Three regions of the north top marijuana consumption Whilst the report cited Ghana as being the topmost consumer of marijuana, the three Regions of the north have also been cited as being the highest in terms of marijuana consumption in Ghana.


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Ghana has been cited as the number one consumer of marijuana in the world, a United Nations’ Report last year has revealed.

Whilst the report cited Ghana as being the topmost consumer of marijuana, the three Regions of the north have also been cited as being the highest in terms of marijuana consumption in Ghana.

Speaking at a ceremony organized to mark this year’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking in Wa, Issahaque Bakuri, Upper West Regional Director of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), said the three northern regions propelled Ghana to that “dishonorable top”.

The day was on the theme: “Let us develop our lives, our communities, and our identities without drugs”. Mr. Bakuri in his address said it was worrying that the three regions which had been noted to be poverty endemic could lead in marijuana consumption. According to him, the issue of drugs had become a canker not only in the urban centres, but also in the rural communities.

He indicated that some youth had found solace in bringing hard drugs into the communities for local distribution thereby cultivating local consumers. The NACOB Regional Director said a lot of teenagers, young adults and middle-aged men in the society were not only using drugs, but were also trafficking the drugs from down south to the rural communities for local consumption.

“This trend is having a dramatic, negative impact on society, bringing increases in violent crimes and armed highway robbery, kidnapping and raping of innocent girls including school pupils, fatal road accidents, eroding of values and degradation of society”, he noted. Mr. Bakuri said the most challenging part of drug law enforcement in the region was in the area of prosecution of drug offenders.

He explained that NACOB embarked on a massive sensitization campaign in the region, visiting schools, communities, lorry stations and market places among others, to educate people on the dangers associated with drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking in 2014.

The NACOB Regional Director called for a sectoral approach to fight drug menace in the region. Alhaji Amidu Sulemana, Upper West Regional Minister, said government was aware that illicit drug trade had resulted in increased violence, especially in the urban areas.

In a speech read on his behalf, he appealed to the people not to stigmatize drug addicts, but rather see them as people who needed help.

Source: GNA

Lexis Bill launches Fitness Campaign on his Birthday


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Joy FM’s Drive Time host Kwame Sakyiamah
known better as Lexis Bill has hit a hat-trick
of activities with the launch of two great
projects on his birthday.
The smooth talking host announced the
launch of his fitness campaign for the year
2015 on Saturday.
Obssessed with creating awareness about the
apparent increase in cardiovascular related
deaths, especially of young people, Lexis
launched the 2015 fitness campaign.
The launch of the campaign coincided with
the grand opening of the X-Gym fitness centre
at Ashaleybotwe in Accra to encourage
residents in and around the vicinity to make
exercise a part of their lifestyle.
Celebrating his birthday to crown two
groundbreaking activities on the same day,
Lexis Bill told host of Joy FM’s Home Affairs
programme Edem Knight-Tay the fitness
campaign is to translate the talk of exercising
into real action.
He said everybody knows exercise is good and
yet very few make it a point to exercise.
With the launch of Lexis fitness campaign
everybody, irrespective of age and profession
will be implored to exercise at least three
times a week.
He said people can walk, jog or run for at
least 30 minutes during each exercising day.
The campaign will be taken to schools,
churches, mosques and corporate Ghana, Lexis
noted.
A number of patrons trooped to the X-Gym
fitness centre including the Home Affairs crew
as well as couples who won a promotion run
by the Home Affairs team for the grand
launch.
The patrons were taken through some aerobics
to kick start what would be a massive fitness
campaign for the year 2015.

Reasons and How to stop smoking


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Everyone has their own reasons for quitting
smoking. Maybe they want to be healthier,
save some money, or keep their family safe.
As you prepare to quit, think about your own
reasons for quitting. Remind yourself of them
every day. They can inspire you to stop
smoking for good. Whatever your reasons, you
will be amazed at all the ways your life will
improve when you become smokefree.
Here are a few reasons to quit you may want
to consider:
Your Health and Appearance:
My chances of having cancer, heart attacks,
heart disease, stroke, cataracts, and other
diseases will go down
I will be less likely to get sick
I will breathe easier and cough less
My blood pressure will go down
My skin will look healthier, and I will look
more youthful
My teeth and fingernails will not be stained
Although quitting will make you feel better and
improve your health, there are other reasons
to quit that you may not have considered:
Your Lifestyle:
I will have more money to spend
I can spend more time with family, catch up
on work, or dive into my favorite hobby
I won’t have to worry about when I can
smoke next or where I can or can’t smoke
My food will taste better
My clothes will smell better
My car‚ home‚ and kids won’t smell like
smoke
I will be able to smell food, flowers, and
other things better
Your Loved Ones:
I will set a great example for my kids; it
takes a lot of strength to quit
My friends, family, co-workers, and other
loved ones will be proud of me
I will protect my friends and family from the
dangers of secondhand smoke
My children will be healthier
I will have more energy to do the things I
love with friends and family
I will get healthy to make sure I am around
to share in my family’s special moments
Make a list of all of the reasons you want to
become Smokefree and keep it in a place
where you will see it often, like your car or
where you kept your cigarettes. When you feel
the need to smoke, take a look at the list to
remind yourself why you want to quit.

Unhygienic Conditions Endanger Lives At Polyclinic


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The lives of many pregnant women, cholera patients, and other patients visiting the Dansoman Polyclinic are under threat because of congestion, poor hygiene, unsafe water, and lack of equipment, Hospital Officials have said.

Additionally, the lack of basic facilities such as beds, wheel chairs, Blood Pressure (BP) monitors, benches, and weighing machines were hindering the success of delivering quality health services to the teeming patients of the Polyclinic.

Dr Felicia Anderson, Acting Medical Superintendent of the Polyclinic, told the Ghana News Agency during a visit to the facility, on Monday, that pipe-borne water had stopped flowing for over four months, while constant interruption of power supply affected work.

She said overcrowding, poor ventilation and lack of water exposed patients, particularly, pregnant women, and those suffering from cholera, as well as health professionals, to danger of being infected with contagious diseases.

The GNA’s visit to the facility showed that patients on admission in the five-bed adult ward and two-bed children’s were crammed with health workers placing their desks by the patients in the narrow rooms.

The polyclinic has neither a delivery ward nor room, while cholera patients were housed under tents with their two wooden benches located closely to the polyclinic’s water tanks and the laboratory, a situation Dr Anderson said created additional health risk.

The Polyclinic, which was commissioned in 1974, as the Dansoman Health Post, was later redesignated as a Health Centre and then upgraded in 2008 to a Polyclinic.

It serves about 242,192 clients from Dansoman Estates, Mataheko, Russia, SSNIT Flats, Darkuman, Awoshie, South Odorkor, Odorkor and Mpoase.

However, Dr Anderson, who expressed frustration over the congestion and the daily pressure on the Polyclinic, said: “This facility now serves the whole of Dansoman, Agege, and people from Kasoa, Mallam and other places…, they come here to receive healthcare but we have very limited facilities.”

She said about 150 diabetic patients were attended to on Wednesdays, while more than 200 patients with hypertension, were seen on Thursdays.

The Deputy Director of Nursing Services in-charge of the Polyclinic, Madam Mercy Sagoe, stated that the congestion and lack of water needed immediate solution.

She said out-patients attendance in 2013 stood at 33,188, while as at the end of November 2014, the figure was hovering around 29,944.

She said the total targeted population was 249,700 but due to lack of funds for expanding the infrastructure and improving the conditions, the staff only managed to meet just about 45 per cent of the coverage.

The health officials called for the relocation of the polyclinic to its acquired site along the 31st Road at Dansoman.

They also appealed to the government, agencies, and corporate institutions to provide financial and logistical support to the polyclinic to move out of its current deplorable condition.

Source: GNA