Weaknesses in national coordination, the bane of health research systems

Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, has identified some weaknesses in the overall national coordination and harmonisation of health research system within the country at the policy-making level that needed immediate redress. He said though there are excellent individuals and institutional capacity within the country to direct set priorities, coordinate and review...

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,...

Low quality healthcare is increasing the burden of illness and health costs globally

Poor quality healthcare services are holding back progress on improving health in countries at all income levels, according to a new joint report by the OECD, World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank. Today, inaccurate diagnosis, medication errors, inappropriate or unnecessary treatment, inadequate or unsafe clinical facilities or practices, or providers who lack adequate...

Boy,20, abandoned by parents over deformed finger; considers suicide

The struggle of life they say begins at birth and that is exactly what Samuel Benin’s story epitomizes. Born with a polysyndactyly (fused extra finger) of the right thumb, Samuel Benin was left with a painful start to his journey in life. The deformity diluted the motherly love of Samuel’s mother who abandoned him. He was...

Maximise Digital Health technology to improve quality and Patient safety in Africa

The World Health Organization(WHO) has urged countries to maximise the use of digital health technology to improve patient safety and equitable access to quality health care. Dr Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization made the call while addressing delegates attending the second International Conference of Ministers of Health and Ministers...