Category: Lifestyle

First Lady urges end to child labour

First Lady Mrs. Lordina Mahama has reiterated the need for all stakeholders, opinion leaders and parents to join forces with government to combat human trafficking and worst forms of child labour. Speaking at a ceremony to interact with the people of Akwatia and also to present medical supplies and equipment to the Ghana Consolidated Diamond Hospital,AkwatiaMrsMahama noted that in as much government has put in place measures to end human trafficking and worst forms of child labour, it is time parents and other stakeholders place importance on the education and the welfare of children and support them to become...

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Philips partners World Heart Federation to prevent, diagnosis and treat cardiovascular disease in Ghana

Leading health technology company, Royal Philips has announced a new partnership with the World Heart Federation (WHF) to help people better manage their heart health.  Philips’ objective is to encourage the public to take personal responsibility for leading heart-healthy lives and raise awareness about cardiovascular disease (CVD). “Philips is dedicated to providing personalized, integrated cardiology solutions with a focus on prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Our new partnership with the World Heart Federation is an important element of our commitment to drive prevention of CVD by making clear the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease and to help people, including Ghanaians, make...

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Regional health forum participants call for new measures to reduce harmful non-communicable diseases across Africa and the Middle East

Scientists, healthcare providers, policymakers and private sector companies met in Dubai for the first ever Middle East and Africa (MEA) Health Forum on ‘Harm Reduction for Healthier Societies’. With a focus on obesity and tobacco, participants at the inaugural forum considered some of the major developments and transformative innovations being adopted to help build healthier societies in these regions. Panelists and speakers discussed how potentially preventable risk factors such as poor diets, high blood pressure, high body mass index (an indicator of obesity and being overweight), and smoking are contributing to the growing burden of non-communicable diseases in the MEA region. There are...

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Nearly 385 million children living in extreme poverty, says joint World Bank Group – UNICEF study

Children are more than twice as likely as adults to live in extreme poverty, according to a new analysis from the World Bank Group and UNICEF. Ending Extreme Poverty: A Focus on Children finds that in 2013 19.5 per cent of children in developing countries were living in households that survived on an average of US$1.90 a day or less per person, compared to just 9.2 per cent of adults.  Globally, almost 385 million children were living in extreme poverty. Children are disproportionately affected, as they make up around a third of the population studied, but half of the...

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Private sector urged to support public health institutions

Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur, wife of the Vice President has appealed to private sector operators to support public health institutions to complement government’s quest to provide health for all. Mrs Amissah-Arthur made the appeal during a presentation of medical supplies and equipment to St Andrew Hospital at Kordiabe, a rural community in the Shai Hills near Accra. She commended Dalex Finance – Business of the Year who also presented a cheque for GH₵ 50,000.00, which was the second installment of a pledged GH₵300,000.00 to support the hospital’s rehabilitation project. Mrs Amissah-Arthur charged the staff and indigenes of Kordiabe and its...

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