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MindFreedom Ghana lauded for flagging rights of Persons with psychosocial disabilities in UPR process

MindFreedom Ghana, a leading Mental Health advocacy organization in the country has received plaudits for its role in pushing for the recognition of the human rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities in the 4th Cycle Universal Peer Review (UPR) process. Lawyer Esther Akua Gyamfi, Executive Secretary, National Council on Persons with Disabilities, commended the organization during a validation workshop in ...

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Nearly one billion people have a mental disorder: WHO

Nearly one billion people worldwide suffer from some form of mental disorder, according to the latest UN data – a staggering figure that is even more worrying if you consider that it includes around one in seven teenagers. To make matters worse, in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, rates of common conditions such as depression and anxiety, went up by more than ...

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Ghana Health Service on alert as country deals with three outbreaks

Ghana is currently experiencing three different disease outbreaks; namely COVID-19, Influenza A H3N2, and Monkey Pox Disease, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said. According to the GHS, although control measures have been put in place to curb the outbreaks, it has advised the public to stay alert to ensure that the health system is not overwhelmed. COVID-19 Giving a ...

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Covid: World’s true pandemic death toll nearly 15 million, says WHO

The Covid pandemic has caused the deaths of nearly 15 million people around the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates. That is 13% more deaths than normally expected over two years. The WHO believes many countries undercounted the numbers who died from Covid – only 5.4 million were reported. In India, there were 4.7 million Covid deaths, it says – ...

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New drug that prevents you from catching Covid-19 gets green light in Europe

British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca announced on Monday its antibody-drug Evusheld, which is taken pre-emptively to prevent Covid-19, has been approved in the European Union. The treatment, administered in two injections, can be taken by adults and adolescents above the age of 12. In clinical trials, the drug reduced the risk of developing symptomatic Covid-19 by 77% compared to the placebo, the company said ...

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Our initial schedule for Agenda 111 was overly ambitious – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo has admitted for the first time that the timeline given by his government for the construction of all hospitals under the government’s Agenda 111 project, was overly ambitious. The President, who said this in parliament on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, when he delivered the State of the Nation Address, said the projects will be completed before January 7, ...

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Covid-19: GHS to review guidelines

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) is to review the Covid-19 restrictions and protocols in the country by next week. The Service says there is a task force that has been set up to review the situation across the board and the report would be released next week to Ghanaians. Minority in Parliament has called for the reopening of Ghana’s land ...

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Persons with mental illness can fully recover, MindFreedom tells Ghanaians

Ghanaians suffering from mental disorders have been urged not to throw their hands in despair as such patients can fully recover from the ailment if properly managed. Mental illness, according to MindFreedom Ghana, is like any other disease that affects the human body, thus the ailment is treatable. These were made known during a workshop organized in Accra on Monday ...

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Akufo-Addo eyes establishment of local COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing plant within 2 years

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said Ghana’s target is to establish a COVID-19 vaccine plant within two years. This manufacturing plant will deal with the fill and finish aspect of the vaccine. Speaking at a COVID-19 forum in Germany, Nana Akufo-Addo said Ghana is ready to help fight the pandemic on the African continent. “In the short term, ...

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Minority initiates vote of censure to remove Health Minister over Sputnik V deal

The Minority in Parliament is pushing for the removal of the Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, over his ‘dishonest’ role in the  Sputnik-V vaccines procurement scandal. In a memo to the Speaker of Parliament calling for a vote of censure, the Minority said his actions were a “direct breach of the Constitution and Laws passed by this Honourable House.” Outlining Mr. ...

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