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Mfantseman: Faith-based healers blamed for rising HIV, TB cases

Faith-based healers at Biriwa in the Mfantsiman Municipality of the Central Region have been criticized for impeding attempts to minimize the rising rate of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and hepatitis B in the community. They have been accused of, among other impediments, keeping in their prayer camps and shrines people suffering from the diseases and denying them of or delaying their access to ...

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Fake doctor on trial arrested again at Madina

A self-styled medical doctor is in the grips of the police for practicing illegally and receiving payment for the practice of medicine without authority. The suspect, Adams Arimiyaw, was arrested by the Madina Divisional Police at the Covenant Clinic in Madina. According to the Medical and Dental Council, the suspect had earlier been arrested in 2016 for the same offence, and ...

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Upper East Regional hospital in dire need of doctors

The Upper East Regional hospital is in dire need of doctors especially surgical doctors to aid health care delivery and to cater for its teeming client base in the Region. The facility has a total of 10 Medical Officers including; three Cuban doctors who are currently on annual leave, leaving the entire facility of 220-bed capacity serving a population of ...

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Guidelines to improve healthcare supportive systems launched

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) in collaboration with the USAID on Thursday, launched the Supportive Supervision Guidelines to promote quality healthcare delivery at all levels in the country. The Supportive Supervision Guidelines seeks to strengthen the relationship between practitioners, and improve services that would be provided to clients. This is aimed at teaching, learning, facilitating, mentoring, jointly solving problems, maintaining ...

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FDA intensifies campaign to promote food safety

The Food and Drugs Board (FDA), has intensified the drive towards ensuring food safety through education of people on proper handling of foods. As part of this, it has organized a durbar for market women and traders at the Asafo Market in Kumasi. This was done in partnership with sanitation company, Zoomlion Ghana, and other stakeholders. It was held under ...

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Promoting mental health a sure way to reduce suicide [Article]

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe. Suicide is a serious public health problem; however, suicides are preventable with timely, evidence-based and ...

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Poor funding affecting healthcare delivery – Medical Superintendents

Medical Superintendents of Ghana have expressed concern about the poor state of healthcare systems in the country. The Association indicated that, lack of funding and investments in the health sector, is taking a toll on the quality of health delivery at various health centres in the country. Currently, Ghana is investing 3.6 percent of its GDP in health services delivery, as ...

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Doctors to carry special stamps from 2018 to root out quacks

All medical practitioners will be mandated to carry a practitioner’s stamp bearing their name and number from January 2018, following a directive by the Medical and Dental Council. The Council had said back in May 2016 that, it would introduce practitioners’ stamps in July of that year, but more than a year following the announcement, the plans for the mandatory use of ...

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I stammer but I have a voice [Article]

Kingston’s heart began to beat fast and he started to feel the sweat build up in his palms and forehead.  Oh, my God, he thought to himself, must I go through this every time I want to eat waakye? He had worked out beautiful plans of how he could get to eat waakye without having to go buy it himself ...

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Another fake doctor jailed 17 years in Hohoe

A self-styled doctor who was arrested at the Family Community Hospital at Hohoe in the Volta Region, has been sentenced to 17 years in prison. The convict, Fortune Kamasah, was sentenced on two counts of practicing without authority, and receiving payment for the practice of medicine without authority. Fortune Kamasah had earlier in 2013 been fined by the Hohoe Circuit ...

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