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HIV/AIDS killed 15,000 Ghanaians in 2016 – Report

AIDS has become leading causes of death in Africa with a total of 15,116 Ghanaians killed by the disease in 2016, while 20,418 new infections were recorded, the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) has said. Of the new HIV infections, 17,375 representing 85 percent were made up of adults above 15 years and 3,043 consisting of children under 14. In the same year, Ghana had an HIV prevalence rate of 1.62 percent, however, the prevalence rate among pregnant women was 2.4 percent. This was made known by William Kwaku Yeboah, Central…

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Team of experts deployed to minimise outbreak in KUMACA – Health Minister

Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang-Manu’s has told parliament that a national team of experts has been deployed to minimize the impact of the outbreak of the unknown disease, which has claimed the lives of four students of Kumasi Academy (KUMACA). The team is also to stop further transmission, ensure effective case management, protect school population at risk, educate the school population and submit a report and recommendations to prevent further occurrences. According to the Minister the team would support the Region and District to support the response activities, with such terms…

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Overhaul nurses, midwives education to ensure quality care – GRNMA

The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) has called for the overhaul of the education of nurses and midwives to make the nation’s health system safer. The association noted with concern that the curricula of nursing colleges were out of date and did not adequately prepare nurses and midwives for the changing needs of the patients. According to the President of the GRNMA, Dr Kwaku Asante-Krobea “most nursing college curricula today are loaded with content and facts to be memorised in mostly passive learning”. Dr Krobea-Asante, who was addressing…

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IOM launches Public Health Emergency Response Plan for Kotoka International Airport

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has launched the Public Health Emergency Response Plan for the Kotoka International Airport to guide the prevention and control of health related emergencies at that port of entry. The plan seeks to position the Airport’s health unit and other agencies to allow for the early detection and control of any unusual health event through adequate public health interventions without interfering with international travel of trade. Addressing stakeholders in the Airport enclave, Madam Sylvia Lopez-Ekra, Chief of Mission, IOM Ghana, said the plan was in…

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Ghana’s health facilities to go paperless

Ghana’s health facilities in the next few years are expected to go paperless in their operations. To facilitate this process, a National E-Health Project with Bio-Surveillance has been launched at the Trauma and Specialist Hospital-Winneba in the Central Region. The project will eliminate the folder system and ensure that patient’s data are stored electronically and can be accessed at any health facility across the country.   Source: gbcghana

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Brong Ahafo to lose its human resources through AIDS – Minister

The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister Hon. Kwaku Asomah Kyeremeh has hinted that the region will soon lose its human resources if urgent measures are not applied to stop the high prevalence of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in the region. According to him, the human resources, who are the engine of development must be healthy and strong and such as, must be sensitized to refrain themselves from acts that they may affect their health and productivities. The 2016 Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Sentinel Survey (HSS) report has revealed a record…

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Marijuana legalization advocates need mental examination – Doctor

The Head of the Addictive Diseases Unit of the Department of Medicine at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Logosu Amegashie is warning of dire consequences should government legalize marijuana. He argued that the move will worsen alarming cases of mental disorders especially among the youth. Dr. Logosu disclosed this in an interview on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem Thursday after some people revived the debate. A section of Ghanaians, including former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, former boss of Narcotics Control Board NACOB, Akrasi Sarpong and Rastafarians are for the…

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FOCOS to host renowned sports medicine and arthroplasty surgeon

FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital will host renowned US Sports Medicine and Arthroplasty (joint replacement) Surgeon, Dr. Michael Maynard and his team from the Hospital of Special Surgery (HSS) in New York, from the 21st to the 25th of November, 2017, at their facility in Pantang, Accra. The renowned Orthopedic Surgeon, on his third mission trip to Ghana, will run a clinic and conduct specialized surgical procedures along with the FOCOS Orthopaedic team led by Dr. Joseph Ogyaadu. The mission trip is part of the FOCOS Hospital’s affiliation to HSS, where both…

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Dr Agarwals Eye Hospital offers ground-breaking innovations

About 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide, with 39 million people blind and 246 million people having low vision severe or moderate visual impairment. Out of these, about 90 per cent of the world’s visually impaired people live in developing countries, and globally, uncorrected refractive errors are the main cause of visual impairment. But according to the Eye Care Unit of the Institutional Care Department of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), prevalence rate of blindness in the country is at 0.74 per cent, representing 207,200, while severe visual impairment…

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Former WHO Deputy Director General Dr Anarfi Asamoah Baah returns home

Dr Anarfi Asamoah Baah has just retired as the deputy Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. The Ghanaian born national returns after about two decades (nineteen years) with the UN health body to help groom young professionals for leadership positions and to be a strong advocate for creating age friendly environments for old people. Dr Anarfi Baah, also at the rank of Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations confirmed this to ghanahealthnest.com after a meeting with the President of the republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, last…

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