EU targets recycling as China bans plastic waste imports

 EU regulators are searching for ways to increase recycling of plastic, as waste piles up in ports after China banned imports of “foreign garbage” from the start of 2018. Announcing a new policy push on Tuesday, European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen said Brussels is mulling a tax, curbs on…

U.S. rivers getting saltier, drinking water at risk: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. rivers and streams have become saltier and more alkaline over the last 50 years, posing risks to drinking water by damaging pipelines and other infrastructure, according to a study released on Monday.   As municipal workers dump salt on roads to combat ice and farmers put…

KMA exposed ; engages in open disposal of untreated faecal matter

Residents of the Oti New Site in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi are threatening to hit the streets over continuous dumping of untreated faecal matter in streams and drains close to their homes. The residents are living perilously with the risk of contracting cholera and other sanitation related diseases. The…

ECOWAS countries discuss partnership in health delivery
  A brainstorming forum to foster effective communication between the private and public sectors to improve investment in the health sector within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region has opened in Accra. The five-day event at which participants will share experiences of their countries in partnership... Read more
Cleaners turn Accra pavements into refuse dumps [Photos]
  The walkway under the Old Achimota overhead appears to have been converted to a dumping site with heaps of refuse almost spilling over onto the road. Street sweepers under the Zoomlion National Youth Employment Programme module are also, along with pedestrians and residents, contributing to the refuse heaped... Read more
Ghana to pilot WHO – coordinated malaria vaccine programme
Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will take part in a WHO-coordinated malaria vaccine implementation programme (MVIP) that will make the world’s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018. The WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) announced this programme on Monday, in a release made available to the... Read more
Accra will be Africa’s cleanest city in 4yrs – Akufo-Addo
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has pledged his commitment to making Accra the cleanest city on the African continent within the next four years. According to President Akufo-Addo, “the commitment I want to make, and for all of us to make, is that by the end of my term... Read more
Why the Menace of Mosquitoes Will Only Get Worse
  The outbreak began so slowly that no one in Dallas perceived it at first. In June 2012, a trickle of people began showing up in emergency rooms broiling with fever, complaining that their necks were stiff and that bright lights hurt their eyes. The numbers were initially small;... Read more
Silent disaster…a village in Kumbungu drink this water
This photo story highlights a major challenge that villagers in Vogu Gundaa in the Kumbungu constituency in the Northern region have faced for years – the lack of clean water for household use and farming. The poor villagers are compelled to use the polluted water on daily basis, making the... Read more
Over 300,000 rooms to be sprayed against malaria
  Over 300,000 rooms in seven districts in the Northern Region are to be sprayed as part of the Indoor Residual Spraying Campaign to prevent malaria. The 30-day Indoor Residual Spraying Campaign will begin from April 25, and end on May 29, in the beneficiary districts, which include Bunkpurugu... Read more
African governments asked to commit resources for malarial control
Mr Andrew Deyi Saibu, the West Africa Regional Coordinator for the Next Generation Indoor Residual (NgenIRS) Project has appealed to African governments and the private sector to commit more resources to support in the Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) project. This, he said would help to control and eliminate malaria.... Read more
GAMA project will improve water supply
  The residents of the La-Nkwantanang Madina Municipality have been urged to embrace the half-price toilet facility being provided by the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area-Sanitation Water Project (GAMA-SWP), to stem open defecation. Apart from stemming open defecation, the project would also improve water supply to households which would go... Read more
Expired medicines and foods confiscated by FDA
  The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has seized over a metric ton of expired goods including medicines, beverages and baby foods from various shops in Koforidua and some districts across the region. This was part of an operation to ensure the safety of the public during the Easter... Read more