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Ghanaians suffering ‘avoidable’ blindness – Optometrists

The Ghana Optometric Association (GOA) has expressed concerns over the alarming cases of blindness among the Ghanaian populace. According to the association, majority of eye conditions which result in total blindness would have been prevented if individuals access routine eye care services. President of the Optometric Association, DSP Dr. Remi Ninkpe, speaking at the 5th General Meeting of the group ...

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Lack of infrastructure hampering mental treatment

The lack of infrastructural development at the various psychiatric hospitals in the country has been identified as one of the major factors hampering the treatment of mentally challenged patients. This worrying development was revealed by a group of nursing students who have pledged to champion the well-being of mental patients through a Non-Governmental Organization called Foundation for Mentally Challenged (FMC). ...

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FOCOS Hospital launches fifth anniversary celebration

Foundation of Orthopaedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS), is celebrating five years since the opening of its 70-bed specialist Orthopaedic Hospital at Pantang in Accra. Birthed out of a volunteer mission founded by renowned Spine Surgeon, Prof Oheneba Boachie-Adjei in 1998, FOCOS initially conducted clinics at the Trust Hospital and rented operating rooms at the and Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, to conduct ...

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‘Pen’ identifies cancer in 10 seconds

A handheld device can identify cancerous tissue in 10 seconds, according to scientists at the University of Texas. They say it could make surgery to remove a tumour quicker, safer and more precise. And they hope it would avoid the “heartbreak” of leaving any of the cancer behind. Tests, published in Science Translational Medicine, suggest the technology is accurate 96% ...

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Malaria rapid diagnostics fuel overuse of antibiotics – Study

A study has found that Malaria rapid diagnostic tests (mRDTs) introduced to improve the use of antimalarials may have unintended negative consequences, such as overuse of antibiotics. A WHO policy change in 2010, requiring that malaria cases should be confirmed before treatment, has increased the use of mRDTs on a large scale, according to the team of researchers from countries ...

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KATH doctor pushes for law on harvesting, transplant of human organs

A medical consultant has called for the government to move quickly to get a law passed that would allow for harvesting of human organs and tissues for transplant. Dr. Seth Lartey, Tissue and Organ Transplant Consultant at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), said this had become necessary given the sharp rise of cases of internal organs failure seen at ...

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Breast, cervical cancer patients to receive LEAP support

Patients of breast and cervical cancer are to receive financial support from the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Programme (LEAP). Gender and Social Protection Minister, Otiko Afisa Djaba, who disclosed this said, the support will absorb some of the cost of treatment other medical expenses.  “The gender ministry has been monitoring the human-centred programmes of the Breast Care International (BCI) over ...

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TB kills 23 in West Akyem

More than 23 persons have died of Tuberculosis (TB) in West Akyem Municipality of the Eastern Region, Today can report. The alarming spread of TB infections, according to health personnel in the area, needed to be curtailed. The Disease Control Officer at the Health Directorate, Mr. Moses Ali Laar, in an interview with journalists revealed that “three deaths have so ...

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NGO to train 800 traditional healers on mental illness management

Basic Needs-Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organization working in the area of mental health has targeted 800 traditional healers and prayer camp managers across the country for training on the best practices in managing mental illness. The training seek to equip the traditional healers and prayer camp managers with knowledge mental illness, rights of mental health patients and management of mental illness. ...

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