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Making an economic case for workplace mental health

Not having a job or unemployment has been identified by health experts as a risk factor for some mental health challenges, while securing a job has been described as “protective”. There is an agreement however that a negative working environment could also lead to physical and mental health problems for …

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Why should we wait for fish smoking to kill us?

Grandma Kailey woke up this morning feeling dizzy and weak. She was also slowly losing her left eye and that made her nervous. This morning, she could not do her usual sweeping and galavanting. When her granddaughter Bibio strayed towards a heath made of three big stones planted to firm …

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The anti-malarial clinical trial that is changing Ghana’s public health landscape 

About 12 years ago, a team of journalists from Accra undertook a fact-finding journey to Kintampo, now part of the Bono East region, to talk to researchers, parents and other local community members in order to seek answers to some critical questions such as why any mother or parent in …

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The scourge of a vaccine

The late Alvin Toffler American writer and futurist is noted to have stated, “the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” No time have I found this quote more poignant than in the last few …

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President Akufo-Addo’s 2019 May Day speech 

I am happy to have the opportunity to be amongst you again on this special day, the third of my presidency, that is set aside to celebrate work and workers across the globe. Today is the international day of solidarity for all working people. Ghanaian workers, ayekoo. I do not …

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Speak up: We all can be mental illness patients

“Overall, the evidence suggests that liking continues to increase as people are exposed to an idea between ten and twenty times, with additional exposure still useful for more complex ideas.” Adam Grant argues in Originals. I have considerable reason to argue that the aforementioned quote holds true in Ghana, with …

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There is an Africa Poverty Clock – Let that sink in

While around the world extreme poverty has declined considerably, new World Bank estimates suggest that the number of extremely poor people—those who live on $1.90 a day or less—has fallen from 1.9 billion in 1990 to about 736 million in 2015. But the number of people living in extreme poverty …

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Women’s inclusion pivotal for development – Samira Bawumia

The wife of the Vice President, Mrs Samira Bawumia, has called for women’s inclusion in national development and asked African governments to prioritize women issues in decision-making processes. She advocated the need for women and girls to be given equal access to education, healthcare, decent work, and representation in political …

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Asantehene’s 20th anniversary climax – a multi-cultural ‘tapestry’

The Manhyia Palace in Kumasi, the royal seat of the Asante Monarchs, on Sunday April 21, became the venue where the world’s wide array of different cultures, were richly woven together in elegant colours, to depict the beauty of cultural unity in diversity. The impressive and exciting “Akwasidaekese”, a grand …

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Engaging the health establishment is a necessary evil

I am a passionate reader of medical history and get fascinated by the obstacles that those who have dared to make a dent on the world’s healthcare landscape have had to face. From the days when the likes of Edward Jenner pioneered the smallpox immunisation (the world’s first known vaccine) …

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