Tuesday, May 21

Health

Lewis announced as ambassador for World Athletics Relays Bahamas 24 
Health, Sports

Lewis announced as ambassador for World Athletics Relays Bahamas 24 

Athletics legend Carl Lewis has been announced as World Athletics ambassador for the World Athletics Relays Bahamas 24, with 50 days to go until the relay spectacular in Nassau.The nine-time Olympic and eight-time world gold medallist claimed five global 4x100m titles during his incredible career and now he will be trackside as the sport’s current stars look to secure Olympic places on 4-5 May.“The thrill of relay competition is like nothing else and I’m looking forward to watching the world’s best in their bid to qualify for the Olympic Games in Paris,” said Lewis.“I was in The Bahamas for the 2017 edition of the World Relays and it’s great to be going back, this time as World Athletics ambassador for the event where I aim to promote the competition and showcase the sport.”Hundr...
Obuasi-based Club pays surgery costs for four patients
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Obuasi-based Club pays surgery costs for four patients

Fifty 50 Club, an Obuasi-based Non-Governmental Organisation, has presented a cheque for GHC25,000 to support surgeries of four patients with various medical conditions. The Club, made up of employees of AngloGold Ashanti and its subsidiaries, and workers of other corporate organisations, has a membership of 245 who have been contributing monthly to support charity. Blessing Ama Woode Kwamba, a two-year-old girl from Obuasi, diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect (hole in heart) at the National Cardiothoracic Centre, Korle-bu Teaching Hospital, was given GHC10,000 towards a procedure/surgery to correct the defect. James Danquah, a 42-year-old man, diagnosed with an acquired heart disease (Severe Mitral Valve Regurgitation) at the University of Ghana Medical Centre, also receive...
Volunteers trained for community-led project to eliminate skin-NTDs in E/R
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Volunteers trained for community-led project to eliminate skin-NTDs in E/R

Hope for Future Generations (HFFG), a health focused non-governmental organization has trained 40 volunteers and 10 nurses towards elimination of skin Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) project in the Eastern Region.These volunteers would work in 10 districts in the Eastern Region where the HFFG, in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service (GHS), and other partners are implementing a two-year project to help eliminate skin-NTDs such as Yaws, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer.Consistent with the project, the training was to build the capacities of the volunteers and persons with health background to understand the NTDs for case identification and management as well as equip them with the skills and knowledge needed for the community work.Madam Cecilia Senoo, Executive Director of HFFG, charged t...
Let’s normalize the conversation around menstruation – Madam Tekpor   
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Let’s normalize the conversation around menstruation – Madam Tekpor   

Madam Esinam Tekpor, the South Tongu District Girls Education Officer, has called on parents and guardians to normalize talks around menstrual health management to boost adolescent girls’ confidence to stay in school.  She said parents should not shun having conversations around menstrual hygiene with their children since that could boost the adolescent girl’s confidence about the changes in her body and manage her menstrual hygiene well.  Madam Tekpor said this in an interview with the GNA to commemorate the Menstrual Hygiene Day in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region.  Menstruation had been an inevitable part of the female body hence the need to educate the girls on how to manage it, she said.  “It is the right of every woman to have access to clean menstrual sanitary materials...
Upper East Regional Minister calls for haemodialysis centre  
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Upper East Regional Minister calls for haemodialysis centre  

Mr Stephen Yakubu, the Upper East Regional Minister, has intensified advocacy for the establishment of a haemodialysis center in the region to help in the treatment of people with kidney-related diseases  The Regional Minster, who spoke in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the campaign needed urgent stakeholders' support to have the center established and equipped as soon as possible.  Mr. Yakubu appealed to District Chief Executives and Members of Parliament in the region to contribute towards the worthy course.  “In our region, we are not doing well when it comes to the culture of contributing to things like this, but we are encouraging people to help because the project is for all of us and we do not know who will need that service,” he said.  The Bolgatanga Reg...
KATH rewards hardworking staff works to remove bottlenecks for efficient service delivery
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KATH rewards hardworking staff works to remove bottlenecks for efficient service delivery

Professor Otchere Addai-Mensah, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), has charged the staff to put in more effort to improve healthcare delivery at the facility. “Management would have a big problem with anyone whose actions and inactions lead to a decline in the quality of services we render to the public,” he said at the 2022 thanksgiving service, reception, and awards ceremony of the Hospital in Kumasi. “As a hospital, it is not enough to be noted for having the best qualified medical specialists and facilities in this part of the world. Equally important is we should be known as the most responsive patient-00centered facility through the provision of timely specialist care in a dignified manner to patients,” Prof. Addai-Mensah said. ...
‘Our priority is to strengthen private-sector partnership in fighting Non-Communicable Diseases
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‘Our priority is to strengthen private-sector partnership in fighting Non-Communicable Diseases

The Ashanti Regional Health Directorate is strengthening partnerships with the private sector in the fight against rising Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Dr. Emmanuel Tinkorang, the Regional Health Director, said the increase in NCDs, such as diabetes, hypertension, and cancers, required concerted efforts to prevent needless deaths. The private sector and the media were critical partners in achieving that goal. Addressing the media on the sidelines of an end-of-year review meeting on NCDs, he said the Directorate's focus for 2023 was to leverage the existing collaborations with stakeholders to control NCDs in the region. "We have designed a broader partnership with the private sector to see how to strengthen all activities as far as the control of cancers and other NCDs are...
NHIA disseminates the output of alignment of the MOH EHSP to the NHIS Benefit Package
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NHIA disseminates the output of alignment of the MOH EHSP to the NHIS Benefit Package

The global pursuit of attaining Universal Health Coverage (UHC) has occasioned the development of policies, frameworks, and activities centered on the provision of quality healthcare services to address the health needs of people in an equitable distribution.  In line with this thinking and as part of Ghana’s roadmap to attaining Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by the year 2030, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has developed a National Essential Health Services Package (EHSP) which has five main domains.  The core domains of the EHSP were developed with attention to these dimensions promotive, preventive, curative, palliative, and rehabilitative.  The NHIS Benefit Package, derived from the National Health Insurance Act, 2012 (Act 852) was determined based on the epidemiological ...
Health Minister Discharged In Ato Forson Trial
Health, Politics

Health Minister Discharged In Ato Forson Trial

Kwaku Agyeman-Manu The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, was yesterday discharged by an Accra High Court after he concluded his testimony in the trial of former Deputy Minister of Finance under the John Mahama administration, Dr. Casiel Ato Forson, and two other persons. The minister was discharged after lawyers for Dr. Ato Forson, Sylvester Anemana, a former Chief Director at the Ministry of Health, as well as private businessman, Richard Jakpa, who are standing trial for allegedly wilfully causing financial loss of €2.37 million to the state, concluded their cross-examinations. Mr. Agyeman-Manu, during his cross-examination by Dr. Aziz Bamba, counsel for Ato Forson, told the court that the Letters of Credit (LCs) which was established and led to monies being paid to B...
Ghana card to be the only card used for accessing healthcare NHIA Chief Executive
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Ghana card to be the only card used for accessing healthcare NHIA Chief Executive

The Ghana card will soon be the only card used by members of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to access health care at the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) credentialled facility. The NHIA Chief Executive, Dr. Okoe Boye brought this to the fore when he interacted with a cross-section of the media in his office. He advocated the need for all NHIS members to merge the two cards via the short code *929# in line with the NHIA’s agenda of “One nation, one card for healthcare service.”  The National Health Insurance Scheme remains Ghana’s leading vehicle to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by the year 2030.    Zero Tolerance for Copayment The NHIA Chief Executive Dr. Bernard Okoe-Boye also inaugurated a nine-member Committee to mitigate the impact of ou...