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Ghana to begin vaccine production as Merck and RMS sign MoU

Merck KGaA and Ridge Management Solutions (RMS Innovativ), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, opening the opportunity for Ghana to become the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to have a dedicated human vaccine manufacturing factory. The plant will encompass a diverse range of products in the medium to long-term. The MoU, signed on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, follows fruitful discussions between Merck KGaA and RMS over the past two years. Brigitte Zypries, Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, and a delegation who accompanied the German President, H.E. Frank-Walter Steinmeier…

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Arrival of Swine flu vaccines to delay – Health Ministry

The Ministry of Health has indicated that the delivery of vaccines for the H1N1 Influenza Type A to various schools will delay. The vaccines were expected to arrive over the weekend, but the Ministry in a press statement said suppliers had indicated that there will be a slight delay in the delivery.   “The Ministry of Health with the support of the World Health Organisation, WHO, have procured vaccines and have taken steps to airlift them to Ghana for urgent use. The Ministry says inasmuch as efforts are being made…

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Tamale Teaching Hospital gets GHC1.5m Ebola centre

The Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) can now boast of an emergency centre to cater for patients infected with Ebola and other deadly diseases. As the only infectious disease isolation centre, it is expected to augment the nation’s emergency preparedness and response to outbreaks of contagious diseases. The facility has a capacity of about 20 beds, a water tanker and an ambulance bay as prescribed by the World Health Organisation in the wake of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa back in 2014. The newly-constructed facility, known as the Infectious Disease…

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Ghana to commence decontamination of imports in January 2018

Ghana will begin the decontamination of all imports coming into the country from January 2018. The Ghana Health Service to this end has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with crisis management and prevention company, LCB Worldwide to execute the project. It is part of measures to activate International Health Regulations (IHR) through biosecurity in the country. This comes in handy, following revelations by the Minister of Health that the 4 students of Kumasi Academy died of H1N1 Type A influenza necessitating the need for the country to be proactive in…

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Meningitis kills 9, 87 cases recorded so far

The Eastern Region has so far recorded a total of 87 meningitis cases this year out of which nine (9 ) have died. This was disclosed by the Regional Minister Eric Kwakye Darfuor. He was speaking at the launch of 2018 citizens budget in Anyinam. He said these figures were communicated to him by the Regional Health Directorate on Tuesday (December 11, 2017). The deceased persons include the 16-year-old form two student of the Koforidua Secondary Technical School(SECTEC) who died last Friday at the Regional Government Hospital, Koforidua. “From January…

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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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Babies’ brains damaged by pollution, Unicef says

Seventeen million babies under the age of one are breathing toxic air, putting their brain development at risk, the UN children’s agency has warned. Babies in South Asia were worst affected, with more than 12 million living in areas with pollution six times higher than safe levels. A further four million were at risk in East Asia and the Pacific. Unicef said breathing particulate air pollution could damage brain tissue and undermine cognitive development. Its report said there was a link to “verbal and non-verbal IQ and memory, reduced test…

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Is this the formula for reversing type 2 diabetes?

The first-year results of a clinical trial have shown that almost half of people partaking in an intensive weight management program delivered through primary care achieved remission of their type 2 diabetes without medication. A trial has shown that type 2 diabetes is reversible if weight is lost and kept off. The trial, which is called the Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT), builds on earlier work by co-lead investigator Prof. Roy Taylor, director of the Magnetic Resonance Centre at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. The earlier work showed that…

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