HEALTH 

KATH cuts back vital services after exit of 150 doctors

The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) has cut back on the provision of some vital services following a critical shortfall in doctors. The decision was taken after the exit of over 150 doctors who recently completed their rotation at the Hospital. An emergency meeting subsequently resolved to cut back on elective and OPD services but will continue to give quality in patient care for those currently on admission. According to Joy News Ohemeng Tawiah, arrangements for new doctors to take over has currently hit a snag since the Finance Ministry is…

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HEALTH 

Govt urged to cover non-communicable diseases in NHIS

Director of the Institute of Leadership and Development, Benjamin Anabila, has called for the inclusion of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to ensure universal coverage in the country. He also called on Government to impose taxes or levies on unhealthy diets such as sugary drinks, salty and fatty food to enhance the funds of the NHIS. Mr Anabila made the suggestion in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Thursday. He said NCDs, particularly cancer; cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases and…

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HEALTH 

1mCHW launches Health ‘Nnoboa’ campaign

A campaign that seeks to create demand for family health services and increase coverage to bridge gaps in access to quality health care delivery has been launched at Asokore Mampong in the Ashanti Region. It is christened “Health Nnoboa” campaign and was initiated by the 1mCHW Campaign of Millennium Promise and its partners, Ashanti Regional Health Directorate, Ghana Health Service, Youth Employment Agency and the Rotary Club. The occasion was also used to introduce some Community Health Officers (CHOs) who have undergone some days of intensive training in basic health…

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HEALTH 

Why babies born in September are more successful – Study

According to a new study, your birth month can impact much more than your astrological sign. In fact, it correlates with the overall success of students throughout their childhood and adolescence. New research from the National Bureau of Economic Research says that the age of a child when they start school can make a substantial difference in their subsequent cognitive development from ages 6 through 15, effecting not only their test scores, but college outcomes and the likelihood of incarceration for juvenile crimes. So what does this have to do with your…

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HEALTH LIFESTYLE 

Why rotten plantain used to prepare ‘kakro’ can give you cancer

A former dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Ghana, Legon, Professor George Tawia Odamten has cautioned the public against eating ‘kakro’ mashed plantain, made into balls and fried in very hot oil. He said although eating kakor is not bad, the manner in which it is prepared with soft plantain that are almost decayed or rotten can cause cervical cancer. Professr Odamtten said this when he delivered a public lecture on the topic plant disease, crop and food security in Ghana organized by the Ghana Academy…

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