Author: Samuel Ampomah

World Health Organisation (WHO) approves Ghana trachoma free

Ghana has been adjudged the first country in the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) African Region to achieve the milestone of elimination of trachoma. WHO has therefore commended Ghana for having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem, two decades after the World Health Assembly resolved to tackle the leading infectious cause of blindness. The announcement comes the day after a commitment from Pfizer, the manufacturer of Zithromax (azithromycin) to extend their donation programme for the antibiotic until 2025, if required, to finish the task of global trachoma elimination. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “It’s been 20 years since the...

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Ghana launches Framework for Early Childhood Development

Ghana is the first country in the world to launch its ‘Nurturing Care Framework for Early Childhood Development’ after the global launch in May, this year at the World Health Summit. The framework seeks to instil into parenting, globally agreed nurturing care for childhood development, with the aim of assisting children to achieve their full potentials in life through efforts in five components of nurturing care. The five components are good health, adequate nutrition, opportunities for early learning, security and safety as well as responsive care-giving to the child. Launching the framework in Accra, the Second Lady of Ghana,...

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Ghana commemorates World Blood Donor Day

Ghana has still not been able to achieve the 100 per cent voluntary blood donation status as required by the World Health Organisation (WHO), despite the various interventions over the years to achieve the target. Dr Samuel Asiamah, the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Korle-bu Teaching Hospital, at the commemoration of the 2018 World Blood Donor Day in Accra on Thursday, said the need for blood was increasing in all parts of the world, and Ghana was no exception. However statistics from the WHO indicates that only 62 countries globally get close to a 100 per cent of...

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National maternal, child health and nutrition conference opens

The maiden National Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) Conference, on Tuesday opened in Accra, to map out strategies to decrease disparities in health services delivery, and increase Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by ensuring accountability. The three-day conference, which also seeks to create a platform to increase partner involvement and knowledge sharing, was on the theme: “Strengthening Partnerships for achieving Universal Health Coverage in Reproductive Maternal, Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition”. The occasion was graced by the presence of the First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, who delivered the keynote address, and also brought together health sector partners and all...

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The Minister for Health leads Ghanaian delegation to the 71 WHA Meeting in Geneva

The Minister for Health, Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has led a delegation of selected Parliamentarians, doctors, CEOs and officials from the Health Ministry to participate in the 71 World Health Assembly meetings in Geneva, Switzerland. The Minister gave a statement on behalf of the Government and People of Ghana on Tuesday’s during the main Plenary meeting and also presented a report. “The World Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body for WHO. It generally meets in Geneva in May each year and is attended by delegations from all 194 WHO Member States. Its main function is to determine the policies...

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