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ALARMING: Over 6,000 HIV-AIDS Mothers Not On Treatment

It has emerged that an estimated 6,215 mothers with HIV and AIDS in need of antiretroviral (ART) drugs are not on the treatment. According to available data, out of an estimated 18,263 mothers who need Prevention of Mother-to-Child-Transmission (PMTCT), only 12,048 mothers are receiving it. These were contained in the 2017 HIV Sentinel Survey (HSS) and Estimates Report, jointly released ...

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Over 50% Of Pupils Can’t Read – UNICEF

The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) has painted a gloomy picture of the country’s basic educational sub-sector. According to the organization, just about 40% of basic school pupils are able to read and understand as well as solve basic numeracy problems. Speaking to Starr News’ Parliamentary correspondent Ibrahim Alhassan, Social Policy Specialist with UNICEF Charles Dzradosi attributed the problem ...

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Upper West Chief Declares Zero Tolerance For Child Marriage

Kuoro Abu Diaka Sukabe Ninia V, the Paramount Chief of the Zini Traditional Area, has declared zero tolerance for child marriage and gender-based violence against women, a situation that is widespread within communities in his area. He described those cultural practices and many others as bad and militated against development of communities in the 21st Century where assaults against women ...

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Anyaa residents worried over upsurge of ‘weed’ smoking among the youth

indian hemp

Residents of Awoshie- Anyaa market, a suburb of Accra, have expressed concerns over the recent development in the community regarding the youth’s brazen involvement in smoking of Indian hemp popularly known as ‘weed.’ According to the worried residents, the development is fast influencing other children to drop out of school in order to join this rather unfortunate lifestyle which has ...

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Clean Zongos campaign activated

Boniface Saddique, Minister for Inner Cities and Zongo Development

The Ministry of Inner Cities and Zongo Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, Zoomlion among others have kick-started a campaign to get  rid the  country’s Zongo Communities of filth. The move is in fulfilment of one of the four key mandates of the Ministry of Inner Cities and Zongo Development (MICZD) which seeks to prioritise ...

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Ghana Health Service issues cholera alert

The Ghana Health Service has issued an alert over a potential outbreak of cholera in the country. The service in a statement signed by the Director-General, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, said with the onset of the rainy season and other prevailing conditions in the country, the possibility of a cholera outbreak is high. “Cholera is one of the diseases of national ...

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Wicked parents force kids to sell on streets, work as servants – Otiko

Otiko Djaba, Gender Minister

Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisah Djaba, has challenged Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and officers at the Social Welfare Department to take legal action against parents who compel their children to engage in all forms of child labour. The Minister, who expressed her displeasure about how some parents send out children below the ages ...

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Strategic Roadmap Needed To Address Sanitation Condition – Minister

Kofi Adda

Mr Kofi Adda, the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, says a strategic roadmap is required to address sanitation conditions in the country. “The Ministry is a new one and things cannot happen overnight, but in order to have everything right systematically, there is the need for a strategic road map,” he said. To this end, Mr Adda has called ...

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30 per cent deliveries in Ghana occur among teenagers

Dr Leticia Adelaide Appiah

The Executive Director of the National Population Council, Dr Leticia Adelaide Appiah has expressed concern over what she says are the escalating Ghanaian population and reproductive health issues. According to her, many Ghanaian teenagers are getting pregnant particularly along the coastal communities, explaining that 30 per cent of women who are delivered of babies in the country are teenagers. Statistics She ...

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Develop tracking system to monitor admission of children with disability

Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, Minister for Education

The Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) has advised government to consider developing a tracking system to monitor enrolment and retention of children with disability in the various education institutions.  According to the GNECC, such systems are needed to urgently address the partial exclusion of children with disability in the education sector and to promote inclusive education. It would also ...

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