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WHO report says Ghana reaches 90% vaccination coverage for 3 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 immunisation programmes. …

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Cholera outbreak imminent; Health Service told to be on ‘high’ alert

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The Ghana Public Health Association (GPHA) is urging the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to immediately roll out preparedness and response plans countrywide, in anticipation of a possible cholera outbreak. The Association fears the country could experience a massive outbreak of the disease after the recent heavy rains coupled with poor …

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Capitation program to be expanded, not cancelled – NHIA


The capitation health insurance program which is being piloted in the Ashanti region will soon be expanded to other regions of the country , the National Health Insurance Authority has said. The comment is in response to claims by the senior minister Yaw Osafo Marfo that government is on the …

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Swine Fever: Over 15, 000 pigs killed in Ashanti region


Pig farmers in the Ashanti region are demanding compensation from government after thousands of their pigs contracted the African swine fever. The farmers say they now struggle to cater for their families because of the destruction to their animals. The destruction of the pigs became necessary after the outbreak of …

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C/R: Over 5k teenage pregnancies recorded


Five thousand one hundred and six (5106) teenage pregnancies were recorded in the Central region between July and December 2016 according to the social welfare department. Of the total, 430 were recorded among females aged between 13 and 15, while the remaining 4682 pregnancies were recorded among females aged between …

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Family abandons 7-year-old HIV boy


A family at Koforidua Effiduase in the Eastern region has neglected a 7-year-old kindergarten Pupil with the HIV/AIDS virus. The boy (name withheld) contracted the deadly virus from his mother through child birth. Investigations by Starr News’ Eastern regional Correspondent, Kojo Ansah indicates that, family members have shirked their responsibility …

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TMPC opens new office at Agbozume


The Traditional Medicine Practice council (TMPC) has this week opened their new office to the general public at Agbozume in the Ketu South District of the Volta Region.   This new office according to the authorities is to safeguard and control the conduct of the traditional medicine practitioners as well …

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We need to raise awareness on sickle disease – Prof Ohene-Frimpong

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President and National Programs Coordinator of the Sickle Cell Foundation, Professor Kweku Ohene-Frimpong has underscored the need for individuals suffering from sickle cell disease to take very good care of themselves and avoid things that may increase their pain. Sickle cell disease he told Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow 87.5Fm …

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Ghana lags behind in milk production and consumption


Ghana is ranked among the least producers and consumers of milk in the world, despite the enormous health benefits of the dairy product. Addressing an event to commemorate World Milk Day, the Dean of Faculty of Agriculture at KNUST, Professor Joseph Sarkodie-Addo, said the deficiency in milk production affects the …

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