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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Over a month , the Ghana Health Service has received reports of confirmed Yellow Fever cases from the Brong-Ahafo and Volta regions.

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President John Mahama has given the assurance that the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) will continue to thrive under his administration, adding that the scheme had made a positive impact in health delivery in the country.
Mr Mahama noted that a committee has been set up to restructure the scheme, a move, he said will make it more efficient.

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The cancer-stricken boy who demanded to sit in a plane before his predicted death has died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Cruzfm can confirm

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The largest gathering on HIV and AIDS, and Sexually transmitted infections, in Africa has officially commenced in Harare, Zimbabwe, under the theme; HIV/AIDS in Post 2015 Era: Linking Leadership, Science & Human Rights.

Christened the 18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2015), the summit, being attended by about 5000 delegates is to showcase new research findings, and strategies towards achieving the global target of ending the AIDS epidemic by the year 2030.

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The Jaman Development Group, a voluntary organization for the socio-economic progress of the Jaman North and South Districts, has organized a free eye-screening exercise for more than 200 people from communities in the two areas.

The group, formed about five months ago, consists of indigenes from the two districts who are professionals, such as lawyers, medical doctors and other categories of health workers, administrators, teachers and lecturers.

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The Half Assini Government Hospital has offered free health screening exercise to a large number of people in the Jomoro District as part of efforts to offer quality health delivery to the people.

The Medical Superintendent of the Hospital, Dr Jonathan Mensah, who made this known in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, at Half-Assini in the Western Region said the event took place at Tikobo No. one on a market day.

He said the programme forms part of celebration of this year’s annual Kundum festival of the chiefs and people of the Western Nzema Traditional Area.

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Dr Roland Sowa, Western Regional HIV/AIDS Coordinator, at the Effia Nkwanta Hospital in Sekondi, has noted that the use of one local enema syringe (bentua) by many people, had the potential to transmit HIV/AIDS.He said one HIV/AIDS victim died in Takoradi, thereafter three relatives from the same house also passed away in turns within a short period, and this aroused the curiosity of the HIV/AIDS Unit to conduct investigations into the deaths from the house.

Dr Sowa said the investigations revealed that the entire household was using a common syringe for enema for herbal treatment; therefore the three were tested of the disease which proved positive.Based on the report, he remarked that “the local syringe used by infected people for enema played a role in the transmission of HIV/AIDS.”

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Pregnant women in the Volta Region who suffered from eclampsia were supplementing the cost of magnesium sulphate injection 50%, Divine Azameti, Head Pharmaceutical Services, Volta Regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) had indicated.

Eclampsia is said to be “a condition in which one or more convulsions occur in a pregnant woman suffering from high blood pressure often followed by coma imposing a threat to the health of mother and baby.”

Mr Azameti explained that the women have had to bear part of the cost of that injection because its market price of 2.50 Ghana cedis each was more than the 1.96 Ghana cedis which the National Health Insurance Scheme was paying.

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More than two million subscribers of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) have been enrolled onto the capitation payment system in four regions since its inception in 2010.

The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) started a pilot project with the capitation payment system in Ashanti Region in 2010, and had since enrolled 1. 8 million subscribers.

Volta, Upper East and Upper West Regions were later added to the project, and had so far enrolled about 800,000 subscribers in the three regions.

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The Asante-Akim South District Office of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has taken steps to improve the quality and public accessibility of its services, with the opening of three additional biometric registration centres.

These new centres are at Asuboa, Dampong and Ofoase.

Mr. William Mensah, the District Scheme Manager, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that, this had brought their services closer to the people.

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