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Fighting the fall armyworms: Detergent and herbal concoctions to the rescue

Large hectares of vegetable and maize farms in parts of Assin, have been ruined by armyworms, something that is threatening food security and has left many farmers impoverished. The widespread destruction of food crop farms by the worms remains a serious threat to Ghana’s food security, in spite of the …

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Hopelessness envelopes Ghana’s mining towns even as country becomes top gold producer

Recently, Ghana became the largest gold producer in Africa after overtaking South Africa but some residents of mining communities in Ghana doubt the significance of this feat, claiming that it would have no meaningful impact on their lives. During a visit to some mining communities in Western Ghana residents expressed …

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How much financial costs are Ghanaians bearing for apathy?

I have always wondered if as a society we are really interested in the quality and standard of healthcare we receive. A number of factors have created this uncertainty in my mind. Primary amongst them is the level of coverage healthcare gets on print, social and electronic media. Last week, the …

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Are herbal remedies important to Ghana’s malaria control efforts?

From being milled on smooth stones or pounded and boiled in earthenware pots over firewood, the African herb, which has been used for treating various illnesses, has found its way from the home settings to the market and other retail outlets in modern colourful finishing. The use of herbs to …

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Could French language teachers be the cause of low French literacy in Ghana?

Ghana shares borders with three French-speaking countries, namely Togo, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire. However, most Ghanaians do not speak French. As stated on the SpainExchange County Guide, about only 13 per cent of the Ghanaian population speaks French. In other words, the level of literacy in French is very …

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Medicines in Ghana: Do Ghanaians get value for money?

I have often wondered how the average Ghanaian in a country where 63 per cent of the population is not covered by any form of health insurance pays for medicine. My concern has not simply been on the basis of ability to pay but has also been driven by the concept of …

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Ghana: To export nurses or not?

This week was one of those weeks where I had struggled to make my mind up regarding what to share with readers. I struggled because there was so much happening on the health front. At the beginning of the week, there was talk about nurse skill transfer by way of …

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Dirty secrets of mining echo on three continents

The “Green Blood” series pursued the investigations of several reporters who faced threats when covering possible environmental damage and other abuses by mining companies. Reporting on environmental issues can cost journalists their jobs, the land they live on and even their lives. The more journalists cover these issues aggressively, the …

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The cost of congestion in Ghanaian health facilities

Some have said a clean mind resides in a clean body. Though this may be true, a few things I have observed around outpatient health facilities in Ghana make me wonder what sort of minds we leave health facilities with. A few days ago, a friend of mine wrote on …

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How the use of alcohol becomes a public health threat

Not only does it have a long history dating back into ancient times but alcohol is said to be pervasive and present at almost all social gatherings and night life. Alcoholic drinks and beverages, which come in different varieties, bottles, colours and prices, are largely driven by a huge global …

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