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Vodafone’s Healthline Call Centre Provides Guidance To Ghanaians On COVID-19



Vodafone Ghana has reopened its pioneering Healthline Medical Call Centre to empower Ghanaians with accurate COVID-19 information and refer suspected cases to the Rapid Response Team (RRT).

Healthline Call Centre, which has been a resounding success, was established in 2013 by the Vodafone Ghana Foundation to provide expert medical advice on the phone to Ghanaians, reducing the stress people usually go through to get medical service.

In support of the risk communication activities of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), the project is expected to enhance government’s effectiveness in combating the spread of erroneous COVID-19 information and rumours, which has become a major concern for governments and medical workers worldwide.

Healthline Call Centre operates a daily schedule from 8am to 8pm, and is manned by 50 doctors from the Ghana Health Services (GHS) who have received COVID-19 training. Ghanaians can now dial 255 to access this service.

Commenting on the initiative Patricia Obo-Nai, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vodafone Ghana said: ‘’At Vodafone, we are proud to avail our mobile technology for this health initiative. We believe in developing pioneering and sustainable initiatives that solve pressing social issues and benefit the whole country. Our commitment is to utilize our innovative technology in mobilizing social change and improving people’s lives as we work together with government to fight the coronavirus.’’

Dr Joyce Aryee, Board Chair of the Vodafone Ghana Foundation also said in a statement: ‘’In line with our passion for health, the Vodafone Ghana Foundation is happy to be at the forefront educating and creating awareness about COVID-19, which poses a significant threat to the livelihood of Ghanaians. We are excited that this partnership will have great and sustainable impact on Ghana’s fight against the global pandemic’’

Dr Dacosta Aboagye, Chairman of the Risk Communication and Social Mobilisation Committee for COVID-19 at the Ghana Health Service, who led a training session for the 50 doctors said:

‘’The medical call centre is a timely intervention to support our risk communication efforts in fighting the virus. We are grateful to Vodafone for this remarkable initiative.’’

Healthline Call Centre played a phenomenal role in providing technical advice and guidance to frontline workers during the Ebola outbreak in Africa. Through a partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Ghana Health Service (GHS), Healthline Call Centre became the only medical call centre across Africa facilitating advice and information sharing amongst health workers directly.

The Healthline Call Centre established by Vodafone Ghana Foundation is well positioned to provide critical support to the Ghana Health Service and the Ghanaian public.

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As part of the world music day celebration and as part of the activities lined up for the VGMA Musical June, Ghana’s biggest music awards scheme introduces the VGMA National Music Summit.

The summit is to use music as a tool to drive social change and is aimed at using education to empower players in the industry to help better the lot of the sector.

The summit is to be held with limited audience but shared with millions across the VGMA official social media channels. It starts at 10am and ends at 2pm.

The 4 hour event is meant to engage Musicians, Music Producers & Managers, Distributors of Music, Music Promoters, Media and Other Industry Players nationally to discuss core industry issues.

At the end of the dialogue, a communique on the insights, conclusions and recommendations collated from the discussions will be presented to the Ministry of Tourism & Creative Arts for consideration. There will be 3 panel discussions; Royalties – The Way Forward, Music Distribution in the Digital Era and Play it LIVE.

Starting off the conversation for Royalties- The way forward, are; Munyaradzi Chanetsa, A&R Manager, Sony South Africa. Rex Omar – Chairman Ghamro and Veteran Ghanaian musician. Abraham Adjetey, President of Ghamro. Trigmatic, is a Ghanaian award winning musician, composer, songwriter and Philanthropist. Last but not least, Cynthia Quarcoo, Managing Partner, CQ Legal & Consulting.

Leading the conversations in the Music distribution in the digital era are 3 distinguished industry players with in-depth practical knowledge in their respective field of endeavor. Chioma Onuchukwu is Head of Operations at TuneCore Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Gambia & Ethiopia. Jefferson Seneadza CEO of Aftown – a digital sales platform. Munyaradzi Chanetsa, A&R Manager, Sony South Africa. Juan Gomez is the Head of African Content and Curation at Pandora Media.

CEO EKB Records a talent Management and Entertainment company and LIVE Music enthusiast Kiki Banson, will be heading the PLAY IT LIVE discussion. With support from Kwame Yeboah, a Ghanaian born, UK based multi-talented instrumentalist, producer and keyboard player and programmer and Beats Mechanic.

The event will be hosted by Rudy Kwakye – Executive Producer AfroNationGhana Festival.

The VGMA NATIONAL MUSIC SUMMIT is powered by charterhouse, partnered by Tv3, GHQR, KPMG, DStv, Media partners and proudly brought to you by Vodafone, Together We Can!

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Nanky Wins VGMA22 Unsung Initiative



Ahead of the most prestigious music awards scheme in Ghana, Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2021 slated for 25th and 26th June, Nanky has been announced winner of the Unsung Initiative.

The fast rising 28 year old Tema based Afro-Pop. R&B, Highlife singer who is currently signed on Sultan Incorporation was on Friday 18th June 2021 announced winner on TV3’s Showbiz 360 hosted by Giovani Caleb.

He won ahead of his competitors Oseikrom sikani, Adelaide the seer, Koby Tuesday, Kwame Yogot, Malcom Nuna, Queendalyn and Naana Blu.

Nanky, as the tradition has been since its inception in 2015, will get to perform at this year’s edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards which would be held on Saturday, 26th June, 2021.

The Unsung is an initiative to project underground artistes who need the platform and exposure to make it to mainstream. Previous year’s has seen winners like Lynx Entertainment artiste Kuami Eugene, Reggae/dancehall artiste KelvynBoy among others.

The Unsung Initiative is produced by Charterhouse and brought to you by Closeup Toothpaste.

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VGMA 2021 – Ghana’s biggest music weekend beckons!



Two nights of drama, awards, and exhilarating performances from 30 chart-topping acts will be LIVE in the spotlight at the 22nd Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.

From Efya, Kuame Eugene, Eno Barony, KiDi, Kwesi Arthur, Kofi Kinaata, Adina, Joe Mettle, Diana Hamilton, Medikal, Okyeame Kwame, through to Epixode, DopeNation, Mzvee, Sista Afia, Yaa Yaa, Dead Peepol, Yaw Tog, Gyakie, Fameye, Bethel Revival Choir, the VGMA will be the center of national attention next week Saturday.

Do well not to miss out on the two day event happening on the 25th & 26th June which will be live on TV3, Akwaaba Magic, Soundcity TV and on Ghana Music Awards, and MTV social media pages.

The VGMA is produced by Charterhouse with support from TV3, DSTV, GHQR Code and Vodafone.

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