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Faith healers defy ban on chaining

Faith-based and traditional healing centers in Ghana continue to hold people with real or perceived mental health conditions – psychosocial disabilities – in chains in inhumane conditions despite a 2017 ban on such treatment, Human Rights Watch said today. “People with psychosocial disabilities are still chained like animals,” said Shantha Rau Barriga, disability rights director at Human Rights Watch. “If the government wants ...

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UN leads bid for cheaper insulin, expanding access for diabetics worldwide

Overly expensive insulin could be a thing of the past – and life-changing news – for millions of diabetics under a plan launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday to diversify production globally, just ahead of World Diabetes Day. Announcing the initiative in Geneva, the UN agency said that it had already had informal expressions of interest from pharmaceutical ...

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70 pregnant women die over lack of ambulances, poor roads in Eastern region

The Eastern Regional Health Directorate continues to grapple with the high maternal mortality despite the roll-out of numerous critical interventions including Passion, Innovation, Commitment, Compassion and Accountability for Maternal and Neonatal Health (PICCAM). Seventy (70) institutional maternal deaths have been recorded so far in the region as at the end of September this year. Out of 49,000 live births, neonatal ...

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Lack of medicines, equipment, impacting health care negatively in Northern region

Lack of medications, equipment, and unhygienic conditions at health facilities in the Northern Region have been identified as barriers to quality healthcare for pregnant women and new mothers, a study has found. The study has also identified long waiting periods to access health care and abusive behaviour from some health staff as also impacting negatively on the quality of care ...

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Gov’t introduces ‘game-changer’ for sickle cell patients

Government in collaboration with global medicines company Novartis, has launched the first public-private partnership designed to ease the pain and improve the lives of people with sickle cell disease in Ghana. This game-changing initiative makes Ghana the first African country to commit to offering a high standard of care for its people with sickle cell disease, and the country, through ...

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World marks breast cancer awareness month

October is celebrated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the pink ribbon is used as a symbol of solidarity in all countries. Throughout the month, countries across the world organise events with an aim to help increase attention and support for awareness, early diagnosis, and treatment as well as palliative care for women facing this disease. Statistics from the World ...

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Multi-stakeholder strategy to achieve HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control launched

The U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Stephanie S. Sullivan, Government of Ghana representatives and the UNAIDS Country Director for Ghana Angela Trenton-Mbonde have jointly launched a multi-stakeholder strategy to achieve HIV/AIDS epidemic control in the Western Region.  The partners have set an ambitious target to reach epidemic control, fewer number of new HIV infections than HIV-related deaths, in the Western Region ...

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Your attitudes can heal patients faster than drugs – Minister tells health professionals

Central Region Minister, Kwamena Duncan, has urged health professionals in Ghana not to underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, and a kind word to a patient. According to him, kindness can heal patients better than the administration of medicines. The regional minister made the remarks when he handed over six pickup vehicles to six district health directorates in the ...

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Establish a free healthcare policy for children with complex health needs – Special needs mom

Deborah Mangortey, mother of a child with Down syndrome, has called on the government to establish a free health care policy for children with complex health needs for the first five years of their lives. She said a free health care policy will ensure that such children get all the necessary assessments and therapy recommendations and help the children get ...

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Finance Mental Health for sustainable development

Mental health or psychological well-being makes up an integral part of an individual’s capacity to lead a fulfilling life, including the ability to form and maintain relationships, to study, work or pursue leisure interests and to make day-to-day decisions about educational, employment, housing or other choices. The opening paragraph depicts the relevance of mental health care to the economy and ...

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