First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo, through The Rebecca Foundation has again made donations of hospital equipment to some needy health institutions across the country at the premises of the Office of the First Lady in Accra.
In all, fourteen (14) municipal, district assemblies, constituencies and hospitals benefited from the donations. They include Tolon District Assembly, Builsa North, Nanton, Damongo and Techiman. Others are Fanteakwa North, Abura Asebu Kwamankese, Asante Akyim Central Municipal Assembly, Akim Swedru and Obuasi West. The rest are Tano North, Akatsi South, Sekondi and The Holy Family Hospital at Nkawkaw.
Items donated to the beneficiary health institutions include 3D Ultra sound machines, incubators, examination beds beds, divider screens, washing machines, rollators, operating lambs, refrigerators and thermo scientific ovens among others.
Earlier, H.E. Mrs Akufo-Addo through The Rebecca Foundation made similar donations of hospital equipment including ambulances to some selected municipalities and health facilities across the country.
However, making the donations on behalf of the First lady and The Rebecca Foundation, Director of Operations at the Office of The First Lady, Mrs Akosua Newman stated that, Mrs. Akufo-Addo and The Rebecca Foundation is determined to work towards their set objective of contributing to making health care accessible and affordable to the good people of Ghana, wherever they are.
She said while the Foundation recognized the effort government is making to re-equip the country’s health facilities with ultra-modern hospital equipment and ambulances, it is imperative for corporate institutions and benevolent individuals to contribute their quota by identifying such needy health institutions, especially those in remote areas and support them, even before government gets there.
Mrs. Newman gave the assurance of the continuous work by the First Lady and The Rebecca Foundation to identify essential needs of the vulnerable in society and work hard to assist in diverse ways, adding that, It is their sole responsibility to support those who inhabits remote parts of the country and deprived of some health equipment and assistance.
Expressing their deepest appreciation for the continuous kind gestures of the First lady and The Rebecca Foundation, Member of Parliament (MP) for the Sekondi Constituency, Hon. Andrew Egyapa Mercer, on behalf of the beneficiary institutions said they were very happy to be recipients of Mrs Akufo-Addo’s benevolence.
According to Hon. Egyapa Mercer, though they have been hearing and reading in the news of the good works of the Rebecca Foundation in bringing comfort to the people, they least expected to be called so soon to be beneficiaries and so were elated when they received invitations to come over to receive the equipment.
The Sekondi MP assured the Office of The First Lady and The Rebecca Foundation of them putting the equipment to good use for the full benefit of the beneficiary institutions.
Other government officials present to receive donations on behalf of their constituencies were MP for Swedru and Deputy Minister for Agriculture- Hon Kennedy Osei Nyarko, MP for Tano North and Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection-Hon. Freda Prempeh, MP for Fanteakwa North, Hon. Amankwa Asiamah and MP for Nantong-Hon. Mohammed Tufeiru Hardi.
President Akufo-Addo Inducts 378 New Doctors And Dentist.
The President of Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has inducted 378 newly qualified medical doctors and dentists into the country’s healthcare delivery system.
Speaking at the induction ceremony on Friday, 13th September, 2019, at the Accra International Conference Centre, President Akufo-Addo also revealed that the first batch of 48 ambulances, out of the 300 procured in fulfilment of the 1-Constituency-1-Ambulance pledge, has arrived in the country, with the second batch due in Ghana by the first week of October.
At the ceremony, which was also held to honour Dr. Evans-Anfom, a medical doctor who served as the second Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, President Akufo-Addo noted that the doctor-dentist-population ratio in the country remains very unsatisfactory after 62 years of nationhood.
“We currently do not have the right numbers of doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals, with the right mix of skills and expertise, in our regions, districts and deprived communities, especially for the newly created regions and districts,” he said.
The President encouraged the newly inducted practitioners “to follow the exemplary example of Dr. Evans-Anfom, and accept postings to accredited Regional and District hospitals, where your services are needed most, particularly during your second year of housemanship.”
He noted that the country would only keep the doctors it trains when agriculture and industry are thriving, when we have better roads, better communications, better schools, better housing, reliable and cheaper power supply, and better drainage.
“On my part, I am determined to work to help ensure that these improvements we all want in our lives become reality. Until that is done, we have to equip those currently in training and our fresh doctors to do a little more out of the ordinary to bring relief to the present situation,” he assured.
Government, according President Akufo-Addo, is committed to improving access to essential and quality health services through the provision of the necessary health infrastructure, equipment and logistics, including the deployment of appropriate technology as part of the drive to attaining Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
He added that the National Health Insurance Scheme, implemented by the government of President Kufuor, which was left in ruins by successive NDC governments has been revived again by another NPP-led Government.
“We have cleared the GH¢1.2 billion arrears we inherited, and brought the operations of the NHIS back to life. The claims of service providers have been settled as of end January this year. By the end of September, their claims, as of March ending, would have been settled, and, by the end of the year, claims up to August ending, will also have been settled,” the President said.
He reiterated the determination of Government to making the scheme current in its obligations to service providers, and prevent the accrual of arrears, as was, unfortunately, been the case in the not so distant past.
In ensuring that the Ghanaian people receive the high standards of professionalism and conduct from healthcare professionals, President Akufo-Addo revealed that Government, through the Ministry of Health, has established the Quality Management Unit at the Ministry of Health to ensure that Ghanaians receive the best of healthcare services, irrespective of their geographical location.
In addition to launching Ghana’s Antimicrobial Resistance Policy and Action Plan, the President added that Government is engaging the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) to take another look at its codified conditions of service, which are overdue for review.
“Special attention would be paid to the rural incentives package to encourage professionals to accept postings to rural and underserved communities. We will continue to engage with stakeholders on how to care better for our health professionals, and how, collectively, we can make our healthcare system more responsive to the needs of our people,” he assured.
To the newly inducted doctors and dentists, President Akufo-Addo urged them to be guided by Hippocratic Oath, and be active citizens and bring doctors’ perspectives to public issues.
“I look forward to you not being narrow in outlook, but developing and maintaining a healthy interest in music, the arts, literature, the environment, sports, public life, and, yes, I want each one of you to be a renaissance man or woman,” he added.
10 Incredible Health Benefits of Moringa Seeds
"Moringa seeds are obtained from the pods of the Moringa plant (Moringa Oleifera) or the drumstick tree, native to Northern India. Fresh and raw moringa seeds are quite tender, but as soon as they get dried, they become hard and start to resemble small beans. They are greyish-white in colour with unique wing-like structures. They can be steamed, boiled or roasted for various purposes," says Dr. Divya Choudhary, Chief Dietitian, Max Super Speciality Hospital. According to Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja, Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj, "Moringa is a nutrient-dense plant that is rich in vitamins, calcium, iron and essential amino acids. It can benefit the body in a number of ways." Widely known as “drumstick tree” in India, moringa goes by different names in different countries and regions. It is known as ‘Sahijan’ in Hindi, “Munaga’ in Telugu, ‘Murungai’ in Tamil. The Tagalog name in the Philippines is ‘Mulunggay’, which sounds very similar to ‘Moringa’. There are many moringa seeds benefits that you should know.
Here are 10 health benefits of moringa seeds:
- Improves Sleep
"Steep moringa leaves in hot water for 15 minutes and drink it before you go to bed for a good night's rest. It helps you slip into slumber at night, and in turn will leave you energised to tackle the day," says Dr. Choudhary, Max Hospital.
2. High in Fiber
"Moringa seeds are high in fibre, and help in moving food along your digestive system," says Delhi-based Nutritionist Anshul Jaibharat.
3. Regulate Blood Sugar Levels
Dr. Ahuja says, "Moringa seeds are a great source of zinc and can regulate blood sugar levels which can help manage or even prevent diabetes."
4. Great Source of Iron
"Did you know that a single serving of moringa has almost three times the amount of iron as spinach? This is especially important for vegetarians/vegans or those who suffer from low iron issues, as the body needs iron to enrich the blood and carry oxygen to our muscles, organs and tissues," adds Dr. Choudhary.
5. Reduces Joint Pain
Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, Clinical Operations and Coordination Manager at Baidyanath says, "Moringa seeds make for a great supplement of calcium and help those suffering from joint pain. They help in reducing inflammation and severe bone disorders like arthritis."
6. Lowers Cholesterol
"Some plants have been known to reverse bad cholesterol and according to research, moringa is among them," says Dr. Divya, Max Super Speciality Hospital.
7. Induces Death of Cancer Cells
Dr. Ahuja says, "Moringa seeds are well known for their anti-carcinogenic effects. They can stop the growth and development of cancer cells by accelerating their death count."
8. Promotes Heart Health
"Scientists have proved that moringa seeds can reduce the amount of oxidised lipids in our body and take care of our cardiac health by safeguarding the heart tissues from constructional damages," says Dr. Choudhary.
9. Powerhouse of Antioxidants
"The oil extracted from moringa seeds contains almost 30 antioxidants. It contains vitamins A, B-complex, C and other free radical busters that save our body from severe oxidative damage. In other words, these antioxidant properties of moringa seeds can take care of our overall health", says Dr. Choudhary.
10. Promotes Healthy Skin
Moringa seeds are packed with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and are thus, very beneficial for skincare. The oil obtained from moringa seeds can be used as a moisturizer or used to treat skin problems like skin rashes and sunburn," says Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, Baidyanath.
Feli Nuna to Launch Sanitation Campaign during Volta Tour.
Following the successful release and reception of her first single ‘Azaa’ this year, Feli is set to tour the very region that inspired the song. ‘Azaa', which means ‘Celebration’ in the Ewe dialect was recorded with the very purpose of highlighting the vibrant and colourful culture of the people in the Volta. In a move to cement this intent, starting today Feli will kick off series of activities in a build up to a major festival in 2020.
The song and it’s colorful video is a representation of the vibrant Ewe culture in Ghana, giving Ghanaians a reason to celebrate the unique features of our culture, and others, a reason to come visit the heart of West-Africa region, Ghana. The fast tempo song is produced by Fizzi Marley.
The sanitation campaign tour has the objective of enhancing good public health conditions related to clean drinking water and adequate treatment and disposal of human wastes and sewage. The tour will also aim to protect human health by providing a clean environment that will stop the transmission of disease, especially through the fecal–oral route.
Speaking in an interview with Gerrard-Israel on www.georgebritton.com, the 'Love Me Now' hit-maker revealed that, diarrhea, a main cause of malnutrition and stunted growth in children, can be reduced through sanitation, adding that, there are many other diseases which are easily transmitted in communities that have low levels of sanitation, such as ascariasis (a type of intestinal worm infection or helminthiasis), cholera, hepatitis, polio, schistosomiasis, trachoma, to name just a few.
Feli Nuna revealed that, a range of sanitation technologies and approaches, including community-led total sanitation, container-based sanitation, ecological sanitation, emergency sanitation, environmental sanitation, onsite sanitation and sustainable sanitation has been orderly arranged to educate natives on how to curb the menace.
The Beehyve Entertainment signee however stated that, the overall purposes of sanitation tour are to provide a healthy living environment for everyone, to protect the natural resources, such as surface water, groundwater, soil, and to provide safety, security and dignity for people when they defecate or urinate
The tour which is in partnership with Kaya Tours , will see participants visit parts of the Volta Region and then proceed to Lome. Feli will also take the opportunity to launch her Sanitation Campaign in Senior High School’s across the region. She’ll be pushing the message of the need to recycle , reduce and reuse plastic materials as a way to combat pollution and the effects that come with it.
Felicia Nuna Akosua Tawiah is a Ghanaian rapper, singer, song writer, director and producer, popularly known as Feli Nuna. She signed her first record deal as 'Felly' with Lynx entertainment in 2012 and released her first official single 'Ghana Girl Swag' but took a 2 year hiatus right after the release. She then resurfaced with a new rebrand as Feli Nuna in 2015 under Beehyve Entertainment with 'I like Am' and has been active till present.
Feli ’s next single ‘Azumah’, is scheduled to be released in July this year.
11 Amazing Benefits of Vegetable Juice
When you think of vegetable juice what comes to mind? For many people, it is the memory of V8 juices which were characteristically made of tomato and carrots, but in reality vegetable juice can be made from an infinite array of your favorite veggies.
combine several of them, or make a dedicated juice, the choice is yours. One thing that is universally accepted about vegetable juice is that it is extremely nutrient rich and chock full of health benefits.
If you haven’t taken advantage of drinking vegetable juice, we are sure you will want to after seeing the number of ways it can benefit your body.
What Is Vegetable Juice?
Vegetable juice is simply the liquid obtained after processing solid vegetables either by use of a juicer, or from blending, boiling, or sometimes even compressing the whole vegetable. There are an endless number of different vegetable juices that you can make depending on preference, but the more your experiment with the better it is since you will be getting a range of nutrients.
- Improves Energy Levels
Vegetable juice can help improve your energy levels thanks to presence of many different B vitamins. The primary function of the B vitamins is to improve the metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates, turning them into usable substrates for energy production.
Vegetable juice does not provide a rapid sugar powered energy burst, but over time makes your body more efficient at making use of available nutrients.
2. Promotes Heart Health
Vegetable juice positively benefits heart health thanks to the numerous amounts of antioxidants it contains. In fact, the density of antioxidants is just one of the ways it helps to support the health of your heart, as a reduction in cholesterol levels is also achieved thanks to the presence of fiber and many phytocompounds that actively increase the utilization of fatty acids for fuel.
The antioxidant nutrients help to prevent the deposition of atherosclerotic plaques on blood vessel walls, and also decrease the likelihood of cholesterol becoming oxidized in the first place.
3. Helps Control Blood Pressure
Many people mistakenly believe that vegetable juice is high in sodium, when in reality the vast majority of vegetables are extremely low in sodium, but rich in potassium. This makes vegetable juices ideal for controlling blood pressure, as potassiumbenefits blood vessel flexibility, help to modulate fluid and electrolyte balance, and promote the removal of excessive sodium ions via the urine.
Potassium also exerts mild vasodilatory actions to increase blood vessel lumen size.
4. Helps Preserve Cognition
Brain health cognition in general frequently decline as we age, commonly because of the impact of oxidative and inflammatory processes. Vegetable juices are especially rich in antioxidants, which help to neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals on healthy cells. Oxidation may subsequently trigger inflammatory responses that have been positively implicated as a contributory factor to many neurodegenerative disorders.
Helping to reduce the burden of oxidation, you stand safeguard brain health well into old age.
5. Supports Skin Health
The skin is the body’s primary barrier against many environmental hazards, including bacteria and other pathogens. As such, it is important to support the integrity of your skin, or you risk open it up yourself the many hidden dangers. Vegetable juices are an excellent tool to help support the health of your skin.
Not only this, but your skin can experience premature aging and functional loss from excessive exposure to ultraviolet light. Vegetable juices thanks in large part to high concentrations of vitamin A and C can help to mitigate the effect of sun damage to an extent, and stimulate natural collagen production to maintain skin’s appearance.
6. Enhances Immune Function
The immune system is extremely efficient at identifying and resolving threats to our health, but to do this effectively it needs to be supplied with nutrients. In particular are the antioxidant vitamins and trace minerals, which can help to safeguard cells of the immune system from damage, or stimulate their activity against foreign bodies.
Trace minerals also play an important role in immunity as they are involved in a number of biochemical reactions occurring in the body at any given time.
7. Supports Detoxification
The chances are extremely high that you have heard of or even used vegetable juices as part of a detox weight loss program, and while the overall safety of these uses for weight loss is not advocated, they still remain very effective for assisting with actual detoxification of waste material.
Vegetable juices can help to stimulate enzymes involved in breakdown of food into simpler substances, and can also help promote the excretion of trouble some residual matter.
8. Can Support Healthy Hormone Levels
Although not widely known, vegetable juices can help you deal with conditions that have an underlying hormonal component. For instance, cauliflower, broccoli or cabbage juice can help reduce the conversion of the male hormone testosterone into estrogen, making it very useful for athletes or anyone that may possess a very high estrogen load.
In similar fashion, certain juices may also help to reduce the secretion of sebum by the skin, in turn reducing the frequency of pimples or acne flare-ups.
Fun fact: did you know that some of the most commonly used medications, the retinoids, are synthetic versions based on the carotenoids? This shows the potential of vegetable juice on hormonal homeostasis.
9. Supports Optimal Body pH
The human body ideally functions best at a pH range that is neutral to very slightly alkaline. However, and dietary practices tend to move us away from this ideal, and towards a pH that is slightly more acidic. While this may not seem important, acidic pH is associated with greater likelihood of cancers, pathogenic infections such as the fungi, or even making you more predisposed to experiencing inflammatory disorders.
Vegetable juices are known as alkaline forming, in the sense that once they are consumed they act as mild bases. They can help alleviate many of the most common, chronic illnesses we grapple with today that have an inflammatory or pH related trigger.
10. Promotes Gut Health
The health of our gut tells a lot about the entire health of our body. Nowhere is this more evident than our probiotic bacteria. Large, thriving colonies of probiotic bacteria indicates an excellent diet and in turn you are less likely to experience digestive disorders including constipation, frequent diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, cancers of the intestine and digestive tract and even benefit from superior immunity.
Vegetable juice, even though much of the fiber might have been removed during extraction, still retain a large amount of soluble fiber which probiotic bacteria use for nourishment.
11. Enhanced Nutrient Absorption
All of this is not a universal truth, certain vegetables are better absorbed when they are heated or consumed as liquids. Owing to the fact that most people do not consume their vegetables as juice, it would serve you well the combine using both juices and solid vegetables to reap the benefits of both worlds.
We are sure there are multiple varieties of vegetable juices that you are bound to love. Yes, it is always better to consume as many differently colored vegetables as you can, but in the event that there are some you do not love (and we all have them), be sure to make up for it having more of the ones you do enjoy.
You will see the difference it makes a few years down the line when you look and feel better than you ever did.
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