Daily Democrat – Power Thieves Warned

source: md-health


Daily_Democrat_01_02_2016…As Ministry Embarks on Unannounced Visits

Deputy Minister of Power, Mr. John Abdulai Jinapor, has given strong indications to individuals and organizations engaged in power theft and illegal connection to stop the act or face serious sanctions.

Leading to task force made up of officials of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), the Volta River Authority (VRA) and the Energy Commission to inspect some industries in Accra, the minister said an exercise had begun to clamp down on illegal power consumers throughout the year.

Targeted at industries, entertainment centres, hotels, ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), the exercise has been induced by the wanton theft of power on the part of some people, a development that undermines the revenue drives of the sector.

The minister gave the warning when the task force went to the Accra North Industrial enclave to inspect some industries to ascertain the nature of their electricity connection and the state of electricity meters.

SADA’s Dream won’t be Scuttled – CEO

Chief Executive of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority, Charles Abugre is confident the broad consultation proceeding the adoption of a master plan of the SADA area will make the plan impossible to abandon irrespective of any regime change.

The Master Planning process was launched last week, aimed at using cutting-edge and innovative spatial and city modeling techniques to develop a unique regional vision: prescribing specific economic sectors, recommending game-changing regional initiatives as well as supporting SADA’s investment promotion  drive to transform the zone.

The ambitious project will be led by Surbana International Pte Ltd., Singapore, acclaimed for its planning and design of Rewanda’s Kigali, and Mr. Abugre is hopeful the plan will outlive any other regime due to the wide acceptance the project has so far received from various key stakeholders.

Speaking in an interview with the B&FT after the launch, Mr. Abugre said SADA’s approach so far has involved all the political parties in a move to make the institution non-partisan as much as possible.


What you need to know

Meningitis (from Greek  µῆv∫ϒξ  méninx, “membrane” _ and the medical suffix – i t i s, “inflammation”) is an acuteinflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, known collectively as the meninges. The inflammation may be caused by infection with viruses, bacteria, or other microorganisms, and less commonly by certain drugs. Meningitis can be life-threatening because of the inflammation’s proximity to the brain and spinal cord; therefore, the condition is classified as a medical emergency.

The most common symptoms of meningitis are headache and neck stiffness associated with fever, confusion or altered consciousness, vomiting, and an inability to tolerate light (photophobia) or loud noises (phonophobia). Children often exhibit only nonspecific symptoms, such as irritability and drowsiness. If a rash is present, it may indicate a particular cause of meningitis; for instance, meningitis caused by meningococcal bacteria may be accompanied by a characteristic rash.


Early meningitis symptoms may mimic the flu (influenza). Symptoms may develop over several hours or over a few days.

  • Sudden high fever
  • Stiff neck
  • Severe headache that seems different than normal
  • Headache with nausea or vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Sleepiness or difficulty waking
  • Sensitivity to light
  • No appetite or thirst
  • Skin rash (sometimes, such as in meningococcal meningitis)

Do Kids really need a bath every day?

If you have kids, chances are bath time has most certainly been met with a groan or two. That’s because few are the kids who love baths. Inevitably, they outgrow toddlerhood and begin to see baths as a distraction from much more fun activities, and the daily struggle begins, prompting parents to wonder if the effort is worth it. Do kids really need a bath, or is this cultural norm highly overrated?

What the experts say

Contrary to popular belief, babies don’t need daily baths, according to Laura Jana, MD, spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). It’s not until they begin crawling around in sandboxes and other places, and start eating solid foods, that they get dirty enough to merit a full-body wash. “Bathing is really necessary only to clean your child off when she gets dirty,” pediatrician David Gellar, MD, told Baby Center.

As long as the diaper area is kept squeaky clean, and the folds under the armpits and groain area are wiped regularly with a wet washcloth, the AAP says babies and toddlers are good to go. Bathing them more frequently than three times per week can dry out their skin and cause eczema, a  dry, itchy condition that is associated with asthma and allergies.


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