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Free testing in public labs for COVID-19 not true-Ghana Health Service, Ministry of Information.

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Earlier today, there were reports that the Ministry of health has ordered public laboratories in the country to offer free covid-19 walk-in testing to residents in Ghana and only charge travellers.

In the communique signed by the Chief Director of the Health Ministry, Kwabena Boadu Oku-Afari dated January 27, 2021, the ministry said it “has decided that public COVID-19 testing laboratories providing walk-in services can charge only charge travellers for testing”.

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However, the Ghana Health Service (GHS), has clarified that the COVID-19 testing is only free for “referrals” by health facilities and not walk-in services contrary to the earlier statement.

At a press briefing on January 28, the GHS Director-General Dr Patrick Kumah-Aoagye said: “it’s not a mass testing, you will not just walk to the place and expected to be tested without a referral letter.”

Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah further amplified the amended directive and said: “referrals to public health labs are free, not walk-in to a public lab.”

 

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Ghana’s Dr Pushkin to Perform at SXSW 2023

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What is SXSW Music Festival?

The Outlandish album is finally out, and already Dr. Pushkin is on his way to the SXSW Music Festival. The conscious rapper has been confirmed as a performer at the SXSW Music Festival 2023. SXSW, also known as South by Southwest, is the world’s biggest festival of its kind. The event, which takes place in Austin – Texas, brings together over 160,000 fans to a barrage of musical performances, conferences, film premieres, and several mini-events that characterize art. This year’s event comes between the 10th and 19th of March 2023; it will, as usual bring the What’s Next in Tech, Film, Music, and beyond to patrons of the event and the world.

Which Ghanaian artists have performed on the SXSW Music Festival stage?

In 2019, Africa was prioritized by the organizers of the SXSW Music Festival with an “Africa to the World” theme. The event featured a myriad of Africa’s finest musicians and many others. Representing Ghana was Jojo Abot, Stonebwoy, and Efya. In 2023, Dr. Pushkin is honored to represent Ghana on the show.

In a conversation with Dr. Pushkin, he indicated how excited he was about the opportunity. While commenting on it, he mentioned the crew he’s mounting the stage with. According to the “Lies” and “Wake Up” rapper, Ghana’s undisputed tongue-twist specialist, Budukusu, will join him on stage.

The two rappers have collaborated on three songs off Dr. Pushkin’s latest album. And since they’ve been hanging around a lot lately, they are working some magic as a team. Also on Dr. Pushkin’s crew for SXSW 2023 will be Aggie and AZA, featured on “Forgive them” and “No Regrets,” respectively, on the Outlandish album. Selecta Rah of Club Bantu fame will be the crew’s official Deejay as they mount the stage to thrill and awaken the audience.

Dr. Pushkin’s performance comes on the heals of Jojo Abbot, Efya, and Stoneboy who graced the event in 2019 as Ghanaians.

History of the SXSW Music Festival

SXSW started in 1987 with 177 artists and 15 stages. By 2019, the event had 1,964 showcasing artists (including musicians) and 94 Venues & Stages. Notable artists and personalities participating in SXSW are Former US President Barak Obama, Tonny Bennet, Black-eyed Peas, Cypress Hill, Jean Grae, Chamillionaire, Lady Gaga, and several high-profile personalities.

SXSW is an experience of live musical performances, conference sessions, film and television screenings, exhibitions, networking events, professional development opportunities, art installations, and many more. This year’s event takes place from March 10-19. However, the musical festival component is a six-day event, 13th – 18th.

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Black Sherif billed to perform at the Wireless festival with 50 Cent, Popcaan and others

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Young Ghanaian musician superstar, Black Sherif is set to perform at the prestigious Wireless Festival which will happen in the United Kingdom. (more…)

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‘Till’ director Chinonye Chukwu slams ‘misogyny towards black women’ after Oscars snub

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Till director Chinonye Chukwu called out the Oscars committee after her film received no 2023 Academy Awards nominations. (more…)

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Camidoh advocates for Banku to be served on international flights

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Top-charting Ghanaian Afropop/R&B singer Raphael Kofi Attachie, widely known as Camidoh has requested for local Ghanaian dishes to be served on international flights. (more…)

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Stonebwoy reveals Asamoah Gyan paid for his leg surgery 7 years ago

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On January 19, 2003, Livingstone Etse Satekla, known in showbiz circles as Stonebwoy was involved in an accident that caused him his limbs. (more…)

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Camidoh Joins Boomplay’s Golden Club With 100M Streams

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High-flying Ghanaian crooner, Raphael Kofi Attachie, popularly known in the showbiz circuit as Camidoh, is the latest artist to join the prestigious Golden Club of Africa’s largest music streaming and download platform, Boomplay. (more…)

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