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Malaria related deaths drop to 71 percent in Northern Region

Malaria related deaths in the Northern Region have dropped to 71 per cent between 2015 and 2017 as residents embraced the Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) campaign. The IRS campaign is aimed at tackling malaria by killing the mosquitoes that transmit the malaria parasites through spraying insecticides on the walls, ceiling and their indoor resting places. Dr Eric Tongren, Resident Advisor with USAID/Ghana, President’s Malaria Initiative, said this in Kumbungu in the Northern Region at the 2018 launch of the IRS Campaign as a malaria control strategy to be implemented in…

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Nationwide immunisation exercise begins next week

The Ministry of Health would from Monday, April 23 to Sunday, April 29, jointly commemorate the Africa Vaccination Week and Child Health Promotion Week in all health facilities and outreach posts across the country. There would be immunization services, Vitamin A Supplementation, provision of Child Health Record Cards, Growth Promotion and birth registration, an official statement signed by Mr Robert Codjoe, the Head of Public Relations, Unit said. “Remember, Vaccination is a gift for life and a shared responsibility, lets come together to ensure a healthy future for our children,”…

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Technology is a necessity in curbing maternal mortality in Ghana

The soaring story of maternal and infant mortality in the Northern region is not uncommon just as is the case in many parts of Ghana.Statistics indicate that the region has been recording astronomical maternal mortalities for several decades. Recent statistics show that the region recorded 132 deaths in 2016, 92 in 2015 and 72 in the second quarter of last year. While many experts have attributed the scary rate of the mortalities to high rate of illiteracy and ignorance in the region, others believe poor road networks and ill-equipped health…

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Gov’t cannot ban plastics now – Minister

The government has reiterated that it is unable to immediately ban the use of plastics in the country despite persistent calls from environmentalists and other interest groups. The Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Frimpong Boateng, who made the assertion said the government is rather focusing on getting polluted water bodies back to their normal state. He added that the country currently does not have a policy it could rely on to ban plastics which contributes to majority of filth in the country. “I’m told to ban plastics…

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High alkaline drinking water unsafe for consumption – FDA

The Food and Drugs Authority has cautioned the public against drinking water with high alkaline levels stating that it is unsafe. In a statement, the FDA said it had sighted a promotional video on social media arguing that water with higher pH levels [alkalinity] was better for one’s health and prevented heart disease. The FDA noted that the pH of drinking water according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), CODEX and the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) should be between 6.5 and 8.5. “This means that any water with the pH…

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No blood, no care; Korle-Bu turns away pregnant women

Scores of expectant mothers at the ante-natal clinic of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, were left stranded on Monday, April 9th as health authorities insisted on compulsory blood donations from the patients before attending to them. The new directive, according to authorities, is to prevent the shortage of blood at the facility. Doctors say blood donation has seen a decline in most health facilities across the country in the last three to four years, a situation which is affecting healthcare delivery, especially for pregnant women. According to Citi News’ Farida…

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Start suing us and things will improve – Doctor advises

A medical practitioner says the best way to deal with medical negligence is to seek redress in the court of law. Samuel Odoi believes that until that is done, health officials will continue to take advantage of the lack of accountability in the system and cause even more damage than has already occurred. “There are certain health workers who are bringing the name of the profession into disrepute and I think it is time for the populace to start suing. “When you sue, two things happen; the system improves, you…

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Largest African e-health project in Ghana completed

Dutch company Delft Imaging Systems completed the largest African e-health and tuberculosis project in Ghana this March. 51 X-ray systems were installed across the country to accelerate TB case detection in Ghana. March 24th is World Tuberculosis Day. Tuberculosis (TB) is curable but kills 5000 people every day. A target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is to end TB globally by 2030. Effective prevention, detection and treatment of TB is key to achieve this goal in the next 12 years. Ghana is in the global high burden list for…

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Tax on dental equipment killing us; show you care – Dental Association to government

The President of the Ghana Dentist Association has charged the government to demonstrate its commitment towards the dental health of Ghanaians by removing the tax on dental equipment. Dr Nana Asante-Appiah said the move will help members of the Association to import state-of-the-art-equipment that will help address dental-related issues. At an event organized by Unilever Ghana to commemorate World Oral Health Day at the Independence Square Tuesday, he lamented it is expensive to buy x-ray machines, dental injectable and other equipment for their work. “This has become a big challenge…

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Ghana adopts ‘Community Scorecard’ health monitoring system

Ghana can now boast of a transparent health monitoring mechanism, following the adoption of the Community Scorecard (CSC). The CSC, which is a community-based qualitative monitoring tool, would enable communities to scrutinize health projects at the local level monitor activities, performance evaluation of services, projects and even government administrative units. The CSC would also enhance community engagement at all levels in relation to health. Speaking at a stakeholders meeting in Accra on Wednesday, Mr Emmanuel Ayire, the Programmes Manager at the Family Health Division, said Ghana was rolling out CSC,…

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