The Brief: Ghana Government Set to Recruit 27,000 Health Professionals

Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service and members of the Governing Council of the Ghana Health Service seek to improve health care.

According to Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, the government will put budgetary plans in place, seeing a total of 27,000 individuals employed within the health sector.

Dr. Nsiah-Asare and members of the Governing Council of the Ghana Health Service toured various health facilities in the Central region, which included hospitals, CHPS compounds, and health centres. The Director-General and members of the Ghana Health Service established the difficulties faced by these health facilities, which helped them find durable and impactful solutions.

Certain that greater employment is an effective resolution, Dr. Nsiah-Asare stated that as the government fills vacancies with qualified health professionals, this would improve the quality of health care within the country. New hospitals would be opened in the Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Central and Western regions. Therefore, new recruits are a necessity. Higher employment and more job openings coupled with new facilities have social and economic benefits for Ghana.

The Ghanaian population can look forward to more jobs and an improved health care system.

The team identified issues while touring hospitals in Ghana. The Winneba Trauma and Specialised Hospital treats highway accident victims and emergency cases. During the tour, the Director-General noticed that the doctors, specialists and less than 200 nurses were inadequate. Medical Superintendent of Saltpond Hospital, Dr. Derack Acheampong Bonsu expressed his concerns for the hospital because of lack of equipment.

This pivotal decision will provide employment opportunities for a number of qualified pharmacists, accountants, administrators, nurses, doctors and laboratory scientists.

Ghana: Determined to Increase Foreign Direct Investment by $10 Billion

Mr. Yoofi Grant, the CEO of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) announced that the country seeks to raise $10 billion in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

Revealed at a meeting named ‘Technology Transfer Target Regime in Ghana: The Public and Private Sector Convergence’, the CEO stated that “this year’s target is very ambitious and when met, it will aid government with investments in infrastructural developments, especially in the railway, health and education sector and investments among others.” As such, this potential investment could improve Ghana internally, attracting more foreign business and partners for societal and economic benefits.

Previously, Ghana made progressive strides in FDI. In 2017, Ghana raised $4.91 billion in FDI, a fraction smaller than the target of $5 billion.

According to the World Bank, Ghana will become the fastest growing economy within this year in the West African sub-region.

Ghana National Food and Agricultural Show Launches 9th Edition

The Ghana National Food and Agricultural Show is a platform which displays exhibitions and provides a space for conversations about strategies to advance the agriculture sector.

The event, which takes place in Efua Sutherland Children’s Park in Accra from October 25th to 27th 2018, has various activities for those in the sector. In a speech, the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto stated that he is “fully committed to champion the policy direction to enable [the] government to achieve this version of ensuring that agriculture takes its rightful place in the economy”. Agriculture is thus portrayed as a promising sector, which could strengthen Ghana’s economy.

The British Council Teams Up with YNaija to Launch The West Africa Arts Exchange

The West African Arts Exchange is an online platform for artists and art lovers across the region between the ages of 18-35.

This online creative space showcases artists working in music, visual arts, film/television, theatre, dance, design, fashion an gaming.

According to Ojoma Ochai (Head of Arts, West Africa, British Council), their “work in arts create new relationships between artists, organisations, and audiences to develop stronger creative sectors around the world. We help artists break new ground, support creativity, and innovation. We also increase capacity by building skills to support livelihoods and cultural enterprise, extend safe spaces for creative exchange, and contribute to research and policy,”. Evidently, the West Africa Arts Exchange offers larger opportunities for individuals in the arts, creating long-lasting relationships.

Nigeria: Drone Startup receives $6,000 in Angel Funding

Angel investors Chibuzo Ujam and Echukwudi Daniel invested in Arone, a Nigerian Drone startup.

Arone is part of the business incubator Roar Nigeria located in the southeast. The Manager Jonas Michanek of Roar Nigeria stated that “Arone has world-class technical ideas and knowledge, and their drone idea is one of those golden nuggets you seldom see. So smart, still relatively simple to understand, and with a huge need in the market. I have no doubt that these guys will create groundbreaking things”.

Roar Nigeria, which was launched in 2016, now helps 12 startups.