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The state of emergency care in Ghana

Emergency care is an integral part of healthcare and in many instances it’s required when least expected. Unfortunately, when required, the time window between life and death may be so small that decisions ought to be made by competent people using reliable systems that have been tried and tested and …

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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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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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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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Let’s have a chat about chronic diseases

This week a friend of mine confided in me that she had not been sleeping properly. Apparently, in recent weeks she had been having unexplained headaches and had found out that her blood pressure was slightly high. More importantly, her diastolic blood pressure was more elevated than normal. Incidentally, she …

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Ghana: At war with the mosquito

Last week it was reported that Algeria and Argentina had been declared by the World Health Organization as malaria-free countries. I received this information with mixed feelings. It was because I began to wonder whether Ghana would one day dream of becoming free of malaria too. I have always believed …

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How is Ghana looking at healthcare in a technological world?

Many, myself included, have often wondered about the huge health human resource gaps in sub-Saharan Africa and efforts being made to address these. In many of these conversations, reality has stared us in the face that with the best will in the world, these gaps will never be bridged in …

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