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One million new STIs every day, says WHO

STIs

One million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) occur every single day, the World Health Organization has estimated. That means more than 376 million new cases annually of four infections – chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis, and syphilis. The WHO highlights a lack of progress in stopping the spread of STIs, and says its figures are a “wake-up call”. Experts are particularly concerned ...

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Gov’t urged to provide better conditions for nurses, midwives in rural areas

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The Ghana Nurses and Midwives’ Association has called on the government to review the conditions of service of nurses and Midwives that serve in rural communities across the country. According to the Association, even though nurses generally go through difficult moments in delivering healthcare, their counterparts in rural areas go through harrowing challenges all in their bid to make healthcare ...

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‘Time to enforce regulations on tobacco smoking’

Mrs.Delese Mimi Darko

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) are rallying support from stakeholders and the public to help wage a war on tobacco smoking, as the harmful health impact of tobacco is killing hundreds of people annually. According to the FDA, although the prevalence of tobacco smoking in the country reduced from 3.6 per cent in ...

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Mental health facilities under resourced – Dr Akwasi Osei

Dr Akwasi Osei

Although more than half of Ghana’s 30 million population live with one form of mental or intellectual disorder or another, the Mental Health Authority (MHA) is lamenting over inadequate funds to keep the only three mental health facilities in the country running effectively. The issue of lack of funds has been persistent for a long time and this, according to ...

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Mental Health Authority Reiterates Need For Care Levy

Dr Akwasi Osei

The Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Authority, Dr. Akwesi Osei has reiterated the need to establish a levy that would provide the needed funding to service mental health care in the country. According to him, they lack resources at the Authority and stressed that government has failed to respond to their calls after several assurances. He made this ...

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Crisis of nutrition: 5 Accra markets found to have “poor” food quality

Dr Mavis Owureku-Asare

Foods sold at sprawling markets in Accra, have been found to have very poor nutritional quality, according to research by Food Safety Consultant, Dr. Mavis Owureku-Asare. Dr. Owureku-Asare mentioned tomatoes, oranges, pineapples, garden eyes, cocoyam leaves (Kontomire) and also looked at proteins like shrimps as well as fish powder as sold at Agbogbloshie, Dome, Kaneshie, Makola and Okaishie markets. She explained to ...

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Ghana achieves encouraging results in Malaria fight

Malaria

Yesterday, April 25, was World Malaria Day with the theme “Zero malaria starts with me”. The United States, through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) joined forces with the National Malaria Control Program and other malaria partners to celebrate the encouraging results achieved in the last 10years. From 2011 to 2016, malaria prevalence in children under five decreased nationally by ...

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Ban import of medicines produced locally — Prof Adei

Professor Stephen Adei

The Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Professor Stephen Adei, has called for an expansion of the list of banned imported medicines to include more medicines that can be produced locally. That, he said, would contribute immensely to scaling up efforts aimed at making Ghana a pharmaceutical manufacturing hub in West Africa. The government, through an Executive Instrument ...

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Tackling Child Mortality, Global Environmental Issues And Disability – Digital Entrepreneurs From 120 UN Member States Celebrate 9 Global Winners In Portugal

child mortality

More than 400 delegates from 120 countries met at Nova SBE Campus, Cascais, turning Portugal into a global hub for start-ups and digital innovators on the subject of “Purpose driven digital Innovation.” 82 international jury members have selected 9 Global Champions 2019 from the 45 WSA winners 2018, awarded by the City of Cascais, the Republic of Austria and UN-representatives ...

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Sugary Drinks Linked To Higher Risk Of Premature Death, Especially For Women

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Frequent consumption of sugary drinks such as sodas, sports drinks and juice is linked to an increased risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease and, to a lesser extent, from cancer, according to new research. Compared with women who had sugary beverages less than once per month, those who had more than two servings a day — defined as standard ...

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