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I couldn’t get a bed in my own ward when I fell sick – Korle Bu doctor bemoans

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A Neurosurgeon at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Dr Hadi Abdallah has recounted the experience when he failed to secure a bed in his own ward when he fell and sick and needed urgent treatment at the neurosurgery unit of the hospital.

Dr Abdallah said he had to be taken to a nurse’s office to be treated.

“Last week I was sick and you’ll be surprised that there was no bed for me. Last month I had an emergency while at work, I needed to be admitted to my own ward. You won’t believe it, there was no space for me.”

“They had to admit me into the nurses, the BDMS, her office, she had a bed there. That’s where they kept me,” he told Francis Abban on Morning Starr.

Dr Abdallah further narrated the ordeal his department has been facing saying “the neurosurgery ward is always full. And over the years, if you go to the accident center more than 50 percent of the beds there are being occupied by neurosurgery cases.”

“From brain injuries to spinal tumors. Some are waiting to have surgery done. If you go to most of the surgical wards we have few of our patients occupying the beds there.”

He went on “we work even up to the polyclinics because patients are being brought in and there’s no bed space for them. There’s nowhere for them to go.”

“Neurosurgery is a highly specialized area but also because of our accident cases and the rising cases in brain tumor that we have and spinal deformities and all the problems that arise from the degeneration of the spine, we are choked. And so its almost like a funnel where you have so many cases at the bigger end of the funnel and then towards the apex, that is the ICU, that is the theater.”

He maintained “so, once you do a case, instead of letting the patient stay there for a while once the patient looks okay, you have to move the patient, else there are other patients whose lives are at risk. If you don’t do the case, they are going to die.”

Dr Abbdalah said originally, the ICU is supposed to have six beds and then High Dependency Units “but we have an HDU which is empty because we don’t have critical care nurses. The ones we had have been sent to Trinidad and Togabo for economic reasons.”

He also stated that he was less perturbed about the backlash he may receive for highlighting the problems the hospital was facing “people don’t know what happened to me in the past. I almost lost my life in the early 2,000’s trying to make things better. I’ve been through a lot and I’m still talking. Because if I don’t talk it could be me. I’ve had reasons to believe that we have to keep talking.”

Source: Starrfm.com.gh

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You are lazy if you manage pain with painkillers – Doctor

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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.

Source: happyghana.com

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Man’s vanished penis returns, yet to start functioning

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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.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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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.

Source: ghanaguardian.com

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