Mahama’s State of Nation address crowns week at a glance

This week has been pregnant with politics, thus the election atmosphere is gradually picking pace. On Monday, a number of issues were discussed but what dominated the discussions is mental health.

Mental health dominated because two mentally unstable persons butchered eight people in different regions last week.

A Resident Psychiatrist at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Monday said, when mentally ill persons are ignored, they become more aggressive and sometimes makes them want to kill people.

However, Dr. Kwadwo Marfo Obeng (Pictured below) explained that mentally ill people may sometimes hear voices giving them names of people who are planning to harm or kill them which sometimes makes them vulnerable.

Dr. Kwadwo Marfo Obeng
It was revealed later in the week by the head of Psychiatry at the Korle-Bu Teaching hospital, Dr Sammy Ohene that the Mental Health Authority has not received a penny from government since its establishment in 2013.

Read also: Mental Health undergoing silent revolution-Dr Akwasi Osei assures .

On Tuesday, a setback suffered by Dr Zanetor Rawlings dominated the media. The Accra High Court dismissed a motion brought by her lawyers that prayed the court to dismiss a case filed against the NDC Parliamentary Candidate for Klottey Korle.

Dr Zanetor Rawlings
The case was filed by incumbent Member of Parliament for the constituency, Nii Armah Ashietey last year.

Read also: Klottey Kole MP sues Zanetor Rawlings
Also on Tuesday, the Finance Minister Seth Terkper told Parliament that a a cocoa processing company, Barry Callebaut Ghana Ltd, i mported 15,500 tons of light crop cocoa beans from La Cote D’Ivoire in the 2014/2015 crop year due to shortfall.

He justified the importation saying this was not the first time such amount of beans has being imported into the country. He said similar importations were done from La Côte D’Ivoire in 2005 and 2008.

He came to the House to brief members about progress made by the ministry to retrieve monies from DKM Diamond Microfinance.

Finance Minister Seth Terkper
He also said that the microfinance company had diverted about È» 77 million of its customers’ deposits into its other subsidiaries.

There was sad news on Wednesday when fire engulfed the Kumasi High Court , destroying some important court documents.

The chambers of two high court judges and one circuit court judge were most affected by the fire.

There was also reports that the death toll in the meningitis outbreak had hit a 100 with over 500 recorded cases so far.

The Brong Ahafo region is the worst hit with at least two districts crossing the epidemic thresholds.

Then on Thursday, President John Dramani Mahama presented the much awaited State of the Nation Address at the Parliament House. The near four hour presentation got the attention of majority of Ghanaians .

President John Dramani Maham presenting the State of the Nation Address

He touched on progress in the health , economy , energy , infrastructure , education , corruption , agriculture and some other important issues.

Minority Members of Parliament expressing their dissatisfaction

The major opposition party, New Patriotic Party (NPP) and some other political parties expressed disappointment in the president for his bouyant discription of the nation.

Discussions on Friday were centered on the President’s address. Joy News’ checks revealed that work on Salaga government hospital had halted contrary President Mahama’s assertion that work was progressing steadily there.

And also Gianni Infantino was elected as the new FIFA President in Zurich where the extraordinary Congress was held.

New FIFA President, Gianni Infantino
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