Health

Health sector aims to to attain MDGs

The November 2011 Health Summit by the Ministry of Health (MOH), on Wednesday opened with renewed commitment by government and its development partners to accelerate efforts towards the attainment of the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

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Birim Central joins National Yellow Fever Vaccination

The Birim Central Municipal Health Directorate, Eastern Region, on Tuesday started vaccinating people against yellow fever in line with the National Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign to prevent the outbreak of the fatal disease in high risk areas. The Municipality is one of the 43 districts in eight regions targeted for exercise, necessitated by the outbreak of the disease in the Upper West Region

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BGMS takes hand washing education to Schools in Upper East

Better Ghana Management Services Limited has unfolded a programme to undertake hand washing education inschools in the Upper East Region with the aim of reducing communicable diseases among school children. The Upper East Regional Coordinator of the company, Mr Daniel Darku, told the GNA that his outfit undertook hand washing education to the Atulbabisi Primary School in the Bolgatanga Municipality and presented the school with toiletries

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UNFPA supports Tamale fistula prevention campaign

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) would soon start a campaign aimed at reducing fistula conditions in northern Ghana through pro-active and preventive measures. Fistula is caused by prolonged obstructed labour, is said to affect about two million women and girls worldwide and is linked to poverty, malnutrition, poor health service, early child bearing and gender discrimination

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Vaccinate employers against yellow fever

Mr. Ebenezer Tetteh, Tarkwa Nsueam Municipal Disease Control Officer, has appealed to employers to ensure that their employees are vaccinated against yellow fever. He said the vaccination campaign is aimed at protecting Ghanaians against contracting the disease

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Number of New HIV Infections Falling in Africa – UN

The United Nations says the number of new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa has fallen by more than 26 percent since 1997, but the region is still the world's hardest-hit by the epidemic. In a report released Monday, the U.N. AIDS organization said that although the rate has dropped, Sub-Saharan Africa still accounted for 70 percent of the world's new infections last year

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Ghanaians Living Longer

The life expectancy of Ghanaians, an indicator of how long a person can expect to live on the average, given the prevailing mortality rate, has appreciated by 11 years from 53.1 years in 1980 to 64.2 years in 2011. According to the latest United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Report (Human Development Index (HDI) launched in Accra, the country has also made giant strides in education, increasing

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Cassava virus epidemic in Africa

UN scientists are warning that a virus attacking the cassava plant is nearing an epidemic in parts of Africa. Cassava is one of the world's most important crops providing up to a third of the calorie intake for many people. The food and agriculture organisation of the UN says the situation is urgent and are calling for an increase in funding for surveillance

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Ghana Signs MOU To Train Medical Personnel In Cuba

Vice President John Dramani Mahama yesterday announced that government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Cuba to start the training of 250 Ghanaians as medical doctors by next year. He said government is currently engaged in selecting the students from deprived districts, who on completion will be posted to serve their people

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