Komfo Anokye blood does not contain HIV or syphilis – Committee 0

The Five-Member Independent Committee, set up by the Ministry of Health to investigate allegations of blood contamination from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) has debunked the accusation.

The Committee affirmed that detailed laboratory investigations conducted on the same blood units in contention by an independent private Lab, showed that the product did not contain any HIV pathogen or effective organisms that could cause Syphilis.

Dr Oheneba Owusu-Danso, the Chief Executive Officer of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, who presented the report to Mr Kwaku Agyeman Manu, Minister of Health, in Accra on Friday, stated the highlights of the bulky Report.

He assured the public that the hospital had the best of laboratory equipment’s for the best outcomes, and stressed that all blood and its products from the facility were very safe for use.

He explained that the Committee was set up, to investigate claims that some blood from the hospital’s blood bank was contaminated. It had a mandate to probe into the veracity of the claims, and what might had led to the media circulation of the information.

It was also to access the mode of operations of laboratories in both the KATH and other health facilities with respect to the processing and transporting of blood and blood products for onward transfusing to patients in various facilities.

The Committee was chaired by Dr David Opare Agyepong, from the National Public Health Reference Laboratory and included representatives from the Ministry of Health, National AIDS Control Programme, Ghana Health Service (GHS), National Blood Service (NBS), KATH as well as Officials from public health laboratories.

Dr Owusu-Danso stated that based on the broader investigations and findings, the Committee has made some key recommendations, which include call for the establishment and launch of a clear National Protocol for screening blood for transfusion.

It further recommended that the NBS put in place effective systems for sustained training of all its laboratory personnel and other staff, who handled blood and blood products in health facilities to ensure safety.

The Committee also suggested that all health facilities engaged the services of only qualified personnel, as well as ensure that transportation of blood, and its products were done by well-trained staff to avoid contamination, and public doubts about the quality and safe delivery of services.

Dr Owusu-Danso said the Committee again called for regular checks or inspection of the tools and test kits used by laboratories and ensure that the equipment used were effectively calibrated by the Ghana Standards Authority to ensure quality test outcomes.

It recommended that staff members who were found to be involved in the issue be handed over to the respective regulatory bodies such as the Ghana Medical and Dental Council, Health Facilities Regulatory Agency, Pharmacy Council, Allied Health Professions Council, and the Nursing and Midwifery Councils for appropriate sanctions.

Mr Agyeman Manu commended the Committee for the speedy delivery of the report (about two months) and the quality of it.

He said the Ministry would study the report and see how best to implement the recommendations, in collaboration with the NBS and other key institutions, to help guard the country’s health system.

The Health Minister further said the Ministry would also as early as next week, write to the various Regulatory bodies to take appropriate action against all the culprits involved in the issue.

He warned health staff, who have the habit of referring patients to private health facilities for care and questioning the credibility of service provided in public health institutions to stop, as it was unethical and unprofessional, adding that, they would face severe penalties for their actions.


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Girls Iron Folic Acid Tablets Supplementation (GIFT) programme kick starts Eastern Region 0

The Girls Iron Folic Acid Tablets Supplementation (GIFT) targeted at reducing high anaemia prevalence in the young has been launched in Koforidua.

Under the implementation about 54,000 girls between the ages of 10-19 in schools and out of school in the Eastern Region, would receive a folic acid tablet supplementation routinely to be administered under supervision to reduce anaemia.

At an orientation meeting with stakeholders prior to the launching, Dr Mrs Alberta Britwum-Nyarko, the Eastern Regional Director of Health Services, said statistics show that two out of every five women in the country have anaemia or low blood levels resulting in fatigues, headaches and even death in pregnant women.

She said in young adolescents the immediate effect of “this anaemia or low blood level condition results in poor memory and not doing well in school, whiles the long-term effect results in complications in pregnancies such as premature or stillbirths and even death during delivery”.

Dr Britwum-Nyarko said in order to reduce the high prevalence of anaemia among women and girls, the Ghana Health Service in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES) has initiated the GIFT programme to help prevent the dire consequences of anaemia in the society.

Mr Bismarck Sarkodie, the regional Nutrition Officer of the GHS, said research shows that it is important for every woman to prepare her nutritious status very well before pregnancy and this can be done by eating food that contains all the minerals, especially iron.

He said the GIFT programme is, therefore, an intervention to prepare adolescent girls adequately as far as their nutritional status was concerned.

Again, he said some girls lose a lot of blood during menstruation and this also means the loss of a lot of iron which needs to be replaced and appealed to all stakeholders to use every opportunity to educate the public especially mothers to embrace the programme.

Later, Ms Golda Asante, Director of the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) on behalf of the Eastern Regional Minister, launched the programme at the Presbyterian Cluster of Schools where folic acid tablets were administered to the school children.



Source: GNA

Special Education Is What Children with Congenital Heart Defects Needs- NGO 0

A project meant to provide exceptional services for kids with inborn Heart Defects (CHDs) before and after surgery has been launched with an appeal on educational establishments to pay special attention to the wants of such children.

Dubbed “Restore a Child’s Heart Project”, the project additionally seeks to advocate for quality and affordable health care for school going kids with such disabilities.
It is being funded by the Centre of Hope global Missions, United Kingdom in collaboration with Dominion Leaders Foundation (DLF), Ghana as the implementers.
The aim is to forestall CHDs, manage its effects and save the lives of Ghanaian and Jamaican kids with such disabilities globally.
Dr Martha Anang, Chief executive officer (CEO) of DLF and executive director of the project, said it’s incumbent on the education sector to plot ideas to make the classroom lively for such kids because research has proven that children with all types of CHD have poorer academic outcomes compared to their peers.

Even those who have early surgery for CHD are known to have impaired development which eventually turns out to have negative effects on their performances and achievements, Dr Anang said.

She said every child has a unique potential but this could not be fully developed if the child did not have good health.

Dr Anan said it was for this reason that the project is being introduced to help eliminate all forms of illnesses that affect school children and hinder their academic performances.

Reverend Dr Nordine Campbell, Chief executive officer (CEO) and founder of the Centre of Hope for global Missions, said that research conducted in 2016, reported that CHDs represent the second major reason behind cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality among young Africans.
However, she said its management was limited in Africa because of the inadequate socio-economic environments coupled with insufficient technical platforms and human resource to handle the incapacity.

Dr Campbell said the project would specifically identify school children with all types of CHDs and provide them with exceptional services needed to help improve their health conditions for better academic performance.

She said a Heart Restore Centre will eventually be built in the Central Region of Ghana to rehabilitate children with CHDs.

Dr Campbell expressed worry about the absence of reliable data on CHDs which made it difficult to estimate the global burden of these conditions on the African continent.

An estimated one million children and about 1.4 million adults are living with CHDs in the United States (US) alone while the British Heart Foundation, Health Promotion Research Group in 2013, reported that one in every 180 babies in the UK are born with a CHD.

“If developed countries like the US and UK have such high prevalence levels of CHDs then one can imagine the situation in Africa”, she lamented and called on other philanthropic   organisations and individuals to help save humanity, particularly, the poor little children in Africa where access to medical assistance in this direction might be non-existent.

Dr Ernest Asiedu, Head of Quality Management Unit at the Ministry of Health, who chaired the program, pledged the Ministry’s support for the project.

An Electrocardiogram (ECG) was done for about 140 children by doctors from the Doctors In Service (DIS) Clinic in Cape Coast to check their heart condition.

Dr Anang was inducted as a Health and Education Ambassador for the project worldwide by the Centre of Hope for Global missions while Dr Campbell was also made an ambassador by International Independence Interdenominational Christian Churches and Ministries (IFIICCM), a US-based organisation.


Source: GNA

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