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First Ladies pledge to eliminate stigma associated with infertility and cancers

First Ladies in Africa have pledged their collective resolve to partner “Merck More Than A Woman” initiative to create greater awareness on infertility and cancers, which are perceived mostly to afflict women. The First Ladies of Ghana, Senegal, Botswana, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Niger, Sierra Leone and Zambia made the pledged at the opening ceremony of the fifth edition ...

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2020 Census to capture data on Disability

The 2020 Population and Housing Census to be done by the Ghana Statistical Services, will for the first time capture data on disability. The Statistical Service will be using the Washington Group of Questions, a set of questions on disability designed for census use in the survey of general population. Some disabled persons’ organizations have lauded the move, but have ...

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US$56.52 million project for famers in Northern, Upper East Regions

Mr Felix N. Darimaani

Selected farmers in the Northern and Upper East regions are to benefit from a US$56.52 million African Development Bank loan facility to fund an initiative dubbed ‘Savannah Agricultural Productivity Improvement Project {SAPIP}’. The five-year project, which is targeted at 50,000 farmers, will be implemented in Savelugu, Nanton, Tolon, Kumbungu, West Gonja and West Mamprusi districts in the Northern Region, while ...

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Mental Health Authority underscores need for care levy

Dr Akwasi Osei

The Mental Health Authority (MHA) has underscored the need for establishing a levy that would provide the needed funding to service mental health care in the country. Dr Akwasi Osei, Chief Executive Officer, MHA noted that the Authority was handicapped due to inadequate resources and the Authority was facing challenges such as feeding of patients and the provision of medication ...

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Uncontrolled Hypertension Killing Ghanaians

More than half of Ghana’s population has never checked their blood pressure before, Dr. Efua Commeh, Deputy Programmes Director, Non-Communicable Disease, Ghana Health Service (GHS), has revealed. She explained that the only time people get to have their blood pressure checked is when they get sick and are sent to the hospital. “We do studies on patients who come and ...

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Climate Change actions must address gender inequality – UNDP

The United Nations Development Programme {UNDP} has called for concerted efforts to consider the special needs, concerns, knowledge and experiences of both male and female in climate change adaptation and mitigation planning and implementation. According to the UNDP, it is important not to neglect women’s voices in decisions and policy-making on climate change as well as on sustainable development goals. ...

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130 Countries sign ‘Declaration of Astania’-To strengthen primary health coverage

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Countries around the globe have signed a declaration vowing to strengthen their primary health care systems as an essential step towards achieving universal health coverage {UHC}. The “Declaration of Astana”, endorsed by 130 heads of states and ministers attending the Global Primary Health Care Conference in Astana, Kazakhstan, makes pledges in four key areas. Pledges The countries committed to make ...

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Two NGOs to build one million toilets

Two non-governmental organisations {NGOs}, Yapa Environment and Sulabh International Centre for Action Sociology { SICAS}, have started the construction of one million ”Twin Pit” toilet facilities across the country in an effort to end open defecation. The project, which is in collaboration with the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, is also aimed at helping the country to tackle the ...

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Electricity Consumers To Choose Their Own Suppliers By 2023—Energy Commission

Energy consumers will by 2023 choose their own power suppliers as part of reforms to make the power supply subsector more competitive. Per the new arrangement, smaller private entities will be given the license to distribute power regardless of the meter they use. The current system limits consumers to purchase power from only one source including the Electricity Company of ...

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Professor Akosa urges Ghanaians to adopt healthy lifestyle

Professor Agyemang Badu Akosa

Professor Agyemang Badu Akosa, former Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, has called on Ghanaians to adopt a healthy lifestyle so as to prolong their lives and contribute to national development. He said diseases that have bedevilled the country is as a result of bad eating habits and lack of exercise thereby giving ailments to more room to operate. Prof ...

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