Monday, June 10, 2013

Upper West Region records 28 maternal deaths in five months

The Upper West Region has recorded 28 maternal deaths from January to May this year, a figure it registered during the whole of 2012.
The health authorities are entertaining fears that the region could experience a similar situation that occurred in 2009 where it recorded 43 maternal deaths if decisive measures are not taken to stem the trend.

The Wa Regional Hospital registered 13 maternal deaths, Nandom Hospital, four deaths, Lawra Hospital, three deaths, Jirapa Hospital, three deaths, Tumu Hospital, one death, Sissala West and Lambussie Districts, one death each, while the Daffiama-Bussie-Issa District also registered two deaths.

The trend has also put fears in many pregnant women whose lives are at stake because of the inadequate health facilities and the number of health personnel to help provide quality healthcare in the facilities more at

Upper East entrepreneurs to deepen regional investment

Entrepreneurs in the Upper East Region at a day’s sensitization workshop have pledged to take advantage of incentives provided under the Investment Act by identifying investment opportunities in the region.

The investment incentives and guarantees provided under the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Act 478 offers custom duties exemptions for plant, machinery, equipment with zero-rated and concessionary duty items to be cleared automatically and directly through CEPS. read more at

Butternut now cash crop in Northern Ghana

Butternut squash, a vegetable crop, which is grown in the upper East, Upper West and Northern regions is now being considered as an economic crop.
Farmers, who cultivated the crop along the banks of the Black Volta River in the Lawra District of the Upper West region during the last dry season, earned not less than Gh¢ 7,000.00 each at the farm gate, Mr. Sadat Alhassan, Chief Executive Officer of Plus One Investment Limited, said at Wa at the more at

Abedi Ayew: ‘African Pele’ who conquered Europe.

He was just a young boy — long before he became one of Africa’s all-time football greats and racked up trophies in Europe’s top competitions — when Abedi Ayew first heard people comparing him with arguably the game’s best player — Brazil’s Edson Arantes do Nascimento, also known as Pele.
Yet, there was just one problem for the young Abedi, who grew up in a poor Ghanaian village and shared a home with his 18 siblings. He didn’t know who Pele was.

“You imagine that we don’t have access to televisions, we don’t have lights in our villages; we were closed in the very small village so we didn’t have access to all these things,” he explains.

“So for me, playing behind our modest windows and any small places we would get, we tried to play football. And then you see people who are a little bit older than you saying, ‘oh Pele, he plays like more at

U/W region will be free from fire outbreaks - Minister

The Upper West Regional Minister, Avia Nsor has embarked on an exercise to identify and pre-empt areas in the region that are prone to fire outbreaks.
According to him, although the Upper West region has not recorded any fire outbreaks in recent times, he will work hard to make the region free of fire outbreaks. read more at

World Bank to provide up to $600m for global food nutrition projects

The World Bank has hinted of increasing its finances to support maternal and early childhood nutrition programmes in developing countries.

The Bank is increasing the financing scale from $230 million to $600 million for those programmes in 2013 and 2014. read more at

Monday, June 3, 2013

Alhaji Mustapha Idris to be buried today

The remains of the former Northern regional minister and former minister of Works and Housing, Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris is expected to be flown to Tamale later Monday morning for his burial service in accordance with Islamic tradition.

The former minister died Sunday at the 37 Military Hospital after a short illness.

A family member, Alhaji Hindu confirmed the news to Joy News’ Northern regional correspondent Martina Bugri when she visited the family house in Tamale.cotinue reading at

NADMO Co-ordinator warns of imminent threat to Bui Dam by galamsey operations

The Bui Hydro-Electric Power Project could be adversely affected if illegal mining activities popularly called galamsey activities are not halted along the Black Volta.

This is the warning from the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) Coordinator, Kofi Porturphy.

Speaking to Joy News, Mr. Porturphy said the Galamsey activities pose serious threats to the Bui Dam and the Volta Lake and must be stopped immediately. continue reading at

Talensi-Nabdam records less children in school

Community Development (LCD), an NGO, has disclosed that there is a deficit of about 23.1 per cent of children of school going age in the Talensi and Nabdam Districts, who are not enrolled.

Dr Kennedy Quaigrain, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LCD, who made this known, said Talensi and Nabdam districts have a net enrollment of 76.9 per cent, which means that the remaining children are not in school.

He said access to quality education is paramount in attaining the socio-economic development of the country and should not be compromised. continue reading at

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Former Northern regional Minister Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris is dead


The Tamale Teaching Hospital has taken delivery of ICT equipment from SIMED International, the company undertaking rehabilitation and expansion works at the hospital. It forms part of the package to modernize and improve service delivery at the facility.

In a brief ceremony held at the site office of the company on Tuesday 5th March, 2013, the Acting Project Director Chris Botterweg who is also the Engineering Manager of SIMED International said the Computers were part of a consignment of modern equipment which are to help TTH become a Centre Of Excellence in quality health care to all its stakeholders. Citing the handing over of the new Block “E” building some weeks ago, he assured management of the company’s resolve to hand over the completed phase-one on schedule. continue reading  at

Saturday, June 1, 2013


Tamale CentralTraders at the Tamale Central Market (TCM) are divided over a directive by the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly that the market should be closed to business after 6 p.m. each day.

While some of them agree that this measure would augur well for the safety of the traders and the market, others opine that closing the market at 6 p.m. would affect their fortunes because business booms in the evenings, between 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

Last week, the assembly issued a directive that the TCM should operate within the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.cont.reading


The need for Wa, the Upper West Regional capital, to have an airport has come into focus once again, as a number of business people in the region have called on the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority to treat the issue as a necessity. 

According to them, Wa is no longer the “village that people thought it to be, while an airport in the region will open it up for investment”. 

Wa currently has an airstrip which has, for a long time, been earmarked for an upgrade.