Saturday, January 19, 2019

Between Ebola and Cassava Flakes

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa is hardly an ideal time for residents in the region to embark on foreign travel. As it turns out, the Americans, many millions of miles away from the action point, are even more paranoid. The decision to fly two infected Americans home from Liberia while treating...

Dr Victor Bampoe is Nigeria’s UNAIDS country director

Former deputy Minister of Health, Dr Victor Bampoe, now with the Joint UN Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) in Geneva as Coordinator since June 2017, has been reassigned to Abuja as UNAIDS Country Director for Nigeria, reports reaching ghanahealthnest.com indicates. Dr Bampoe’s appointment, which took effect this month (November 2018)...

Lumify: First App-Based Portable Ultrasound System in Africa

Philips introduces new mobile, app-based approach to ultrasound delivery that brings secure cloud-enabled technology and high-image quality to broader network of healthcare providers. Industry-first integrated portable-ultrasound system breaks down barriers for care providers – from clinicians, teaching institutions, medical students and residents to EMS personnel, disaster relief organizations and hospitals with satellite clinics The Lumify point-of-care ultrasound technology is further enhanced with the Reacts platform for remote collaboration and virtual training

MOH launches new book on epilepsy management

The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have launched a new book that provides accurate information on epilepsy management, with emphasis on Ghana’s situation and the way forward.Titled, “Fight against epilepsy; initiative in Ghana”, the book derived its contents from the report of a project the ministry and WHO...

3 in 5 babies not breastfed in the first hour of life – WHO,UNICEF report

An estimated 78 million babies – or three in five – are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at higher risk of death and disease and making them less likely to continue breastfeeding, say UNICEF and WHO in a new report. Most of these babies are born in...

Eight Fistula cases repaired to kick start 100 in 100 Initiative

To kick start the Initiative of repairing 100 obstetric fistula cases in 100 day, 100 in 100 Initiative, eight cases have been repaired at the Mercy Women’s Clinic in Mankessim, in the Central Region. The eight cases were selected from the Mfantseman District after carefully recruited and registered for the surgery. Though 10 patients were...

Ebola Vaccine Components Do Not Cause Ebola Disease!

In Ghana, our Parliamentarians have banned Ebola vaccine trials out of panic that trials amount to importing the disease. As is the practice when anyone makes critical comments of Ghanaian Parliamentarians, they have promptly summoned a professor of clinical pharmacology, Alex Dodoo, before their Privileges Committee for interrogating the scientific basis of their decision.

Speeding to end AIDS – Its time to Know your HIV Status!

The World Health Organization estimates that there are about 37 million people living with HIV worldwide. New HIV infections were projected to be around 2 million in 2014, with 1.2 million people dying of AIDS-related illnesses. In the Africa Region, there were an estimated 1.4 million new HIV infections in 2014. AIDS-related deaths in...

Global Preparedness Monitoring Board convenes for the first time

The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB), a new body set up to monitor the world’s readiness to respond to outbreaks and other health emergencies convened for the first time in Geneva under the courtesy of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank Group. The GPMB is chaired...

Burkina Faso: World Bank Approves New Financing to Strengthen Health Services

Today, the World Bank approved an $80 million International Development Association (IDA)* grant and $20 million from the Global Financing Facility (GFF) in Support of Every Woman, Every Child, to support the government’s efforts to strengthen health services in Burkina Faso. The Health Services Reinforcement Project will help improve the quality and utilization of health...

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