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9 things that happened in government this week

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The week just gone by has not been all gloomy and troubling for the Akufo-Addo led government.

Ghanaians have had to deal with the hardship the current state of the economy brings – the massive depreciation of the Ghana Cedi to the US dollar and other foreign currencies, petrol and gas price increases, the purported proposed increase in electricity tariff by the Electricity Company of Ghana, to mention a few.

According to the Information Ministry, the government this week (March 7th -11th, 2022) also undertook some positives.

Below are 9 of the successes projected by government this week;

  1. Construction of Agenda 111’s Bolgatanga East District Hospital at Katanga begis
  2. Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia cuts sod at Essikado W/R for construction of first of several planned model STEM-based JHSs to be built across the country
  3. Government removes VAT on active pharmaceutical ingredients, manufacturing inputs and selected finished pharmaceutical products in a bid to reduce cost of medicines in Ghana.
  4. US$2 million released by the government for evacuation of Ghanaian students in Ukraine.
  5. Online portal dubbed Non-Resident e-commerce/digital service(s) launched for non-resident digital service providers to pay tax as government continues to widen the tax net.
  6. Recruitment of medical doctors and dentist who have completed their housemanship
  7. Methodist University, Presbyterian University and Catholic University Colleges in Ghana granted Presidential Charter to award their own degrees.
  8. 8.8 million Ghanaians vaccinated against Covid-19 with about 127,000receiving boosting shots.
  9. US$105 million set aside by government to rehabilitate Vea, Tono and Kpone dams.



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QUIZ: What do you know about the country Ghana?

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Ghana is considered one of the more stable countries in West Africa since its transition to multi-party democracy in 1992.



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Autobiography of CK Gyamfi launched; first copy bought for 20,000

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The book, which was co-written with the prolific Fiifi Anaman, captures the life story of the late Gyamfi, who passed away in 2015.

During the auction of the book, the first copy was bought by politician Kwabena Osei-Bonsu for a whopping GHc20,000.

The second copy was also purchased by Kwaku Ofori, with three other anonymous persons donating a sum of GHc5,000 each.

The launch was attended by several ex-footballers, including Anthony Baffoe, George Alhassan, Hesse Odamtten, Sampson Lamptey and Abdul Razak.

Meanwhile, all of CK Gyamfi’s sons were also present, as the autobiography of the ex-footballer and coach was launched.

Gyamfi remains one of the most decorated sporting icons from Ghana, having achieved a lot on and off the field.

He was the first African to play in Germany after joining Fortuna Dusseldorf. He also lined up for both Hearts of Oak and Germany during his playing career.

The late Gyamfi also led Ghana to their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title and remains one of the just two managers to have won the AFCON three times.

Meanwhile, the net proceeds from the legendary sportsman’s book auction will go into the CK Gyamfi Foundation.

According to his son, Edwin Gyamfi, the money will then be used to support grassroots football in the country.



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Sex is good but standing while having it can cause stroke – Expert warns

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He sounded this caution while speaking to Accra-based Joy FM’s Super Morning Show on Thursday, May 19, in relation to stroke and hypertension.

“The positions that we assume during sexual intercourse can lead to conditions like hypertension and stroke. The standing position is not recommended,” Mr. Botchway said, as quoted by myjoyonline.com.

“If you stand during intercourse the blood has to move against gravity and it has a rippling effect on the pressure on the heart.”

The CEO of Medicas Hospital, Dr. Yaw Osafo, who was also a participant in the discussion, agreed with Mr. Botchway.

He added that certain sex positions might increase sexual pleasure, but their consequences could be devastating.

“During orgasm, your blood pressure can rise by 20 points, so, if your starting point is not right. We’ve all heard stories where individuals have collapsed in a room. We don’t know what happened in the room but we can guess.

“This is simply because your blood pressure can go up by as much as 20 points during orgasm, so make sure that you’re starting right. So, sex is not entirely safe. You have to do it under advice,” he explained.

Sex is said to be beneficial to participants; it lowers blood pressure, improves the immune system, improves the health of the heart, and possibly lowers the risk for heart disease.

It also improves self-esteem, decreases depression and anxiety, increases libido, serves as an immediate or natural pain reliever, and allows for better sleep.

However, with all the above-mentioned advantages, it still has disadvantages if not done in moderation or appropriately.



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