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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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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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Malaria: Ghana gets first vaccine

The world’s first vaccine against malaria will be introduced in three countries – Ghana, Kenya and Malawi – starting in 2018. The RTS,S vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito bites. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the jab had the potential to save tens of thousands of lives. But it is not yet clear if it will be feasible to use in the poorest parts of the world. The vaccine needs to be given four times – once a month for…

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FAO, WAHO sign agreement to support Health development

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and the West Africa Health Organisation (WAHO) have signed a partnership agreement to support common visions of health development, food, nutrition and biodiversity. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of a five-day Forum on Public Private Partnership in health for the ECOWAS region, which is underway in Accra. The agreement is to promote health and nutrition education for improved lifestyles, good dietary behaviour, including appropriate energy intake, adequate consumption of fruits and vegetables, avoiding tobacco and harmful use of…

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Ghana records increasing multi resistant Tuberculosis cases

It is disturbing Ghana is currently recording 640 new cases per year in a new form of tuberculosis cases. That’s according to the Chairman for the Wealth Health Organization Child Tuberculosis Task force, Dr. Anthony Enimil who describes it as dangerous. He describe the cases as Multi Resistant Tuberculosis. Ghana is a Tb endemic country, 14, 632 cases were diagnosed and put on treatment in 2015. The National Tuberculosis Program says 77 cases of Multi Resistant TB in 2016 up from 60 recorded in 2015 being treated. Out of the…

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Oral crisis in Africa: 96% of Ghanaian adults have gum diseases

At least 96% of adults in Ghana within ages 35-44 years are affected by gum diseases, while another 40% of 12-year-olds suffer from decayed, missing teeth, stained teeth and bad breath. These alarming details of Ghana’s deteriorating dental health challenges were revealed by the Managing Director of Unilever Ghana Yeo Ziobeieton, Monday on the occasion of the World Oral Health Day observed. The situation is even worse in Africa as a whole. According to the Unilever MD, the continent is experiencing an oral crisis owing to the lack of fluoride…

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Smoke from firewood, charcoal and polluted water to blame for stillbirths

It has been established that until every Ghanaian gets access to potable water and the use of firewood and charcoal is stopped, stillbirths, in the country, will remain with us for a long time. A new research has revealed that the use of charcoal and firewood, as well as the consumption of contaminated drinking water, are responsible for 25% of all stillbirths in Ghana. Firewood and charcoal are also the predominant cooking fuel in rural Ghana owing to poverty and limited access to clean fuels. In Ghana, institutional stillbirth figures…

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Promote rights of mental health patients

Traditional authorities and religious leaders have been asked to use their influence to promote inclusiveness by ensuring that mentally ill people were not marginalised and discriminated against in terms of their developmental needs. Mr Stanislaus Azuure Sandow, Project Officer at BasicNeeds – Ghana, who made the appeal, said mentally ill people enjoyed the same rights and freedoms like any other member of society calling on all to stop all forms of abuses against them. He was speaking at a durbar organised by BasicNeeds – Ghana at Larabanga in the West…

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