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Ghana first sub-Saharan African country to eliminate Trachoma – WHO

Ghana has been adjudged the first country in the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) African Region to achieve the milestone of elimination of trachoma. WHO has therefore commended Ghana for having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem, two decades after the World Health Assembly resolved to tackle the leading infectious cause of blindness. The announcement comes...

Improve collaboration on Patient Safety – Dr E.C Tamaklo

Patient safety is a global health concern. It describes the absence of preventable harm to a patient during the process of health care and reduction of risk of unnecessary harm associated with health care. According to the WHO, there is a 1 in a million chance of a person being harmed while travelling by plane....

Ghana to deploy drones in delivering medical supplies to remote areas

Ghana will this year, begin using drones to deliver essential medical supplies to health centres in remote communities, says Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia. Dr Bawumia made the announcement at the opening of the 2018 Health Summit in Accra. “We are looking at innovative ways to deliver blood supplies and essential medicines to remote areas. As...

WHO Regional Director Pays First Official Visit to Ghana

The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti will pay her first official visit to Ghana from 21 – 25 April 2018. The visit which is at the invitation of the Ministry of Health and Ghana government will provide an opportunity for her to familiarise with ongoing efforts, successes and challenges as the...

Ghana’s First roadmap to jointly stop the transmission of animal Tuberculosis launched

The first-ever roadmap to combat animal tuberculosis (bovine TB) and its transmission to humans, built on a ‘One Health Approach,’ addresses health risks across sectors. Bovine TB, referred to as zoonotic TB, is most often transmitted through the consumption of contaminated untreated meat or dairy products from diseased animals. The roadmap calls for closer collaboration between...

Rwanda closer to AIDS-free, HIV incidence rate hits Zero per cent

In 2014 in Rwanda, more than 95% of pregnant women living with HIV had access to antiretroviral medicines to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child. As a result, the country had fewer than 500 new infections among children last year, paving the way to achieving an AIDS-free generation. The incidence rate for HIV...

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...

Former deputy health minister gets new UNAIDS appointment

Former deputy minister of health, Dr Victor Bampoe has been handed a new appointment at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS, ghanahealthnest.com has learnt. His appointment as the associate director, coordinator and special adviser to the Fast-Track implementation Department, took effect in May 2017 and will require...

Ministry of Health sets up committee to implement quality healthcare strategy

The Ministry of Health has constituted a National Quality Technical Committee to ensure the implementation of the National Quality Healthcare Strategy within the respective agencies of the Ministry to improve healthcare delivery. The Committee is drawn from the agencies of the Ministry of Health including the private sector and consumer and patient groups, aimed at...

National Healthcare Quality Strategy Launched

The National Healthcare Quality Strategy which serves as the standard to measure the quality of health care and its impacts on public health was launched in Accra by the Ministry of Health. The strategy focuses on the ideal state of quality health care system and the current state, the need to make healthcare more accessible,...

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