Many yoghurts are full of sugar and the public should not be lulled into thinking they are eating healthy products, researchers say.

The conclusion comes after a study of almost 900 yoghurts on sale in UK supermarkets.

The Leeds University-led research found that organic yoghurts were among the most sugary types – containing more sugar per 100g than cola.

Only natural and Greek-style yoghurts could be classed as low in sugar.

The study – published in BMJ Open – comes as government health officials are encouraging manufacturers to reduce the amount of sugar consumed by the public.

Yoghurts have been identified as one of the food types on which Public Health England wants to see progress.

This research was undertaken shortly after the launch of the sugar-reduction programme.

The Central Regional manager of waste management company, Zoomlion, Samuel Edu, is cautioning the public to stop the disposal of used sanitary pads into zoomlion waste bins in both residential and public places.

According to him, disposal of used sanitary pads and other unhealthy trash into waste containers has become a major source of worry for workers of the company in the region.

A situation he says is posing a serious health threat to workers of the company.

The waste manager made the remark in an interview on Adom News at a programme organised to hand over two waste container evacuation trucks, two community containers and 40 residential waste bins to the newly created Assin North District Assembly to fight the huge sanitation challenges in the area.

Samuel Edu, however, cautioned residents of Assin Breku to desist from disposal of faeces, used pad and other waste materials which are likely to put the health of Zoomlion workers in risk.

However, the Assin North DCE, Charles Ohene Andor, pleaded on the people of Assin North to take advantage of the available waste bins to keep the City clean.

The Ghost Temple of the International Central Gospel Church, Adenta, has presented two incubators valued at GH¢33,000.00 to the Kintampo Municipal Hospital in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

The facility, which had just a single incubator, recorded 11 neonatal deaths, last year.

The church had previously donated 25 hospital beds and other medical devices to the neonatal intensive care unit of the hospital.

Prophet Christopher Yaw Annor, a Senior Pastor of the Church, said the gesture was to help save lives.

He applauded the hospital staff for their selfless and dedicated service in spite of the challenges.

He asked them to see their profession as a divine call to serve humanity.

Dr Gavin Apio, the Medical Superintendent, thanked the church for the donation and appealed for increased support to save pre-term babies.

The hospital, he said, needed more medical equipment and appealed to philanthropists, and non-governmental organisations to come to its aid.

The Paramount Chief of the Tugla Traditional Area, Tugla Naa Andani Mohammed has called on the government to increase the funding for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to ensure its sustainability. 

He observed that the present level of the financing to the NHIS is woefully inadequate. He made this call at the northern Regional Public Stakeholder Forum organised by the Ministry Of Information in collaboration with the National Health Insurance Authority in Tamale. 

The purpose of the meeting was to create a platform for stakeholders to discuss and find solutions to the financial challenges facing the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

Addressing participants at the program, Tugla Naa Andani Mohammed, who was the chair for the occasion declared his support for any proposal that calls for an increase in funding and appealed to the government to make it a priority in resolving the financial problems facing the scheme.

The revered Chief said, ‘It will be suicidal to supervise the death of the National Health Insurance Scheme. Let's ensure that we never return to Cash and Carry. All of us as citizens of this country regardless of our political affiliation should support the scheme to grow." He suggested that “It is proper for all Ghanaians to prioritise health as the most important thing to aspire. Let's all ensure its survival."

"It is critical that leaders of organised labour be brought on board and be convinced to support the NHIA reforms fully. We should all be ambassadors of the scheme and see it grow," he said.

Stakeholders in the health sector have been called to intensify campaigns in the effort to ensure the early detection, early diagnosis as well as early treatment in the fight against breast cancer.

Dr Edmond Der, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Pathology at the University for Development Studies (UDS), said stakeholders must put together resources and knowledge to create public awareness on the devastating effects of breasts cancer.

He said this would encourage and enhance public responsiveness to reporting the early detection to the various health facilities to ensure early diagnostics for treatment at the early stages of breasts cancer to save lives.

Dr Der was speaking at a breasts cancer public lecture held in Tamale under the theme: "Breast cancer in Ghanaian Women and Men: The case of Northern Ghana".

He said the baseline survey data from June, 2011 to June, 2016 showed a total number of 715 cases of breasts cancer in the Northern Region consisting of 534 (74.7 per cent) females, 181 (25.3 per cent) of males as well as 143 annual incidence recorded.

He said "some 32.2 per cent of all the cases of breasts cancer diagnosed in the period June 2011 and June 2016 were people younger than 40 years and once the person is younger than 40 years, the treatment outcome is poor”. 

Dr Der said the three northern regions have seen an increase in the cases of breasts cancer incidence and various efforts are being made including the sensitization and the posting of specialists, surgeons, as well as health practitioners to the region.