Health

Ridge Hospital Medical Director at war with Health Minister over dismissal

Ridge Hospital

The Medical Director of the Ridge Hospital says he will not vacate his position hours after he was dismissed by the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu on Wednesday.

Dr Thomas Awuni Naba told Joy News’ Hannah Odame Thursday, the Minister has no right to dismiss him.

“The only person who can terminate my appointment is Ghana Health Council...I still have three years,” he said.

The Health Minister is reported to have dismissed the Medical Director of the Ridge Hospital days to the official opening of the hospital renamed the Greater Accra Regional Hospital.


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Ivory Coast bears the brunt of Ghana's illegal mining

Benito Owusu-Bio

Prestea (W/R), April 25, GNA - A delegation from Ivory Coast would today hold diplomatic talks with Ghanaian officials over effects of illegal mining in Ghana having rippling effects in that country.

Mr Benito Owusu-Bio, a Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, told the media in Preatea in the Western Region during the tour of some mining sites.


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Galamsey in Ghana affecting Ivory Coast – Frimpong-Boateng

Ghana's President Akufo-Addo, and Ivory Coast's President, Alassane Ouattara.

Ivory Coast’s semi-public water distribution company, SODECI, recently shut down its water treatment plant in the area because of the level of pollution in the Bia River.

Galamsey menace in Ghana

There has been intense pressure on government to end the illegal practice, and save water bodies and the environment from further destruction.

Currently, some water treatment plants in Ghana have been shut down due to the activities of illegal miners, which have rendered water bodies from which the plants harvest water for processing useless.


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Suicide helpline gets busy as Ghana is gripped by surge in deaths

Ambulance service

Ghana’s capital Accra was hit by at least four suicide deaths last week alone prompting the creation of a helpline to counsel those who need help.

Ghana’s Mental Health Authority disclosed that in four days after the helpline’s creation, 30 people have called to seek help.

“Some of them call in and they tell you they need help and the line drops, so we make the efforts to get back to know those who genuinely need help and we help them,” Kweku Brobbey, spokesperson of the Mental Health Authority told local media Joy News.


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World faces greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945, UN warns

Children stand at a camp for internally displaced people in Dharawan, near the capital Sanaa, Yemen, on 28 February, 2017 Reuters

The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the UN was founded in 1945, with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and famine, the UN humanitarian chief has said.

Stephen O'Brien told the UN Security Council that "without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death" and "many more will suffer and die from disease."

He urged an immediate injection of funds for Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeast Nigeria plus safe and unimpeded access for humanitarian aid "to avert a catastrophe."


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University of Ghana Medical Centre the best in Africa- Mahama

University of Ghana Medical Center, Legon

President John Dramani Mahama says the establishment of the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) with ultra-modern equipment will make the institution one of the best in Africa.

He said this at the inauguration of the first phase of the Centre yesterday in Accra.

The president in his address said the UGMC project marked another milestone by the country in its quest for quality healthcare service delivery and the completion of the project is a dream come true.


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Prez Mahama opens 1st phase of Univ. of Ghana Medical centre

President Mahama admiring the plaque after unveiling it.

President John Mahama on Wednesday inaugurated the first phase of a new 650-bed University of Ghana Medical Centre at Legon in Accra.
Said to be comparable to none in West Africa, the $271 million Medical Centre is a referral facility.

The facility comprises eight separate buildings and houses, different specialised areas such as emergency, Imaging, operating theatres, laboratories and a computer room.


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Psychiatric nurses call off strike

Psychiatric Nurses

Nurses at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital have called off their one-week strike after a meeting with stakeholders on Monday, November 7.

According to the nurses, they will resume work on Tuesday, November 8, having been satisfied with assurances as well as supply of logistics to the country’s foremost psychiatric hospital.

The nurses began an indefinite strike on Monday, October 31 after complaining of “shortage of essential medications” required for psychiatric management, among other reasons.


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Ghana finds potential HIV cure

HIV/AIDS Logo

The Centre of Awareness has disclosed that it has found a potential cure for HIV/AIDS following ten years of research into plant medicines in Ghana.

According to the founder of the centre, Dr Samuel Ato Duncan, the drug named COA has been scientifically tested and seen to be efficacious and safe for the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

Dr Duncan disclosed this at a presentation on the drug at the Physicians and Surgeons auditorium in Accra on Wednesday, 5 October 2016.


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