Health

ABL extends alcohol and pregnancy programme to KATH

Accra Brewery Ltd. (ABL) has extended its Alcohol and Pregnancy Programme to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) as part of its efforts to create a Healthier World. The Programme sensitises pregnant women on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs), which refer to a group of conditions characterised by facial deformities, behavioural, and learning problems that occur in persons whose parents, ...

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Health personnel urged to sensitize public on diabetes

A Dietician at the Upper East Regional Hospital in Bolgatanga, Mr. Innocent Braimah, has called on health professionals to educate the public on diabetes as the disease has become one of the main causes of deaths in the area. According to him, diabetes was among the four top chronic diseases and was fast gaining grounds in the Region, especially among ...

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Ankaful psychiatric nurses to strike against their director

Staff of the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital in the Central Region, have threatened to declare a strike on Thursday if government fails to remove the facility’s Medical Director, Dr. Eugene Dordoye from his post. The nurses gave government the 3-day ultimatum after earlier threats to down their tools and release all patients on admission at the hospital over the continued presence ...

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Health officials intensify awareness on preterm birth in Ashanti

Health officials in the Ashanti Region have intensified campaigns aimed at eliminating preterm deaths in hospitals across the region and the country as a whole. Preterm birth, also known as premature birth, is the birth of a baby at fewer than 37 weeks gestational age. These babies are known as preemies or premmies. Symptoms of preterm labor include uterine contractions ...

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FDA seizes over 500,000 capsules of Tramadol

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has seized 524,191 capsules, and 3,001 vials of Tramadol over the past eleven months. Vial is a small glass or plastic vessel or bottle, often used to store medication in the form of liquids, powder or capsules. The FDA said about 85 per cent of the seized drugs were manufactured in India whilst 13.5 ...

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NHIS committed to diabetes care – E/Region Director

The National Health Insurance Authority has reiterated its commitment to ensuring people living with diabetes receive proper care and treatment under the scheme when they visit health facilities. Currently, over 3 million Ghanaians are living with diabetes, with Ghana ranked 6th in Africa among countries with high prevalence. Available statistics indicate that, a person dies from diabetes every 15 seconds ...

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Education, not just laws needed to end FGM – First Lady

Ghana’s First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has said that laws are not enough to eradicate the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the country, arguing that educating the populace about the evils of FGM was just as crucial. Speaking at the commemoration event of the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA), to educate teenagers and major ...

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Gov’t committed to fight against FGM – Otiko Djaba

The Minister for Gender and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa-Djaba, has stated that Ghana is making headway in its fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). She noted however that, due to cross-border migration, the act is still being practiced in some parts of the country. She said this at an event which formed part of the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of ...

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Treatment of neglected tropical diseases reaches 1bn milestone

International NGO, Sightsavers and its partners, in their collaborative effort to eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), have hit a historic milestone by delivering treatment, supported by UK aid, to one billion beneficiary. The one billionth treatment; which was administered today [Thursday] to a seven-year-old girl who was at risk of NTDs in Kudaru, a community in Kaduna State, Nigeria; was ...

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Emotional toll of diabetes ‘needs more recognition’

Many people living with diabetes are struggling with related emotional problems – an issue that needs support and recognition, a charity says. Diabetes UK surveyed 8,500 people about diabetes and how it affected their daily life. Three in five said their condition made them feel down. Of those in employment, 16% felt discriminated against at work – and 7% had ...

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