The Daily Graphic offers its support for the campaign for vaccination against yellow fever and urges Ghanaians to get vaccinated to protect themselves against the disease. The paper also appeals to well-meaning individuals and corporate bodies to support the endowment fund set up by the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research, NMIMR, to generate the needed resources to conduct more research into the disease. It also urges health officials to engage the services of traditional authorities and religious bodies to get the message delivered to whip up public interest in the patronage of services of the NMIMR. It also calls for joint effort to make the exercise a success.
The Ghanaian Times is happy to learn that the Ghana Oil Company, GOIL, has signed a joint operating agreement with ExxonMobil to unveil a partnership that will enable ExxonMobil to start operations in the country. The paper says it has confidence in GOIL because in the past decades it has proved its mettle in the midst of stiff competition in the downstream and midstream business and shown that Ghanaians are capable of achieving great feats. The paper is convinced that the new partnership will give full meaning to local participation in the oil sector in the country and open the gate to other local companies for future partnerships.
The Today Newspaper notes that inspite of the numbers of sanitation campaigns that have been launched over the years, the country continues to be engulfed in filth. It says many Ghanaians have come to the conclusion that issues of environmental sanitation remain within the ambit of government. It is against this backdrop that the paper lauds the Church of Pentecost for its programme dubbed “Environmental care, My Responsibility”. The Today newspaper is happy that the programme seeks to engage the public, and churches are actively taking up the challenge to keep the environment clean.
The Daily Heritage takes up the age old pollution of water bodies which poses a challenge to public health and the supply of potable water. Water pollution, according to the paper, consists of suspended sediments, domestic, commercial, industrial and agricultural waste. Another area of concern is the destruction of the environment and diversion of the course of water bodies by illegal miners. The Heritage notes the poor enforcement of laws and says if care is not taken, access to potable water will be a problem in future. It therefore calls for more aggressive ways to curb the menace of water pollution including strict enforcement of laws and resourcing supervising agencies to do their work.