Tag: Ebola

Mar 22

WHY THE OBAMA-CUBAN RAPPROCHEMENT OUGHT TO SUCCEED

Why The Obama-Cuba Rapprochement Ought To Succeed By Cameron Duodu President Barack Obama has shown remarkable courage in visiting Cuba and holding frank discussions with the Cuban Government on how to improve relations between the two countries at a practical level. Cuba and the US used to be very good friends. Havana harbour was once …

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Jun 30

TOO MUCH ”SECRECY” BY SCIENTISTS LEADS TO PUBLIC DISTRUST

http://www.ghanaiantimes.com.gh/when-scientists-become-too-secretive/  TOO MUCH “SECRECY”  BY SCIENTISTS By CAMERON DUODU   The Ghanaian Times 30 June 2015   THE most regrettable thing about the controversy that has broken out over the Ebola vaccination  trial,  designated to take place in Ghana is that it has demonstrated  the inability of some in our scientific community to comprehend the …

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Jun 16

KUDOS TO THE GHANA ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

KUDOS TO THE GHANA ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES By CAMERON DUODU If there is a dangerous person in the world, it is an “educated person” who behaves like an illiterate. This is because when one is dealing with an illiterate person, one makes allowances for the opportunities the illiterate person may not have been …

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May 03

IS MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES SUPERSEDING THE UN’S HUMANITARIAN AGENCIES?

  IS MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES SUPERSEDING THE HUMANITARIAN AGENCIES OF THE UNITED NATIONS ? By CAMERON DUODU During the distressing Ebola crisis in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, which, thankfully, is now drawing to a close, one organisation stood out distinctly amongst other organisations and purveyed light and vigour, while others remained “blind” and “indolent”. …

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Apr 25

TEARING THE MASK OFF THE UGLY FACE OF AFRICAN GOVERNMENTS

TEARING THE MASK OFF THE UGLY FACE OF AFRICAN GOVERNMENTS By CAMERON DUODU In what must count as one of my worst nightmares, a grandchild of mine calls me just after having watched the news on TV and says: “Grandpa, they say 800 people – many of them Africans – were drowned in the Mediterranean …

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Mar 24

WHEN SCIENCE DELIBERATELY GOES WRONG

WHEN SCIENCE DELIBERATELY GOES WRONG By CAMERON DUODU The Ghanaian Times 24-03-2015 There are thousands – probably millions – of people walking this earth today, who would be dead and buried, had it not been for the ability of practitioners of science to intervene in their degeneration, whether natural or outwardly imposed; in other words, …

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Feb 03

A FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT THAT IS BECOMING A SHAME TO AFRICA

A FOOTBALL  TOURNAMENT THAT IS BECOMING A SHAME TO AFRICA By CAMERON DUODU The Ghanaian Times 03 February 2015 There is a proverb in Latin that warns the ancient Romans to “beware the Greeks even when they come bearing gifts!” The proverb was based on what the Greeks had done during their war against Troy …

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Sep 09

EBOLA: OBAMA ACTS — AT LAST

EBOLA: OBAMA ACTS – AT LAST by CAMERON DUODU IT was with a great sense of relief that I read that President Barack Obama had said, on the NBC’s Meet The Press (one of the most prestigious news programmes in America) that the US would be using its “military assets” to help fight the horrendous …

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Sep 01

THE AFRICAN UNION MUST TAKE THE EBOLA ISSUE TO THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL

Now, I am constrained to ask: is it unreasonable to suspect that the US Government now wants, for reasons best known to itself, to dissociate itself from the research? Does it know something it is not prepared to share with the rest of the world? I ask these questions because it seems to be extremely callous of the US Government to be cutting off funds from a research project it has hitherto been happily funding, at a crucial time when the facility’s efforts are most in demand! If research into diseases like Ebola is not a scientific priority now (as the NIH claims) then when will it be? Even if it was really done for budgetary reasons alone, does the US Government not realise that the timing of the announcement on funding can give rise to the worst forms of speculation, to say the least?

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Aug 30

WHAT’S TO BE DONE ABOUT THE EBOLA EMERGENCY?

It is no secret that the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China have all got units of medical personnel who are experts in fighting against nuclear and chemical-warfare attacks. The armed forces of all these countries incorporate trained units that are on standby to be flown into danger areas, if and when their territories are attacked with nuclear or chemical weapons. These well-equipped, highly-trained personnel can be given emergency instruction on how to change their techniques to combat Ebola. They can then be flown to the epicentres of the disease and practise the same safe methods of providing medical care to disease victims, which they would carry out if a nuclear or chemical attack occurred. In fact, the Ebola attack could provide them with useful practical experience in fighting dangerous illnesses.

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