Delta COVID-19 strain detected in Ghana but community spread is yet to be detected

GHANA – The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says the Delta Coronavirus strain, originating from India, has been detected in Ghana through testing at the port health but there is currently no evidence of community spread. The service has said the strain was found through a generic analysis of samples collected form passengers who arrived at the Kotoka International Airport about a week ago. The number of delta strains detected in the country so far is however not known. Dr Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe, Director of Public Health, GHS, said that the Delta…

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Ash Cell donates PPE to three hospitals in Kumasi to bolster fight against COVID-19

GHANA – Ash Cell Limited, Distributors for MTN Ghana in the Ashanti Region, has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to three hospitals in Kumasi as part of activities marking the company’s 10th anniversary. The beneficiary hospitals which included the KNUST Hospital, Suntreso Government Hospital and Apostolic Hospital received boxes of face masks and hand gloves to aid them in the fight against COVID-19. The donation was the second in a series of philanthropic activities lined up by the company to mark 10 years of excellent service delivery, having donated some…

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Canada announces US$8m support for hospitals in Ghana’s Ashanti region

GHANA – The Canadian government in partnership with UNICEF has offered US$ 8 million to improve quality health, nutrition, sanitation, and hygiene services in four selected hospitals in the Ashanti Region, with a focus on gender equality. This partnership aims to strengthen the region’s capacity to diagnose and treat COVID-19 patients through the provision of training and supplies, including digital tablets, protective gears for frontline health workers, oxygen therapy equipment, laboratory equipment for regional laboratories and clinics. H.E. Kati Csaba, Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana who announced the package, said…

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Roche launches first cancer treatment center in Ghana for effective cancer care

GHANA – Roche, a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics and the leading provider of cancer treatments globally, has launched a cancer treatment center at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital (CCTH) for accessible and effective cancer care in the Region and beyond. It is the first of three cancer centers to be established by Roche, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health to provide and promote effective and efficient cancer care and bring treatment closer to the door steps of people affected with the disease. The launch coincided with the…

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Healthtech startups 54gene and mPharma Awarded as Technology Pioneers by World Economic Forum

AFRICA – Nigeria’s 54Gene and Ghana’s mPharma are among seven other African startups to be named among 100 most promising technology pioneers by World Economic Forum (WEF) this year. The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers are early to growth-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the use of new technologies and innovation that are poised to have a significant impact on business and society. 54gene is a health technology company tackling the disparity in healthcare research and clinical delivery through large-scale discovery and translational research, advanced molecular…

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African Countries still struggling in HIV war due to inappropriate handling of disease containment measures

ZAMBIA – Most HIV patients in African countries have lower viral suppression than those in high-income countries due to low rates of viral load testing, a study has shown. The study done in Zambia and Malawi also confirmed that patients who got their medication after every six months instead of every three months were less likely to have complications and were stable. The study comes at a time when many countries, Kenya being one of them, are struggling with a shortage of drugs and most hospitals are rationing the medication.…

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mPharma joins Morgan Stanley’s inaugural sustainable business collaborative cohort

AFRICA – The Ghanaian healthcare start-up mPharma has joined a list of five breakthrough innovative companies that will receive awards and participate in Morgan Stanley’s first initiative that aims to advance systemic solutions for complex sustainability challenges across the World. mPharma is revolutionising the drug supply chain in Africa using the tools that make e-commerce convenient and profitable to make health care accessible and affordable. The start-up joins some of the most innovative companies that are changing the game in sustainable business solutions by becoming one of the chosen few companies…

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FDA rolls out a tobacco quitting campaign dubbed “Commit to Quit”

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has launched a year-long campaign dubbed: “Commit to Quit,” aimed at supporting tobacco smokers to abandon smoking as it poses enormous health hazards on their wellbeing. The campaign is purposing to roll out routine public education in schools, market places and transport terminals to serve as a platform for speaking on specific challenges smokers encounter in their quest to quit tobacco smoking. The crusade will advocate for stronger tobacco cessation policies, increase access to cessation services, raise awareness of tobacco industry tactics…

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Immunization in Ghana under immense threat says NGO Health Consortium

GHANA – An NGO Consortium in health made up of Socio Serve-Ghana, Ghana Registered Midwives Association (GRMA) and the West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF), with Hope for Future Generations (HFFG) as the lead, said immunization in Ghana is under threat due to dwindling donor funding. In leu of this, the government has been advised to increase the overall health financing budget with a keen look into immunization allocations to sustain operations and more importantly to safeguard the lives of children across the nation. The consortium met to document successes and…

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HeFRA gives directive on who heads medical laboratories in public health facilities

GHANA – Health Facilities Regulatory Agency, HeFRA, has given a directive on who qualifies to head medical laboratories in public health facilities across the country This comes amid an impasse between the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAML) over the appointment of two medical doctors, who are Hematologist, to work at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) Laboratory Unit. In a letter to the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), regarding the regulation of laboratory workplace in health facilities, HeFRA, said by Act 829, it was the appropriate Agency to determine…

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