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Noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes are increasingly becoming the main cause of mortality in sub-Saharan Africa, where the diseases were responsible for 37% of deaths in 2019, rising from 24% in 2000 largely due to weaknesses in the implementation of critical control measures including prevention, diagnosis, and care. Continue Reading

It’s a step in the right direction – Dr. John Amuasi

According to Lecturer at the School of Public health, KNUST, Dr. John Amuasi, and Pharmacist and Research Fellow at the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Dr. Kwame Sarpong Asiedu, the decision is a step in the right direction since vaccines have been found and death and infection rates are also under control.  Continue Reading

I first came to your homes on Wednesday, 11th March 2020, five (5) days after our nation’s 63rd Independence Day celebration, a day before we recorded our first two (2) cases, with news of the measures Government was taking to limit the importation of the COVID-19 virus into the country. Even at that time, it was obvious to me, watching what was happening in Asia, Europe and Latin America, that, if it was not well-managed, it would disrupt our lives and livelihoods. Since then, we have experienced four (4) waves of the outbreak. One hundred and sixty-thousand, nine hundred and thirty-two (160,932) people have tested positive from the 2.4 million tests conducted, and one thousand, four hundred and forty-five (1,445) people have, sadly, died.Continue Reading

One in five adults and one in 10 children and teenagers are projected to be obese by December 2023 in 10 high-burden African countries if no robust measures are taken to reverse the trends, a new World Health Organization (WHO) analysis shows.Continue Reading

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A US patient is believed to be the third person in the world, and first woman, to be cured of HIV.The patient was being treated for leukaemia when she received a stem cell transplant from someone with natural resistance to the Aids-causing virus.Continue Reading

We Need Time to Rehabilitate from the Trauma of the Pandemic

feeling pain, so we can get out of danger, and spurs intense alertness to help us make better split-second decisions. Next was a period of prolonged psychic pain, which came from three deep psychological needs not being met: our needs for certainty, control, and connectedness. We’re now in the rehabilitation phase, which can be the most painful of all because we need to dig a little deeper to rebuild, repair, and regrow. The author, cofounder of the Neuroleadership Institute, offers three pieces of advice.Continue Reading

According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS) website monitored by the Ghanaian Times yesterday, 147,310 people have recovered from the disease.
The death toll is currently at 1,357 with 38 people in severe condition and nine in a critical state and the GHS has pegged the country’s active case at 6,224.Continue Reading

The Nursing and Midwifery Council hosted representatives of Ghana Nurses’ Association of the United Kingdom on January 18th at the Council to dialogue on strengthening the existing contact and partnership between the two entities in order to extend the high regulatory standards of the Council to the members of the association in the United Kingdom.Continue Reading

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) will begin the administration of booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines from today.
The move forms part of the revision made to the national COVID-19 vaccination policy by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with stakeholders.Continue Reading

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  The World Health Organization has warned that half of Europe will have caught the Omicron Covid variant within the next six to eight weeks. Dr Hans Kluge said a “west-to-east tidal wave” of Omicron was sweeping across the region, on top of a surge in the Delta variant. TheContinue Reading

Charcoal: The best beauty secret for your skin

Imagine you opened a container of a skincare product that is filled with black care substances. You are now thinking, how can this act as a cleansing product?
However, this black substance is activated charcoal, which is vehemently used nowadays as a regular skincare product.
Once the regular charcoal is exposed to extreme heat, it will produce a fine black powder. It is highly absorbent.
Mostly, charcoal benefits for oily skin to make it oil-free, accompanied by glowing fairness.Continue Reading

The Bolgatanga Municipality in the Upper East Region remains a hotshot for HIV infection, health experts have said. Sulemana Majeed, Regional HIV Coordinator, who disclosed this at a media briefing, said, “Bolgatanga has always been above the national figure, which calls for an increase sensitisation and education.” The media engagementContinue Reading

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Authorities at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital say the facility is overstretched as thirty-two physician anesthetists are forced to do the work meant for 85 anesthetists in the face of the ongoing industrial action. Head of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Directorate at KATH, Prof Akwasi Antwi-Kusi tells Joynews the actionContinue Reading

Founder of Dreams Fertility Herbal Centre, Mama Shirley, has explained some causes of low sperm count in men. According to her, the major causes of low sperm count are stress, unhappiness, overthinking, and the frequent growth of boils close to the penis. She noted that low sperm count is one of the many reasonsContinue Reading

The directive to disallow persons without vaccine card to access government buildings has commenced today, Tuesday January 4 2021. TV3’s Sarah Apenkroh who was at the premises of the MoH on Tuesday reported that some persons, although vaccinated but left their cards at home, were refused access to the office.Continue Reading

An update on the Ghana Health Service dashboard as of December 28, 2021, shows that, 2,573,073 persons representing 12.9% fully vaccinated persons, since the mass vaccination programme started in March this year. The Service also indicated that 6,275,099 people representing 31.4% have received at least one dose of the vaccine.Continue Reading

Reports Ghana’s COVID-19 cases have shot up with the country recording over 1,320 cases in one day taking active cases to nearly 6,400. Per the latest update, the country has entered its fourth wave. The Director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Franklin Asiedu Bekoe, has disclosedContinue Reading

The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research has announced that staff working at the COVID-19 Walk-in testing centre would be on break from 1st to 3rd January, 2022. In view of that the research centre said there would be no COVID-19 Walk-in testing at the Institute during the period. “COVID-19Continue Reading

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Senior Virologist at KCCR, Dr. Augustina A. Sylverken, has advised GHS to explore diverse ways of educating the public against the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Sylverken expressed concerns over the recent upsurge of Ghana’s COVID-19 cases and how the general public is extremely disregarding the Covid-19 safety protocols. She is scaredContinue Reading

Healthcare delivery at the Children’s ward of the Eastern Regional Hospital in Koforidua was temporarily interrupted Wednesday evening after two pediatric nurses engaged in a noisy fight that nearly ended in an exchange of blows. The vituperation between the two nurses lasted for about 40 minutes creating a noisy andContinue Reading

The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged people to cancel some of their holiday plans to protect public health as the Omicron variant spreads globally. “An event cancelled is better than a life cancelled,” said WHO head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, adding that “difficult decisions” must be made. “In someContinue Reading

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, if you got a sniffle and a headache, you might dismiss it as an ordinary cold and carry on as normal, even if you felt a little rough around the edges. But during cold and flu season, how can you be sure it’s a cold and not Covid? TheContinue Reading

Administered doses The Eastern Region has administered 364,832 doses of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines, as of December 6, 2021. A total of 314,346 have received at least one dose of the vaccine out of the figure. In addition to the above, 50,486 persons constituting 2.4 percent of the targeted populationContinue Reading

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Announcement The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research has announced the detection of 34 imported cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. These cases were detected from some 120 samples of returning travelers to the country. Imported cases The imported cases were detected from samples collected between November 21-25 fromContinue Reading

New Covid-19 safety measures have been announced in Ghana. The Ghana Health Service (GHS) stated that the new mandatory Covid-19 safety protocols are aimed at mitigating the spread of the virus. Part of the protocols are to have some category of persons  vaccinate compulsorily. Press conference address The Minister ofContinue Reading

First they are red. Then they turn dark blue. After a few more days, the bruise begins to “bloom” in emerald and yellow colors. And lastly, in the final stage, we see a pale yellow-gray stain. What causes these pictorial changes? ⠀ Loss of oxygen Initially, when the blood collectsContinue Reading

Engaging the Clergy As part of measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Ghana during the Christmas season, the GHS has said they plan to engage with the clergy. This move is intended to discuss ways in which they can observe the occasion, while regarding all the Covid-19 protocols.Continue Reading

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Director-General of the GHS assures Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Director-General of GHS, has assured that Ghana has not recorded the Omicron variant of the COVID-19. He said the above, in spite of reports on the emergence of the Omicron variant in some African countries. Bases for assurance Dr Kuma-Aboagye explained thisContinue Reading

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) in collaboration with the Ghana Police Service has retrieved 270 cartons of Charmé sparkling non-alcoholic red and white grape juice from the market. A release signed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FDA, Delese A. A. Darko disclosed that their action was necessitatedContinue Reading

Suspected cases Two people in the UK have been found to be infected with the new Covid variant. The UK Health Security Agency had detected cases in Chelmsford, Essex, and in Nottingham. He said the cases were linked and the two people were self-isolating, alongside their households. More contact traces,Continue Reading

Good morning friends, I know many are living their “normal lives”: not wearing masks, not washing hands regularly with soap under running water, not using alcohol-based sanitisers regularly, etc. But, sadly, the science of COVID-19 is not living a normal life… We have seen atypical signs and symptoms in post-Covid-19Continue Reading

Target failure Juaboso Member of Parliament, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, has said government has failed to meet its own targeted population. He said the government has so far managed to inoculate 2.5million people as of October 2021. Failing to meet the targeted figure 17 million people over the same period. RetrospectContinue Reading

An estimated 2,128 new HIV infections have been recorded in the Eastern region, according to the Ghana AIDS Commission. The situation has been attributed to reckless and risky sexual behaviours including unprotected sexual intercourse involving young men and women in the region. Already, People living with HIV in Eastern RegionContinue Reading

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Preamble We’ve all been there: You’re home for the holidays, and sitting at the breakfast table after your third bad night of sleep in a row, whether due to jet lag, stressful family dynamics, late-night celebrations, or the simple act of sleeping in a different bed. Someone says something inflammatoryContinue Reading

At 21 years, Miss Erica Maame Abena Pomaa Ntiamoah Mensah is probably the youngest medical doctor after successfully completing her medical programme at the Accra College of Medicine. Before her was Dr Vanessa Aseye Mensah-Kabu, who became the youngest medical doctor for her batch in 2015 after being inducted inContinue Reading

Nurses of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRANMA) are calling on authorities of Ghana Health Directorate to collaborate effectively with the association to develop clear policies and protocols to address the issue of drug addiction. The National President of the Association, Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo who was addressing members atContinue Reading

The Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service are making a strong case for the phasing out/down of mercury use in Ghana’s health system. They are advocating the disuse of instruments like mercury thermometers and their proper disposal when they get broken. This has become necessary because of the adverse effectsContinue Reading

Research has shown that nine per cent of women experience some vaginal bleeding after sexual intercourse. So why would this even happen? 1. Infections Infections like yeast and bacterial infections can cause inflammation in the vagina and cervix. This inflammation can cause tears and bleeding during sex. 2. Lack ofContinue Reading

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The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) will adopt community visit and engagement to register more clients and also assist old members renew their cards and make them active, says the Upper West Regional Director of the NHIA, Mr Samuel Lekamwe Lobber He stated that the community engagement meant to increaseContinue Reading

311 women have died in 2019 from complications of abortion, accounting for 9.2% direct maternal deaths in Ghana. Ghana Health Service (GHS) has therefore put in place pragmatic approach to strengthening the integration of Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC) services into the routine reproductive health services in Ghana. The move isContinue Reading