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Covid-19 cases in Africa fall by 20% – WHO

The weekly number of Covid-19 cases in Africa has “dropped considerably” and the number of deaths has also fallen, for the first time since the peak of the fourth wave sparked by the Omicron variant, the World Health Organisation said in a statement on Thursday. “The decline marks the end of the shortest outbreak on the continent, which lasted 56 ...

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Health facilities in Bogoso overwhelmed after horrific mining explosion

Victims of the Bogoso Appiate explosion are being distributed to various health facilities outside the community.  This is because health facilities in Bogoso are being overwhelmed by the disaster. So far, 17 people have been confirmed dead, while 59 injured persons have been rescued in the deadly explosion as authorities mobilise rescue efforts. Clinical Coordinator of Apinto Government Hospital, Dr. ...

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Pregnant women can now be vaccinated – GHS

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says based on local and international evidence; it is now safe for Covid-19 vaccines to be administered to pregnant women in Ghana. Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, disclosed that at the initial stages of the vaccine roll-out, his outfit was skeptical about administering ...

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WHO recommends two new drugs to treat patients with COVID-19  

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended on Thursday two new drugs to treat patients with COVID-19, one for patients with the critical disease and one for non-severe cases. The first drug, baricitinib, is a Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor- a class of drugs used to treat autoimmune conditions, blood and bone marrow cancers, and rheumatoid arthritis. According to the WHO Guideline Development Group, it is “strongly recommended” for patients with severe or critical disease in combination with corticosteroids. The ...

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Current COVID-19 vaccines may need to be updated, experts warn

Current COVID-19 vaccines may need to be updated to ensure their continued effectiveness against Omicron and future variants, an expert group appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.  Amid increased Omicron circulation, members have called for “urgent and broad access” to current vaccines globally, both for protection and to mitigate the emergence of new variants of concern ...

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Advocates make case for prioritizing investment in Mental Health

Mental Health services users and advocates at a dissemination meeting on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, have called on the government of Ghana to prioritize investment in Mental Health. They argue that there is clear evidence that the benefit of investing in mental health far outweighs the cost. These benefits, according to them, mostly come from gains in productivity when people ...

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UK Removes All 11 African Countries From Red List

The government has said that all 11 countries will be removed from the UK’s travel red list from 4am on Wednesday.Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe are on the list. The red list was reintroduced in late November as a precaution after the emergence of the Omicron variant.But Health Secretary Sajid Javid said ...

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COVID-19 vaccination must not be compulsory – Group

A Christian movement, Advocates for Christ Ghana (A4CG) is kicking against plans to make COVID-19 vaccination compulsory in the country. The movement says while the vaccines are good, people must be encouraged to take them and allowed to voluntarily decide on that. Speaking on Eyewitness News, the chairman of the movement, Edem Senanu said there is no basis or need for ...

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One Million U.S-Donated Vaccines Arrive in Ghana

U.S. Ambassador Stephanie Sullivan handed over one million Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses to Ghana today.  Since September, the United States has donated 5.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to the Ghanaian people.  Ambassador Sullivan joined representatives of UNICEF, the Government of Denmark, and Ghana’s Ministry of Health at Accra Kotoka International Airport this morning for the donation.  The Government ...

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Ghana, Nigeria detect Omicron variant, increase vaccination efforts

Ghana announced on Wednesday that its scientists have detected cases of the omicron variant in passengers who arrived in the country ten days ago. Speaking at a launch event for “COVID-19 vaccination month,” Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the Director-General for Ghana’s Health Service, said the cases had come mainly from Nigeria and South Africa. They were picked up through testing of passengers ...

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