Health News 

Foods from South Africa under FDA scrutiny; public caution urged

The Ministry of Health says following an outbreak of a food-based disease in South Africa, foods from that country have been put under scrutiny. According to the Ministry, dairy products, fruits and vegetables coming from South Africa into Ghana are being monitored to prevent a similar outbreak of the disease. The disease, Listeriosis, is food poisoning caused by eating foods contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes, a release from the Health Ministry explains. According to an online article about the disease, it primarily causes infections of the central nervous system (meningitis, meningoencephalitis,…

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Ghana Health News 

Health Ministry allays fears of Listeriosis in Ghana

Government says it has beefed up surveillance in the country to forestall the outbreak and spread of Listeriosis, a type of food poisoning caused by a bacteria known as Listeria monocytogenes, which is causing havoc in South Africa. The Republic of Rwanda had earlier warned Ghana to ban the importation of some food products from South Africa to avert the outbreak of the Listeriosis disease. Listeriosis is food poisoning caused by eating food contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes which affects meat and dairy product, fruits and vegetables. The infection according to…

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Ghana Health News 

Public health experts call for more gov’t funding to tackle HIV prevalence

Public health experts are pushing for more government funding in the management of HIV/AIDS following a new report prevalence rate increased by 80 percent last year. According to the Ghana Aids Commission, the infection rate of the deadly disease has been on a steady decline in the last few years until the sharp rise in 2017. The Ghana Public Health Association says the only way to reverse the trend is for government to intervene. The latest Ghana AIDS Commission report also indicates that the Volta Region and Brong Ahafo Region…

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Ghana Health News 

Ghana Health Service declares H1N1 defeated at KUMACA

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says the outbreak of Influenza Type A H1N1 that hit the Kumasi Academy, a Senior High School in the Ashanti Region, has been defeated. A joint statement issued by the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service, and copied to the Ghana News Agency said: “Currently there are no more new cases and the last case was reported on December 19, 2017. “Having gone over two maximum incubation periods without any new reported case linked to the outbreak, we consider it appropriate to, and subsequently…

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Getting pregnant at honeymoon is dangerous – Gynecologist

An Obstetrician and Gynecologist at the 37 Military Hospital, Dr. Caroline Ladzekpo has cautioned newlyweds to stay away from pregnancy until after six months because research has shown that conception during the first six months exposes the woman to a condition called Preeclampsia. According to Dr. Ladzekpo, the woman’s system takes time to familiarize itself with the man’s sperm and adjust to it for conception. “It is advisable to wait for at least six months after marriage before conception; by then the body of the woman would have adjusted to…

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Koforidua Hospital builds GHC900,000 oxygen plant

The Eastern Regional Hospital, Koforidua, has built a GHC900,000 oxygen plant to assure the facility of adequate supply of the vital chemical element to save lives. The project was financed from its internally generated funds (IGF). Dr. Kwame Anim Boamah, the Medical Director, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the plant had been producing 3,500 cubic centimetres of the colourless, odourless gas every day. This is twice the size of the hospital’s daily requirement. He added that it had significantly helped to save cost, considering the fact that they…

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Raw Meat Not the Safest Choice for Your Dog … or You

While your dog or cat might love the taste of raw meat, a steady diet of it might be a bad idea, a new study warns. Raw meat diets for pets have become increasingly popular, but there is no evidence that they are healthier than typical pet foods, the researchers said. In fact, some studies have reported that raw meat diets may pose a threat to pets and their owners due to the potential presence of bacteria and parasites. To learn more about these risks, the Dutch researchers analyzed 35…

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Hormone Therapy May Aid Menopausal Depression

A year of hormone therapy cut the risk of depression symptoms in women going through menopause and early postmenopause, new research shows. “Thirty-two percent of women randomized to treatment with a placebo experienced clinically significant depressive symptoms. But for women randomized to hormone therapy, the risk was cut nearly in half, to 17 percent,” said co-principal investigator Susan Girdler. She’s a professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Girdler added there were two main factors that predicted whether or not women would experience fewer depression…

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Ghana Health News 

The insightful beneficiaries of Prekese

etrapleura tetraptera better known in Ghana as “Prekese” is a species of flowering plant in the pea family native, mostly found in the Western part of Africa. Research makes it emphatically clear the tree comes along with countless benefits, making it a valued asset to Ghanaians,most especially to the tribe of “Akans.” Tetrapleura tetraptera (Prekese) possess a treasured sweet fragrance which leave the citizenry’s of Ghana nothing but to use it in the preparation of their soups and can be used in the preparation of assorted soups because of it’s…

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Drugs and Supplements 

Ibuprofen Linked to Men’s Fertility Problems

Taking the common painkiller ibuprofen has been linked in a small study with a condition affecting male fertility problems. Male fertility is dropping around the world and the researchers wanted to see if ibuprofen might be contributing to this. Ibuprofen Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug sold without a prescription for short-term treatment of pain, inflammation from injuries, and fever. Health professionals may recommend longer-term use. It is known to increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke if taken regularly in high doses for a long time. It has…

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