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First cancer ‘living drug’ gets go-ahead

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The US has approved the first treatment to redesign a patient’s own immune system so it attacks cancer. The regulator – the US Food and Drug Administration – said its decision was a “historic” moment and medicine was now “entering a new frontier”. The company Novartis is charging $475,000 (£367,000) for the “living drug” therapy, which leaves 83% of people ...

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Mental Health Authority to prosecute entities abusing patients

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The Mental Health Authority has said it will prosecute any organisation or entity, which is still involved in the inhumane chaining of mental health patients. According to the authority, with the promulgation of the Mental Health Act 2012, such practices are deemed as illegal hence their warning. In Ghana, faith-based healing centres and prayer camps are the first point of ...

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Stop reshuffling health ministers – Yieleh Chireh

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A ranking member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health, Joseph Yieleh Chireh, has noted that challenges in the health sector remain unresolved due to the constant ministerial reshuffle at the Health Ministry. “We have had many Health Ministers over a period of eight years. I spent just a year as the Health Minister and what do you think I ...

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Asunafo South: Bad roads impedes healthcare delivery

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Poor road networks to local communities are seriously impeding quality healthcare delivery in the Asunafo South District of the Brong-Ahafo Region. The situation worsens during the rainy season because the District Directorate of Health lack vehicles and motorbikes to reach out to many of the local communities for health services. Mr Kingsley Arthur, the Deputy District Director of Health, who ...

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NGO to train 800 traditional healers on mental illness management

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Basic Needs-Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organization working in the area of mental health has targeted  800 traditional healers and prayer camp managers across the country for training on the best practices in managing mental illness. The training seek to equip the traditional healers and prayer camp managers  with knowledge  mental illness, rights of mental health patients and management of mental illness. ...

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MP donates to CHPS compounds in Pusiga District

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Hajia Lardi Ayamba, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Pusiga, on Friday donated items to CHPS compounds in some communities in the Pusiga District, to help boost health delivery in the area. The items include 10 hospital beds and mattresses, blankets and 20 chairs. Hajia Ayamba said the donation was in fulfillment of a promise she made during her political campaign, to ...

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India swine flu death toll rises above 1,000 this year

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India appears to be in the grip of a swine flu outbreak with 1,094 recorded deaths over the past eight months, said an official report on Wednesday. The last three weeks have seen the highest number of fatalities, at 342. A total of 22,186 cases have been reported across the country. The number of deaths this year is four times ...

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First Lady urges support to end mother-to-child HIV transmission

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The First Lady Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo has called for the full support and participation of men in addressing the problem of mother-to-child HIV transmission as well as breast cancer in Ghana. Speaking at the launch of the National Acceleration Plan for Pediatric HIV Services at Ho in the Volta Region, Mrs Akufo-Addo said that though issues of prevention of mother-to-child ...

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Vodafone commended for supporting pregnant women

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Vodafone has received commendation for its free ultrasound scans for pregnant women in the Eastern region. The platform, in partnership with Divine Mother and Child (D-MAC) Foundation, has become integral in reducing maternal and child mortality for hundreds of residents in underprivileged communities in Ayensuano, Akyemansa, Suhum, Akwapim South and other areas. Commenting on the initiative, Coordinator for the Eastern ...

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Traditional leaders trained to protect rights of mentally challenged persons

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About 80 traditional leaders from some selected districts in the Northern Region have been educated on the risks associated with violation of mentally challenged people rights. The two days event organized in Tamale and Tolon brought together participants from Tamale, Sagnarigu, Savelugu-Nantong, Tolon and Kumbungu districts. A Tamale based human rights advocacy Non-Governmental Organization, Gub-Katimali spearheaded the capacity building workshop ...

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