Inside April 11, 2018 .qxp_Layout 1 4/10/18 8:17 PM Page 3 • Medical and rescue organisations say most of the victims were children and women Syria 'chemical attack': Trump pledges 'forceful' US response US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has promised a "forceful" response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria, as Western leaders consider what action to take. "We have a lot of options militarily," he told reporters. He added that a response would be decided "shortly". Mr Trump said the US was getting some "good clarity" on who was responsible for the incident in Douma on Saturday. Medical sources say dozens were killed in the alleged attack but exact numbers are impossible to verify. Mr Trump also discussed the incident with French President Emmanuel Macron late on Monday, and both leaders expressed a desire for a "firm response", the Elysee Palace said. The AFP news agency quoted French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux as saying on Tuesday that "if a red line had been crossed, there will be a response", adding that intelligence shared by the two leaders "in theory confirms the use of chemical weapons”. BBC DAILY HERITAGE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018 WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH World news in 4 stories Guinea's pregnancy trickster jailed A WOMAN in Guinea who sold herbs and potions to sterile women, telling them they would become pregnant, has been jailed for five years. N'na Fanta Camara made concoctions that made their bellies swell. The traditional healer is said to have tricked more than 700 women, charging them large sums for the treatment. The BBC's Alhassan Sillah in the capital, Conakry, says her victims at the court were upset she did not get a harsher sentence. The use of traditional medicine is common in Guinea and other parts of Africa. Camara, who was found guilty of fraud and impersonating a doctor by giving the women harmful substances and endangering their lives, was also ordered to pay $165,000 (£116,000) in compensation. Two other accomplices were convicted of similar charges, and were sentenced to three years and four years in prison. One victim told the BBC: "She gave us some medicines of leaves and herbs that made us vomit. She assured us that this was good for us. "On a second visit, she gave us some more herbs and leaves which we boiled and drank. As one continued to take the medicines, the stomach started to rise a bit. "After a while, we visited again, she examined us by just touching our bellies and she declared us pregnant. However she gives us strict instructions not to go to the hospital. "We experienced our normal menstrual cycle during this period. On the day she declared any woman pregnant, she had to give her fabric and a hen, after the initially payment.” BBC •Victims were given a mixture of leaves, herbs and other medicines that made their stomachs bloat Liberian newspaper raided Court officials in Liberia raided the offices of a newspaper critical of President George Weah's government and arrested all its employees on Monday. Editors, journalists and even the caretaker at Frontpage Africa were reportedly detained for several hours at the civil court in the capital, Monrovia. The arresting officers said they were acting in relation to a $1m ( £700,000) civil lawsuit filed against the paper over publishing allegedly misleading material. Frontpage Africa said the arrest of its staff was an attack on press freedom and part of a government attempt to discredit its investigative journalism. Mr Weah, a former international football star, was sworn in as president in January, defeating then Vice-President Joseph Boakai with more than 60% of the vote. BBC •President George Weah •Some families have lost more than one child Funerals held for 24 children in India school bus plunge A MASS funeral has been held for 24 school children who died when a school bus fell into a gorge in a mountainous region of India on Monday evening. Tearful relatives placed wreaths on the bodies ahead of the cremation, while some mourners asked: "What wrong have these children done?" Most of those who died were younger than 10 years old, while the bus driver and two teachers were also killed. The incident occurred in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. Road accidents are common in India, often due to poor driving or badly maintained roads and vehicles. The reasons behind the accident are not yet clear, according to an official statement. Monday's accident, which occurred about 325km (200 miles) from the state capital, Shimla, involved a bus transporting some 40 students from Wazir Ram Singh Pathania Memorial school in Nurpur in the country's Kangra district. BBC
WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH DAILY HERITAGE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018 05 Editorial Losing the fight against diabetes REPORTS FROM Central Region indicate that diabetes is wreaking serious havoc in that part of the country by claiming more lives than tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. According to Dr Emmanuel Amissah of the Internal Medicine and Therapeutic Unit of the Medical School of the University of Cape Coast, over 260,000 new cases of the disease have been recorded this year with about 5,000 deaths. Medical experts have, thus, called for urgent drastic measures to stop the increasing rate of diabetes in the country. Diabetes, often referred to by doctors as diabetes mellitus, describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body's cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. Patients with high blood sugar typically experience polyuria (frequent urination), become increasingly thirsty (polydipsia) and hungry (polyphagia). The most common diabetes symptoms include frequent urination, intense thirst and hunger, weight gain, unusual weight loss, fatigue, cuts and bruises that do not heal, male sexual dysfunction, numbness and tingling in hands and feet. Causes of the disease differ depending on the type. Type 2 diabetes, for instance, could be caused by obesity, living a sedentary lifestyle, increasing age and bad diet. In spite of how dangerous diabetes could be, education on the disease, according to the medical experts, is poor. This means many people gloss over some of the lifestyle behaviours that compound diabetes and make it more grievous. The DAILY HERITAGE observed during a recent visit to some hospitals that not only were adults battling the disease, but many children were on admission due to diabetic complications. We think that the National Diabetes Association of Ghana should intensify the campaign on the disease to educate more people to stay safe. Ningo residents call for protection BY MUNTALLA INUSAH firstname.lastname@example.org RESIDENTS OF Kpatcheremidor, Sohapa and surrounding communities, all suburbs of Ningo in the Ningo-Prampram District of the Greater Accra Region, are living in fear following recent attacks by some unidentified soldiers over their own lands. They are, thus, calling on the government for immediate intervention. The residents, who are predominantly farmers, are worried over recent attacks on them over their own 32, 000 acres of lands their forefathers left for them. Addressing the media to drum home the need for government intervention to avert clashes between the people of Ningo and Osudoku, the Chief of Kpatcheremidor/Sohapa, Nene Otu Ackam I, said whenever they visit their farms to work they are beaten by a joint force of police and men in uniform. “We have lived here for over four hundred years without disturbances. The mainstay of the people is farming. The area, though falls under the Osudoku state boundary, is part of the Ningo traditional area and administration. Just because the • Over military attacks • From (L-R) Titus N. Debrah, a leader, Nene Otu Ackam I, Chief, and Emmanuel Tetteh Oma, a leader, addressing the media land falls under the Osudoku state boundary, the chiefs and some persons from Osudoku are taking advantage to perpetrate impropriety on it, with such disregard for the people of Kpatcheremidor, Sohapa and the Ningo people as a whole.” While giving account on incidents that had happened to his members, Nene Ackam said for about a year now, “the paramount chief of the Osudoku Traditional “We are using this medium to advise the claimant of our village to exercise restraint since we are all aware that this matter is in court. We want Nene Aadegbor Ngmogmowuyaa Kwesi Animle VI to know that until the court gives its verdict the status quo must remain” Area, Nene Aadegbor Ngmogmowuyaa Kwesi Anirnle VI, had started claiming ownership of the village though records at archives indicate otherwise. “We are using this medium to advise the claimant of our village to exercise restraint since we are all aware that this matter is in court. We want Nene Aadegbor Ngmogmowuyaa Kwesi Animle VI to know that until the court gives its verdict the status quo must remain.” Explaining to the paper why the said land belonged to the people of Ningo, yet it is within the boundary of the Osudoku state, Nene Ackam said the stretch of land was given to them as a ‘thank you’ gift by the Akakposu Family for helping them in a war.