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Millions of dollars available to expand the use of malaria vaccine in Africa 

Funding of close to $160 million has been secured from Gavi to support the introduction, procurement and delivery of the RTS,S malaria vaccine for Gavi-eligible countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In October 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended the expanded use of the vaccine following findings from the ongoing pilot …

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KHRC undertakes studies to stop mother to child transmission of infections

A study to assess the extent to which pregnant women can pass on infections to their children has been undertaken at the Kintampo Health Research Centre in the Bono East Region. Infections contribute to over 10 per cent of maternal deaths and approximately a quarter of newborn deaths worldwide. Mrs …

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Ghana is considering making antibiotics OTC drugs

Proposals have been made to consider making antibiotics class C drugs to be sold as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs just like paracetamol by licensed chemical sellers. In Ghana, antibiotics are mostly prescription drugs, which are regulated to be sold and dispensed by pharmacies and health facilities. However, it is very common …

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As countries face multiple crises World Bank to deploy $170b to help economies

The world has barely shaken off the biting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as economies were reeling and struggling to recover from decline, Russia invaded Ukraine and started a war, which has come to exacerbate an already tottering global economy. In response to the crises, the World Bank Group has …

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Pharmacist on GH¢100,000.00 bail for impersonation

An Accra Circuit Court has granted a GH¢100,000.00 bail with two sureties to a pharmacist who allegedly posed as a medical doctor at the Police Hospital. Reagan Kaaiemabong is also facing two other charges – possession of firearm without authority and threatening to kill two persons at the 2M Express …

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Ghana upstream oil and gas sector contributed 3.83% to GDP in 2020

Ghana’s upstream oil and gas sector contributed 3.83 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product in 2020. Dr John Ampontuah Kumah, the Deputy Minister of Finance, said the contribution of the upstream oil and gas sector to energy generation in Ghana could not be over-emphasized. Dr Kumah said this when …

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By end of 2021 the Internet has more than 341 million domain names registered

Since the Internet was invented, the world has become more interconnected, and that was made even more thorough with the introduction of smartphones that enable connectivity with handsets. According to VeriSign a provider of domain name registry services and Internet infrastructure, at the close of the fourth quarter of 2021, …

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Two Ghanaian tomato sellers killed in armed robbery attack in Burkina Faso

Two Ghanaians have died while three others are in critical conditions after armed robbers attacked five tomato importing vehicles at Tambolo near Dakola in Burkina Faso and about half a mile from the Ghana border at Paga. The five vehicles were on their way from Ghana to Burkina Faso to …

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PIAC demands breakdown of oil revenue disbursement to Common Fund

The Public interest and Account Committee (PIAC) has asked the Ministry of Finance to provide further and better particulars on how GH¢32.4 million disbursement to the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) was utilised. The request, which was captured in the 2021 PIAC Annual report on oil revenue utilisation and management, …

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Ghana annual oil production falls by 17.7%

Ghana’s annual crude oil production has declined from 66.9 million barrels (bbl) in 2020 to 55.05 million bbl in 2021, representing a 17.7 per cent decrease. The production level which is lower than the 2021 Benchmark Revenue crude oil output of 64.86 million barrels were obtained mainly from three oil …

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