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World Rabies Day

Children whose parents keep pets such as dogs and cats sometimes fall in love with these pets to such an extent that disposing of them becomes a problem. Owners of pets usually give interesting names to them depending on their keepers moods and situations they find themselves. Though man's best and faithful friend, dogs transmit rabies to humans with children being the most affected. Rabies is a fatal disease of warm blooded beasts, transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. Ninety-nine percent of rabies cases result from the bite of an infected dog, though cats, bats and other mammals are carriers.

Rabies is said to be a neglected disease of poor and vulnerable populations whose deaths are rarely reported. It occurs mainly in remote rural communities where measures to prevent dog to human transmission have not been implemented. Under reporting of rabies also prevents mobilisation of resources from the international community for the elimination of human dog- mediated rabi…

Kenya Plastic Bag Ban And Lessons For Ghana

Kenyans recently joined more than forty other countries including China, France, Rwanda, and Italy to ban, partly ban or tax single use of plastic bags. Hence forth any, Kenyan caught producing, selling or using plastic bags, risk imprisonment of up to four years or could be fined up to forty thousand dollars. Congratulations! to Kenya for this bold decision, giving the challenge for other countries to do same, despite dire consequences in using plastics on human life, a nation's development and the environment as a whole.

Here in Ghana, several attempts have been made to ban the use of plastic bags, yet none seem to have worked. Not even the painful reminder of the June flood and fire Disaster, at the nation's capital, Kwame Nkrumah Circle which claimed the lives of many and displaced several families even pushed decision makers to take the lead in saying ''no more'', to poor sanitation and hygienic practices in the cities. Instead, the indiscriminate littering…

FALLOUT FROM GHANA'S VICTORY FOLLOWING ITLOS RULING ON MARITIME BOUNDARY DISPUTE

The victory chalked up by Ghana against her western neighbour, Cote d'Ivoire on the Maritime Boundary dispute, is what we stand to achieve as a nation when we put aside partisan politics and work together for mother Ghana.

The use of institutional memory is so vital to our development as a nation but the over-politicization of issues has been our problem.

We salute former Attorney General Marrietta Brew Appiah Oppong for thinking about Ghana and rendering her services where it was needed most and also to the current Attorney General Gloria Akuffo for allowing Marrietta the space to bring her expertise on board to help Ghana win the maritime dispute against Cote D'Ivoire.

We have lost much as a state because of how we do our politics.

To make it worse per the case of Ghana, the nation lacks the blueprint by way of a national policy to guide the activities of successive governments.

One must vehemently stress that the need for an all-inclusive government cannot be achieved with the m…

Proposal for the institution of Founders Day, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day

The proposal by President Akufo-Addo for legislation to designate August 4 and September 21 as public holidays has received had mixed reaction. August 4 will be observed as founders’ day while September 21 will be celebrated as Kwame Nkrumah Memorial day. Those for the proposal see it as a good one because it will bring closure to the debate over who founded or were the founders of Ghana and honour them accordingly. Those against the decision however argue that there is only one founder of Ghana and history should remain so. They believe that Dr. Kwame Nkrumah led Ghana to independence from British Colonial rule and is nationally and internationally recognized as the founder of the nation-state called Ghana.

Truth be told, there were some who began the struggle for self-determination before Dr. Nkrumah joined and accelerated the process. Those people facilitated Dr. Kwame Nkrumah's return to the then Gold Coast to be the General Secretary of the erstwhile United Gold Coast Conventi…