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Why Only 66% Of African Health Ministers Are Medical Doctors : Prince Akpah

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Prince Akpah

In this time of a global crisis where the world is faced with graving concerns on how to fight the coronavirus, I am deeply concerned about the readiness of Africa’s leadership as this has become a testing period for our leaders to showcase their experience in regards to occupying the distinguished position as health ministers in Africa.

With worrying predictions from the World Health Organisation and other international NGOs, about how the continent will be hit with lots of cases and eventually deaths because of the lack of adequate and well-equipped health facilities, this whole period does not only scare us but presents an opportunity for African leaders to prove their worth and showcase how prepared they are to engineer the development of the health sector in the shortest possible time.

During my research on listing who health ministers in Africa are, I developed an interest to also look at their professional backgrounds and how qualified they are to occupy such position beyond their political affiliations. Through this, I discovered out of the 54 countries on the continent, only 36 representing 66% have health ministers with backgrounds in the medical field either as a practitioner or a professor. With their combined experience, we can safely assert that African countries with health minister with medical backgrounds will have enough understanding of their health systems and how they can fix the challenges emanating.

Borrowing from the fact that a lot of African traditions also believe in that tender, loving, and caring nature of women, I also discovered that, only 14 women occupy the position of health ministers across the whole continent. These counties are Angola, Burkina Faso, Comoros, Congo Republic, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, South Sudan, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda. Accepting the empirical fact that women are better managers than men, one wonders why there are not a lot more women health ministers across Africa.

As this is a testing period for all health ministers who are on the frontline of beating this global pandemic, I’m sitting looking at the result of my research and wondering ‘will these individuals be able to deal with COVID19 now that the cases on the continent are skyrocketing. Will they politicize everything they do, as usual, or will they abandon us by resigning in the eleventh hour. Worst still, maybe they’ll seek support from the USA, Europe or Asia as African leaders are known for. Ironically, most of these ‘developed’ countries are more hard hit with this pandemic than Africa. So how are they going to help us when they need the resources most now?

With a look at how political leaders are appointed, I believe that as Africans, we must begin to question our leaders to become accountable to us beyond the ballot box and must ensure they are first leaders in their field of experience before being politicians or we will continue to complain of the model of leadership on the continent which mostly is characterized by the idiomatic expression, “square peg in a round hole”.

To read profiles of all African health ministers, visit www.princeakpah.com/2020healthministers/

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Lionel Messi Blasts Barcelona For ‘Throwing’ Luis Suárez Out Of The Club

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Lionel Messi has launched a fresh attack on Barcelona’s hierarchy for the way the club treated his close friend Luis Suárez after the striker left for rival club, Atlético Madrid.

The Argentine playmaker, who threatened to leave Barça last month and recently hit out at the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s leadership, said Suárez was harshly treated and ‘thrown out’ of the club.

In an emotional goodbye post dedicated to Suarez, the club’s third-highest scorer of all time, Messi wrote: “I had already begun to imagine it but today I went into the dressing room and it truly dawned on me. It’s going to be so difficult to not continue to share every day with you both on the pitches and away from them.

“We’re going to miss you so much. We spent many years together, many mates, many lunches and many dinners. So many things we will never forget, all the time we spent together.

“It will be strange to see you in another shirt and much more to come up against you on the pitch. You deserved a farewell that fit with who you are: one of the most important players in the history of the club. Someone who achieved great things for the team and on an individual level.

“You did not deserve for them to throw you out as they did. But the truth is that at this stage nothing surprises me anymore.”

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Ya me venía haciendo la idea pero hoy entré al vestuario y me cayó la ficha de verdad. Que difícil va a ser no seguir compartiendo el día a día con vos, tanto en las canchas como afuera. Los vamos a extrañar muchísimo. Fueron muchos años, muchos mates, comidas, cenas… Muchas cosas que nunca se van a olvidar, todos los días juntos. Va a ser raro verte con otra camiseta y mucho más enfrentarte. Te merecías que te despidan como lo que sos: uno de los jugadores más importantes de la historia del club, consiguiendo cosas importantes tanto en lo grupal como individualmente. Y no que te echen como lo hicieron. Pero la verdad que a esta altura ya no me sorprende nada. Te deseo todo lo mejor en este nuevo desafío. Te quiero mucho, los quiero mucho. Hasta pronto, amigo.

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On Thursday, an emotional Suarez said goodbye to Barcelona and paid tribute to Messi after sealing a switch to Atletico Madrid. The Uruguay international had previously made it clear that he wanted to stay and see out his contract but was told by Barca’s new coach Ronald Koeman that his playing days were over at the club.

Suarez helped the club win four LaLiga titles, four Copa del Rey crowns, and the Champions League in 2015. He scored 195 goals and provided 113 assists in 283 outings for the club before his exit.

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Western Togoland ‘Military’ Group Block Major Roads To The Volta Region

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Reports reaching KUBILIVE reveal there is chaos on Kpong-Akosombo road as young men believed to be members of the Western Togoland have mounted roadblock at Akrade preventing vehicular movement.

The group said to be wielding implements and sticks chanting war songs mounted the roadblock around 3: 00 am Friday turning away vehicles as they claim ownership of the area.

Armed Police and Military officers have been deployed to the scene.

The Western Togolanders also used heaps of sands to block the Mepe-Sege road and the Accra-Ho road at Juapong preventing the flow of traffic.

As a result of the blocks, most passengers traveling to areas in the Volta Region including Tefle, Tsopoli, and Juapong have all been left stranded

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15-Year-Old Girl Smoking Sparks Outrage On Twitter | WATCH

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A video of a 15-year-old girl smoking was uploaded to Twitter and it has sparked outrage.

The number 1 trending topic at the moment amongst Nigerians on Twitter is “She’s 15” as people debate the girl’s action.

15-year-old girl smoking, sparks outrage on Twitter (video)

A number of people have been condemning the girl, while some made a case for her, saying we all did silly things at 15 but didn’t film it.

Watch below.

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