As part of efforts in curbing unauthorized payments at the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) provider facilities, the National Health Insurance Authority will soon embark on a nationwide restricted universal healthcare programme to help streamline fees charged its members at credentialed health facilities below primary hospitals. 

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority, Dr.Samuel Yaw Annor said this when he was addressing the media and NHIS members at theAyawaso District Office of NHIA in Accra.

During his visit to the District, the CEO said the Authority is in talks with various providers to launch the restricted ‘universal healthcare program’ where providers at the primary health care level will be given full payment for treatment of NHIS members without passing on charges to the members.

Dr. Annor also revealed that the NHIA will by December launch its flagship mobile membership renewal service which was successfully piloted in May 2018 in the Asuogyaman and West Mamprusi Districts of the Eastern and Western Regions respectively. An NHIS District office approximately processes about 60,000 membership renewals yearly.

The acting Eastern Regional Director of the Department of Gender, Miss Juliana Abbeyquaye, has cautioned breast cancer patients to stop seeking health care from prayer camps when they show early signs of the disease.

She said patients should rather seek early medical care at the hospital since the disease was not caused by an enemy or spiritual powers, but rather the disease was a medical condition and could be treated medically and not spiritually.

Education and awareness creation

“We must talk about breast cancer and ensure that education and awareness creation of the disease go down to the people. Many people claim they do not know about the disease and they are right because those of us who are informed are not talking about it,” she said.

Ms Abbeyquaye, who is also a gender activist, gave the advice when she addressed students of the New Abirem-Afosu Senior High School and some women groups at New Abirem in the Birim North District in the Eastern Region last Wednesday.

The programme was organised by the Department of Gender in the Eastern Region in collaboration with the Birim North District Health Directorate and the Divine Mother and Child Foundation, a non-governmental organisation.

A number of students and other participants were screened as part of this year’s campaign to mark the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month celebrated in October to increase awareness of the disease and to help those affected by the disease to go through early detection, education and support services. This year’s October Breast Cancer Awareness Month was on the theme: “Care Beyond October.

Appeal

She said attributing the cause of the disease to any super natural powers was very outrageous and could not be accepted, stressing, “I am not against visiting prayer camps for help, but you should report to the hospital first anytime you find something unusual with the breasts for early diagnosis and treatment.”

In the realm of TTC, or Trying to Conceive, a popular term that's being thrown around is Cassava, whether it's reference to cassava root or supplement. I'm curious myself, and I am trying to conceive after last having a baby in 2009. I noticed that a favorite online retailer was selling a high-quality supplement. I considered trying it but felt more comfortable doing research first.

Sometimes we peruse the Trying to conceive forums, trying to get advice, but what we come across is a lot of other confused souls and open-ended questions that never quite reach a solid conclusion. I would like to explore the origins of the plant, its use in its original country, how it affects women in that particular country and how the popularity of cassava came to be within the western TTC community.

What is Cassava?

Cassava is a tuber root. The flowers of the root and the leaves are edible. It's also known as Yuca in several parts of Central America and the United States or even Brazilian arrowroot. It's important to remember that it's not the same thing as the 'yucca' that are normally found in stores. Both are vascular plants, but they are completely different, as yucca is part of a different genus and family than yuca. It's confusing, but it's essential to keep in mind. It's starchy, easily grown in tropical regions, and is a huge source of carbohydrates. When it's dried down and reduced to a powder, it's known as tapioca.

Cassava and West Africa

The birth rate in West Africa is almost four times more substantial than the birth rate from the rest of the world. This translates to about fifty live births for every thousand live births. The area with the highest level of birth rate in West Africa is named Igbo-Ora. It's a town nestled somewhat in Nigeria. Most homes in this town have at least one twins in this high-populated area. In this area, a significant portion of the diet of the Yoruba people is the cassava plant.

The Ghana Aids Commission says although the figures about the rate of infection have not changed much, there is a need to intensify education among young people.

“The statistics are not different [from two years ago]. What is different is that we are seeing more and more infections among young people. And we need to tackle that,” said Acting Director of the Commission, Steve Kyeremeh Atuahene.

Ghana on Thursday launched a series of activities at the Information Services Department in Accra to mark World AIDS Day which is celebrated across the globe on December 1.

Thursday’s launch will be followed by a month-long media and community-related activities to sensitise the public about HIV/AIDS and encourage Ghanaians to adopt preventive habits or live positively if already infected.

World AIDS Day is a day set aside by UNAIDS to inspire global solidarity for persons infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS as well as commemorate those who have lost their lives to the epidemic. It is a day set aside to assess the impact of the epidemic on nations and join hands to plan strategies to minimise its impact.

The global theme for the occasion is “Know Your Status” but Ghana has however selected the sub-theme: “Test, Treat to Suppress and Stop New HIV Infections.”

Some parents of children with cerebral palsy have expressed concern about the level of stigmatization in some hospitals in handling children with special needs.

Some of the parents said the stigmatization starts right at the hospitals with the kind of attitudes some health care professionals show towards the children

Mrs Alberta Hammond, a mother of a child with cerebral palsy, who shared her experiences recalled, “all my humiliating and very painful encounters were at the hospital”.

She wondered, “Why do some nurses and matrons insist on weighing my severely underweight child by taking off his clothes and placing him in a white bowl with his legs out in front of all others, why can’t our folders have different features either by colour or by size to tell health professionals who we are and to get some level of extra care?”

Mrs Hammond said hospitals especially the public ones have really hostile environment and much more hostile to a parent of a child with cerebral palsy, explaining that “I do not always have someone going with me to the hospital and it is even very difficult to use the washrooms in the hospital even when I have the urge”