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  • 50% of children born in Ho not immunised

    May 1, 2017 6:43 AM 5

    Dr. Senanu Kwesi Djokoto, Municipal Director of the Ghana Health Service has noted that less than 50 per cent of children born in the Ho Municipality got immunised against vaccine preventable diseases. He said the Municipal area recently recorded two neonatal tetanus cases, which resulted in one fatality and said the city sat on a “health time-bomb

  • Malaria cases decline in Ho

    April 26, 2017 4:22 PM 9

    The Ho Municipality has recorded a decline in Malaria cases from 60,000 in 2015 to 49,000 in 2016, Dr. Senanu Kwesi Dzokoto, Municipal Director of the Ghana Health Service said on Tuesday. He further revealed that under-five mortality rate in the Municipality had also dropped from 12 in 2015 to five in 2016 and said extensive education on the disease

  • Abused tahfiz student Thaqif dies

    April 26, 2017 5:40 AM 6

    PETALING JAYA: The 11-year-old who slipped into a coma after undergoing surgery to amputate both his legs has died. Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi died at 2.06pm at Hospital Sultan Ismail in Johor Bahru. “He may have died due to his unstable heart condition,” Thaqif’s aunt Dzuraidah Ahmad told FMT when contacted. Thaqif was admitted to Sultan Ismail

  • Malaysia schoolboy 'beaten by warden' risks losing arm

    April 26, 2017 3:41 AM 5

    A Malaysian schoolboy whose legs were amputated after allegedly being beaten by a staff member may also lose his arm, doctors have warned. The 11-year-old was attacked in March by the assistant warden at a private Islamic school, media reports say. Excerpts from the boy's diary, published in Malaysian media, appear to describe systematic abuse. The boy is now in a coma and the assistant

  • A Worm May Hold The Key To Biodegrading Plastic

    April 25, 2017 8:19 PM 5

    A Worm May Hold The Key To Biodegrading Plastic The larvae of Galleria mellonella, commonly known as a wax worm, is able to biodegrade plastic bags. People around the world use more than a trillion plastic bags every year. They're made of a notoriously resilient kind of plastic called polyethylene that can take decades to break down. It was an accidental

  • First Lady launches Ghana Malaria Foundation

    April 25, 2017 10:10 AM 12

    Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the First Lady on Monday, launched the national Malaria Foundation, to lead in the mobilisation of more internal funding for the total elimination of the disease by 2030. She introduced the Foundation’s 14-member Board to be chaired by Mr Prince Kofi Amoabeng, a renowned businessman, and commended its members for charting a noble

  • Invest in Malaria fight – First Lady to corporate bodies

    April 25, 2017 6:01 AM 5

    Ghana’s First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has appealed to corporate organizations in the country to assist in the fight against malaria to help boost productivity and subsequently economic growth. According to the First Lady, although enormous achievements have been made in the fight against the disease, current research shows that nine working days are lost per each episode

  • Genetic surveillance and why it’s critical in the fight against antimalarial drug resistance

    April 24, 2017 11:51 PM 8

    Efforts to tackle malaria infections over the past decades have yielded impressive results across the tropics, so much so that full elimination is now a public health priority for many malaria endemic countries. However, resistance to frontline treatments against malaria has emerged and spread across South-East Asia, which is proving a major challenge

  • Malaria: retreat of a centuries-old scourge

    April 24, 2017 2:34 PM 4

    In 1969, the World Health Assembly adopted a carefully worded resolution that effectively ended the Global Malaria Eradication Programme launched in 1955. While long-term plans for malaria eradication were kept on the table, the resolution frankly admitted the failures and setbacks encountered during implementation of the global eradication strategy

  • New malaria vaccine to be tested in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi

    April 24, 2017 11:38 AM 6

    A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization said Monday, with 360,000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020. The injectable vaccine RTS,S could provide limited protection against a disease that killed 429,000 people worldwide in 2015, with 92 percent of victims in Africa and two-thirds