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Pharmacists declare indefinite strike

(GH)The Government and Hospital Pharmacists have declared an indefinite strike starting today. According to the Pharmacist the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and the National Labor Commission have not treated them fairly in the disbursement of their salary arrears among others. Speaking to Citi News the Executive Secretary of the Group Ernest Owusu Aboagye said they are not returning to post until Government resolves all outstanding issues. He said “we have been led on a marry-go-round for the last six to seven months and its clear that the national labour…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Mortality Rates Increase When Statins Are Stopped

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis who stop taking their statins are at an increased risk of death according to a recently study conducted by Mary A. De Vera, PhD, of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada in Vancouver. Dr. De Vera and her colleagues found that patients who discontinued statin therapy were at a 60% increased chance of dying from cardiovascular mortality. The study which was reported in Arthritis Care & Research also revealed that statin users were at a 79% increase in all-cause mortality. Because  rheumatoid arthritis sufferers have twice the risk of cardiovascular mortality statins…

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Dangerous Chemical Found In Water Of 8 Atkinson Homes

ATKINSON, N.H. – A cancer-causing chemical has turned up in the water supply in a New Hampshire community, researchers said.   State officials said the chemical, Dioxane, was found in well water at eight homes in Atkinson. Several other homes were being tested.   Dioxane has been shown to increase the risk of cancer if it is ingested during an extended period of time.   “It’s prevalent in chlorinate solvents used for cleaning products, degreasers and even in shampoo,” New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services spokesman James Martin said.   Martin…

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Greater Accra reports cholera outbreak

(GNA)The Greater Accra Regional Health Directorate of the Ghana Health Service on Wednesday asked the public to adhere to basic hygiene practices to help minimize and stop further spread of cholera in the Region. A statement issued by the Directorate indicated that, there had been reported cases of cholera in parts of the Region and therefore any person who experienced frequent loose watery stool and frequent vomiting should immediately rush to the nearest health facility for free treatment. The statement asked the public to ensure that practices such as the…

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KATH Doctors Call Of Strike…Wants Board Dissolved

Junior doctors at the Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital have suspended their indefinite strike but have called for the dissolution of the hospital’s Board. It follows a meeting with the Ghana Medical Association Sunday. The doctors declared an indefinite strike last Monday to protest poor working conditions at the hospital. President of the Junior Doctors Association, Dr. Osei Tutu told Joy News they took the decision because they have seen some changes being put in place by management of the hospital. “The realistic situation on the ground is that…most of the…

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FDB alerts public on distribution and sale of unregistered Coolio Brown Soya

The Food and Drugs Board (FDB) has alerted the general public on the distribution and sale of an unwholesome and unregistered food product with the brand name of COOLIO BROWN SOYA. This was discovered through its post-market surveillance activities embarked on periodically. A statement issued and signed by Dr Stephen K. Opuni, Chief Executive Officer of FDB, said the supposedly powdery Soya Drink product formed lumps and had a strong pungent smell of mould infestation. The label bared claims of the product being rich in natural phytoestrogen, mineral salts and…

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Dialysis Machine for 37 Military Hospital; Chief Imam commends christian council

Sheikh Dr Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, National Chief Imam and Grand Mufti of the Republic of Ghana, has commended the Christian Council of Ghana for providing a dialysis machine for the 37 Military Hospital. He said their benevolent act of charity and initiative to purchase the machine was welcoming news for the use of all Ghanaians and appealed to all well to do Muslims in the country to contribute their quota to the great initiative. This was contained in a press statement copied to the Ghana News Agency on Saturday, in…

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ZOOMLION Supports Kidney Fund With GHC 5,000

Zoomlion Ghana Limited has responded generously towards an appeal for funds to set up a Kidney Centre at the 37 Military Hospitals in Accra. The donation, which forms part of the company’s corporate social responsibility, is largely to demonstrate the fact that, the life of every Ghanaian needs to be saved and also to underscore the need for all Ghanaians to stay healthy. The Gh₵ 5,000 which was part of the proceeds earned during its Annual Thanksgiving Service held in December, 2011 was donated in an appeal by the Christian…

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Gov’t investigates KATH management as it announces GH¢1m bailout

Minister of Health, Alban Bagbin, has appealed to striking junior doctors at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH)to call off their strike to save lives, after he announced a bailout of GH¢1 million to the hospital. He said patients should not be made to suffer because of management challenges at the hospital. The doctors began an indefinite strike on Monday to protest what they say are the poor state of facilities, infrastructure and other conditions of service at the hospital. Mr. Bagbin told Joy News though the doctors have genuine…

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KATH strike: Doctors dare management to sack them

The leadership of the striking junior doctors of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital has dared management of the hospital to sack them if management believes their action is unjustifiable. The junior doctors on Tuesday embarked on an indefinite strike to protest the poor state of the hospital. But Board Chairman, Dr. Lewis Bartels Charles Des Bordes, has hit hard at the doctors, accusing them of violating the ethics of their calling. He also thinks they are not committed. Addressing a news conference Tuesday, the board chairman warned that the doctors…

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