office of the Director of the 5 Garrison Education Centre, leaving behind his two mobile phones.  Upon his return to pick up his phones, he was arrested and handed over to the Cantonments Police.

In a related incident, one Daniel Azameti, a brother of a dismissed soldier, has been nabbed by the GMP for also posing as a soldier on Monday 9 September at Spintex Road.

The suspect is reported to have attempted to extort an amount of Two Thousand Ghana cedis (GHȻ2,000) from a brother of one Staff Sergeant Emmanuel Ampaabeng of Southern Command while pretending to be assisting him to be recruited into the Ghana Armed Forces.

The victim then reported the incident to his brother and they arranged for the suspect to collect the money at a Bank on the Spintex Road. They met the suspect wearing military uniform and immediately caused his arrest and subsequently GMP handed him over to the Cantonments Police for further investigations. 

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