2014 Highlights on Health

Accra , Dec 31, GNA -   

Kumasi, Jan. 9, GNA – The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) vowed robust tackling of maternal and neonatal mortality, which had been unacceptably high at the facility.

Accra, Jan. 21, GNA – Dr Kaku Kyiamah, a Science Technologist urged nutritionists and medical doctors to stop deceiving the public about omega-3 fatty acids and its impact on health.

Cape Coast, Jan. 30, GNA - Mrs Elizabeth Bain-Doodu, a Senior Nursing Officer at the Cape Coast Central Reproductive and Child Health Centre, expressed concern about the high rate of stillbirths among young mothers in the metropolis.

Accra, Feb. 4, GNA - The National Executive Council of Health Services Workers’ Union of the Trades Union Congress (Ghana) said it would resist any efforts by Government to freeze public sector wages during the year.

Accra, Feb. 5, GNA - Professor Joseph Clegg-Lamptey, Head of the Surgical Department at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, expressed worry over the late arrival of cancer cases in hospitals leading to increase in the death tolls in the country.

Saltpond (C/R), Feb. 10, GNA - A total of 22 out of 128 deaths recorded at the Saltpond Hospital in the Mfantseman Municipality of the Central Region last year were caused by hypertension, surpassing malaria to become the major cause of death at the hospital in the year under review.

Ankaful (C/R), March 4, GNA- The Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital in the Cape Coast Metropolis was compelled to place embargo on new admissions as a result of erratic flow of funds and drugs from the government.

Accra, May 7, GNA - A new study revealed that children who spent two hours or more in front of a screen (TV, computer, videogames) had over 2.5 fold increase in their odds of having high blood pressure (BP).

Accra, June 1, GNA – Dr Akwasi Kyei-Faried, Deputy Director and Head, Disease Control and Prevention Department of the Ghana Health Service,   said one death was recorded every six seconds due to tobacco use and exposure.

Accra, June 7, GNA – A United Nations report revealed that major deficits in midwifery workforce occurred in 73 countries where services were most desperately needed, and recommended new strategies to save millions of lives of women and newborns.

Accra, June 30, GNA – A human papillomavirus (HPV) study showed that vaccination of 58 million girls of 12 years in 179 countries prevented 690,000 cases of cervical cancer and 420,000 deathsat a cost of four billion dollars.

Sunyani, July 1, GNA – Mr Gabriel Gbiel Benarkuu, National Campaign Co-ordinator of the Universal Healthcare Campaign (UHC), an advocacy group, said the country could not achieve set targets for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for health.

Accra , July 23, GNA - Exclusive Breastfeeding rates dropped drastically from 63.7 per cent in 2008 to 46 per cent in 2011 according to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey.

Accra, Aug. 06, GNA -The Minority Caucus in Parliament appealed to the government to take urgent steps to prevent the imminent collapse of the National Health Insurance Scheme insisting that funds should be released immediately to salvage the fund.

Accra, Sept. 08, GNA - The Ghana Wildlife Society expressed worry about the alarming rate of extinction of vultures in Africa.

Accra, Sept. 22, GNA - The West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF) advocated the involvement of Tuberculosis (TB) patients in matters that concerned them and also strengthen the voices of African advocates to improve health and wellbeing across the continent.

New York, Sept. 27, GNA - Global leaders called for the prioritisation of sexual and reproductive health rights in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Nyinahin (Ash), Oct. 7, GNA – The Atwima-Mponua District Health Directorate intensified its efforts at bringing down the high incidence of teenage pregnancy through carefully-coordinated and targeted reproductive health education campaign.

Accra, Oct. 14, GNA – Reverend Dr Alex K. Appiah, President of GEWAH Group of Companies called on district assemblies to organise health screening for food vendors in view of the wide spread of communicable diseases in the country.

Accra, Oct 14, GNA –The European Union issued its Codes Against Cancer as part of efforts to create more public awareness on modes of cancer prevention.

Cape Coast, Oct. 20, GNA - Dr Akwasi Osei, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Mental Health Authority (MHA) asked for the urgent implementation of the Mental Health Law to improve mental health care delivery.

Accra, Nov. 20, GNA – The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD), a non-governmental organisation, appealed to President John Dramani Mahama to reject tobacco industry interferences in developing the national Tobacco Tax Policy.

Somanya, (ER), Nov 22, GNA- President John Dramani Mahama, directed that no Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies should provide permits to developers whose projects did not include toilet facilities in their building plans.

Accra, Nov 27, GNA- Health Minister Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah projected a widening financing gap between the National Health Insurance Levy (NHIL) and the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

Assin Foso (C/R), Dec.7, GNA - The number of reported cases of mental illness rose in the Assin North Municipality in two years, a situation blamed on the nation’s neglect of issues of psychological and mental illness for a long time.

Accra, Dec. 9, GNA –The number of people dying from malaria fell dramatically from the year 2000 and cases are also steadily declining, according to the World Malaria Report 2014.

Asodowui , Dec 12, GNA – Mrs. Helen Sarpong-Akorsah, South Tongu District Director of the  Ghana Health Service (GHS), lamented  the practice among communities in the area to demand that nurses manning the CHPs Compounds vacated their residential accommodations for guests during funerals.

Accra, Dec. 17, GNA- The Maternal Mortality Estimation Inter-Agency Group of the World Health Organisation estimated that Ghana’s maternal mortality rate had gone up from 350 per 100,000 live births to 380.

Accra , Dec 22, GNA - A new report revealed that it would cost an average of 25 dollars to provide a package of essential sexual and reproductive health services to  each woman between 15 years and 49 years, in developing regions, annually.

Accra, Dec 29, GNA - The lives of many pregnant women, cholera patients, and other patients visiting the Dansoman Polyclinic were under threat because of congestion, poor hygiene, unsafe water, and lack of equipment, Hospital Officials said.


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Published: 2014-12-31 19:03:37
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