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Tackle infectious diseases – 1st Lady to scientists

Ghana’s First Lady Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has called on African scientists attending the Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity Conference in Accra to deal with the challenge of emerging infectious diseases on the continent. She said she believes the continent has “enough brilliant minds to deal with our own challenges” through innovative solutions. She further noted that the 2013 Ebola outbreak ...

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GHS refills depleted vaccines stock; distribution underway

Government’s inability to procure vaccines on time to restock hospitals that needed them caused a shortage in supply three weeks ago. However, distribution commenced Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Nursing mothers in Ghana had to wait for weeks before they could get their babies vaccinated against Polio and Measles.   Reports suggested that Ghana owed UNICEF, the international body that procures the vaccine, ...

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Global blindness set to ‘triple by 2050’

The number of blind people across the world is set to triple within the next four decades, researchers suggest. Writing in Lancet Global Health, they predict cases will rise from 36 million to 115 million by 2050, if treatment is not improved by better funding. A growing ageing population is behind the rising numbers. Some of the highest rates of blindness ...

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South African child ‘virtually cured’ of HIV

A nine-year-old infected with HIV at birth has spent most of their life without needing any treatment, say doctors in South Africa. The child, whose identity is being protected, was given a burst of treatment shortly after birth. They have since been off drugs for eight-and-a-half years without symptoms or signs of active virus. The family is said to be ...

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Ghana reaches 90% coverage of vaccination for three diseases

The 2016 Immunization Data released by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that Ghana has reached the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) target of 90% coverage for the third dose of the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine (DTP3). The Plan is a measure commonly used to evaluate the strength of routine immunization programmes.   GVAP was endorsed by Ghana along with all WHO ...

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First vaccine shows ‘super gonorrhoea’ protection

A vaccine has for the first time been shown to protect against the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea, scientists in New Zealand say. There are fears gonorrhoea is becoming untreatable as antibiotics fail. The World Health Organization sees developing a vaccine as vital in stopping the global spread of “super-gonorrhoea”. The study of 15,000 young people, published in the Lancet, showed infections ...

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Oral sex spreading unstoppable bacteria

Oral sex is producing dangerous gonorrhoea and a decline in condom use is helping it to spread, the World Health Organization has said. It warns that if someone contracts gonorrhoea, it is now much harder to treat, and in some cases impossible. The sexually transmitted infection is rapidly developing resistance to antibiotics. Experts said the situation was “fairly grim” with ...

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