Friday, January 25, 2008

Regenerative Health and Nutrition Team from Dimona helps Cut Medical Costs in Ghana

Ghana Loses $762 Million Annually In Malaria Control
by Shirley Asiedu-Addo
Ghana General News

About $762 million is lost in controlling malaria in the country yearly. The loss includes labour loss, cost of transportation to facilities, cost to families and cost in treating patients.

According to the Minister of Health, Major Courage Quashigah (retd), if the cost of preventable and avoidable diseases continued to increase, it might be necessary to sell the country to pay for the ill-health of its people.Major Quashigah, who was addressing a meeting to review the new Regenerative Health and Nutrition Programme (RHNP) introduced to ensure good health by adopting healthy lifestyles, said, “It is important that the country work to ensure that limited resources are not wasted on preventable diseases.” Health service providers, district chief executives and media practitioners attended the meeting in Mankessim in the Central Region.

The RHNP was adopted from Dimona, Israel, where a community of about 3,500 African Hebrews live without encountering any diseases as a result of the programme. Major Quashigah stated that in the near future, all diseases would be costed to know their cost to the nation and the need to work to prevent them. He noted that since 2006, the RHNP had been piloted in 10 districts in seven regions of Ghana in the form of week-long training of change agents and advocates.

The minister stated that more than 700 change agents and 5,000 advocates had so far received training in RHNP across the country, adding that he expected them to work hard to touch the people in the communities and families to adopt the programme. He said it was unfortunate that eating junk food was associated with sophistication, adding that eating healthy foods, exercise and rest could do a lot of good to the body.

The Director of the programme, Dr Edward Addai, stated that RHNP had been found to be an important way of improving the lives of the people in any nation.He, therefore, urged all stakeholders to ensure that the programme was successful. The Omanhen of the Mankessim Traditional Area, Nana Amanfo Adu VI, urged the people to ensure the proper handling of fruits and vegetables to avoid contracting diseases.He also called on them to adopt personal hygiene and good environmental sanitation practices to ensure healthy living.

Monday, January 21, 2008

US To Launch New National ID

All Citizens Must Have "REAL ID" By 2009
PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, PRNewswire-USNewswire-- Under the final REAL ID regulations issued Friday by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), states will be required to verify Social Security numbers and immigration status before issuing driver's licenses beginning in October 2009. Residents of states that resist compliance with REAL ID could find their driver's license rendered useless for federal identification purposes as early as May 2008. These regulations represent an important breakthrough in the effort to enhance homeland security and the enforcement of laws against illegal immigration, says the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

After formal comments submitted by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), the legal affiliate of FAIR, final regulations now require verification of Social Security numbers and immigration status before a license may be issued and, unlike many of the other provisions of REAL ID, will be implemented by October 2009.

"Establishing that all people with state-issued driver's licenses or ID cards are legal residents of the United States is crucial to the effort to protect our nation's security and control mass immigration," commented Dan Stein, president of FAIR. "Preventing people who have no legal right to be in the country from obtaining these documents will make it more difficult to live and work here in violation of the law. This objective was the driving rationale behind the REAL ID Act."