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Alcoholism Cited As Major Contributor To Mental Health Cases

Alcoholism is currently a major cause of mental health disorders in the Brong-Ahafo Region, Mr Joseph Yere, the Regional Mental Health Coordinator, said at the weekend. He said instances of such cases were gaining alarming proportions and appealed for concerted efforts and decisive action to deal with the excessive intake of alcohol among the youth. Speaking at a stakeholders meeting ...

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Ban Sale Of Herbal Medicines Containing Toxic Alkaloids – Food Scientist Urges FDA

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has been urged to ban the sale of herbal medicines with preparation from certain plants containing pyrrolizidine alkaloid (PA), a dangerous toxin that destroys the liver. According to a lecturer at the Department of Food Science and Technology at the Ho Technical University (HTU), Dr Emmanuel Letsyo, in spite of the poisonous nature of ...

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Ghana introduces pictorial health warnings on cigarette packs

The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD), a non-governmental organisation, has commended the Food and Drugs Authority, (FDA) for the implementation of pictorial health warning on cigarette packages. It expressed gratitude to the FDA for keeping to its commitment to introducing the pictorial warnings on Ghana’s cigarette packages. The VALD, which is a non-governmental organisation into curbing the use of tobacco ...

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25% Of Ghanaians Likely To Suffer Kidney Diseases — Research

About 25 percent of Ghanaians are likely to suffer kidney diseases due to a certain variation in their genes, research by the School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD) of the University of Ghana (UG) and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research has revealed. Findings of the research show that variation in the said gene, known as the Apolipoprotein LI, ...

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“Globally, more than 50 per cent of all medicines prescribed inappropriately” – WHO

Mr Benjamin Botwe

According to the World Health Organisation, globally, more than 50 per cent of all medicines were inappropriately prescribed, dispensed, or sold, while 50 per cent of patients fail to take them correctly. Mr Benjamin K. Botwe, President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH), who disclosed this at the 2018 media launch of World Pharmacists Day in Accra, said from ...

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‘Shisha Smoking Dangerous To The Heart’

Director of the National Cardiothoracic Centre (NCTC), Dr. Lawrence Agyeman Sereboe, has advised the public, especially the youth, to desist from smoking shisha, as the behaviour has a high risk of resulting in heart diseases. He said although smokers find the smoking of shisha fashionable, it is very dangerous to their health, indicating that smoking shisha for one hour is ...

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Cancers ‘rising around the world’

There will be 18.1 million new cases of cancer and 9.6 million people will die with the disease this year worldwide, a report predicts. The rise, from 14.1 million cases and 8.2 million deaths in 2012, is partly due to a growing and ageing population. The figures suggest one in five men and one in six women will develop the ...

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‘Implement Programme On Sickle Cell Screening’

Prof Kwaku Ohene- Frempong

President of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Ghana, Prof. Kwaku Ohene-Frempong, has called on the Ministry of Health (MoH) to implement the National Programme on Newborn Screening for Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). Prof. Ohene-Frempong, who is a sickle cell expert, disclosed that more undiagnosed sickle cell babies are dying before five years because the programme, which when implemented would ensure ...

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Ghana loses 7% of GDP to psychological distress

Chairperson of the Ghana Psychological Council Professor Angela Ofori Atta says Ghana loses 7% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to psychological distress cases. She made this revelation at the 4th Scientific Conference held at UPSA in Accra. According to Professor Ofori Atta, the loss is because the nation is not taking mental well-being as seriously as it ought to. ...

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Stop Asking NHIS Members To Pay For Blood – NHIA

Mr Joseph Homenya, Volta Regional Director of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has asked health facilities in the region to desist from charging members of the National Health Insurance Schemes (NHIS) GHC100.00 for every pint of blood. He also cautioned them against detaining clients of the scheme at the health facilities for their inability to pay for blood used ...

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