Healthy Pets, Healthy Humans: All about rabies

Protect yourself by protecting your animal; rabies is real.

Pets are adorable and having them is beautiful. But having a pet comes with certain responsibilities that many in Ghana fail to recognize like keeping your pet healthy. This attitude is borne out of the long standing disregard for people’s personal health which transcends into the care of our pets.

But having a healthy pet = having a healthy human.

This equation is so because of the close nature with which we live, relate and play with our pets. The most common pets that people in Ghana have in our homes are dogs and cats. These animals are also prone to certain diseases and illnesses that could cause humans to also get sick if not treated early or prevented. One of such diseases is the Rabies disease.

The Rabies disease is a 100% preventable illness that has a 100% fatality (death) rate if symptoms of the disease starts to show. It is a viral disease which means it is caused by a virus.

How is it transmitted? : Rabies is transmitted through the bite of an animal who already has rabies.

The animals that can be affected by rabies includes dogs, cats, raccoons, bats.

How to Prevent Rabies in animals:

1. Vaccination: The most effective way to prevent rabies in your pet is to vaccinate them against rabies. The anti-rabies vaccine is what protects the animals from the disease. These vaccines are given at the veterinary clinics around the country. This vaccine is given every year to protect the dog/cat, from getting infected with rabies.   Visit a Vet hospital for your rabies vaccine.

2. Keep your pets in the house: It is safe to keep your pets in the house without allowing them to go and roam around alone. In Ghana there are lots of stray dogs and cats in both our cities and villages and these dogs are mostly rabid dogs and cats. When you leave your pets to go out and play with these animals you not only expose them to rabies, but you expose your family too.

3. Keep your kids away from strange animals : Children are found of playing with dogs and cats. It is necessary to keep your kids from animals you do not  know. Educate your child on Rabies and why it is important to stay away from animals that are not owned by the family.

4. Protect the communities against stray dogs: Stray animals like dogs and cats  are animals that do not have a home and are not cared for by anyone. These dogs are dangerous to the people because they have the ability to infect other animals and even people with rabies through their bites. The community leaders are therefore encouraged to do away with such animals to protect the lives of the people.

Prevention is better than cure. Prevent rabies, protect your life.




Lack of Oxygen almost killed a Student athlete.

In the just ended inter schools sports competition for senior high schools,  one female student aged 19 years was rushed to the emergency department by an ambulance in a statement of unconsciousness.

The girl was given oxygen after her oxygen saturation recorded low values signaling her state as one of hypoxia (a reduced flow of oxygen to the tissues in her body ). She regained consciousness after some minutes of oxygen therapy.

The people who accompanied her to the ED were asked what happened and this was the account.

According to them, the patient was an athlete who had run in the competition that day. She later collapsed and was sent to the clinic in the stadium but there was no oxygen. They (Student red cross society ) were asked to send patient via an ambulance to the hospital. But there was no oxygen in the ambulance too. 

When asked whether they came with a teacher, the red cross guys said no. But the teacher would be coming later.

Here’s the danger;

Hypoxia can result in headaches, dizziness, hallucinations, blurred vision in milder cases. But in severe and prolonged cases, it can result in brain damage and even death.

So the problem is…

1. How can we have a clinic in the Sports stadium without oxygen especially during an athletics competition of students over a  thousand present? So didn’t they anticipate that there will be emergencies? Who is responsible for making sure these things are in place before such programs are conducted? Why was the job not done?

2. An ambulance without oxygen, should it even be put on the road? Much more to service students running and jumping. Of what use is it? A trotro or taxi could have done the same thing the ambulance did. Which is just transporting the patient and nothing else.

3. I believe a teacher should have accompanied her to the hospital. But of course, this is Ghana where we take everything for granted.


So who is responsible?

This girl would have died within some few minutes for what?

Lack of responsible behaviour?

A parent would’ve lost his /her child because some offices failed to do their work?

Ghana is gradually becoming a health hazard for its citizens especially the ignorant.

Dear citizen of Ghana, let’s ask for quality because it’s our right.



A picture of the sickle crisis in Ghana: Conversation with a Sickle Parent

A 23years old girl was referred from a peripheral hospital to the ER in a teaching hospital. She was brought in an ambulance  with her mother and 2 siblings. The patient was dehydrated and very ill-looking. The relatives were anxious. After reading the referral, we found out-patient had been screened for sickle-cell and she was SC.

I called the mother to speak with her after attending to the girl and this is how the conversation went.

Me: Maame please do you know what condition  your daughter is suffering from?

Mother : No I don’t. The doctor didn’t tell me.

Me: Maame did you ask the doctor?

Mother: “She grins shyly”  no I didn’t

Me: Maame what caused you to send your daughter to the hospital?

Mother : She suffers from rheumatism. It comes every time the weather gets cold. She started experiencing rheumatism at an early  age.   She suffers a lot. Her dad also had the same condition but he is dead. But this time she also complained of severe headache.

Me: Maame all these years, how have you been managing  her rheumatism?

Mother : We use local ointments to massage her

Me: Maame your daughter is suffering from a condition called Sickle cell. It affects the blood.

(She cuts in )

Mother: I believe it is spiritual. You see she is a twin. But her twin sister is fine. As for her, she has always been sick. I think someone is behind it spiritually.

Me: No Maame, She inherited it from your husband and you. (Further explanations were given her)

Do you see the picture?

What is wrong with this story?

  • So many Ghanaians are suffering from Sickle-cell without knowing that they have the condition.
  • There are many Ghanaians who go to the hospital when sick, see the doctor in the Consulting room and all they are waiting for are the medications that will be given them at the end. They are not so keen on knowing what the problem is, why they are having the condition and how it can be managed.

But this attitude of “not being bothered” about what could be wrong with you is what is bringing us back to the same conditions over and over again.

So when next you go to the hospital to get treatment, make sure you know these 5 things  before leaving.

1. The condition you are suffering from.

2. What caused you to have the condition?

3. What are the options for managing the condition.

4. What are the side-effects of the management/treatment options.

5. How can you prevent the condition from coming again.

  • On the other hand, the doctors and nurses have a duty to inform and educate you on these five things whenever you visit the hospital to seek treatment. So ask and let them teach you.
  • This girl’s condition was poorly managed due to ignorance on the part of the mother and irresponsibility on the part of the health professionals who treated her before.
  • Parents, be your children’s advocate in the hospital. Ask questions and seek answers on their behalf.

Be informed


It’s time to Name & Shame. Check your expiry dates!

The habit of checking product expiry dates is one that is lacking amongst most Ghanaians. But this practice is one that allows companies to produce and import products especially foods with wrong manufacturing dates. And for others, the foods that are expired or near their expiry dates are reduced and sold to the public.

This ill act by some companies exposes the Ghanaian populace to food poisoning and other conditions that affects the health and consequently the economic growth of the nation.

Let’s all make it a part of the buying process to check the manufacturing and expiry dates of products before purchase.

IMG-20180305-WA0003This product was purchased by a friend last week and the manufacturing date is tomorrow 15th March, 2018.

  • Let’s all make it a part of the buying process to check the manufacturing and expiry dates of products before purchase.
  • Tell your family who can’t read to ask someone to check for them before they buy.
  • Always double check the dates on products especially if it’s reduced to clear or promotions.



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Is your love compatible? : Know your Genotype before “I do” .

As the most common genetic disorder in Ghana and the world at large, Sickle cell plays a major role in the heath, economy,  and overall life many people and not just persons living with Sickle cell.

Knowing your sickle cell status and that of your partner’s  before the big question and saying “I do” will not only prevent a lot of heart ache buy also protect your future children from the possibility of being affected with sickle cell.

In this season of love, make the choice of including sickle cell in your conversations.

  • Talk about it with your partner/beloved/finance.
  • Go and screen together to know your genotype if you haven’t already.
  • Seek for clarification from a health professional if you do not understand your results.
  • Ask for the Hb Electrophoresis. This test will show you exactly what type you are. Example AA, AS, SC, SS, etc.

Knowing your genotype before marriage or child birth is one of the most responsible decisions you can make as a parent.

Let’s be responsible

The KSS Project

K- know it  early , S – share it early,  S- Stop it early

#sicklecellisreal ,  #sicklecellis100percentpreventable

Avoid these mistakes during valentine’s day: Let’s make it a healthy Valentine.

It’s the Love Season. People are giving love and others receiving love. There are a lot more people who will be feeling like they are not a part of the season. But  that can’t be true if you are alive. You can also show someone love.

In the spirit of celebrating love, there are some actions that bring unhealthy and undesirable consequences that may last through a lifetime. It’s a day of love, let’s live it avoiding these mistakes.

1. Having unprotected sex : Most dates will end up in sexual activities at the end of today. If he or she is not your husband or wife, I would advice you abstain. But if you will engage in it, then better be safe than sorry. Protect yourself, protect your partner.  Use a condom.

2. Hooking up with your Ex : I know valentine’s day can be an emotional time for people especially if you’re single. But making a rush decision to hook up with your Ex can be tricky. Old flames need little to spark up again. Engaging in sex with your Ex might seem familiar to you but remember he/she might not be in the same state of health as when you dated. He/she may have had a couple of relationships. Having sex with this person can lead to getting infected with  HIV or other Sexually transmitted infections. Do not take it for granted just because the two of you used to date. HIV is real, protect yourself.

3. Too much Alcohol intake: The healthy amount of alcohol intake is one bottle for women and at most two for men in a day if you want to drink. Don’t turn this day into a drunken night. There are so many Alcohol related injuries  (road traffic accidents, bar brawls, etc) , rape, diseases etc. Watch what you’re drinking and how much.

4. Indulging in Aphrodisiacs : There is a pool of alcoholic drinks in the market in Ghana. Almost every drink is a sex enhancing bitters. Because of nature of the day, most men will be tempted to drink these beverages to “enhance their potency ” sexually on order to crown their day. But beware of these drinks. Most of these bitters are causing harm to kidneys, the liver, prostate and even impotence. You don’t need them. If you feel there is something wrong, go and get checked at the hospital.

5. Having high expectations : It is always better to expect little and be surprised with much than the other way round. Feelings of disappointment can lead to feelings of depression. Depression can cripple you emotionally, physically, mentally  and even spiritually. Allow yourself room for adjustable expectations. You will be saving your health a great deal.

Enjoy your day thinking about your health.

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A Real Sickle Story

This is Latrice’s story.

Hey my name is Latrice I am 26 years old, and I live with sickle cell anemia. I had my first crisis when I was 3 years old, and from then on I started my not so normal life as a kid in and out of the hospital. Much just like most my mom did not know that much about sickle cell so it definitely surprised her a bit. Even though she was told I had sickle cell, she was also told it could go either way. Well come to find out the way it went didn’t work in her favor, I’m guessing. A single mother who was still taking care of 2 children having to take off of work to either take me to the doctors or set up some type of system so I could be looked after in the hospital.
As I got older I started to feel guilty with inconveniencing others. I felt like it was my sickness, so my responsibility. At a certain age I was able to stay in the hospital myself, and although I liked it because my mom didn’t have to take so much time off dealing with me, and my illness. I had other things to deal with such as dealing with a pediatrician who never really understood sickle cell and because of that she came off very aggressive and mean. I remember telling her I was in pain sometimes and she would ignore me saying there was no reason I was sick, and as I got older and started to go through issues she would basically tell me I didn’t belong in pediatrics. When it came to things that I couldn’t control. I mean Sickle Cell didn’t stop other issues in my life. She couldn’t understand that either. So that left me to have a horrible relationship with my pediatrician. So I felt like when I was sick I had u7u
to keep it to myself because no one would understand.
Becoming an adult I went through even more crisis, some that I couldn’t understand. I tried different jobs one was working at the V.A hospital outside as a valet worker. I had to spend so much time out of work because I was either sick and literally could not make it out of bed, or was spending days to weeks inside of the hospital. Because of one admission that went wrong. I was forced to leave that job. After that, I spent months without work and depressed feeling like I had no control of my life. I was able to get another job after some months but the same thing just kept happening. In and out of the hospital dealing with issues of my life not being where I felt I was supposed to be based on the people around me. I dealt with a lot of depression, and anxiety, which did not help with me constantly getting sick.
Becoming older, experiencing more of what life has to offer. Realizing my dreams and that even though I live with this disease I do not have to suffer with it. I started to go to conferences, and looking up different things that I could do to help my situation. I realized that I love to tell people my story, tell them about this disease that I had dealt with all of my life. I wanted to tell other young people who are dealing with diseases such as sickle cell that your life is not over. I now at 26 years old am ready to live and overcome this thing that seemed to have a hold on my life for so long. I am going back to school, enjoying myself. Taking it one step at a time. Letting God guide my steps, reading more and not just leaving my sickness up to the (so called) professionals to take care of it. I AM TAKING BACK MY LIFE! For the rest of you sickle cell warriors keep fighting, and it is time for you to also take back what belongs to you.

Now let’s talk warriors

1. What can we learn from Latice’s story?
2. What can we seek to change?
3. Can you  relate?

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Comments are welcome

Simple ways to Keep school kids from dehydration in this hot season.

Children and the elderly are more at risk of dehydration than any other group. Reducing their risk is therefore important to keep them healthy.

1. Make available good drinking water in the schools or classes. School owners should put in place water dispensers in the corridors to encourage the students to drink more water.

2. Give your child a water bottle filled with water. Parents must put water in the back packs of their wards. Tell them to drink the water.

3. Give frequent water breaks in class. A minute or two break to drink water will go a long way to prevent possible dehydration. It will also encourage all the kids to drink since every one will be taking part.

4. Keep activities indoors : The hot season is good for trying some indoor activities or games. Staying long in the sun to play is not advisable as it causes them to sweat a lot. This leads to tiredness and subsequently loss of attention and interest.

5 . Do not over load students in the school bus: The school buses mostly have more students in it than it is supposed to carry. But in this hot weather, it is more risky overloading students due to reduced air entry to the bus, excessive heat leading to dehydration. Too much Sweating is also not good.

Let’s keep our children healthy in the heat.


Picture by Nathaniel Tettey.

It is Hot! Tips to stay healthy in this heat.

“Chale it’s hot!” Have you said this yet? I have; so many times this past weeks. As much as I love the way clothes dry fast, I totally hate the way I feel in this weather.  But as much as it is an uncomfortable period, and has the potential to make a lot of people sick, there are a number of things you can do to maintain your health and make it more bearable.

1. Drink a ton of water! I am on my 4th sachet of water today and I know I’m going to need more before the day ends. Dehydration is common in this season. Don’t replace drinking water with soft drinks or alcohol. Take in lots of water.

2. Stay indoors during the day: It is advisable to spend more time indoors while the sun is up than outdoors.  Keep your activities outside to a minimum.  Too much exposure to the sun is not good for your health especially if you do not wear sunscreen.

3. Wear light clothing : Dress lightly during this season.  Do not wear too much layers of clothing. And when at home, wear a few clothes.

4. Wear hats and sunglasses : carlos-alberto-gomez-iniguez-107821.jpg

Time to wear hats when going out. Also get your huge sunglasses out of the case and put them on. If you don’t have it yet, just go get some in town, in the shops, or the eye-care service centers. It doesn’t have to be expensive to protect your eyes.

5. Take cool baths/ showers during the day: artem-beliaikin-475601.jpg

If you happen to be home during the day, take cool showers, swim  or soak yourself in cold water . It will do a world good.

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The School nursing system in Ghana needs revising. Here is 5 reasons why

One part of the school system that has always been neglected and  it’s  effect underestimated  is the school nursing system in Ghana eventhough our schools house the most valuable assets our country has which is out future generation.

Below are 5 reasons why this system needs serious attention and immediate revamping.

Reason 1:  In Ghana, school nurses are only or mostly found in senior high schools. The few that may be in junior high schools are in certain private schools. Leaving the majority of school children  in nursery, kindergarten,  primary, and junior high schools without any qualified system of  health care in the schools.

Reason 2: The school nurses provided by the ministry of health to the senior high schools are Retired Nurses who are infused back into the system to continue working. These nurses are already tired; how can they effectively care for these huge numbers of adolescents in our schools.

Reason 3:  The “school nurses” are given no training with regards to adolescent health and preventive health strategies. It is just assumed that they are nurses with experience so they can work in the school. But school nursing needs more than just years of Nursing practice to be effective.

Reason 4: The presence of the Free SHS policy has greatly multiplied the number of students in each school thereby increasing the need for proper school nursing  (health ) system for the protection of the health of the students and the school community as a whole.

The H1N1 saga at the Kumasi Academy SHS is a clear indication of a poor school health system.

Reason 5: There is lack of monitoring, evaluation and  supervision of the school nurse in Ghana. The school nurse in Ghana is left to do what he/she wants without any one checking if it’s right or wrong.

Let’s pay attention to the health of our young population because they are our future.



It’s Urgent! Sexual health education in our schools now!

Before 2017 ended, December saw two gang rapes that became public knowledge throughout the country. One in Ashanti Region (Bantama-Kumasi) and the other in the Central Region. Both of these unfortunate incidents were by teenage boys in high school both junior and senior high schools.

Aside the high level moral corruption displayed by these boys, and the emotional and physical trauma their act inflicted on their victims (the girls involved), they also showed  clear ignorance on their part with regards to the high exposure to sexually transmitted infections like HIV when they took turns to forcefully have sex with the girl.

1. All the boys involved  did not protect themselves from possible STI that may be from either of them or the victim. Instead they all without wearing Condoms inserted their penises into the victim’s vagina. This act can be the breeding ground for STI transmission among young folks because of the sexually active nature of these boys.

2. The victim did not try to negotiate with them to at least wear  a condom to protect herself from any possible STI. Negotiations in sex is a skill that is taught in sexual health education to enable these young girls to protect themselves. But she clearly lacked the knowledge and skill which endangers her with regards to STI.

3. Teenage pregnancy could become a resultant effect from these acts. Something the boys evidently did not think about hence their neglect of condom use.

The lack Sexual health education in our schools has become a health hazard for the youth and the nation at large. With the increasing numbers of adolescents engaging in early initiation into sex, the unavailability of Sexual health education is not only a great disservice to the young people but the nation at large.

Sexual health education among adolescents should be taken seriously in Ghana to help nurture a  well-informed and well guarded population for a healthy future.

#Sexual health education in our schools now!

Spread the word. Let’s protect our future generation. Let’s protect our future.