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Stigma, shame and scourge of HIV in Ghana

“I was scared for my life and my unborn baby. His actions made me lonely and desperate to leave,” those were the rather poignant words of Akosua (not her real name) as she narrated her experience of abuse after her HIV diagnosis. Recounting her ordeal, the 27-year-old said she had …

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Artisanal fishers blame dwindling fish stock on climate change

Kobina Atta has been fishing in Sekondi on the western coast of Ghana since age 20. Now at 51, he complains about the changes in the seasons, rise in sea level, and dwindling stock of fishes, having a toll on his livelihood. “These days, the seasons have changed, we cannot …

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The persecution of journalist Edward Adeti: A blot on a nation’s conscience

In his inaugural address on January 20, 1961, US President J. F. Kennedy said these famous words that have remained relevant for years. “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” There are few journalists in Ghana who can stick …

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The NHRC – building a Centre of excellence in health science in Ghana

From its modest beginnings in 1988, the Navrongo Health Research Centre (NHRC) in the Upper East Region, has made great strides and extended its operations to cover research activities involving clinical trials, social intervention and evaluation studies. The NHRC is one of the three research centres of the Research and …

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Developing national diabetes treatment guidelines, key for standard care during COVID-19 pandemic

The global pandemic, COVID-19, has taken the world by storm. Alongside COVID-19, diabetes is a long-standing global epidemic making the diabetes population likely to suffer adverse outcomes if infected by the virus. According to health experts, COVID-19 may enhance complications in individuals with diabetes through an imbalance in angiotension-converting enzyme …

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COVID-19 and rising cases of teenage pregnancy in Ghana

Statistics from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) indicates that about 13 teenage pregnancy cases were recorded every day in Ghana especially in 2020 during the peak period of COVID-19. Available figures This data reveals that in 2020, on a daily basis, out of nearly 301 pregnancies recorded in Ghana, 13 …

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The Sakumo Ramsar Site birds’ habitat is dying

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon in 2009, and as unaccustomed, I took a brisk walk to the Titanic Beach in Sakumono, Tema West, on my return from the hinterland, to watch the playful ocean breeze with its accompanying sweet salty essence and skin-caressing sunlight. A few meters across the …

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Maria Ressa: The woman who is standing up for her people and for journalism

I have watched Maria Ressa when she worked as CNN correspondent for many years before she left to co-found Rappler in the Philippines. When Duterte became president, that was when Maria and to a large extent, Rapper’s persecution by the Duterte government started. Duterte started a so-called violent war against …

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Pink October – The fight against breast cancer is on

Breast cancer has been ranked the first commonest cancer among women in the country according to the 2020 GLOBOCAN Statistics, an online database providing global cancer statistics and incidence of mortality in 185 countries for 36 types of cancer. Breast cancer forms 31.8 per cent of female cancers and a …

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