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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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Pharmacy Council moves to stop drugs sale by unauthorised persons

The Pharmacy Council has stepped up its effort to stop the sale of medicines by the unauthorised and the untrained to protect the safety of the people. As part of this, it has organized training for 114 newly registered over-the-counter medicine sellers from across the 11 municipalities and districts in the Upper West Region. The goal was to aid them to operate within the confines of the law – to have a clear understanding of what they could do and what they could not do – the class of medicines…

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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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Youth urged to donate blood to stay healthy

The youth have been urged to regularly donate blood to help save life and stay healthy. Ms Agnes Avorwulanu, the health resource person of the Adweso Trinity Presbyterian Church near Koforidua gave the advice when the Youth People’s Guild (YPG) of the Adweso Trinity Presbyterian Church organised a blood donation campaign for the Eastern Regional Hospital in Koforidua.. She said if people do not donate blood, the body itself gets rid of the excess blood in 120 days. Ms Avorwulanu who is also a staff of the Eastern Regional Hospital,…

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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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Why do onions burn your eyes?

We’ve all been there: you’re in the kitchen, cutting onions for your signature pasta sauce when, all of a sudden, your eyes start burning. You wipe away the tears, and keep cutting, trying your hardest to hold them back. Despite your best attempts, tears begin to pour from your face as if your favourite television character was just killed off. All of this occurred simply because of an onion. But why? What makes this vegetable so potent, and why does it hold such a dominion over you? Simply put: onions…

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U.K. Man Has World’s Worst Case of Super-Gonorrhea

The world’s “worst-ever” case of super-gonorrhea has been diagnosed in a U.K. man who was infected after sex with a woman in south-east Asia, health officials say. It’s the first case of the sexually-transmitted disease that could not be cured with the main antibiotic treatment, a combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone, according to Public Health England, BBC News reported. The unidentified man picked up the superbug earlier this year and health officials are trying to track down his other sexual partners in an effort to contain the spread of the…

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No. 1 Medical Innovation for 2018: Hybrid Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery System

Hailed as the world’s first artificial pancreas, the hybrid closed-loop insulin delivery system helps make Type 1 diabetes more manageable. Approved by the FDA in late 2016, this new technology enables direct communication between the continuous glucose monitoring device and insulin pump to stabilize blood glucose at an unprecedented level. The technology replaces the “open loop” concept that requires patient to use the information from their continuous glucose monitor to determine how much insulin to inject. The market is projected to be officially disrupted in 2018 as more patients demand…

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You may be among the 45% of normal adults who snore at least occasionally or you likely know someone who does. He (or she) may be the brunt of jokes at family gatherings (“Uncle Joe snores so loudly he rattles the windows!”), but snoring is serious business. For one, a snoring spouse often keeps the other person from a good night’s sleep, which can eventually lead to separate bedrooms. “Snoring can create real problems in a marriage,” says Daniel P. Slaughter, MD, an otolaryngologist and snoring expert at Capital Otolaryngology…

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