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Achieving herd immunity critical to economic recovery-TUC

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The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has urged Ghanaians, especially workers in the informal sector to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to expedite the country’s economic recovery.

This is because achieving herd immunity is critical to ensuring that the country quickly recovers from the devastating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Yaw Baah, Secretary-General of TUC, said.

Herd immunity, also known as ‘population immunity’, is the indirect protection from an infectious disease that happens when a population is immune either through vaccination or immunity developed through a previous infection.

Speaking in an interview with the media on the sidelines of a sensitisation forum organised by the Union for its informal sector wing- the Union of Informal Workers Association (UNIWA), in Accra on Monday, Dr Baah said the nearly two percent vaccinated in the country was “not good.”

He urged more Ghanaians to, therefore, make themselves available in subsequent vaccination exercises to be jabbed to facilitate economic recovery.

“From the figures I know, just about two percent of Ghanaians have been vaccinated fully. That is not good. We know that in countries where they have been vaccinated, they are almost getting back to their normal life, footballs and so on, we see them on the television,” he said.

The sensitisation forum, which forms part of TUC and Danish Trade Union Development Agency (DTDA) COVID-19 Recovery Project, aims at getting more people, especially those in the informal sector to get vaccinated against the disease to enable the State to achieve herd immunity.

The four-day forum, taking place in the country’s COVID-19 hotspot regions; the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions, is expected to benefit more than 500 workers in the informal sector.

Less than two per cent of Ghanaians have so far been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 since the country’s health management body, the Ghana Health Service, rolled out the first vaccination exercise in March this year.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had said that the government was hoping to vaccinate about 20 million of the population by the end of the year.

Dr Baah appealed to the government to make testing free to encourage more people to test and know their status.

Dr Dominic Nuertey, a Health Officer from the Ghana Health Service, noted that misconceptions surrounding the vaccine continued to hamper the Service’s rollout of the vaccination exercise.

He assured of the safety of the vaccines and encouraged the citizenry to get vaccinated, adding that it was the only way Ghana and the rest of the world could return to normal life.

“Countries which have vaccinated the majority of their population have started witnessing a decline in daily infections and so we need to all get involved,” he said.

Mrs Mary Karimu, Head of International Affairs at TUC, said the Union since the outbreak of the pandemic had been championing worker-friendly and programmes within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal Eight, which worked towards recovery and resilient.

“On the part of the TUC, we believe that to promote a faster recovery, we need to pursue an all-inclusive and people-centred approach to ensure that no one is left behind. We need to continue sensitisation for the need of the vaccination,” she added.

Ghana, on September 4, 2021, took delivery of 1.2 million doses of Mordena vaccines through the COVAX Facility, which is expected to be rolled out in the coming days.

As of Sunday, September 12, 2021, Ghana recorded a total of 123,521 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 5,073 active cases, 315 new cases, 1,096 deaths and 117,352 recoveries.

Source: GNA

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National: 2023 Budget: TUC to reject government’s salary projection of ₵44.9m

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After several attempts to reach an agreement with government over an increment in their base pay, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is expected to meet government on Wednesday to finalise a deal.

But before that meeting gets underway, the Trades Union Congress is warning that it will not accept government’s projections in the 2023 Budget.

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, reading the 2023 Budget in Parliament projected compensation of employees at GH¢44,990 million (5.6% of GDP).

Earlier, government also proposed a 12% salary increment during the last negotiation with Organised Labour but it was turned down.

 

Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express on Tuesday, Deputy General Secretary of TUC, Joshua Ansah stated that they would not agree to the projected figure.

According to Mr Ansah, government must expect a fight if they turn up at the meeting with the same proposal.

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“There is no way Organised Labour is also going to accept what has been put in the budget. Well, if the government has made up its mind that it is the way it thinks that he can actually force down the throat of workers, then we are in for a big fight, because there is no way government can pay anything below what we are expecting,” he said.

He noted that Organised Labour will not compromise on their demand for 60% increment in their base pay.

Meanwhile, the President of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Justice Yankson says government has created a problem by not reaching an agreement with the labour unions earlier.

JoyNews/AdomNews · Dr Yankson on organised labour and government’s negotiations
He believes the current mess could have been prevented.

“These are some of the problems that sometimes we create for ourselves. We had a whole period in which we could have sorted these things, we waited to the last end. Now we can see that we are on a collition course, it is clear,” he said.

Source: Myjoyonline

 

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Politics: Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory

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A Wenchi High Court has thrown out a petition against New Patriotic Party (NPP) legislator in the Techiman South 2020 election.

The petitioner was seeking the nullification of the poll which saw the NPP candidate, Martin Agyei Mensah Korsah, emerge victorious.

But at the hearing Wednesday, the court explained that the NDC 2020 Parliamentary candidate, Christopher Bayere, who was pursuing the matter, failed to prove the burden of petitioning.

The court was attended by some leaders of the NDC including General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
He was sighted leaving the court premises a few minutes before the judgement.

The NDC Parliamentary candidate had contested the EC’s verdict which gave the NPP’s candidate victory with 49,682 votes representing 50.2 percent of the total valid votes cast, whilst the NDC’s candidate had 49,205 votes representing 49.8 percent of the total valid votes cast.

The NDC Parliamentary candidate insisted that the figures were not a true reflection of the election.

According to him, per the pink sheets of the NDC agents at each of the 267 polling stations, he garnered 50,306 votes in the Parliamentary election whilst the 1st Respondent polled 50,013 votes.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
Electoral Commission fined in 2021

In August 2021, the Electoral Commission of Ghana was fined GH¢4,000 by the court after the Court refused to grant the EC’s request for a stay of proceedings in the dispute on July 30, 2021.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
The EC’s application for a stay of proceedings was to enable it to file a motion to challenge the ruling of the Court at its previous sitting, when it granted the petitioner a motion to amend the title of the writ.

TCounsel for the EC, Emmanuel Addae said the stay of proceedings was to enable him to file supplementary statements in support of the application filed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, Mr Christopher Beyere Baasongti.

However, reacting to the EC’s stay of proceedings, the Counsel for the petitioner, Justin Teriwajah argued that the motion was frivolous and unnecessarily geared towards delaying the adjudication of the case.

Source: Myjoyonline

 

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Football: Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style

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It was the much-needed win for Ghanaians who were largely sitting on tenterhooks for the final quarter of the game.

And from the reactions, after the South Koreans netted a quickfire double between the 58th and 61st minutes, something had to definitely happen.

Kudus rose to the occasion, found himself at the end of a Gideon Mensah cross and curled the ball past the goalkeeper to restore Ghana’s lead and eventually sealed the game for Black Stars.

Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style
The 68th-minute winner triggered a thunderous celebration across the country and on social media.

Despite late attempts from the Koreans, the game ended 3-2 with Ghana earning a vital win in Group H.

Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style
Alban Bagbin

The jubilation started right from Ghana’s legislative arm where the Speaker, Alban Bagbin was caught on camera dancing to one of the goals on the day from his office.

The ecstatic Speaker punched the air while clad in his Black Star jersey in the company of other officials of the House.

Asamoah Gyan runs

Former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan was on punditry duty at SuperSports TV.

However, the ethics of being on a live set could not suppress his excitement when the deciding goal was scored.

Filled with elation, the former skipper run out of the set in jubilation shouting atop his voice.

His iconic goal celebration was his response when asked about his reaction to some moments of the game.

Fans in clean-up mode

Now, supporters of Japan’s national team have been earning praise in Qatar for their zeal toward cleanliness after each game.

This win seems to have presented Ghanaian fans with the opportunity to emulate this off-pitch tradition.

While many celebrated the win at full-time, other fans were seen moving boxes around to collect the waste left by their colleagues.

South Korea’s Son not in selfie mood

Another interesting sight came from an official from the Ghana dressing room posing for a selfie.

The subject Son Heung-min was almost in tears after his team lost at full-time.

Otto Addo’s side will now face Uruguay in their last game looking to secure qualification to the next stage of the competition.

Source: Myjoyonline

 

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