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The Standards Bureau has said it is working with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to develop a legal framework to combat the import and sale of sub-standard and expired goods on the local market.
The regulatory body said the lack of laws to punish defaulters is a major chalenge in deterring unscrupoulous businesses from engaging in the practice that endangers the lives of Sierra Leoneans.
Liberia has launched a campaign to combat breast and cervical cancer and increase public awareness about the disease.
The head of the Liberia Cancer Society, Juanita Neal says people are needlessly dying from the disease in the country due to ignorance.
A cross-border cholera sensitization exercise has been taking place in the southern Senegalese border town of Diaobé in the Kolda region, straddling Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Mali and Guinea Conakry.
Health workers have been sensitizing communities about the importance of basic hygiene and other methods to prevent and treat cholera.
Ghana is recording an increase in the number of cholera cases and more deaths with several weeks left to the end of the rainy season in the West African nation.
According to the Ministry of Health, more than 100 affected persons have been admitted at the country’s main hospitals, especially in the capital.
An official of Ghana’s Health Ministry has said a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report on the abuse of mentally ill persons in psychiatric institutions and spiritual healing centers was “not entirely true”.
The rights group claims that the Ghanaian government has done little to combat such abuse or to ensure that these people can live in the community, as is their right under international law.
Advocacy groups Amnesty International and Greenpeace Netherlands have called for criminal investigation into the dumping of toxic waste in 2006 in Cote d’Ivoire by multi-national firm Trafigura.
Titled the “Toxic Truth”, the report released Tuesday is the result of a three-year investigation and provides an in-depth examination of the tragic litany of failures that created a medical, political and environmental disaster.
Ghana's Parliament has passed a law banning smoking in public places such as restaurants, pubs, after nearly seven years of intense lobbying and agitation.
By Abdourahmane Diallo/WADR Correspondent
A Cholera epidemic has killed 41 people in Guinea, as authorities struggle to contain some 655 cases reported so far.
Guinea’s Minister of Health and Public Hygiene Dr Naman Kéita made the disclosure to Journalists in Conakry at the weekend.
--Plan Int’l urges commitment to end suffering
With no immediate end in sight to the Malian crisis, “reports have now surfaced that safety of children fleeing the conflict in Mali has been compromised,” the children development organization, said Plan International.
Suy Kahofi/WADR Correspondent
Blood pouches not screened and believed to be contaminated are being circulated in the Ivory Coast by some unscrupulous individuals in the wake of the current blood shortage, sparking serious concerns by authorities of the National Blood Transfusion Center.