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Ghana AIDS Commission establishes TSU at Sekondi

(GNA)The Ghana AIDS Commission has established a Technical Support Unit (TSU) at Sekondi to assist in reducing the prevalence of HIV in the region. Mr. Abu Mahama, the Technical Coordinator of the Unit has said. He told the GNA that the Western Regional Coordinating Council provided offices for the unit while the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided funding for their refurbishment. Mr. Mahama said the unit is the first of its kind in the country and similar units are to be established in the Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo and…

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Homosexuality Is A Mental Issue – Chief Psychiatrist

Dr Akwesi Osei, Chief Psychiatrist of the Ghana Health Service has openly stated his conviction that the practice of homosexuality is a mental issue which must not be allowed to flourish in Ghana. He said the excuses given by many western nations in support of the homosexuality are only borne out of political expediency and not a genuine belief that the sexual orientation is normal. “Those who are in such situations they have a certain constituency in terms of numbers and in terms of voice,” he said. Speaking to host…

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Korle Bu junior doctors threaten a sit-down strike over security

Junior doctors at Kolre Bu are threatening a sit-down strike if authorities fail to address the poor security situation there which they blame for the death of their colleague over the weekend. 27-year old Desmond Kabbah was discovered naked on his bed with stab wounds, and bits of the skin on his leg peeled. Hospital authorities say they have improved the security situation and are working closely with the police to unravel the mysterious death of the junior doctor. The doctors however say they are yet to feel the intensification…

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Nazi-era Medical Crimes-German doctors apologize

Years after their cruel experiments with humans doctors in Germany have apologized for their actions. In a  statement the association wrote” these crimes were not the actions of individual doctors but involved leading members of the medical community” and should be taken as a warning for the future” The association admitted what their colleagues did were in total contradiction to their call to heal the sick.They asked for pardon from their victims and their families living and deceased. Nazi human experimention were a series of medical researches carried out on Jewish prisoners…

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Male contraceptive pill possible to develop-Reseachers

It may be possible to develop a new male contraceptive pill after researchers in Edinburgh identified a gene critical for the production of healthy sperm. Experiments in mice found that the gene, Katnal1, was vital for the final stages of making sperm. The authors of a study in PLos Genetics said a drug which interrupts Katnal1 could be a reversible contraceptive. A fertility expert said there was “certainly a need” for such a drug. Contraception in men is largely down to condoms or a vasectomy. Infertility search Researchers at the Centre for…

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Doctors Kill One Million Patients Annually

It was a damning verdict on medical practitioners. It carries greater weight of authenticity, coming from the World Health Organisation (WHO). The global health body has said that about one million people are killed annually across the globe due to surgical errors resulting from low quality clinical care and guidelines. This is even as health technology has improved over the years. Poor and wrong diagnoses of patients’ ailments have also led to wrong treatment which has also resulted in huge number of avoidable deaths in hospitals. Speaking at the opening…

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When You Eat As Important As What You Eat

When you eat may be just as significant as what you eat, say researchers at Salk Institute for Biological Studies. The study is published in the Cell Press journal Cell Metabolism. The researchers put two groups of mice on a high-fat diet – one group were restricted to eating for 8 hours per day, while the other group could eat around the clock. The team found that although mice on the restricted eating schedule consumed the same amount of food as the other group of mice, they were protected against obesityand other…

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Two patients get eye stem cells transplanted to restore sight

(BBC)Two people have had stem cells transplanted into their eyes as part of a clinical trial to restore their sight. The technique has been developed by Scottish specialists to reverse corneal blindness, and it is believed to be the first treatment of its kind in the UK. Both have corneal blindness, and until now the only treatment was a transplant of cornea tissue from an organ donor. Sylvia Paton, from Edinburgh was the first person to have the transplant. Health SecretaryNicola Sturgeon It will be several months before doctors will…

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Majority of Pregnant women in Upper East prefer delivering at home

(GNA)Majority of women in Upper East Region prefer delivering at home because that is where they would be properly attended to. Participants at a Regional Health Forum organized by the Coalition of NGOs in Health under the theme, “Reproductive Health-What the Youth Should Know”, in Bolgatanga who disclosed this, said the women detest the way and manner the women in labour are maltreated in unwelcoming labour wards manned by unfriendly nurses. According to participants, majority of pregnant women who delivered at health facilities complained of being screamed at and sometimes…

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Glaucoma Association of Ghana-700 thousand people suffer from glaucoma in Ghana

(GBC-GH)Statistics from the Glaucoma Association of Ghana, GAG, indicate that about seven hundred thousand people are living with glaucoma in Ghana. Out of this, about 60 thousand people have already gone blind due to glaucoma. This has been attributed to the failure of people to visit the hospital regularly for eye check-up. Speaking at the Ghana Institute of Journalism launch of the Tertiary Students Against Glaucoma in Accra, the President of the Glaucoma Association of Ghana, Harrison Abutiate, who said this added that Glaucoma is the number one cause of…

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