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COVID-19: Eden Tree Provides Tips On Making Nutrition A Priority To Boost Immune System

There is little doubt that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting every aspect of our lives as Ghanaians. From the closure of schools to boarder closures and limiting of activities of restaurants and hotels. Indeed, these are not normal times.

The government is doing well in ensuring Ghanaians are observing the right public health protocols and reducing exposure to the virus. Sadly, no one knows how long these safety measures will need to stay in place, but one thing is sure: health and nutrition must be made a priority and Ghanaians need to consider what they are consuming to help maintain and strengthen their immune systems in this fight against the virus.

Eden Tree, Ghana’s leading producer and distributor of high –end fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs in Ghana has provided few suggestions on how to make healthy food choices during these challenging times.

Plan your meal: Try planning out a few meals so you know what you need. This ensures you don’t face meal dilemma every meal time. Planning meals in advance also ensures you use up all of the ingredients you have before buying more, thus preventing waste.

Fruit and vegetables should be a must have: Having constant fruits and vegetables at home can be a daunting task. Appropriate meal planning can guide shopping for fresh fruit and vegetables. Fruit and vegetables can also be frozen to limit the trips to market places.

Prepare a variety of stews and soups using vegetables and put in a refrigerator for later use while maintaining their essential nutrients. Fruits such as bananas, oranges, pineapples, pawpaw, grapes etc aside being used as dessert, can be used for smoothies and enjoyed at home. These fruits and vegetables contain essential nutrients that boost the immune system and help in the fight against the coronavirus.

Flavoured water:  Add fruits or vegetables like lemon, lime, cucumber slices or berries to your water to add an extra twist of flavor.  Also try the following combinations using one piece of fruit and a few sprigs of herbs:

  •     One Mango cubed and one Ginger sliced
  •     One Grapefruit sliced and sprigs of Mint
  •     One cup of cubed Watermelon and one sliced Lemon
  •     One cup cubed Pineapple, one cup cut Coconut, and one sliced Lemon
  •     One sliced Orange and one sliced Ginger
  •     One sliced Cucumber and sprigs of Mint
  •     One sliced Lemon and 5 or 6 Basil leaves.

Each combination in a jug filled with drinking water kept in the fridge should be used up within 3 days.

Drink a lot of liquid: Drinking an adequate amount of fluid is essential in order for you to feel and function at your best. Be sure to constantly drink a lot of liquid especially water to stay hydrated.

Exercise, exercise: Remember to exercise every now and then. Physical fitness is not just crucial for a healthy body but imperative for a healthy mind and emotional wellbeing.

Now more than ever, healthy eating is very important as it helps in keeping your immune system in top condition. Eden Tree has been promoting healthy eating habits in the country by producing, packaging, and supplying high quality vegetables, fruits, herbs, and ready to eat packaged fruits, salad and fresh fruit juice to the Ghanaian market.

To order for your fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs contact Eden Tree on +233 50 129 6110 or +233 50 157 7910 and it’ll be delivered to you.  Eden Tree Shop at Odum Road near Kotobabi School, Spintex or at these stores: Max Mart – Game – Citydia – Baatsona Total – Marina Mall all in Accra and Anaji Choice Mart in Takoradi – Thrive Together Store:

Website: https://thrivetogether.store/collections/eden-tree

Instagram : https://instagram.com/thrivetogetherstore

Facebook: https://facebook.com/thrivetogetherstore

Phone/WhatsApp : 024 196 9875

#StayHealthy #StaySafe

Starbites Donates To UG Medical School

With the world at a virtual standstill and many people moving into confinement for safety as instructed by health experts, there is that one group of diligent men and women who are risking their lives daily to keep the rest of us safe – our frontline health workers.

From all 16 regions of Ghana, health professionals travel daily to and from their health posts knowing very well they could get infected and by extension, infect their families and loved ones with the dreaded Coronavirus. Despite this grave fear and other challenges, they brave the storm daily to deliver healthcare to you and I even in the remotest parts of Ghana.

To them and others keeping us safe, we say Ayekoo! To show their gratitude for the great work being done and also to motivate them to do more, Starbites has for the last couple of months been donating daily meals to the staff of the University of Ghana Medical School throughout this pandemic.

The fast-growing restaurant joined the list of top companies in making donations to help fight the deadly Corona Virus disease. Hot and well packaged foods in different varieties were delivered to staff of the facility. The kind gesture which was met with all joy from the workers has been done every day throughout the month of April and May.

The move was in line with the restaurant’s brand promise to give comfort to Ghanaians especially during this pandemic and to provide good and healthy food for a better standard living beyond Covid 19.

The donations are received on behalf of the facility by Mrs. Barbara Owusu Hemeng, the Public Relation officer who has said that kind gestures like these go a long way to pat the shoulders of the workers and Starbites’ move is one that will not be forgotten.

In commending the kind gesture shown, she alluded to the risky the nature of the frontline job. She as well as the nurses have assured a relentless work to fight Covid 19.

Starbites, since the outbreak of Covid 19 has ensured prudent meaures to keep its cherished customers safe. A more spaced environment, free and fast delivery services and has initiated surprise giveaways to its customers through some amazing innovations and promotions.

They recently surprised media personalities, Abeiku Santana and Lexis live on air, also to encourage them to do more to inform, entertain, educate and inspire the nation during these difficult times.

Starbites is a Ghanaian owned restaurant that has been operating in Ghana since 2010 with more than 10 branches in Accra and Kumasi.

Hollard Donates PPEs To Western GPRTU, Campaigns For COVID-19 Awareness

Insurance group, Hollard Ghana, as part of efforts to join the fight against COVID-19 across the country, has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Western Region Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) in addition to an awareness campaign on regional radio and TV.

GPRTU PPE Donation

The presentation was made by the Regional Branch Manager, Mr. Isdor Oheneba in the presence of Mr. Samuel Kojo Essel, Business Development Officer and Mr. Benjamin Ackah, Hollard Life Manager. It was received by Western Region GPRTU Advisor, Mr. George Senkyere at a socially distanced handover held at their office.

Speaking to the company’s motivation to donate the PPE, Mr. Oheneba said, “The GPRTU is a vital player in the transportation industry. We believe equipping them with nose masks and hand sanitisers will ensure that their drivers are protected while providing essential public transportation services. In turn, this will safeguard their passengers and curtail the spread of the COVID-19.”

Receiving the items, the GPRTU Advisor, Mr. Senkyere thanked Hollard Ghana for the kind gesture and promised the PPE will be utilised properly. “We’re grateful to Hollard for thinking about our safety at this time. In addition to the PPEs, we shall continue to enforce the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 safety directives to wash hands frequently, reduce the number of passengers per bus and insist on mask-wearing.”

COVID-19 Awareness Campaign

Further to Hollard Ghana’s efforts to fight against COVID-19 in the Western Region, the insurance company has embarked on a public awareness campaign hosted on West Gold 106.3 FM and Sky TV.

The campaign features engagements with radio presenters, resource persons, and callers with tips and Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on COVID-19 to dispel misconceptions and share precautionary measures. Listeners who correctly answer questions on COVID-19 safety protocols are rewarded with PPE.

Free COVID-19 Cover for all existing and new customers

The PPE donation and awareness campaign comes as Hollard Ghana’s Life Insurance subsidiary, Hollard Life Assurance announced a free COVID-19 cover for all its existing and new customers on individual and group policies.

Hollard Life can be reached via the following means 0302220966 (Hollard Life), info@hollard.com.gh, Life@hollard.com.gh, and www.hollard.com.gh.

Hollard Ghana combines its deep local knowledge of the market with the world-class expertise of an international insurance brand. With feet firmly planted on the Ghanaian soil but Headquartered in South Africa, Hollard delivers innovative insurance solutions customized to the unique risks Ghanaians face. Hollard was previously Metropolitan Insurance which operated in Ghana for over 25 years.

Absa Bank Ghana Deploys 50 New iATMs As It Increases Withdrawal Limit To Support Customers During COVID-19

Absa Bank Ghana has deployed 50 new Intelligent Automated Teller Machines (iATMs) to enhance its ATM services and provide convenient banking services to its customers. In addition, the Bank has increased ATM daily cash withdrawal limit in excess of GHS 9,000 to support customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The installation of the 50 new iATMs which was to replace the existing machines with upgraded machines with the latest technology and enhance service offerings, has been completed. In total, 110 of the banks over 160 ATMs have been replaced since 2019. These new ATMS are equipped with modern technologies as NFC (Near Field Communication), which allows for contactless withdrawals.

All Absa ATMs currently provide a wide range of banking services including cash deposits. Apart from this, customers can also make cardless transactions, money transfers and many other banking services at an Absa ATM.

To further support customers, ATM daily cash withdrawal limit for Personal Banking customers has been increased to GHS 5000 and that of Prestige and Premier Banking customers is now in excess of GHS 9,000.

According to Absa Bank, this is to support and encourage customers to easily access banking services through the bank’s digital channels and reduce customers travel distance as well as movements while we try to observe social distancing and minimise contact with others.

“The deployments of the new ATMs and increase in cash withdrawal limit is to ensure our customers get easy access to cash and many other banking services at the ATM, especially during this period,” noted Charles Addo, Retail Banking Director at Absa Bank Ghana.

“We have also provided sanitisers at our ATMs to help customers keep safe. The wellbeing and convenience of our customers is very important to us and that is why we continue to create a safe and convenient banking environment to support them”.

As a demonstration of Absa Bank Ghana’s commitment to help fight COVID-19, the bank has activated its financial relief package to cushion its customers in the wake of the economic challenges.

Earlier, the bank waived charges on interbank instant transfers on its digital channels and also made mobile money transfers of up to GHs100 daily free.

Absa Bank has also offered up to six months repayment moratorium and reduced its lending rate by 2% on qualifying customers in industries impacted by COVID-19.

Vodafone Customers Enjoy Free On-net Calls On Mother’s Day

Vodafone customers enjoyed free and unrestricted calls to Vodafone numbers all day on Mother’s Day as part of the Telco’s activities marking this year’s celebration.

Whilst social distancing during this period may have altered the usual Mother’s Day celebration, Vodafone Ghana’s surprise made it possible for its millions of customers to connect and celebrate the special women in their lives throughout the day.

Additionally, Vodafone offered its broadband customers free unlimited browsing on that day as well as 200 per cent bonus on any airtime purchased via Vodafone’s mobile money platform, Vodafone Cash.

Commenting on the initiatives, Pushpinder Gujral, Director of Consumer Business Unit (CBU) at Vodafone said: “Mother’s Day is always a great time to get together, have meals and show appreciation to mothers for always being there for us. We know how important it is for Ghanaians and our customers to get in touch with their mothers on this day. It is the reason we gave our customers FREE unlimited calls to Vodafone numbers and we are happy that our technology made it possible for them to enjoy limitless connectivity on that day.’’

Pushpinder, whilst wishing Ghanaians Happy Mother’s Day, stated that mothers play a critical role in our lives and nothing should stop anyone from celebrating them. He expressed the Telco’s appreciation to all female customers for their loyalty.

Samsung Announces Two Incredible Devices: Galaxy A31 And M11

Samsung continues to offer devices that empower people to do more. This week Samsung released not one, but two devices designed to bring premium innovation at affordable prices. These are the Galaxy A31 and the Galaxy M11.

With the introduction of the Galaxy A31, Samsung is giving you even more ways to capture and share your experiences. Featuring a multi-purpose Quad camera, the Galaxy A31 has all the tools you need to tell your stories, no matter how big or small the subject matter is. Equipped with an immersive 6.4 inch,  Infinity-U display and a powerful 5,000 mAh battery, the device lets you work, stream, and game for longer with ease. The Galaxy A31 is available at authorised retail stores at a recommended retail price of GHS 1,499.

The Galaxy M11 is for the tech-savvy young millennials and Gen Z. Galaxy M11 is a new addition to the popular Galaxy M series. It comes with an 6.4 inch Infinity-O Display, an easy-grip design in an array of stylish colours, a 5000mAh battery and an incredible triple camera to share your stories. Galaxy M11 is also available at authorized retail stores nationwide at a recommended retail price of GHS 899

“Both the Galaxy A Series and M Series has always stood for value. The Galaxy A31 embodies this in a big way, through its premium features offered at an affordable price. Galaxy M11 offers industry-defining features, from a massive battery to a choice of awesome camera features,” said Eugene, managing director  at Samsung Ghana.

More About Galaxy A31

More About Galaxy M11

Infinity-O Display pulls you into the action

You can expand your world of entertainment. Galaxy M11 features a 6.4″ HD+ Infinity-O Display that provides edge-to-edge coverage to enjoy all your favourite gaming and video content.

An easy-grip design in an array of stylish colours

The Galaxy M11 looks as good as it feels. Black, Metallic Blue and Violet colour options add a modern twist to the fashionably simple frame. The smooth curves of the symmetrical side design lets you grip the phone comfortably in your hand for easy screen navigation.

Triple camera to share your stories

Galaxy M11’s Triple Camera adds more perspectives to elevate your shots. The 13MP Main Camera takes clear images day and night. An 5MP Ultra Wide Camera captures more of the world in front of you, while the 2MP Depth Camera highlights the subject of your photo by blurring the background. 

You can also see yourself in a new light with its selfie camera. Capturing your best angles with Galaxy M11’s 8MP front camera is effortless. Use Live focus to gently blur the background so all eyes are on you, and get your good side whether you’re at a café or at the park.

Performance-boosting hardware for fast speeds and streams

The Galaxy M11 has a powerful Octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM to handle your graphic-heavy games and livestreams at fast speeds. With 32GB of internal memory and up to 512GB of external storage, you have plenty of room to stream, download, and post.

Power to get through your day

Whether you are watching movies or video chatting, you need a phone that can keep up. Galaxy M11’s 5,000mAh (typical*) battery lets you spend more time doing what you love, while up to 15W Fast Charging capability delivers more charge in less time.

The device also includes the peace of mind of security through both a fingerprint sensor and face recognition.

Restaurants, bars in Ghana can open – GTA directs

The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) appears to have eased the restrictions on some services following the president’s address last Sunday.

According to some guidelines issued on Monday, May 11, the Authority says hotels can operate as normal and host their guests.

This would, however, be subject to “specified elevated hygiene protocols” as well as social distancing.

The ban on social gathering, extended by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his address last Sunday, saw restaurants and drinking bars closed though the former delivered pick-up services.

But the GTA in the guidelines said food chains and restaurants can operate sit-in as well as pick-up and delivery services while also observing the safety protocols.

“Drinking bars can operate while observing appropriate social distancing and hygiene protocols,” it said.

But all night clubs must remain closed, it indicated.

“In all situations, hospitality facilities should observe the staff management and workplace protocols and precautionary measures on public gatherings with the view of achieving social distancing and hygiene protocols as spelt out in the Imposition of Restrictions (coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic) Instrument, 2020 (EI64).”

Later clarifying on TV3’s Midday Live on Wednesday, the Chief Executive Officer of GTA, Akwasi Agyemang, said the guidelines are only to clarify the Executive Instrument for operators and not that the restrictions are being eased.

Source: 3 News

ECG spends GH¢44.7m to end ‘Dumsor’

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is spending GH¢44.7 million to ensure reliable power supply in the Ashanti Region.

Of this, it would in the short term spend GH¢15.2 million to conduct extension and intensification power projects in the region.

In the medium term, plans are far advanced to use the remaining GH¢29.5 million to construct a sub-station at Agogo to help improve power supply in Konongo, Ejisu, Kumawu and nearby areas.

Part of the GH¢29.5 million will also go into the construction of a power switching station at Adansi Asokwa aimed at helping to improve service delivery of the ECG so that customers will be better served.

Managing Director of ECG, Kwame Agyeman-Budu, addressing journalists in Kumasi, stated that his outfit was determined to improve power supply in the Ashanti Region and make the frequent power cuts a thing of the past.

To help achieve its target, he announced that the ECG had decided to spend more to improve power supply so that customers would no longer complain about power cuts, with its attendant problems.

“Our prime aim is to correct all the faults that have been detected in the system, which usually leads to frequent power cuts, and that is why we have decided to spend this amount to make sure that our customers feel good,” he said.

The ECG MD, who was in Kumasi on Friday with some other officials of the company, said “ECG cherishes its customers and very soon their services would see massive improvement.”

Old Transformers

He said ECG had realized that most of its transformers in the Ashanti Region were old and could not perform well “so plans are in place to replace them with new ones.”

Mr. Agyeman-Budu also said faulty cables, insulators and other ageing equipment in the Ashanti Region, which were obstructing effective power supply, would be replaced without delay.

New Machines

According to him, the ECG had secured a new technology called VIT to easily detect faults, isolate and fix them without plunging an entire area into darkness.

He said ECG staff would henceforth use conductors to repair faults.

Mr. Agyeman-Budu stated that it was never the intention of the ECG to frequently plunge its customers into darkness, lamenting that the ECG even lost a lot of money whenever power supply was cut.

Source: Daily Guide Network

Hollard Announces Free COVID-19 Cover For Existing And New Customers

Life insurance company, Hollard Life Assurance, a subsidiary of Hollard Ghana, has announced a free COVID-19 cover for all its existing and new customers on individual and group policies. This is to help ease the burden of the pandemic on Ghanaians.

At no additional cost, the complimentary COVID-19 cover will provide policy holders and their beneficiaries with financial support in the event of hospitalization or death as a result of the novel coronavirus disease.

Group CEO, Hollard Ghana, Patience Akyianu said, “These are not normal times. With COVID-19 and the uncertainty it presents, our customers want support that goes beyond funeral or personal accident cover. We are committed to ensuring a secure future for them, hence this comprehensive benefit to safeguard their wellbeing and add value to the existing products we offer.

On his part, Managing Director, Hollard Life Assurance, Nashiru Iddrisu, said Hollard Life’s products are uniquely designed to cater for individual, family and group needs even during the pandemic. “We’ve got our existing and new customers covered. Adepa Life Insurance policy is a simple family-oriented plan, that covers the policy holder and up to seven members of their family.

Our Purple Employee Plan provides a more comprehensive, 24-hour protection, adequate and substantial cover at competitive premiums for employees throughout their employment. It is our purpose to treat everyone with care and dignity so adding on this automatic benefit makes sense.”

“New customers are also entitled to full benefits under their policies for themselves and their insured dependents,” he added.

The country’s favourite insurance group, Hollard Ghana, offers various life and general insurance products including funeral, personal accident, motor, business, home, and more; and can be reached via the following means: 0501603967 (Hollard Insurance), 0501533698 (Hollard Life), info@hollard.com.gh, Life@hollard.com.gh, and www.hollard.com.gh.

Hollard Ghana combines its deep local knowledge of the market with the world-class expertise of an international insurance brand. With feet firmly planted on the Ghanaian soil but Headquartered in South Africa, Hollard delivers innovative insurance solutions customized to the unique risks Ghanaians face. Hollard was previously Metropolitan Insurance which operated in Ghana for over 25 years.

Eximbank to collaborate with Tobinco to produce Hydroxychloroquine, Azithromycin

Eximbank Ghana is set to collaborate with Entrance Pharmaceuticals and Research Center, a member of the Tobinco Group of companies to produce Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin locally to treat COVID-19 patients.

COVID-19 patients treated with Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin recover quickly but the drug is not produced locally on the large scale. Furthermore, the drugs value has shot up on the international market due to its potency in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

Eximbank is highly impressed with Tobinco Group’s utilization of previous grant facility extended to the group and, therefore, ready to advance a new 5 million dollar facility to help tackle the pandemic in the country.

Eximbank plays a major role as a partner of Ghanaian industries, especially SMEs, in their export efforts, by offering products and services at all stages of the production and distribution cycle, including import of technology, export of products, developing exports, production, marketing, pre- and post-shipment.

During a recent inspection tour of Entrance Pharmaceuticals and Research Center, the biggest pharmaceutical company in the sub-region, members of the Eximbank’s board credit subcommittee were amazed at the level of investment at the facility and the team, which involved the Board Chairman of Eximbank further observed that the company had huge additional space to do further extension.

Eximbank’s tour of Entrance Pharmaceuticals at Spintex, was part of a routine exercise that the team undertakes to observe how well it (Eximbank) clients or beneficiaries of its facilities are faring.

In line with the president’s vision of industrializing the economy and supporting local businesses, the Eximbank identified 10 areas of the economy to extend support to in order to drive this agenda. These areas include; Pharmaceuticals, poultry, agro-processing (fruits and juices, non-alcoholic beverages), Cassava supply chain, Garment and Textiles Industry (AGOA compliance,) Film and Entertainment, Palm Oil Production, Agro Business including maize production, Youth in Green House Project and Cashew and Shea butter production on a large scale.

The objectives of these thematic areas are to generate employment, increase export to other West African countries, the drive for import substitution. On pharmaceuticals, the aim is to support companies which are into manufacturing, production and distribution of products within the subregion. Entrance Pharmaceuticals has been producing and exporting quality medicines to the sub-region over the years through the Freezones regime. Products like Lufart, Entramol among others have been accepted as quality and efficacious drugs in the sub-region.

After a careful evaluation of Entrance Pharmaceuticals after being granted an initial facility, Eximbank is convinced beyond reasonable doubt that once another support is extended to the group, the local economy will further be boosted through job creation, exports will be enhanced while importation of drugs will be limited, thereby enhancing balance of payment.

Moreover, the 8% interest rate being offered to the Tobinco Group (Entrance Pharmaceuticals) on the grant facility will further reduce the prices of locally manufactured quality drugs, which the ordinary Ghanaian can easily afford.

Tobinco Pharmaceuticals Limited has been a leader in the pharma industry for over three decades now, specializing in the marketing and distribution of antimalarials like Alaxin, Lonart amongst others across the country. Within the period, Tobinco expanded its tentacles to include other nine businesses including Entrance Pharmaceutical and Research Center, which focuses on the local manufacturing of all kinds of quality drugs for local consumption as well as exportation to other African countries.

Popular drugs and medical supplies like Lufart, Entramol, Mucotin, Zinvit, Tobcee, Kofof, Omal hand sanitizers are currently being manufactured and exported by Entrance Pharmaceuticals, which has the largest manufacturing plant in West Africa.

Source: Atinka Online