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Obesity ‘linked to cancer rise’

Rising levels of obesity and unhealthy weights could be linked to 670,000 extra cases of cancer in the next 20 years, a UK report predicts. If current trends continue, experts say, almost three in four adults could be overweight or obese by 2035, bringing a host of health issues. The Cancer Research UK and UK Health Forum report says TV ...

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Three post-menopausal women deliver sets of twins

Three post-menopausal women have each delivered a set of twins at the Trustcare Specialist Hospital and Fertility Centre in Kumasi. They had undergone In-Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer (IVF-ET) at the facility and the deliveries occurred between a space of one month – November 16 and December 16, last year. Mr. Isaac Kofi Adu, a Clinical Embryologist, told the Ghana ...

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NHIA deserves autonomous account – Tamale forum participants

There are calls for separation of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) financial credit from the consolidated fund. This topped suggestions by some participants at a day’s public forum in Tamale on a possible review of the NHIS. They argued that government’s control of the NHIS finances have always contributed to delays in  paying service providers who often threaten to ...

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Loneliness is as big a killer as diabetes – Study

A new study has revealed the potentially deadly impact feeling alone can have on your health. Social isolation in later life can prove fatal by exacerbating health problems. And not having a solid network of family and friends can ‘vastly elevate’ someone’s risk of life-threatening conditions, like heart disease, stroke and even cancer. The research also revealed that loneliness – ...

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8 die from meningitis strain in Brong Ahafo

Eight people have been confirmed dead and several others on admission in some hospitals in the Tain District of the Brong Ahafo region following an outbreak of Pneumococcal meningitis. Pneumococcal meningitis occurs when bacteria invade the bloodstream and infect the membranes protecting the brain and the spinal cord. According to the Tain District Health director, Dr. Michael Rockson Adjei, the ...

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Shortage of midwives hits Walewale Hospital

An acute shortage of midwives has hit the Walewale Government Hospital in the Northern Region. A major health facility serving four districts in Mamprugu land, the Walewale Government Hospital, can boast of only 14 midwives.  This, according to the Medical Superintendent, Dr. Abukari Abdulai, is affecting health care delivery. Dr. Abukari Abdulai thus supported calls for the establishment of a ...

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Hundreds benefit from free health screening at Anwomaso

Asbury Hospital and Fertility Centre, a state-of the-art medical facility at Anwomaso in Kumasi, has organised a free health screening for hundreds of people in the area. They were screened for HIV, hepatitis, malaria parasites along with blood pressure tests and other general medical examinations. Children with worm infestation were also de-wormed. The exercise was to herald the start of operations of ...

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Apathy not good for sanitation exercise – AMA

Mr Sam Ayeh Datey, the Coordinating Director of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), has condemned the apathy by residents in Accra towards the National Sanitation Day exercise. He described the attitude as destructive and has the tendency of killing initiative in the society. He therefore advised residents to attach importance to sanitation issues. Mr Datey,  told Ghana News Agency in ...

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Fulfill promise to build Midwifery school – Mamprugu Youth to Mahama

The youth of Mamprugu Kingdom in the Northern Region have reminded President John Dramani Mahama of his campaign promise to build a Midwifery School in the area. According to them, President Mahama made the promise as part of his 2012 campaign promises to the people of Mamprugu land. President of a group called Zaabuni for Development; Musah Abdul Basit, reminded ...

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Vaccines are not to prevent bird flu – Veterinarian

A specialist at the Veterinary Service Directorate in Accra, Dr Anthony Akunzule, has stated that vaccines are not used on birds to prevent bird flu from occurring in Ghana.Dr Akunzule who was addressing poultry farmers in the Ga South District in Weija over the weekend to create awareness about the disease, said vaccination cannot be used to stop bird flu from ...

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