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417 people attempted suicide between January and June this year – Mental Health Authority

A total of 417 Ghanaians attempted suicide from January to June this year. This is according to the Mental Health Authority in its press release dated September 10. The Authority noted that “these figures could potentially even be higher than we know.” To commemorate Suicide Prevention Day held on the tenth day of September annually, the Authority shed light on ...

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‘Unacceptable’ deals and delays, hampering lifesaving COVAX deliveries

While 80 per cent of citizens in high and upper-middle income nations have had a dose of COVID-19 vaccine, that figure stands at just 20 per cent for those living below the top tiers, according to a joint statement issued by UN and partner agencies, responsible for the multilateral COVAX initiative to provide equal access for all.  It’s a year since the ...

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U.S Provides Life-Saving Support to Ghana’s COVID-19 Response

U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Stephanie S. Sullivan today announced new support for Ghana’s COVID-19 response, including oxygen generation equipment to support critical care patients nationwide and equipment to aid in the treatment of infectious disease.  She joined representatives of the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service and members of Ghana’s national COVID-19 case management team at the Ghana Infectious ...

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Government to take delivery of over 1.2 million Moderna vaccines on September 4

The government is expected to take delivery of 1,229,620 Moderna vaccines on Saturday, 4th September 2021. According to the Ministry of Information, an additional 1.3 million Pfizer vaccines are also expected in Ghana by the end of this month. A few weeks ago, the country took delivery of some 249,000 doses of Astrazeneca vaccines from the UK government to support ...

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Trial suggests malaria sickness could be cut by 70%

A new approach to protecting young African children from malaria could reduce deaths and illness from the disease by 70%, a study suggests. Giving them vaccines before the worst season in addition to preventative drugs produced “very striking” results, London researchers say. The trial followed 6,000 children aged under 17 months in Burkina Faso and Mali. Most of the 400,000 ...

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Africa’s COVID-19 third wave stabilises as vaccine levels rise – WHO

A third wave of COVID-19 infections in Africa has stabilised with 248,000 cases reported in the last week, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, while vaccines administered over the same period tripled to 13 million compared to the previous week. Source: Reuters

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High blood pressure now more common in low and middle-income countries, new report finds

The vast majority of people with high blood pressure, or hypertension, – a serious medical condition that significantly increases the risks of heart, brain, kidney and other diseases – live in low and middle-incomes countries, a World Health Organization (WHO) report released on Wednesday has revealed The study, which was co-led by Imperial College London, found that 82 per cent ...

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GHS to begin offering Johnson & Johnson vaccine shots from tomorrow

The Ghana Health Service is expected to begin giving out jabs of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the Greater Accra Region on Friday, August 13, 2021. Vaccine shots in other coronavirus hotspots such as the Ashanti Region will begin next Monday, August 16, 2021. “We are hopeful that at least the Greater Accra Region will start [vaccination] on Friday. ...

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COVID-19: Delta variant kills three children in Accra

Three out of five children who were admitted at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital have died from COVID-19. Children between 22 months and 11 years are contracting the coronavirus in Ghana’s third wave of infection, health officials have said. Speaking on Asaase Radio’s The Big Bulletin on Tuesday, Dr Frank Owusu-Sekyere, who is in charge of the Ghana Medical Association’s COVID -19 team for the ...

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AU starts distributing 400 million COVID jabs

Several countries will receive the first of the monthly shipments on Thursday. The AU’s aim is to deliver 25 million vaccines a month by January. The African Union has started the distribution of 400 million COVID vaccines to member states, its chairman, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced. Several countries will receive the first of the monthly shipments on Thursday. The AU’s aim is to deliver ...

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