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Aiming to win AFCON 2012

Winning world cups has always been in the agenda of football loving nations and Ghana history shows football to be equivalent to its national sport. Top rank Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien is supremely optimistic about his motherland Ghana winning the 2012 African Cup of Nations or AFCON. Ghana news reported that the entire nation shares the optimism to win the cup after finishing as a runner-up last year in the 2010 AFCON held in Angola.

Recovering from a sport-sustained knee injury, Essien said that Ghana is preparing a decidedly more formidable line-up consisting of seasoned tournament players along with eager youthful players for this year’s AFCON, adding that you have the likes of “John Mensah, Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew and Sulley Muntari among many other players.”

The 2012 AFCON will be as good a tournament as in previous games despite missing the participation of South Africa, Egypt, Cameroon, and Nigeria. Essien said that the favorites this year will be Ghana and the Ivory Coast, and possibly some surprises from Senegal or Mali.

Earlier on, Ghana news reported that striker Asamoah Gyan suffered injury to his hamstring while engaged with his Al Ain club and was down for about three weeks. He will be undergoing horse placenta therapy and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) is bringing back a noted traditional healer from Serbia to administer the treatment to bring him up to speed in time to play with the national team at the upcoming 2012 AFCON.

The desperate Black Stars Ghanaian striker is now ready to undergo the Serbian treatment to restore his fitness and be part of the team that will win his motherland’s first cup in 30 years to make Ghana history in international sports.

The noted Serbian healer is none other than Mariana Kovacevic who had earlier achieved what looked like a miracle feat in treating John Mensah after he suffered injuries in the 2010 World Cup, according to Ghana news. Kovacevic is also famous for healing Arsenal player Robin van Persie along with many other athletes who sustained injuries in several world and national tourneys.

Gyan said his head coach already talked him into the treatment with convincing arguments that “she has been able to heal more Premiership players, and during the World Cup she worked with us and according to the players it worked so I can't wait to meet her." The treatment was paid for by Lego Ure.

Downed hospital equipment kills five in Ghana

People go to hospitals in the hope of getting well. But that hope just turned to despair for the families of five men who died in the last four days because of several malfunctioning life support machines used by Ghana’s Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.

Doctors there are now refusing admission to critically ailing patients due to problematic or unserviceable life-support machines at its ICU section. Moreover, they have made clear their threat to suspend hospital operations if the hospital’s management does not act right away to address the malfunctioning ventilators that’s causing the problem over the last four months. This is certainly going down in medical Ghana history as a failure to discharge medical treatment for reasons that could have been avoided.

The deaths were revealed by undercover investigation of a Ghana news bureau Nhyira FM whose staff Ohemeng Tawiah reported that the five died due to malfunctioning ICU facilities. They were admitted to the hospital suffering from several ailments that included one with brain injuries received in an accident. A mother nursing an infant was the last to die, an hour after admission due to malfunctioning equipment.

Investigators at Nhyira News’ revealed that of eleven ICU ventilators nine are not functioning as expected, but patients who needed them continued to line up for their use. The two other functioning ventilators are currently supporting patients. Hospital doctors have refused to perform surgical operation fearing the high risk of worsening the patients' condition, or even death. But hospital management callously insisted their doctors will not be held accountable for their patients’ deaths.

As to the Ghana news bureau Nhyira News, hospital’s PR mouthpiece Kwame Frimpong, said, “This Intensive Care Unit has been encountering some challenges. It must be stressed that Komfo Anokye teaching Hospital is not directly responsible for the repairs of the equipment at the ICU Centre. The maintenance of the equipment is in the hands of a private company that has been contracted by the Ministry of Health.”

Ghana news disclosed that the private company Frimpong was referring to was Gertec Technologic and hospital management has already alerted Gertec to fix the downed equipment and offered apologies to the grieving families and the patients rejected for admission due to these downed ICU equipment.

Further investigation into Ghana history of healthcare showed that it was the Health Ministry that in 2010 awarded a 5-year contract to the German Gertec Technologies to maintain the hospital’s ICU machines. The company also built the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Centre back in 2005. It was also revealed that hospital management has been complaining about the company’s sloppy maintenance done by the said contractor.

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