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27 hurt in Ukraine blasts; terror probe starts

(CNN) — Four explosions that rocked an eastern Ukrainian city on Friday have prompted a terror probe, the Ukrainian News agency reported. A regional prosecutor’s office has started a “terrorist case” into the blasts in Dnepropetrovsk. The explosions went off in the course of 70 minutes and injured at least 27. Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych said a special investigation team will be set up to probe the explosions, the news agency reported. “This is another challenge to the entire country,” the president told reporters in the country’s Crimea region. “We are…

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Two new vaccines give Ghana hope for healthy growth

(BBC)Ghana has become the first country in Africa to start protecting children against two of the continent’s deadliest infant diseases with simultaneous vaccinations. Rotavirus, which causes diarrhoea, and pneumococcal disease kill more than 2.7 million children worldwide each year. The project is backed by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation. At the launch health minister Alban Bagbin said the programme marked a “major fight-back”. “Our children have been dying from these vaccine-preventable diseases for too long,” he said. When combined with existing programmes against polio, measles and tuberculosis, Mr…

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Health News 

Sweden to offer Ghanaians care in cancer treatment

(GNA)Dr Thomas Pollare, Chief Executive Officer of Sweden-Ghana Medical Centre (SGMC), on Monday said, the body is committed to offer cancer care services to Ghana and West Africa, using the state-of-the-art techniques and methods. SGMC runs a comprehensive cancer care facility, which aim at developing a centre of excellence for various cancer care modalities, adding: “A Medical Advisory Board has been founded with internationally well respected doctors in collaboration with a local medical team.” Dr Pollare was speaking at a press briefing, after a tour of the facility at the…

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Health News 

Pastors train in mental health care

(GNA)Forty pastors including three females, were on Friday awarded certificates in mental health training, and called upon to educate their church members on the management of mental health cases. Mr. William Saawil Sopiimeh, Chief Health Educator of Ghana Health Services, who made the call also asked them to advocate the fundamental human rights of persons with mental problems. “These people who are sometimes handled badly as a result of their status, are human beings like us and as you have acquired this knowledge, I entreat you all to advocate their…

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Health News 

$250m boost for ailing Korle-Bu Hospital

The Vice President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, has disclosed that government has plans to dole out US$ 250 million for the recapitalisation of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. He said a chunk of the money would be used in acquiring medical tools and equipment to make the nation’s premier hospital more functional. The Vice President announced these at a ceremony for the commencement of work on Lions International Eye Centre at the hospital. The US$ 60 million facility, which is sponsored by Lions International, Moorfields Eye Hospital, U.K, and other…

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Infant massage: Understand this soothing therapy

Infant massage: Understand this soothing therapy Infant massage: Understand this soothing therapy Looking for ways to relax and bond with your baby? Understand when and how to give an infant massage.   Infant massage is a way for you to gently nurture and spend time with your baby. Find out about the possible benefits of infant massage and know how to get started. What are the benefits of infant massage? Research suggests that infant massage can have various health benefits. For example, infant massage might: Encourage interaction between you and…

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Health News 

KATH Consultants declare indefinite strike action

Consultants at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi have Monday afternoon declared an indefinite strike action over unpaid allowances. The consultants who number about 100 double as teachers at the medical school of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and as supervisors of junior doctors at the hospital, say they will no longer be supervising the work of the junior doctors until their top up allowances, outstanding for almost a year now, are paid. The strike action was declared after an emergency meeting Monday. In lieu of…

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Health News 

Ghana introduces two new vaccines against pneumonia and diarrhoea

The Ministry of Health in Ghana has introduced two new vaccines to make Ghanaian children healthier and help achieve Millennium Development Goal (MDGs) 4, which aims at reducing child mortality by two-thirds by 2015. They are the pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines, which protects children from pneumonia and diarrhoea respectively, in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) standards. The rotavirus vaccine prevents severe diarrhoeal diseases, which come with signs and symptoms as fever, vomiting and shock, leading to death. It is spread through the faeco-oral route and caused by eating or…

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Cholera Outbreak: 19 Deaths Recorded, Spreads To Eastern Region

The death toll from the Cholera outbreak in the capital has risen to 19 with one thousand two hundred cases being recorded. Health officials have warned that the cases could increase if individuals do not take care of themselves. Dr Ato Eshun, a disease Control Officer at the Ghana Health Service attributed the deaths to late reportage of cases. “We have a little over a 1000 cases and this number is a cumulative one… and all these deaths are brought in at the worst situations.” He said people should report…

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Diet 

One third of women are secret snackers

A third of women eat snacks when no one is watching, a British study has claimed. According to researchers, embarrassment about the types of food they are eating, as well as the amount they consume, may be the reason for their secret habits. “The odd snack here and there isn’t a bad thing,” the Daily Express quoted Cathy Kapica, adjunct Professor of Nutrition at Tufts University in Massachusetts, and an adviser to the study, as saying. “In fact snacks can be an important part of a healthy eating style. “Choosing snack foods that are nutritious and taste…

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