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Paralysed from birth: The sad story of two brothers from Tempane [SAD VIDEO]




Yenkyela Mindom, 11, and Sanbir Mindom, 9, cannot walk

The plight of two brothers from Tempane in the Upper East Region with a rare condition that has completely immobilised their bodies is both sad and heartbreaking.

Since birth, the two young brothers – Yenkyela Mindom, 11, and Sanbir Mindom, 9, from Tubong, a deprived community at Kongo in the Tempane District, have suffered from the complete immobilization of their bodies rendering a major part of their bodies powerless.

The condition, aside from exposing them to other health risks that may spring from poor hygiene, has robbed the youngsters of the normal growing experience as they cannot move any part of their bodies except their necks and jaws. Their bodies from their shoulders down to their feet have been paralysed and become stiff.

Thus, they can neither move, sit up or lift a hand to help themselves such as to eat or to drive away harmful flies which have taken advantage of their immobility to attack them. All they can do with the assistance of family members is to lie prostrate, sideward or on their backs face up all day under a locally made thatch canopy in front of their house.

The sad state of the children is making life difficult for them and their family, who have done all within means, including seeking the help of deities to extricate the children from the unpleasant health condition.

Each day, the family lifts the children out of the house and places them on the bare ground under the canopy where they lie down on a spot till dusk. They are bathed, fed, and taken back into the house at dusk and the process continues the next morning.

The family says the routine is exhaustive as that has been the norm since the children were born.

“When it’s daybreak, we carry them from the room to here (referring to the shade of a locally erected thatch canopy) and they lie here till dusk until we take them back into the compound, bath them and lay them on their mats to sleep. It is something we have been doing since we gave birth to them”.

Mindom Duut, the 57-year-old father of the children told GhanaWeb’s Senyalah Castro who visited the family that his two sons make it three the number of family members who have suffered the condition.

He revealed that his first son, an elder brother to the two, also suffered the same condition before his demise a year ago.

Mr. Duut said he has gone everywhere his legs could carry him to look for good health for the children; adding that he has sold all his cattle and other small ruminants to raise money to seek medical care for the children at different facilities across the region but all have not added to the improvement of the health of his boys.

The distressed father said aside from losing all hopes of ever finding a cure for his children, he currently does not have the financial muscle to continue his quest for wellness for them.

“I have taken the children to clinics, hospitals, and even soothsayers to find cure for them but all my efforts and the money I spent on them have not brought any change in their condition. I don’t know what to do again. I don’t have money to even feed the family not to talk of what to use to continue looking round for help for my children. My only hope now is to pray and hope that God heals them to be like normal children”.

The tearful mother of the children, Yendukwa Mindom, said the family faces strong stigmatization from members of the community due to the condition of her kids. She said the community has labeled the plight of the children as a curse and does not want to associate with the family.

She said people have stopped visiting them and the few who visit the family do not accept to eat or drink water from them with the mind that they may get tainted with the curse.

She mentioned that taking care of the children has become their full-time job and that has affected the quality of life of the family as both parents are unable to go out and look for work to raise some income.

“We have sold all our properties but there is still no improvement in their health. Things are very bad now and we can’t even sleep or eat food. As a mother, I am always thinking about the children and what might have caused them the problem. I can’t do anything even work I can go and look for work because of them. I can’t go far away from them because I always to be around them to take care of them. We are really very worried and pray we find help some day”.

The parents have therefore appealed to benevolent individuals and organizations especially those with medical support to come to the aid of their children to give them a better life.

Assemblyman’s appeal

Meanwhile, the Assemblyman for the Kongo Electoral Area, Seidu Yakubu Lambon, has added his voice to the appeal by the family for support for the children.

He appealed to Non-Governmental Organizations such as the World Vision to come to the aid of the children and help improve their health condition.

The Assemblyman who supported the GhanaWeb team to locate the family of the children during the visit noted that life has become very challenging for the family and that any intervention by benevolent organizations would be very much helpful to the family and appreciated.

He appealed,” I want to appeal to the appropriate authorities and NGOs like World Vision and the rest to try and come to the aid of the children. If you see the house they are sleeping in, it is not very good. More to that, their school going too. All these things are challenges and they should come and help give them a good education. And also, their health condition. They should come and help them to be normal people like us”.

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You are lazy if you manage pain with painkillers – Doctor





The doctor has advised that we avoid using painkillers to save us from lots of risks

Health expert, Doctor Muftawu Mohammed, has asserted that it is wrong to manage body pains, whether internal or external, with pain killers.

According to him, managing pain with painkillers is simply a lazy man’s approach and not recommended. He said this during an interview with Nana Yaw Odame on the Men’s Lounge show which is aired on eTV Ghana.

He noted that pain management is something that requires the intervention of lots of experts who can employ the right methods to relieve the pain. “In healing, we have something called suppression or palliation and that is what painkillers do”, he said.

Detailing on some of the right methods of managing pain which are specifically done by experts, he made mention of massages like ayurvedic massage, bolus massage, which is the general body massage that enhances blood circulation and relaxes the nerves to improve its functionality, dry cupping, which is done by putting a cup on the skin and forming a suction to relieve pain and improve circulation of blood, among others.

Doctor Muftawu advised people to avoid managing pain with painkillers because treating pain without painkillers is the best approach.


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Man’s vanished penis returns, yet to start functioning



Man’s vanished penis returns, yet to start functioning

Man Penis1The man has been asked to abstain from sex for a while [File photo]

• The penis of a 52-year-old farmer vanished at a funeral ground

• It has however returned but yet to function

• The man with the returned penis has been asked to abstain from sex for a while

A 52-year-old farmer in the Krachi East Municipality of the Oti Region has had his penis returned after it mysteriously vanished, JoyNews has reported.

The returned manhood is, however, yet to start functioning.

Narrating the incident, the younger brother of the farmer Issifu Yeliwa said they were at the funeral when a stranger came to them and complained of hunger.

In their bid to serve the stranger some food, he suddenly touched his senior brother’s manhood and shortly after that, the manhood vanished.

Speaking to Adom News, the brother of the farmer who is also a fetish priest said the penis has now returned.

“It has returned but I can’t tell if it will function as it used to or not,” he said laughing.

According to him, although the vanished penis has returned after search and traditional performance he has been given some days to abstain from sex to enable the progress of work.

“He has not been permitted to have sexual intercourse at the moment,” but was optimistic that after the numbers of days given, the penis might start working again as never before.

The suspect at the time, who was identified as Adams Kwasi, was taken to the police station for investigations when all efforts to bring back the manhood failed.

However, the Krachi East Municipality Police commander, DSP Aboagye, said the police hierarchy does not deal with spiritual matters but rescued the suspect from being assaulted.


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2,143 test positive for HIV





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The USAID Strengthening the Care Continuum Project in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has, between October 2020 and March 2021 tested almost 30,000 people for Human Immune Virus (HIV) with 2,143 individuals testing positive.

The USAID Strengthening the Care Continuum Project is designed to improve the capacity of the government of Ghana and its partners to provide quality, comprehensive HIV services for people living with HIV.

The Counsellor for Public Affairs at the US Embassy in Ghana, Virginia Eliot who disclosed this noted that out of the number who tested positive for HIV, 1,988 of them have been initiated on treatment.

She was speaking via zoom technology during the 2021 media workshop and anti-stigma campaign on HIV/AIDS organized by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

The programme was aimed at equipping journalists to effectively report on HIV/AIDS issues.

“Here in Ghana, we have made great progress in the fight to achieve epidemic control by 2030”, she added.

Dr Henry Nagai, the Chief of Party of USAID Strengthening the Care Continuum project called on Journalists to use their media to encourage people, particularly the youth, to voluntarily test for HIV.

According to Dr Henry Naggai, the media is a powerful tool that can be used to minimize, if not erase the myth surrounding HIV.

“People still see those living with HIV as outcasts, but journalists are in the position to tell the story better that though there is no cure for HIV, there is treatment for patients to live for years,” he said.

Dr. Naggai disclosed that enough resources have been channelled into HIV advocacy in the regions and anybody could walk into any health facility to test”.

He noted that, due to the stigma that people living with HIV go through, it is difficult for most of them to socialize and get involved in any community activity.

He therefore challenged the media to help people in the community to accommodate people living with the virus since it is not a communicable disease

Mrs Dzid Kwame, Media Specialist for the PEPFAR project would demonstrate effective strategies to achieve 95-95-95 epidemic control at the national level.

“It means 95 per cent of people living with HIV will know their status, 95 percent of people diagnosed with HIV infection will receive a sustained antiretroviral therapy and 95 percent of people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suspension”, he explained.


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