Exhibition of the Biometric voters register begins at various registration centres to display the provisional voters register after the biometric registration for the December 2012 general Elections.

Regulations 21(1) and 22(1) of Constitutional Instrument (C.172) provides that after a registration exercise, the Electoral Commission should compile a provisional register of voters for each polling station showing particulars and photograph of each applicants.

The exhibition which starts on Saturday September 1 to Monday September 10, 2012, is the next step towards producing a final voters? register after the biometric technology was used in Ghana for the first time to forestall incidence of multiple registrations and eliminate impersonation.

Provisional registers will be displayed at various polling stations for scrutiny by prospective voters and the general public .It gives the public the opportunity to verify their details captured during the registration for accuracy and to remove names of deceased voters in the register.

All inclusions, requests and objections made at the Registration but now Exhibition centre will be recorded on the commission?s certified exhibition forms for processing at the various district offices for updates to produce the final voters register. Registered voters will be invited to the district offices from September 13 to 20, 2012, to assist in the making of corrections after their complains have been recorded.

The adoption of the Biometric Voter Registration system has introduced additional lists to be displayed alongside the provisional register, thus the ?Exceptional list and the Multiple registry list?. Exceptional list contains the names, photographs and other details of registered voters who provided no or wrong residential addresses. The system rejects such addresses provided by applicants who do not tally with the address system in the residence hence indicates that the applicant isn?t a resident.

Multiple registry list is made up of names and details of applicants who registered more than once. The system fishes out such persons who registered with different appearances, names and address at various centres with the aid of the individual?s thumbprint during compilations. Such applicants loose the right to exercise his franchise on the Election Day.

Training for exhibition officers has commenced in various districts to prepare them for the tasks ahead since a tiny spark of disagreement can generate much chaos especially in this critical period of Ghana?s democracy.

The Minister for Health Hon Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has noted that?Ghana has since 1991 followed a consistent policy of developing aspects of traditional medicine that has the potential of contributing immensely to healthcare in the country. These policies he indicated??backed by in-country needs as well as international health related policies such as the Alma Ata Declaration of 1978, the Ouagadougou Declaration on Primary Healthcare of 2001, at which community health seeking behaviours were to become key components in healthcare planning at the primary level. Traditional medicine constitutes some of the healthcare practices at the community level.

He was speaking at the?Africa Traditional Medicine Day held under the theme, ?A Decade of Traditional Medicine Development:? What Are the Impacts??

he averred that for the past decade, Ghana has made some modest gains in its quest to develop traditional medicine, which he said, are?spearheaded?by The Council for Scientific Research into Plant Medicine (CSRPM) set up in 1975 and has since developed 35 well-researched products, KNUST since 2005 produced 150 BSc, Herbal Medicine graduates who are physicians? Assistants with special knowledge in herbal medicine and designated as Medical Herbalists.

Alban Bagbin also stated that government, in an effort to deploy this new cadre of healthcare providers under the supervision of physician specialists and senior medical doctors, has recruited thirty (30) of them and posted them to eighteen (18) government hospitals to begin pilot application of approved herbal medicine.

“The rest of the registered Medical Herbalists, after internship and licensure examination, are being utilized in private clinics that are distinguishing themselves in a new quality healthcare niche. They will be properly designated in the future.?Eighty-six (86) herbal medicines have been selected out of the CSRPM-developed products and from about 147 herbal medicines approved by the Food and Drugs Board (FDB) for market authorization. The list is currently being reviewed in line with new safety standards issued by the FDB for upgrading the quality of herbal medicines.”

Plans are underway to launch a large scale cultivation of the needed medicinal plant resources and set up large scale production.

He stressed that the Ministry of health and the Ghana Health Service have developed Standard Guidelines for the establishment and operation of such pilot herbal units, saying that “The Ministry of Health is aware of the efficacy of herbal medicines the potential dangers that can arise from misapplication or abuse of herbal medicines. For this reason, a strong code of ethics of ?do-no-harm? has been instituted to prevent excesses and hazardous practices that characterized unregulated forms of practice in the past and nothing would be done to jeopardize the beliefs, rights, businesses and health of individuals or any group under the pilot projects in the hospitals.”

He called on the people of Ghana to, on their own will, or when necessary, ?call at the?under-listed?hospitals for assessment check-up, counseling and education on what the new Herbal Medicine Unit stands for. The hospitals and their locations are?Greater Accra Region?LEKMA Hospital, Teshie?Police Hospital,?Eastern Region?Eastern Regional Hospital,??Volta Region?Ho Municipal Hospital, Volta Regional Hospital,??Ashanti Region?Obuasi Municipal Hospital, Suntreso Government Hospital, Kumasi South Hospital, Tafo Government Hospital,?Western Region?Tarkwa Municipal Hospital, Central Region Cape Coast Metro Hospital,??Northern Region?Tamale Central Hospital, Salga Government Hospital,? and?Brong Ahafo?B/A Regional Hospital.

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