Health

We’ve overly medicalized mental illness – Psychiatrist

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Mental Health Authority, Dr. Akwasi Osei, has explained that not all mental illnesses require medication, and that ample time should be taken to uniquely address each mental case as it should, before resorting to medication, which sometimes tend to have grave effects. According to him, “we have overly medicalized our mental health problems. ...

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GHS232m allocated to pay trainee nurses’ allowance

The government has committed GHC232 million for the payment of nursing trainees’ allowances for the 2017/2018 academic year. This was announced by President Akufo-Addo at a grand event to celebrate the restoration of the allowance in the Brong Ahafo region. “For the 2017/2018 academic year, effective September 2017, 58,000 health trainees comprising nurses and midwives, will be paid GH¢400 per ...

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Trainee nurses paraded to thank Nana Addo for restored allowance

In what appears to be a rather unusual way of doing things, some trainee nurses in the Brong-Ahafo Region, were on Tuesday paraded at a public event by the Minister of Health,  Kwaku Agyemang Manu, and asked to thank President Akufo-Addo for restoring the suspended allowances for trainees. The Health Minister, who supervised the much-criticized ceremony to officially announce the restoration ...

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Ghanaians need education on handling burns victims – Surgeon

The Director of the Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre (RPS&BC), at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Dr. Opoku Ware Ampomah, has opined that Ghanaians need more education on handling burns victims. In his view, “there is a lot of ignorance, especially among the general public on how to manage fire incidents and administer first aid to burns victims.” According to ...

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40% burns cases at Korle Bu are from gas explosions – Surgeon

Out of the numerous burns cases reported at the Korle Bu Teaching hospital annually, about 40 percent are from gas explosions. This revelation was made on the Citi Breakfast Show on Tuesday, by consultant plastic surgeon and Director of the National Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Center at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Opoku-Ware Ampomah. He noted that, burns ...

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Deaths from fuel explosions grossly under-reported – Surgeon

Fatalities from gas explosions, fire-related disasters, and possibly other accidents, are grossly under-reported, per the experience of a specialist surgeon and physician at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Hadi Abdallah. He noted on the Citi Breakfast Show that the media tends to focus on the fatalities in the immediate aftermath of an accident. Citi News estimates pegged the number of deaths from the ...

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Enforce laws against chaining of mental patients – Psychiatrist

The Chief Psychiatrist of the Mental Health Authority, Dr. Kwasi Osei, has called for the enforcement of laws that prevent supposed healing centres from chaining psychiatric patients in their care. Speaking at the launch of the 2017 mental health week at the International Press Centre in Accra, Dr. Osei called for more stringent measures to ensure that the rights of mental ...

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Stop stigmatisation against HIV patients – SEND-Ghana

The Programme Officer of SEND-Ghana, Harriet Nuamah-Agyemang, has called on the public to stop the stigmatization and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS. She said if community members do not change their attitude towards such persons, all the efforts aimed at improving their lives would be a farce. Mrs Nuamah-Agyemang, made the call at a workshop organised by SEND-Ghana for ...

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Gov’t employs over 200 additional nurses   

Government has secured clearance for the recruitment of over 200 nurses and health professionals, according to the Minister of Health Kwaku Agyeman Manu. This adds up to the over 16,000 nurses already admitted into the health sector. “So far this year, we have employed just about sixteen thousand of these nurses who were sitting home. In the course of this ...

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Nursing allowance can’t be restored without a ceremony – Minister

The Akufo-Addo government feels that simply paying nursing allowance without any fanfare would not do enough justice to the return of such a policy. The launch of the restoration of the nurses’ trainee allowance, set for to take place in Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region on October 10, will see about 58,000 trainee nurses and midwives receive their monthly ...

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