Sep 282014
UHAS starts medical school

The University of Health & Allied Sciences (UHAS) is starting its medical degree programme in the 2014 academic year. This was announced by Prof. Kofi Anyidoho, Chairman of Council, during the swearing in of the first fully constituted Council of the University by the Honorable Minister of Education, Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyeman in Ho this week. In a follow up interview, Read More

Aug 102014
Catholic Health Service Adopts Procurement System - to address cost and quality

What would you do –if you were the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), spending a sizable chunk of your reimbursements on ever rising medicines’ costs in an era of scarce resources?   The National Catholic Health Service (NCHS) does have a story to share, having successfully reduced the rising cost of medicines procured for its hospitals and clinics by 25%. Read More

Apr 112014
Tackling the threat of Ebola Virus Disease

Over the past decade, various outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus disease have been recorded with three countries appearing to be at greatest risk – Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Sudan. Among these, the most fatal happened in 2011, 2005 and 2003, with 100%, 83% and 83% case fatality rates (CFR) respectively. Public health physicians rely on case fatality Read More

Mar 292014
Sodzi-Tettey must no insult the Suweiba Family

I have been reading your columnist, Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey, regularly for some time. In fact, I had the chance to know him in person when I was the acting Features Editor of the Daily Graphic as he occasionally bought his feature articles for publication. In those days, he was writing on medical and health issues generally, and I really enjoyed his Read More

Mar 272014
Baby Suweiba: Unseen, Unheard and now, Missing!

If Baby Suweiba had not died first, there might never have been any opportunity for a national uproar about a missing baby born dead in Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH)! In the under-five age category, the newborn has experienced the worst fortunes, recording the least declines. Among other reasons, this has been attributed to the fact that both in hospital Read More

Mar 062014
Is Health Insurance Hampering Quality of Care?

The introduction of capitation as a provider payment mechanism may well reduce reimbursement costs for primary healthcare services but will it also improve quality of care as claimed by the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA)? At the recent national stakeholders’ forum at GIMPA, Dr. Cheryl Cashin, a health economist of international repute, said: “Capitation can play an important part in Read More

Feb 282014
Health Experts Dissect President’s Address

It is obvious that President John Mahama hardly impressed Dr. Gilbert Buckle, Executive Director of the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), in his second State of the Nation address. This was not for any inaccuracies in health statistics underscoring achievements in specific areas, but more a reflection of inadequate thematic analysis by the President of truly national performance gaps Read More

Feb 062014
We Don’t Like Weight Loss!

Losing weight to an ideal size for height is apparently the new magic in the ongoing fight against non-communicable diseases- diabetes, hypertension and obesity. It appears however that health promoters are somewhat underplaying what would appear to be a cultural resistance to weight loss. Obesity as we now know is both a high risk factor and a disease, with rapidly Read More