KGL Foundation making significant contribution to improve public health in Ghana


Mr Nii Annorbah-Sarpei, the Programmes Manager, KGL Foundation, says the Foundation through its consistent organisation of health screening and blood donation exercises, is making a significant contribution to improving public health across Ghana.

He said the KGL Foundation was firm in its mission to empower Ghanaians and build a better future for all.

Mr Annorbah-Sarpei was speaking on behalf of Mr. Elliot Dadey, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Foundation, at a health screening and blood donation exercise held at the Chief’s Palace Durbar Grounds in Adukrom.

The event witnessed a remarkable turnout, with residents and students from Nifa Senior High, Adukrom Presby Secondary Technical, J. Knol Vocational and Technical Institute, and Abiri Presby Vocational and Technical Institute actively participating in the exercise.

The Programmes Manager said early detection of health conditions could significantly improve outcomes and lead to healthier, more fulfilling lives for individuals and families.

‘Today
, we are not just conducting screenings: we are empowering our community with knowledge about their health.

‘By identifying health issues early, we can prevent them from becoming more serious problems. This event is a testament to our commitment to the well-being of Adukrom residents,’ Mr Annorbah-Sapei added.

He said the health screening services offered covered a wider range of vital health indicators, including blood pressure checks, blood sugar tests, BMI measurements, and malaria screenings.

Mr Annorbah-Sapei said medical professionals and volunteers were present to provide personalised advice and guidance based on the results, ensuring that attendees left with a better understanding of their health status.

He said, additionally, the blood donation segment of the event drew considerable attention from residents eager to make a meaningful contribution to the local healthcare system.

‘Donors were praised for their altruism and willingness to support those in need of blood transfusions, particularly in
emergencies and medical procedures,’ he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Breast milk better than formula; prevents jaundice


Pediatricians at the University of Ghana Medical Centre have advised lactating mothers to exclusively breastfeed their children with breast milk instead of formula until they are six months old.

This is because breast milk is much better than baby formula milk -it is natural, but formula is produced from cow.

They said breast milk was also healthy, helped the immune system and prevented babies from getting serious infections, jaundice, brain, and liver damage.

‘Breast milk is much better than formula. Formula is cow’s milk irrespective of the branding and the processing that goes into it… It is still cow’s milk.

‘So, we always want the mothers to breastfeed because it is healthy, it helps the immune system and prevents babies from getting serious infections. It also prevents them from getting jaundice from those infections,’ Dr Emmanuel

Amoah, one of the Pediatricians, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview.

He said this during the Neonatal Jaundice Awareness Month celebration at the UGMC.

The even
t was held under the theme: ‘Newborn Jaundice and Exclusive Breastfeeding: Midwives and Nurses lead’.

It was to create awareness about neonatal jaundice.

Neonatal Jaundice is a common condition in newborns, characterised by a yellow discoloration of the skin and eyes due to elevated levels of bilirubin in the blood.

Dr Amoah noted that one of the factors that caused jaundice in newborns was the lack of exclusive breastfeeding at the preliminary stages of a child’s life.

He said exclusive breastfeeding helped the baby to obtain the optimum nutrient and the hydration he/ she needed to excrete the excess bilirubin and prevent the jaundice infection.

‘When you breastfeed early enough, you give the baby the optimum nutrition and hydration he needs to be able to handle jaundice that may build up during the first week of life. When you initiate breastfeeding quickly, the children can excrete bilirubin in their urine,’ he said.

He, therefore, advised mothers to choose the best for their children by breastfe
eding instead of feeding the children with formula.

He also asked that mothers be supported both at health facilities and home to breastfeed their newborns.

Dr Vanessa Ann Vanderpuye, another pediatrician at the Centre, said out of the 600 babies admitted at UGMC in the past four months now, about 280 were diagnosed with jaundice.

She said though there were other factors that caused jaundice in children, most of the cases recorded at the Hospital were because of the lack of breastfeeding.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Asante Juaben set to get 500-bed capacity mental health rehabilitation center


A 500-bed capacity mental health rehabilitation centre is set to be established at Asante Juaben in the Juaben Municipality of the Ashanti region.

The project, which is to be established by Mensah Mental Health Rehabilitation (Memhrep), an NGO, is to help cater for the health needs of the growing numbers of individuals being diagnosed with mental health problems in the country.

Memhrep’s main aim is to improve and maintain the well-being of persons with mental health problems by giving them quality health care, especially the most underprivileged in society.

The rehabilitation center after completion would accommodate and treat people with mental health needs and provide resettlement skills (vocational training) before reintegration.

It would consist of 500 capacity cluster beds, conference center, re-settlement center (workshops and apprentices training), a mosque, a Church, a clinic, and waste management plant.

Mr Adu Gyamfi, Founder and Director of the organization, made this known at a press confere
nce held in Kumasi over the weekend.

The conference was under the theme ‘End to neglecting and homelessness of mental health patients’

Mr Adu Gyamfi said there had been growing concerns over the continued deterioration and deplorable conditions in which mental health patients found themselves in Ghana.

According to him, mental health patients mostly were exposed to the vagaries of the weather, poor sanitation and without necessities such as food, water, and shelter.

For this reason, he said, it was important to build an ultra-modern rehabilitation edifice to help government’s efforts at providing proper shelter and vocation for mental patients.

He said, some challenges faced by mental patients were associated with homelessness, discrimination, stigmatization and sometimes victims of road accidents.

‘Mental patients have suffered enough in Ghana and therefore, the need to give them adequate attention and fair treatment’, he added.

Recounting his ordeal, he indicated that he once had a mental disorder du
e to excessive drinking and thinking, but today he had fully recovered and therefore, could not sit unconcern about affected individuals with mental disorders.

He said the cause of his mental disorder was due to family members’ ungratefulness and mismanagement of his wealth when he was away in Britain years back.

Mrs Esther Appraku, Director of Social Welfare at the Kumasi Metropolis Assembly (KMA), who spoke to the GNA, called on corporate bodies and philanthropists to join hands in the realization of the project by donating cash or building materials.

She also advised individuals who chained mentally health patients to treat at prayer camps, to desist from that and rather, send them to hospital.

Mrs Appraku noted, most at times, the problem of individuals having mental disorders was due to the brutalization at prayer camps.

A recovered mental health victim under Memhrep, Ms Linda Boateng, recounted how she was chained and brutalized by so-called prayer warriors at a prayer camp and appealed to the gove
rnment to shut down all prayer camps in the country.

She also appealed to men who were interested in her to gather courage and propose to her because she had fully recovered from the metal problem.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Bishop Tackie-Yarboi donates medical equipment to the neurosurgery unit, KBTH


The Founder of Victory Bible Church International, Bishop Nii Apiakai Tackie-Yarboi has donated four new monitors and brackets to the Neurosurgery Unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

The donation is a fulfillment of his pledge to the Neurosurgery Unit in 2023 after undergoing surgery at the Unit.

Presenting the items, Mr. Yarboi said the additional monitors would help the unit monitor more patients after surgery, ensure an increase in the number of operations performed and save more lives.

He expressed gratitude to the Doctors and medical Team who operated on him and thanked them for their dedication and commitment to saving lives.

‘Your work is very delicate and requires a lot of dedication. I am grateful for your attention to details which ensured the success of my surgery procedure, God bless you for allowing your expertise to be used to save lives,’ he said.

Bishop Nii Nabi Nii Apiakai Tackie-Yarboi is a clergyman, author and teacher of the Bible, whose Ministry spans almost four decades
.

He is the President of the Victory Christian College, a ministerial training school that provides training, mentorship, and ordination for Christian ministers.

He has also served as a member of the National Executive Council of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC).

Source: Ghana News Agency

Access to sanitary pad key to females’ retention in school – ActionAid


Madam Abiba Nibaradun, the Upper West Regional Programme Manager of ActionAid Ghana (AAG), has indicated that access to sanitary pads by school girls is key in ensuring equity in access to good quality education between females and their male counterparts.

She said this was because difficulty in accessing sanitary pads by some girls, particularly at the basic level adversely affected their effective participation in teaching and learning as they missed out of school during their menstrual periods.

She observed with worry that some girls engaged in amorous relationships with men against their will to get money to buy sanitary products due to lack of money to buy sanitary pads during menstruation.

Madam Nibaradun said this at Jirapa on Menstrual Hygiene Day under the theme: ‘Together for a #PeriodFriendlyWorld.’

The commemoration started with a float along principal streets of Jirapa with over a hundred people including members of the AAG’s Young Urban Women Movement and the Girls’ Empowerment and Advocacy
Platforms from Basic Schools across Jirapa and Lambussie participating in the march.

They wielded placards with the inscriptions like: ‘A sanitary pad to someone makes a difference. Donate a pad and not humiliation; Don’t laugh when I soil myself with menstrual blood and Support me cover up when I am stained.’

Madam Nibaradun said her interactions with some girls in some Basic Schools in the Jirapa and Lambussie districts revealed that girls who could not afford sanitary pads stayed out of school during their menstrual periods for fear of humiliation and stigma should they stain their cloths.

She explained that in the 21st century, sanitary pad price hikes and stigma associated with menstruation still hindered many girls, particularly in the rural communities from enjoying fully, their right to quality education.

The least price of a sanitary pad in the open market is Gh?15.00, which Madam Nibaradun attributed to the high taxes on imported sanitary pads and raw materials imported for its production.

‘It
is expected that for a nation like Ghana with more than 50 per cent of its population being female, the prices of sanitary products should have been very affordable in the market to support women and girls during menstruation,’ she explained.

The AAG Regional Boss condemned the myth that girls and women in their menstrual periods could not cook for some people to eat, go to certain places, or not to eat certain foods.

Madam Nibaradun said ActionAid had, in the past years, distributed re-usable sanitary pads to over 600 basic school girls who were members of the advocacy platforms in the Jirapa, Sissala and Lambussie districts to support their retention in school.

She appealed to stakeholders and benevolent individuals and organisations to help provide sanitary pads to support girls, particularly those in rural communities, to enable them to maintain personal hygiene during menstruation and to stay in school within that period.

ActionAid also distributed 100 reusable sanitary pads to the girls at the event
to help reduce absenteeism among girls during menstruation.

Some of the girls who spoke to the Ghana News Agency expressed gratitude to AAG for the support as it would enable them stay in school during their menstrual periods.

Madam Florence Darimaani, the Adolescent Focal Person at the Jirapa Municipal Health Directorate, educated the girls on personal hygiene management during menstruation.

Madam Lydia Ninberewe, the Jirapa Municipal Gender Desk Officer, advised the girls to extend the menstrual hygiene knowledge to their peers and urged parents to provide menstrual hygiene needs for their children when necessary.

She also advised the girls not to use poverty as an excuse to request sanitary pads from men who would in turn ask for sex and eventually truncate their life dreams and aspirations.

Mr Huudu Kunaateh, the Jirapa Municipal Director of Education, observed that some people stigmatise menstruating girls or women to the extent that they felt less of a human, which he described as unfortunate.

He
thanked AAG for its continuous support to the education sector in the municipality to help improve education, especially for the girl child.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Let’s focus on infectious disease research – Lepers Aid


Father Abaraham Kwasi Dzibitor, the Provisional Secretary for the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), Ghana, has asked the Government to commit more resources and efforts into the setup of centres to research into infectious diseases, particularly leprosy.

Father Dzibitor, on behalf of Father Andrew Campbell, founder of Lepers Aid, said that was the only way to effectively manage infection rates, create more awareness, and educate the populace on the management of such diseases.

‘We need to give serious attention to research and development of this area. When attention is given to it, then the necessary policies can be rolled out to enable these people who have gone through various pains and difficulties to develop themselves and avoid future occurrences of such diseases,’ he said.

Father Dzibitor said this when a team from the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) presented various food items worth thousands of cedis to cured lepers at the Weija Leprosarium in Accra.

He called for more awareness and sensitisa
tion to mitigate all forms of discrimination and stigmatisation faced by people who had suffered from infectious diseases like leprosy.

Mavis Quarshie, a Social Worker at the Weija Leprosarium said one of the major problems encountered by the cured lepers was stigmatisation.

‘People are still living here because of stigma from their friends and families. Civil society must help us spread the word that leprosy and many other contagious diseases are curable. Usually, people attach superstition to leprosy but it is a medical issue with a cure so I will advise them to spread that for us.’

Leprosy, known otherwise as Hansens Disease, is a chronic infectious disease caused by a bacteria called Mycobacterium leprae. The disease affects the skin, peripheral nerves, mucosa of the upper respiratory tract, and the eyes.

Leprosy is curable and early detection and treatment can prevent further progression of the disease which causes disability.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it is one of the
neglected tropical diseases (NTD) which still occurs in more than 120 countries, with more than 200, 000 new cases reported annually worldwide.

Wilfred Haruna, the Head of Operations at CRS, in a brief address to the inmates, said their ideals of respect, equity, diversity and inclusion served as an inspiration for their constant donation to cured lepers.

‘At our Organisation, we believe that there should be sacredness when it comes to life so we thought that it is good for us to come and donate, express our solidarity and also show compassion because any of us can be caught up in this situation,’ he said.

John Ampaw, a cured leper, who received the items on behalf of his colleagues, thanked the team noting how modern medical care and cures had helped improved their condition hence all stigmatisation and superstitions surrounding the disease should end.

The Catholic Relief Services has been in existence in Ghana for 59 years. The faith-based multinational organisation has impacted nearly 1.2 million
people in 33 districts nationwide with operations focused more in areas such as health, agriculture, water, and sanitation.

Source: Ghana News Agency

World No Tobacco Day: Government commits to protecting children from interference from Tobacco Industry


The Deputy Minister for Health Alexander Akwasi Aquah says the government will protect children from interference from the tobacco industry with strict enforcement of ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

Speaking at an event to mark the observation of the World Tobacco Day in Accra, the Deputy Minister expressed concerns about the targeting of children by the tobacco industry through deceptive marketing tactics.

‘Children are vulnerable, they are lured by colorful packaging, misleading flavors, and

manipulative marketing campaigns. We cannot, and will not, stand by for the tobacco industry to prey on their curiosity in their attempt to create a new generation of addicted customers,’ he said.

Mr Aquah said Ghana would ensure comprehensive public education campaign to heighten awareness about the detrimental effects of tobacco use and equip communities with the knowledge to discern the deceptive tactics employed by the tobacco industry.

‘By empowering Ghanaians to become vocal advo
cates for tobacco control, we can safeguard the well-being of future generations and shield them from the predatory practices of tobacco companies,’ he said.

Tobacco is a significant threat to health and sustainable development. Tobacco causes premature death and preventable disease that results in high health costs and economic losses, widens socioeconomic inequalities, and impedes progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dr Delese Mini Darko, the Chief Executive Officer of the Food and Drugs Authority, in a speech read on her behalf, said tobacco was one of the foremost perpetrators of preventable deaths worldwide, claiming over eight million lives annually.

She said tobacco usage was a public health crisis that spared no one, particularly children, with its insidious marketing strategies preying on the youth, ensnaring them in a web of addiction and suffering.

‘From clever product designs to pervasive marketing endeavors, they’ve set their sights on a new genera
tion of tobacco users: Our youth. They infiltrate our schools, communities, and even our social media platforms, all with the aim of cultivating a new legion of smokers,’ she said.

Dr Darko said just one hour of shisha use was equivalent to smoking about 200 cigarettes, underscoring its heightened risks.

‘The Vision for Alternative Development’ a nin-governmental organisation, in a statement to observe the Day, stressed the need for Ghana to pay attention to nicotine addiction and E-cigarettes.

It said the highly addictive nature of nicotine, particularly in e-cigarettes and vapes, posed grave threats to young people.

It said the products, often marketed as safer alternatives, had no proven public health benefits.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns against their use, especially among youth.

The NGO said it would continue to strongly advocate ban of the products, stating that the current regulatory inconsistency where the Ghana Revenue Authority taxed e-cigarettes while the FDA confiscated
them highlighted the urgent need for clear, unified policies of the product.

Research on ‘An investment case for Tobacco Control in Ghana’ shows that more than 6,700 Ghanaians die every year due to tobacco-related illness, accounting for three per cent of all deaths in the country.

According to the research in 2019, tobacco use in Ghana resulted in around 668 million Ghana cedis (GHC) in economic losses, an equivalent of 0.2 percent of Ghana’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

It includes GHC172 million in direct health-care expenditures to treat tobacco-related illness, tobacco-attributable mortality valued at GHC 371 million, and GHC 126 million in reduced workplace productivity from absenteeism and presenteeism.

The 2024 World No Tobacco Day, was observed on the theme: ‘Protecting Children from Tobacco Industry Interference’.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Burkina: More than 3 million children will be vaccinated against measles and rubella from March 15 to March 21


More than 3 million children aged 9 months to 59 months will be vaccinated from March 15 to 21, in 61 health districts of the country, during a response campaign against measles and rubella.

The vaccination campaign against measles and rubella will take place from March 15 to 21, 2024.

It will bring together 3,489,383 children aged 9 to 59 months from 61 health districts in the country. For this 2024 campaign, nine health districts are not affected, because it has already been done.

Health authorities announced last week 2,355 cases of measles including 8 deaths.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

‘Worrying’ increase in sexually transmitted infections in Europe (agency)


A ‘worrying’ wave of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) has been observed in Europe, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) warned on Thursday, which calls for work increased prevention.

In 2022, cases of gonorrhea jumped by 48%, with 70,881 cases in the European Union, those of syphilis show an increase of 34% (35,391 cases) and those of chlamydia by 16% (216,508 cases), according to the report annual of the agency.

‘This increase is as staggering as it is worrying,’ said Andrea Ammon, director of the ECDC, at a press conference.

‘These numbers, while important, likely represent just the tip of the iceberg, as the data’ may be underestimated, she added, explaining that this was due to differences in screening practices but also access to sexual health services in the 27 countries covered by the agency.

The results show that there is “an urgent need to raise awareness of the transmission of STIs and a need to improve prevention, access to screening and effective treatments to ad
dress this public health challenge”, underlined the ECDC in a press release.

‘We must prioritize sex education, expand access to testing and treatment services, and combat the stigma associated with STIs,’ Ammon said in the statement.

In addition, consistent condom use during sexual intercourse and ‘open dialogue’ about STIs should be encouraged as they help reduce the transmission of infections.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Controversy over the distribution of medicines to adolescent girls in Mogtédo: the MCD provides clarification


The distribution of medicines, in particular acid and iron, to young girls at the Mogtédo departmental high school, has been criticized since March 3 on social networks by conspiracy theorists and by parents worried about not have been informed previously. The AIB approached the city health district to find out more.

Faced with this controversy, the Chief Medical Officer of the health district (MCD) of Zorgho, Dr Delphin Kaboré, wanted to provide clarifications. According to him, there was a first publication reporting on the distribution of tablets without platelets to girls at the Mogtédo departmental high school then a second publication by the same author which specifies that it concerns iron and folic acid. . On the first publication, the MCD says it does not recognize itself, on the other hand, it found that the second publication tends towards reality.

According to him, this is not an anarchic distribution of medicines, but rather the implementation of an iron and folic acid supplementation campaign,
carried out for four years by local health authorities with the support of UNICEF. Started in the communes of Zam and Zorgho, UNICEF then enabled the campaign to be extended to all 8 communes of the province of Ganzourgou and the health district of Ziniaré. He clarified that in addition to iron and folic acid, there are also dewormers that are distributed to girls and also boys. According to Dr Kaboré, this campaign aims to prevent anemia among young girls aged 10 to 19, who are particularly prone to this condition due to the onset of their menstruation; the ultimate goal being to reduce maternal and infant mortality.

According to him, the distribution of these drugs falls within a well-defined framework, having benefited from careful planning and communication upstream. Education authorities as well as community leaders were informed of the campaign, and primary, post-primary and secondary schools were chosen as distribution points due to the concentration of the target. The head nurses (ICP) and all health
workers responsible for distributing medicines were also invited to raise awareness among teachers and students about the issues surrounding this iron and folic acid supplementation.

‘I want the population to know that the health district is at operational level. We are here to implement the health policy that is issued at the central level. (…) Let everyone reassure themselves that it is for the good of the population. And health workers are open. If there are misunderstandings somewhere, they can approach us to get the right information. » Said Dr Delphin Kaboré

It should be noted that this campaign took place on February 1 and 2 in all the communes of the province of Ganzourgou. However, despite these awareness and distribution efforts, communication gaps persist, fueling rumors and doubts.

It is therefore essential to distinguish rumor from reality. The distribution of medicines to girls at the Mogtédo departmental high school is part of a legitimate anemia prevention campaign, benefiting from the supp
ort of health and international authorities. However, additional communication efforts are necessary to ensure better understanding and support of the population for such public health initiatives.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Diapaga/Crash: The two survivors testify


Nicolas Thiombiano and his niece Essita Yonli are the miraculous survivors of the plane crash which claimed the lives of five people yesterday Wednesday in Diapaga (East). This Thursday, in front of the government delegation who came to comfort them, they returned to the tragedy.

‘I was among a colleague and a lady who was going to her husband’s funeral today (Thursday). We were behind the pilot. The fire came from the pilot’s side and caught my left foot. I saw an opening at the bottom of the plane and dove. My uncle Thiombiano Nicolas followed me,’ testifies Essita Yonli, one of the two survivors of the crash in Diapaga of the Lead’Air aircraft.

This Thursday, they were still at the CMA in Fada N’Gourma, all showing traces of burns on their faces, lower and upper limbs…in short, on all parts of the body.

‘When we got out of the plane, the fire had caught my clothes, I took them off to throw them away. While running, I also tore off my left shoe which had caught fire. I found myself under a tree and hel
p came to help me. Then the plane exploded along with the other passengers. I thank God who saved me,’ continued Essita Yonli in front of the government delegation led by the Minister of Transport, Roland Somda.

What happened ?

‘What was reported to me was that it was 12:35 p.m., when in addition to the pilot, 6 other passengers boarded the aircraft to take off for Fada N’Gourma. After a run of approximately 500 m, the plane was actually able to take off. However, 580 m further on, he crashed after hitting two trees,’ explained the IA gendarmerie commander.

He adds: ‘thus, the FDS on site and the accompanying passengers who witnessed it, quickly rushed to help the injured and extinguish the aircraft which was still on fire. So, the injured were taken to the CMA of Diapaga for first aid.’

In terms of damage, he confirms that the accident unfortunately resulted in 5 deaths and 2 injuries who are already being treated at the CMA level and who will then be evacuated.

According to the doctor responsible for t
he CMA of Diapaga, Boris Tanliré, for the moment, the state of health of the patients is stable.

‘Indeed, yesterday, after the plane crash, we received two injured people. These injuries are due to a burn. We were able to diagnose a third degree burn and a deep second degree burn. We recommended evacuation to a higher level for better care of a patient,’ specifies the doctor.

Do you confirm that they are out of danger? Mr. Tanliré responds in the affirmative: ‘Yes, in any case, at present, they are out of danger.’

Coming to bring the government’s compassion to the victims, the minister in charge of transport, Roland Somda, said he was saddened by the tragedy.

‘At the beginning of the afternoon, we received information that a small plane from the private company Lead’Air had crashed at the Diapaga airfield a few minutes after takeoff. So, immediately, we found ourselves at the crisis room at Ouagadougou international airport to set up a crisis unit to be able to centralize all the information linked to thi
s tragedy and also be able to assist the families of the victims.

He specifies that this visit aims to note the impact of the incident on the site and on behalf of the highest authorities and the government, to express his compassion, his sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims and to wish to recover the survivors.

The conclusions of the investigation report expected

‘We came with a team of experts to be able to collect information and really produce a document that can pinpoint the causes of this tragedy that we all deplore,’ he says.

This tragedy, he said, ‘comes at a time when we are preparing the campaign for air services to certain cities in Burkina. It is true that this Diapaga aerodrome had not been included among those to be operated in this first phase.’

And, this incident, he said, will make it possible to call upon all airlines which operate at Burkinabe airports and aerodromes to be much more vigilant and professional.

The minister says he hopes that the conclusions
of the investigation report into the tragedy will make it possible to capitalize and be able to offer quality and safety services to the population. In the afternoon, the victims of the crash (dead and injured people) were all evacuated to Ouagadougou.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Boulgou: an ambulance and medical-technical equipment for the Wangala CSPS


The AZIENDA SANITARIA FRIULI OCCIDENTALE health center in Italy donated an ambulance and medical-technical equipment to the Wangala CSPS in the Zabré health district (Central-East).

This is a ”valve” type ambulance and technical medical equipment composed of mattresses and beds that the AZIENDA SANITARIA FRIULI OCCIDENTALE health center in Italy offered on Saturday February 24, 2024 to the CSPS of Wangala in the Zabré health district in the Boulgou province (Central-East).

The handover ceremony was chaired by the first vice-president of the special delegation of the commune of Zabré Jacques Gouba in the presence of the chief of the Naaba Zaanr village of Wangala, the chief doctor of the health district of Zabré, former civil servants who served in the village and a strong delegation from Ouagadougou.

According to the donor representative, Emmanuel Lenga, the ambulance and medical technical equipment were fully donated after the submission of a request from the association of Zabré nationals in Italy in o
rder to improve the care offer. .

After obtaining it, the association decided to assign it to the CSPS in Wangala, a village located about fifteen kilometers from Zabré. The contribution of Wangala’s sons and daughters was to put their hand in their pocket to bring the ambulance and the rest of the equipment to Burkina.

The first vice-president of the special delegation of the commune of Zabré praised the resilience of the sons and daughters of Zabré living outside the country.

He maintains that the administration cannot do everything, hence his gratitude to all the actors who contributed to the arrival of the ambulance and equipment to the village of Wangala. ‘In the name of the prefect, president of the special Zabré delegation, who is unable to attend, we urge you to declare the births. This will allow us to plan and prevent at the level of the municipal authorities,’ he indicated.

The chief medical officer of the Zabré health district (MCD), Dr Ahmed Kouanda, welcomed the donation. For him, the ambula
nce, which replaces a tricycle which served as an ambulance and for a long time in the garage, comes at the right time and contributes to improving the conditions of care for the populations of Wangala in particular and Zabré in general. He called on the CSPS major and his collaborators to ensure good management of the material received.

The village chief of Wangala Naaba Zaanr called on the population to visit the health center and above all to give a respectful welcome to any public official assigned to his village. Like the association of former village students who contributed 100 liters of diesel to fuel the ambulance, the chief offered 200 liters.

As a reminder, the Wangala CSPS ambulance already brings to three the number of ambulances received in the Zabré health district during these first two months of 2024

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Ophthalmological campaign: Around forty people regain their sight thanks to a team of German specialists


The ‘Dr Boukaré Sebego’ medical-surgical center in Léo, in collaboration with a team of German surgeons Operieren in Africa, organized from February 26 to March 1, an ophthalmological surgery campaign for the benefit of around forty of people from the said locality

‘In one week of the surgical campaign, a total of around forty people suffering from cataracts were treated by the team of German specialists,’ indicated the director of the German surgical medical center in Léo, Omar Ouédraogo.

Ouédraogo explained that nearly 400 other patients who also had low visual acuity benefited from corrective lenses at social prices.

According to him, 80 corrective lenses were distributed free of charge. According to him, some cases of glaucoma have been treated with laser. This new technology, he says, has made it possible to treat around twenty patients.

He further reassured that the interventions are free, only the implants are covered by the patients.

Omar Ouédraogo continued that the support from specialists come
s at the right time, in the sense that it will make it possible to provide quality care to many poor people.

He therefore invited the population to come regularly for consultations with ophthalmologists, because according to him, the campaign makes it possible to detect and treat certain pathologies early to avoid complications.

The director of the German surgical medical center in Léo finally expressed all the gratitude of the population of Sissili to the German team for everything they do to improve their health.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Kourwéogo: Opinion leaders in the commune of Boussé questioned on mental health

Boussé, “ The union association for health and well-being” in Burkina Faso commemorated October 10, 2023 in Boussé, the international mental health day. The day was punctuated by a public conference and a radio broadcast on the fight against addictive substances (drugs), for the benefit of opinion leaders in the commune of Boussé.

“Mental health, a universal human right” is the theme chosen for the celebration of the 2023 edition of World Mental Health Day.

In Boussé, “The union for health and well-being” placed this commemoration under the seal of the prevention of addictive substances among young people aged 10 to 24, the major causes of mental illness.

This celebration was marked by a panel on the theme of the day and a radio program on the harm of psychoactive substances among young people.

This outing, the association aims, according to the organizers, to solicit the commitment of administrative and customary political leaders, in the fight against the consumption of negative substances.

It also helped to strengthen young people’s knowledge of the dangers of harmful products.

For the president of the association, Seydou Coulibaly, the consumption of psychoactive substances such as alcohol, tobacco and drugs constitutes a danger for young people in Burkina Faso.

The head of the association indicated that 80% of cannabis consumers are young people and mainly high school and students.

According to him, it is not uncommon to see in certain streets, coffee kiosks, or drinking establishments, students who indulge in the consumption of cigarettes, adulterated alcohol and other substances in the town of Boussé.

Mr. Coulibaly estimated that this situation requires community commitment, in order to protect young people from this scurge.

The president of the municipal youth council, Siméon Ilboudo, pleaded for the strengthening of the regulations in force concerning the proliferation of harmful substances, the promotion of initiatives to combat the addictive behavior of young people.

Mr. Ilboudo also urged the taking into account of strategies to combat drug consumption in municipal development plans.

The high commissioner of Kourwéogo province, Siaka Barro welcomed the initiative while calling on the association to maintain awareness activities beyond the day.

He invited those concerned to have good social behavior to assume their role as future responsible adults.

During the panel, Raymond Yenfoni on duty at the SP/CNLD spoke with the audience, made up of students and parents, on the harms of the consumption of psychotropic substances, for the individual, his family and his community.

These discussions allowed participants to discover the different means of combating the scurge.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Land conflict in Bogandé: An injured person killed in his hospital bed

Bogandé, Members of the same large family clashed on Monday October 30, 2023, over a land issue which cost the lives, ultimately of two men and left one injured.

A land conflict turned into a tragedy in a district of the village of Nagaré, about ten kilometers from Bogandé, on Monday October 30, 2023. In fact, members of the same large family clashed violently.

The clash in the village resulted in one death and two injuries, including one seriously admitted to the Bogandé Medical Center with Surgical Antenna for appropriate care.

Against all expectations, on the morning of Tuesday October 31, 2023, relatives of the victim from the day before, armed with bladed weapons, went to the CMA in front of his attending physician.

They forced the door open before dragging the injured man right to the door of the hospital room before taking his life.

From sources close to the antagonists, the tragedy that the populations deplore results from an old affair which has already been the subject of legal proceedings during the year 2021.

As we draw these lines, the administrative and customary authorities of Bogandé are hard at work to calm things down.

An investigation is reportedly underway to determine who is responsible.

Source: Burkina Information Agency