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GHS issues Lassa fever alert after 31 die in Nigeria outbreak

Doctors attend to a Lassa fever patient

The Ghana Health Service has issued an alert to all Regional Directors of Health Services and CEOs of Teaching Hospitals for Lassa Fever. The alert urged the various health institutions to enhance surveillance for Lassa fever and Acute Haemorrhagic Fevers in general. This alert follows the outbreak of the fever in Nigeria which has claimed 31 lives. “The Ministry of ...

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10 Zinc rich foods to include in your diet

Do you feel as though you could really do with more zinc in your diet? In this article, Beauty and Tips takes a look at the best sources for this key nutrient. Consuming zinc is kinda important. It plays a role in over 100 enzymatic reactions in your body and you need to consume a small amount of it each ...

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Ghana signs $600m Teaching Hospital deal with Thumbay Group

The Government of Ghana has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Dubai-based Thumbay Group for the establishment of a Teaching Hospital and a medical university to be known as the Gulf Medical University (GMU) in Ghana. The signing of the MoU comes three months after the Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, paid a working visit to ...

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U/E Regional Hospital to lose five doctors

Dr. Patrick Atobrah, the acting Medical Director of the Upper East Regional Hospital, Bolgatanga, has said five out of the 10 doctors in the facility have plans to go for further studies, which would affect healthcare delivery. The 10 doctors, including three from Cuba, offer services to a population of about 2.6 million people in the Region, and takes referral ...

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McDan Foundation rescues baby suffering from critical spinal disorder

Hopes of survival for aone-month-old baby Salifu Faiziatu who was born with Spinal Bifida, is at the all-time high, following the donation by the McDan Foundation for her surgery. Spinal Bifida is a birth defect in which a developing baby’s spinal cord fails to develop properly. Causes of spinal bifida are varied in nature – ranging from genetic, nutritional, and ...

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NHIA to roll out e-payment system to stamp out corruption

The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), is set to roll out a new electronic transaction system for payments and release of claims by all stakeholders to boost its operations. The move was an integral part of a comprehensive policy initiative by the Authority to effectively ease the processes of payments, reduce manual manipulations and ultimately reduce the level of corruption ...

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#SOTNGhana: A look at Ghana’s health sector under Nana Addo [Audio]

Ahead of the President’s State of the Nation Address scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, February 8, 2018, Citi News takes a look at the government’s performance in the health sector. The New Patriotic Party (NPP) made two major promises in the sector— the restoration of allowances of trainee nurses and fixing what they described as ailing National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). ...

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NHIS justifies proposal to increase health insurance levy

The management of the National Health Insurance School [NHIS], has justified its plan to increase the National Health Insurance Levy from 2.5% to 3.5% of VAT. It argues that the increment will help to address some of the teething challenges that have for so long bedeviled the Scheme. The Scheme under the New Patriotic Party [NPP] administration, has been struggling ...

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UG was supposed to manage Medical Centre – Segbefia

A former Minister of Health under the Mahama administration, Alex Segbefia, has stated that the University of Ghana had from the onset, been tasked to handle the management of the $217m Medical Centre. According to Mr. Segbefia, the second phase of the project, which was expected to cost about 48 million dollars would be paid for by the University after ...

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We take some responsibility for non-functional CHPS compounds – Segbefia

A former minister for Health, Alex Segbefia, has conceded that the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration should be held responsible for some of the non-functional CHPS compounds in the country. According to him, a major reason for the sad state of affairs, was the lack of accommodation for staff. Mr. Segbefia said for most of the projects undertaken, no ...

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