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African Health Ministers announce ‘pivotal’ new strategy to combat communicable diseases

With the burden of cardiovascular disease, mental and neurological disorders, and diabetes rising in the region, African health ministers on Tuesday, endorsed a new strategy to boost access to the diagnosis, treatment, and care of severe non-communicable diseases. The health ministers, gathering for the seventy-second session of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa in Lomé, Togo, adopted the ...

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Ebola vaccinations in east Congo to start on Thursday after new case

 An Ebola vaccination campaign will start in the Congolese city of Beni on Thursday after a new virus case was confirmed this week, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. More than 200 vaccine doses have arrived in Beni, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, it said. The latest confirmed case has been genetically linked to a ...

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Study recommends harmonization of mental health treatments

Stakeholders in the mental health sub-sector have been encouraged to intensify discussions to agree on the urgent need for harmonized treatment approaches in Mental Health conditions. The recommendation is intended to among other things bridge the mental health treatment gap between the traditional and scientific ways of handling mental illness. “What is required is for more dialogue and open discussions ...

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MindFreedom Ghana chastises state authorities for neglecting Mental Health issues

MindFreedom Ghana, a mental health advocacy organization has blamed state actors for not prioritizing issues relative to mental health in the country. MindFreedom’s reaction was triggered by a recent news report by: myjoyonline.com https://www.myjoyonline.com/mentally-challenged-woman-stones-man-todeath-at-kwame-nkrumah-circle/ with the Headline, “Mentally challenged woman stones man to death at Kwame Nkrumah Circle on 1st August, 2022.”    In a Press statement signed  and  issued in ...

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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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