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207,200 Ghanaians are blind — GHS

Dr James Addy, Head of Eye Unit, Ghana Health Service

About 207,200 Ghanaians are blind, the Ghana Health Service{GHS} has revealed. it saild they represent 0.74 per cent of the population. The GHS said over 300,000 Ghanaians, representing 1.07 per cent of the population, were also seriously sick with severe visual impairment and they would soon be completely blind if the necessary intervention measures were not taken. “In all this, ...

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The ripple effects of Child under nutrition on the Ghanaian economy

Child Under nutrition, or call it Malnutrition affects millions of children across the world. Africa alone has estimated that 58.7 million children under the ages of five are stunted, meaning, they  are having a low height for a given age and 13.8 million who are wasting – low weight for a certain height. There is no doubt that stunted children today ...

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WHO demands policy shifts and investments to meet sanitation goals

More is demanded from the world to make comprehensive policy shifts and investments to reach the goal of universal sanitation coverage by 2030. This goal, where every person in the world has access to toilets that can safely contain excreta, could fail today during the launch of the first global guidelines on sanitation and health, according to its release copied ...

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Government urged to prioritise investment in mental health

Dr Owen Laws Kaluwa

Dr Owen Laws Kaluwa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative, has called on the Government to develop and strengthen evidence-based programmes to address the mental health needs of young people. He urged the Government to put in place deliberate interventions, with the support of national policy-makers and programme managers, to prioritise and advocate for funding to finance the mental ...

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Maternal deaths up in Sekondi and Takoradi

The Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) has recorded an increase in maternal deaths at the various health facilities in the metropolis. A report compiled by the assembly attributed the deaths to bleeding after birth, late reporting, religious beliefs, unsafe abortion and hypertension. The report indicated that five of the women were referred to Effia-Nkwanta Regional Referral Hospital from other surrounding districts. ...

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1,800 Ghanaian Women Could Die Of Breast Cancer In 2018 – Study

Research by the International Agency for Research on Cancer has revealed that of the over four thousand cases of breast cancer that will be diagnosed in Ghana this year, about a thousand of the patients are at risk of losing their lives. This was made known by the Head of Breast Unit at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Florence Dedey. ...

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Alcoholism Cited As Major Contributor To Mental Health Cases

Alcoholism is currently a major cause of mental health disorders in the Brong-Ahafo Region, Mr Joseph Yere, the Regional Mental Health Coordinator, said at the weekend. He said instances of such cases were gaining alarming proportions and appealed for concerted efforts and decisive action to deal with the excessive intake of alcohol among the youth. Speaking at a stakeholders meeting ...

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Ban Sale Of Herbal Medicines Containing Toxic Alkaloids – Food Scientist Urges FDA

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has been urged to ban the sale of herbal medicines with preparation from certain plants containing pyrrolizidine alkaloid (PA), a dangerous toxin that destroys the liver. According to a lecturer at the Department of Food Science and Technology at the Ho Technical University (HTU), Dr Emmanuel Letsyo, in spite of the poisonous nature of ...

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Ghana introduces pictorial health warnings on cigarette packs

The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD), a non-governmental organisation, has commended the Food and Drugs Authority, (FDA) for the implementation of pictorial health warning on cigarette packages. It expressed gratitude to the FDA for keeping to its commitment to introducing the pictorial warnings on Ghana’s cigarette packages. The VALD, which is a non-governmental organisation into curbing the use of tobacco ...

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25% Of Ghanaians Likely To Suffer Kidney Diseases — Research

About 25 percent of Ghanaians are likely to suffer kidney diseases due to a certain variation in their genes, research by the School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD) of the University of Ghana (UG) and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research has revealed. Findings of the research show that variation in the said gene, known as the Apolipoprotein LI, ...

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