Thursday, September 19, 2019

Mosquito Assassin

Celebrating Professor Fred Newton Binka Any doubts I might have entertained that Prof Fred Newton Binka was a mosquito…I beg your pardon, I meant a transformational leader before a health research scientist, were dispelled last week when a cross section of his peers, friends, relations and students conspired to have a power-lunch at the plush...

Apple, Harvard University and NIH Partners to Pursue New study on Women’s menstrual cycle

The National Institutes of Health, Apple, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has announced their research partnership for a major long-term study of women’s health. The collaboration will permit researchers to study conditions including pregnancy, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), menopausal transition, and osteoporosis.

UK meets global HIV targets as new diagnoses keep falling

HIV diagnoses are continuing to fall in the UK as it meets UN targets on diagnosis, treatment and transmission for the first time, according to a report from Public Health England. It said there was no doubt prevention efforts to end the HIV epidemic were working.

Fighting counterfeit drugs in Ghana

The doctor prescribes an unnamed medication to manage your pain. It comes in flawless packaging …almost. In this true account as relayed by multinational Pfizer, the color has been clinched with floor polish and lead-containing paint while brick dust has been improvised as an adhesive. To top it, boric acid, known for its deleterious...

Lessons for Ghana in Health Care

This week, Mexico’s Minister of Health, Hon. Mercedes Juan, and the National Academy of Medicine under the distinguished patronage of its President, Dr. Enrique Ruelas, invited various international experts to share global perspectives on planning a national quality strategy at a summit called to take stock and raise the stakes after 12 years of...

NMC UK reviews process to employ more nurses and midwives outside EU

Nurses and midwives trained outside the EU will be allowed to apply and work in the UK immediately after qualifying, following changes by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Until September 2018, nurses and midwives from outside the EU must have worked for at least 12 months after...

UNICEF supports GHS with tablets to boost ehealth project

Madam Anne-Claire Dufay, the UNICEF Representative in Ghana, has handed over 230 tablet computers with accessories to the Ghana Health Service (GHS). The over $75,000 equipment, which was received by Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, Director-General, GHS, would support two Health System Strengthening activities in Ghana regarding immunisation and community health information systems. Madam Dufay said the tablets,...

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)...

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...

Ghana launches National Guideline for Cancer Management

The Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service (GHS), in collaboration with Roche Ghana Limited, a Pharmaceutical Company, at the weekend launched the first National Guideline for Cancer Management in the country. The 126-page Document was developed by a team of experts including surgeons, oncologists, paediatricians, pharmacists, obstetricians,...

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