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Where do ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water come from?

Where do ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water come from?

Health & Wellbeing, International
The US is introducing new environmental protections aimed at limiting long-lived PFAS chemicals in tap water, but these are only the tip of a very persistent iceberg. They are in the water we drink, the packaging of the food we eat, the utensils we cook with, the beds we sleep in, the clothes we wear and even within our own bodies. There is no escaping so-called "forever chemicals", a set of long-lasting and potentially harmful human-made substances that infuse almost every environment on the planet. The US government is imposing its first-ever national restrictions on five of these individual chemicals, known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), plus limits on mixtures that include a sixth PFAS compound. The Environmental Prote...
USAID donates ‘Health Voyager’ boat to improve health access in Oti’s island communities

USAID donates ‘Health Voyager’ boat to improve health access in Oti’s island communities

Ghana News, Health & Wellbeing
The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), donated a new 19-seater boat to the Ghana Health Service to serve communities of the Oti region today. The boat, known as the “Health Voyager,” will serve 30 percent of the entire population in the Oti region with over 230,000 people across 185 island communities in four districts."The United States is committed to ensuring that all Ghanaians — regardless of their location – have access to quality health care,” said USAID/Ghana Health Office Director, Dr. Zohra Balsara. “USAID’s donations embody our commitment to enhancing primary health care services in Ghana.” Island communities along the Volta Lake are often cut off from health services due to geographical barriers. The...
Apostle Eric Nyamekye urges government to consider innovative solutions to addressing plastic menace

Apostle Eric Nyamekye urges government to consider innovative solutions to addressing plastic menace

Ghana News, Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle & Social
The Chairman of the Church of Pentecost (COP), Apostle Eric Kwabena Nyamekye, has reiterated the need for government to reconsider ways to discourage the single use of plastics in the country. He said plastic waste management is a huge challenge and the government needed to find innovative solutions to it. The Chairman was speaking to journalists during the COP National Environmental Care Campaign clean up exercise in Accra on Saturday March 16, 2024. He added that plastic waste management is an employment opportunity and a source of income so many people should be encouraged to explore and invest in plastic waste collection and recycling. "Let's see if some business entrepreneurs will come onboard and take charge of the plastics so that others will collect them at a fee a...
10 small signs you’re not taking good care of yourself

10 small signs you’re not taking good care of yourself

Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle & Social
Taking care of yourself is one of the best things you can do for your health and happiness. And, I’m not just talking physically. I’m talking mentally, as well. Taking care of yourself is not selfish. You should not feel guilty about it. Indeed, you can’t take care of anybody else unless you have taken care of yourself. I see it all the time. You will burn out when you don’t take care of yourself. Why do so many of you put yourself last on the list to be taken care of? Is it an old mindset? There is no good reason to put yourself last. Here are 10 signs you are not taking good care of yourself: 1. You’re easily frustrated in your relationships You find yourself getting mad or snapping at others for no reason. You’re even surprised at how irritable you’ve become, and you worry the...
Korle-Bu Renal Unit may shut down due to indebtedness

Korle-Bu Renal Unit may shut down due to indebtedness

Ghana News, Headlines Today, Health & Wellbeing
The renal dialysis unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) is warning of a possible shutdown due to the facility's inability to raise money to purchase consumables for service delivery.  According to the Head of the Unit, Prof. Vincent Boiman, with every dialysis section, the unit loses GH₵380 which is accumulating as debt. Prof. Boiman says the situation is now affecting service delivery and may lead to the shutting down of the unit. Speaking to JoyNews, he said “Each time, we dialyse one person at GH₵380, we lose another  GH₵380  because the actual cost is more than double what the patients are paying now. We are actually incurring costs which is not being paid for." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDBei8Jp2mk "In terms of improving their quality of life, in ...
Elder Dr. Emmanual Yeboah Honoured At the Ghana Medical Excellence Awards

Elder Dr. Emmanual Yeboah Honoured At the Ghana Medical Excellence Awards

Ghana News, Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle & Social
The Presiding Elder of the New Aplaku Central Assembly in the Kasoa Area of The Church of Pentecost, Elder Dr. Emmanuel Owusu Yeboah, was honoured at this year’s Ghana Medical Excellence Awards as “Overall Best Dentist” (First Runner-Up). The glittering ceremony was held on November 24, 2023, within the hallowed halls of the State House in Accra, where luminaries from the medical field gathered to honour excellence. The New Aplaku Assembly, where Elder Dr. Yeboah has been an instrumental figure, received the news with pride and much excitement. Consequently, Congratulatory messages poured in from colleagues, parishioners, and well-wishers, highlighting the positive impact Elder Dr. Yeboah has had on the lives of those he has served. In a gracious acceptance speech, Elder Dr. Y...
I wish I had the right to impose stiffer punishment on you – Judge to Aisha Huang

I wish I had the right to impose stiffer punishment on you – Judge to Aisha Huang

Ghana News, Health & Wellbeing
The judge who sentenced Aisha Huang, known as the Galamsey Kingpin, to four-and-a-half years in prison and a fine of GH¢48,000, Justice Lydia Osei Marfo, had expressed a desire for a more severe sentence if she had the authority. Justice Lydia Osei Marfo remarked that the crimes committed by Aisha Huang were serious and harmful to the State. While delivering her ruling on Monday, December 4, she explained that the prosecution of the Chinese national was carried out under Act 900, which previously set a maximum penalty of five years for engaging in mining activities without a license. Read also: Aisha Huang jailed 4 and half years for mining offences She noted that the limitations of the Act prevented her from imposing a lengthier prison term.https://cdn.vuukle.com/widgets...
Over 70k people in Ashanti Region estimated to be living with HIV

Over 70k people in Ashanti Region estimated to be living with HIV

Ghana News, Health & Wellbeing
A total of 72,429 people in the Ashanti Region are estimated to be living with HIV, according to the Ghana Aids Commission 2022 report. Out of this number, only 26,006 are currently on Anti-Retroviral (ARV) medication at health facilities, leaving a gap of 46,421 who cannot be accounted for in terms of antiretroviral uptake. These individuals are either unaware of their status or have defaulted on ARV treatment. Mr. Dennis Bandoh, the Deputy Ashanti Regional Focal Person for HIV/AIDS, disclosed to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the region also recorded 4,618 new cases at the end of the third quarter of 2023, representing a 2.1 percent increase over last year. HIV testing is conducted in two categories – Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), mainly for pregnant wom...

National Coordinator of School Feeding Programme, Gertrude Quashigah dead

Education, Ghana News, Health & Wellbeing
The National Coordinator of the School Feeding Programme, Mrs. Gertrude Quashigah, has sadly passed away. She died on Sunday, November 12, 2023. The former Chief Executive Officer of Ambar Quality Food Limited, who played a crucial role in the program, has left a void with her untimely demise, as confirmed by a family source to Adomonline.com. Born on February 1, 1960, in Dzelukope, Keta, in the Volta Region, Mrs. Gertrude Quashigah who held the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Ambar Quality Foods Limited, was not only a prominent figure in the field of hospitality but also made significant contributions to the Ghanaian food industry.https://cdn.vuukle.com/widgets/quiz.html?version=1.11.12Advertisement She was the wife of the late Major Courage E. K Quashigah (Rtd)...
Korle-Bu Renal Dialysis Unit re-opens today

Korle-Bu Renal Dialysis Unit re-opens today

Ghana News, Health & Wellbeing
Barring any unforeseen challenges, the renal unit at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital is set to resume services for patients today, November 6. Reports indicate that this decision was reached during a meeting held on Friday, November 3, where there was unanimous agreement to reopen the facility to outpatients. This will mark the end of months of closure. Since May 22, 2023, the unit had been inaccessible to outpatients, compelling them to seek dialysis services elsewhere, mainly in private healthcare facilities.https://cdn.vuukle.com/widgets/quiz.html?version=1.11.12Advertisement A partial reopening took place on September 27, coupled with an announcement of an increase in the cost of dialysis treatment per session from GH¢380 to GHS¢765.42. However, following public outcry, ...
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