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CJA's Demonstration in Tamale Poses No Threat to CAN 2008

2008-01-19 17:51:43
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The Public Relations Department of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly has stated emphatically that the demonstration organized by the Committee for Joint Action (CJA) in Tamale last week Saturday will not have any effect on Ghana 2008 tournament.

According to the authorities of the assembly all necessary steps to guarantee safety and security of the participating countries, their teams and supporters before, during and after the tournament have been taken.

Mr. Issah Salifu Musah, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Tamale Metro Assembly, in a press release issued in Tamale, said there should never be any cause for alarm as warm reception awaited all participating teams and soccer fans in Tamale.

According to the release, the level of preparedness of Tamale in response to the games fever is overwhelming.

Meanwhile, the stadium, training pitches, hotels, restaurants and all other public facilities relevant for the hosting of the tournament received face-lift, ready for the match.

"Clearly the Police have gotten everything wrong considering the fact that the demonstration ended without the violence they had envisaged. This means that there was no need for the police to have made the attempts to stop the demonstration." Former Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Gilbert Seidu Iddi made this statement in connection with the court injunction the police had obtained to prevent their demonstration against alleged government's insensitivity to their socio-economic malaise.

The ex-northern regional minister made this assertion in an open letter dubbed "CJA Demonstration and its aftermath" which was copied to the press in Tamale on Tuesday.

According to Alhaji Seidu Iddi the police have already created the impression that they would pursue contempt charges against the leaders powered by the directorate of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC).

The Former Minister, currently, a Lecturer at the University for Development Studies (UDS), maintained that "to err is human and that if the police in its passion to prevent violence made a mistake of judgment, one could only expect them to acknowledge this with apologies to the good people of Ghana and let peace prevail."

The Ministry of Health has meanwhile organized a four-day workshop for selected health personnel in readiness of any emergency cropping-up during the soccer tournament.

The four-day workshop, which ended on Saturday in Tamale, equipped them with new ideas on how to react to situations such as shocks, stresses, injuries and other unfortunate occurrences.

The topics include Trauma and Emergency Management, General Concept in Emergency Preparedness, Cardio Respiratory

Emergency Management and Oxygen Therapy & Assisted Ventilation. Other topics are: Basic and Advance Life Support Skills, Bleeding and Shocks Management and Management of Head Injury and Unconsciousness.

There would be a practical training session for not less than 3 hours a day as well as a simulation exercise on the last day of the workshop for all participants.

According to Dr. Wilfred Labi Addo, a Coordinator of the Training Programme for Health Officials for the Ghana 2008 Soccer Competition, training began at Sekondi, Accra and Kumasi - other venues for the tournament.

He told The Chronicle that the workshop was aimed at making staff of Ghana Health Services (GHS) well prepared for any disaster or emergencies during the tournament.

He maintained that the services of the personnel would not be limited to the venues of the tournament only but would also be extended to the hospitality industries such as hotels, restaurants and other centres visitors and tourists would use.

He observed that participants would be well prepared for the exercise after the workshop but reiterated that their efforts would be hindered due to lack of equipment and logistics at the Health Ministry.

Dr. Labi urged all spectators to eat well before attending the games. The workshop participants include nurses, medical doctors, Saint John's Ambulance, the military and para-military and the Ghana Ministry of Health.


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