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Growing resistance to antifungal drugs ‘a global issue’

SCIENTISTS ARE warning that levels of resistance to treatments for fungal infections are growing, which could lead to more outbreaks of disease. Intensive-care and transplant patients and those with cancer are most at risk because their immune systems cannot fight off the infections. Writing in ‘Science’, researchers said new treatments were …

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EPA warns of ‘poisonous’ fruits, vegetables on sale

THE ENVIRONMENTAL Protection Agency (EPA) has revealed that some Ghanaians may be consuming poisonous fruits and vegetables as some farmers have been flouting safety standards for production and packaging. According to the Agency, some farmers and vendors are using chemicals to maintain freshness and preserve vegetables and fruits. Speaking to …

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‘One out of five’ women has had an abortion – Report

THE 2017 Ghana Maternal Health Survey indicates a correlation between higher incomes and education and the likelihood of choosing a safe abortion in the event such an option becomes necessary. Though because of stigmatisation, figures are believed to be under-reported, in the five years preceding the 2017 survey, 76% of …

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Hepatitis patients must avoid these foods

Hydrogenated oils Hydrogenated (refined) oils constitute another product that is hard for the liver to handle. These include any type of oil or fat that hardens when cold. A better choice would be flaxseed oil or virgin olive oil. Dairy products Dairy foods are extremely hard to digest. Learn the …

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Samira initiates project to reduce maternal mortality

THE SAMIRA Empowerment and Humanitarian Projects (SEHP) on Thursday, May 10, 2018, launched the SEHP Safe Delivery Project to support efforts to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in Ghana. Speaking at the ceremony in the Northern Region, the founder of SEHP,  Mrs Samira Bawumia, described as “unacceptably high”, the rate …

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Ebola is back… GHS institute measures to prevent disease

THE MINISTRY of Health (MOH) says it has received a health alert on the outbreak of Ebola in the Central African country of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has subsequently called on the public to be cautious and revive all known preventive measures to avert …

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Four steps in avoiding breast cancer

Limit alcohol The more alcohol you drink, the greater your risk of developing breast cancer. The general recommendation based on research on the effect of alcohol on breast cancer risk is to limit yourself to less than 1 drink per day as even small amounts increase risk. Don’t smoke Accumulating …

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Ghana Health Service to introduce IPV on June 1

THE GHANA Health Service will from June 1, 2018, introduce the Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) at the various child health clinics The vaccines will be given to babies who are 14 weeks old, Dr John Dadzie, of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation, announced at the commemoration of the World Immunisation …

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Experts hint yield shortage over soil fertility in northern Ghana

USAID GHANA Agriculture Sector Team Lead, Ms Jenna Tajchman, has called on stakeholders to urgently put in place the necessary measures to restore soil fertility in the three regions of the north to complement efforts towards food security. “If we want to increase food security and resilience of farmers in …

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Tips for drivers in this rainy season

If you are caught up in a downpour while on the road, turn on your headlamps and your hazard lights. Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. When driving by another car, honk at least twice. Do this whether you are over-taking or …

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