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Uganda Confirms 1 Death From Ebola-like Marburg Virus

Uganda’s ministry of health confirmed Thursday that one person has died of Marburg hemorrhagic fever, a close relative of the Ebola virus. Surveillance teams have deployed to the affected district in the eastern part of the country to contain the outbreak. Uganda’s Ministry of Health says one of the two suspected cases of Marburg virus disease has been confirmed via laboratory tests conducted by the Uganda Virus Research Institute. “The confirmed case was a 50-year-old female from Chemuron village, Kween District in Eastern Uganda. She presented with signs and symptoms…

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Is Your Brain Healthy? Your Nose May Know

How well you can smell could be a sign of overall brain health. A growing body of research suggests that the two are strongly linked, though researchers are just starting to figure out how and why. In a recent study, researchers found that a simple smell test may predict your chance of having dementia. “Ability to smell is a window into parts of the brain related to core functions, like pleasure, emotion, and memory,” says Jayant Pinto, MD, author of the study and an otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon…

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NGO cautions against stigmatising of ‘cerebral palsy’ patients

The Chief Executive Officer of Givers Never Lack Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, Mr Edward Amankwah, has expressed worry at how cerebral palsy patients are ridiculed in the country. “My teenage son is a victim of cerebral palsy, so I equally share in the pain of cerebral palsy patients and that of their families. My son has on numerous occasions been ridiculed by many who do not understand the nature and causes of cerebral palsy,” he lamented. “Cerebral Palsy is not a disease, neither is it contagious but a word that…

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Help eliminate hand washing problems in the next five years – UNICEF

Mr David Duncan, the Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has called on stakeholders to help eliminate hand washing related problems and diseases in the next five years. He said as a result of unhygienic practices by many Ghanaians with hand washing not being an exception, over 4,000 children die from diarrhoea in Ghana every year. “About 4 billion cases of diarrhoea per year cause 1.8 million deaths, over 90 percent of them (1.6 million) among children under five. “Repeated episodes of…

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West African health practitioners build capacity

A one-week Management Development Training Programme for managers and leaders of healthcare organisations in West Africa has begun in Accra. The programme, which started from October 15, is expected to end on October 21, and has 51 participants from Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Cameroon. It is to provide the various ministries of health with the needed management and leadership training to implement their shared national health priorities in their respective countries. The programme was hosted by the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), in collaboration with…

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Poor handling of accident victims can cause deaths – Hospital Administrator

Mrs Joanita Da Pilma, the Principal Health Services Administrator of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge Hospital), has advocated a public education on the handling of accident victims, especially those with serious fractures. She said state institutions, civil society organisations and all stakeholders in the health sector should make efforts in that regard She expressed concern about the way accident victims were transported in taxis and “trotros”, which sometimes aggravated patients’ injuries and urged all Ghanaians to acquaint themselves with dispensing first aid to accident victims. Mrs Pilma made the…

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Health walk held to create awareness on ALS disease

A Health walk was on Saturday organized by Mrs Naa Kwale Susan Chinery to create awareness on the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) disease in Accra. The walk coincided with the National Walk to defeat the ALS disease in Washington D.C. also being held on the same day. The walk which was an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS all over the world and to raise money for a cure started at about 0600 hrs from the +233 Jazz Club on the Ring Road through to the 37…

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StanChart ‘Seeing is Believing’ project to focus on child eye health services

Standard Chartered has launched a new project in partnership with Orbis, aimed at promoting the increase of eye health services to children and adults. The project focuses on the primary level and district hospitals to increase the uptake of eye health services by children (0-15) and adults in four districts in the Ashanti Region. The project was launched on the occasion of World Sight Day, which is celebrated annually on the second Thursday of October each year to raise awareness of the 36 million people, who are blind and the…

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FDA trains 39 pharmacovigilance personnel to promote safer use of drugs

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has trained 39 Qualified Persons for Pharmacovigilance (QPPVs) to provide managers of the Pharmaceutical industry with up-to-date information on the need to establish pharmacovigilance systems to promote access to safe and effective medicines for local consumption and export. Addressing stakeholders at the Pharmacovigilance and Patient Safety Symposium for Managers of the local Pharmaceutical Industry in Accra, CEO of the FDA, Delese Darko, underscored the need for a robust pharmacovigilance system for both branded and generic drugs irrespective of the age of the molecule. “When…

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Healthy Mental state crucial for improved productivity – Chief Psychiatrist

Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Authority (MHA) Dr Akwasi Osei, has advised employers to pay serious attention to mental health issues at the workplace to enhance productivity. This, he said, was important because the absence of the recognition of mental health problems at the workplace could lead to poor employee performances and output, which would in turn affect the profit margin of the organization and also national development. Dr Osei gave the advice at the media launch of the commemoration of the 2017 Mental Health Week in Accra….

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