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NATIONAL SERVICE POSTING ANYWHERE IN GHANA!!
DETERMINE WHERE YOU'LL BE FOR THE NEXT YEAR OF YOUR LIFE
ALL WE NEED IS YOUR:

FULL NAME
NSS NUMBER
INST. ATTENDED
COURSE
REGION OF CHOICE
DISTRICT OF CHOICE
PLACE OF POSTING

Your NSS number will be generated after paying your 40gh at ADB and registering on the website https://nss.gov.gh/home
Call/WhatsApp Roland
+233552369855

Welcome to the official page of the Ghana Dietetics Students' Association (GDSA) UHAS Chapter Visit

This page is the property of the University of Health and Allied Sciences,Ho Chapter of the Ghana Dietetics Students' Association. We are committed to upholding our vow to keep people healthy through effective Diet therapy

06/05/2019

10 Helpful Tips for Diabetics Observing Ramadan by Dietician Evame

1. Always carry glucose treatment with you.

2. Always have diabetes identification, such as a medical bracelet, tag, record book or medication packages.

3. Test your blood regularly and whenever you feel unwell during the fast to monitor your glucose levels. This will not break your fast.

4. If your blood sugar level is high or low, you must treat it immediately.

5. If your blood glucose is less than 4.0mmol/l, end the fast immediately and treat the low blood sugar level or proceed to the hospital.

6. If your blood glucose level is higher than 16.7mmol/l, end the fast immediately and proceed to the hospital.

7. If you become dehydrated, end the fast immediately and have a drink of water.

8. If you start to feel unwell, disoriented, confused, if you collapse or faint, stop fasting and have a drink of water or other fluid.

9. You should never stop your insulin, but you must speak to your doctor because you may need to change the dose and times of your insulin injections.

10. If any of this happens speak to your Dietitian or Medical Doctor before fasting again.

Wish all Muslim brothers and sisters a healthy Ramadan

18/01/2018

NUTRITIONAL PILL FOR TODAY

NUTRITIONAL RESOLUTION 3

WHEN YOU FLOP, FLIP.(CHECK MATE)

We continue our discussions on nutritional resolutions as i encourage you on how make and to have a successful one.

Decide to write down your resolutions one after the other and refer to them from time to time to remind as well as encourage you to keep on.

This makes it possible to share your resolutions with others who can be a check on you to gently make you fall in line when you flop.

A "checker" is how i call such a person. He or she must be committed to helping you in the house to get the right kinds of food that will help you achieve this. Ensuring the right foods in the fridge and on your plate or store room is part of it. A "checker" must however not be overbearing but tactful about getting you to stay on track.

So when you flop on your resolution dont give up, checkmate yourself, flip another page, and continue on your journey to making little changes that are giant steps to a healthier nutrition for a healthier life.

LIFE IS PRECIOUS SO EAT TO LIVE

NANA KOFI OWUSU (RD)
DIETICIAN/LECTURER (UHAS)
+233-244-967-408
[email protected]
Facebook:Nana Kofi Owusu (Bussiness page)
Instagram: dieticianabove

18/01/2018

NUTRITIONAL PILL FOR TODAY

NUTRITIONAL RESOLUTIONS 2

SMALL CHANGES, GIANT STEPS

On the heels of yesterday's tip, i want to emphasize that it is important not to be over ambitious by making make drastic changes and being on a crash diet. It is the reason why many people are unable to stick to their resolutions.

Decide to make one change at a time amd be specific. Don't be over ambitious. Don't say i will stop eating meat or drinking minerals if you are not ready for it, say i will take soft drinks once a week.

In the first month say, i will ensure i eat breakfast every day, second month add that i will take two fruits everyday. This makes you gradually move into consolidating your gains in your resolutions.

Take it one step at a time make small steps that gives giant results

LIFE IS PRECIOUS SO EAT TO LIVE

NANA KOFI OWUSU (RD)
Dietician/ Lecturer (UHAS)
+233244967408
Facebook:Nana Kofi Owusu
Instagram: dieticianabove

16/01/2018

NUTRITIONAL PILL FOR TODAY

NUTRITIONAL RESOLUTIONS 1

Every beginning of a year people make resolutions to be better and achieve some goals.

Today, i want to ask you if you have made some nutritional resolutions.

Yes, its important that you make them. Don't just eat anything through out the year because it will have implications on your health. Plan what and how you will be eating.

Do not rush into taking decisions, take stock and identify the eating habits that were bad last year and the ones which were good and systematically decide to make small changes that will give you little gains in your nutrition and health.

Resolve to eat better for a healthy lifestyle.

LIFE IS PRECIOUS SO EAT TO LIVE.

NANA KOFI OWUSU (RD)
Dietician/lecturer (UHAS)
0244967408
[email protected]
Facebook: Nana Kofi Owusu ( Bussiness page)
Instagram:dieticianabove

04/01/2018

NUTRITIONAL PILL FOR TODAY

"ON YOUR MARKS"

A very happy healthy eating new year to you.

As we start another year many dietary resolutions on eating well, losing weight and controlling that medical condition are throw into the air.

Many however do not get half way and give up. It is important to learn from the athlete about to run a sprint. He gets on his marks, gets ready before moving.

So i say to you today do not just move into a dietary resolution or regime, get on your marks. Sit, take stock of why you failed last year, decide into the little details what you are going to stop, reduce and start taking in or doing.

Do not be over ambitious
Take one day at a time
When you slip get back quickly and consilidate your gains. You may not get 100% conplaince all the time but an 80% is a good enough score on dietary resolution complaince throughout the year.

A little at a time, a day at a time then you will be improving your health outcomes.

See a dietician for help in getting better health outcomes from your meals

LIFE IS PRECIOUS SO EAT TO LIVE

NANA KOFI OWUSU (RD)
DIETICIAN/LECTURER (UHAS)
[email protected]
0244967408

01/01/2017

NUTRITIONAL TIP FOR TODAY

HAPPY NEW DIET YEAR

We have just started another year with its promise of all the good things we want to achieve in family life, religion, business, career etc.

I want to implore you to consider the new opportunity of achieving your dieting goals, be it in weight loss, an increased attempt at healthy eating, quitting smoking, avoiding or reducing greatly alcohol consumption or exercising more etc.

With a little more effort it is possible to achieve more than you did last year. Don't resign yourself to the belief of impossibilities but let the dawn of a new horizon and new era spur you on to try again. I am always here to help you succeed.

I have made a few dietary resolutions myself so together we can pull through to making our food habits better to improve our health outcomes and consequently prolong our lives.

Happy new diet year to you.

Still, LIFE IS PRECIOUS SO EAT TO LIVE.

NANA KOFI DIDI NYANKWA OWUSU I
DIETICIAN/LECTURER
024967408
[email protected]
Instagram:dieticianabove

23/12/2016

NUTRITIONAL TIP FOR TODAY

IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN

Christmas is here again and I am wondering what your favorite carol is. Mine is "O holy night" - Maria Carey's version.

I am also wondering what is the one meal you really want to have in this season. Well , mine is "Apaparansa"( A Ghanaian dish made from palm soup, groundnuts, and corn flour).

I reckon its also the time people let go with their meals. But please don't forget there is still life after Christmas. Don't worsen your diseased condition or pick up a chronic disease because you will not moderate the soft drinks, meat , sugary drinks, fried foods etc that you will have.

I want to see you in the coming year stronger and healthier so enjoy but do so in moderation.

Include a few main stream local meals in your Christmas menu and do not forget to have some fruits.

LIFE IS PRECIOUS SO EAT TO LIVE

NANA KOFI OWUSU (RD)
DIETICIAN/ LECTURER
0244967408
[email protected]

01/11/2016

NUTRITIONAL TIP FOR TODAY

MY A TO Z OF HEALTHY EATING

Z- ZUCCHINI IN THE MIX

Zucchini or summer squash is one of the unknown vegetables with great nutritional benefits. It looks very much like cucumbers.

It is very low in calories or energy. About 250g contains only 30 calories. This is not surprising since water makes up 94% of it.

It has some appreciable amounts of folates and vitamin A as well. Fibre is by far another major component of this vegetable which makes it good for Diabetes, cholesterol, and weight loss.

It is advisable to add the skin to the meal since it contains a lot of these nutrients.

So next time you cook please try zucchini, it's not for the affluent since it's not expensive. Stop the one way vegetables, your cooking is getting boring, try zucchini or squash.

GET ZUCCHINI IN THE MIX FOR YOUR STEWS AND SOUPS.

LIFE IS PRECIOUS SO EAT TO LIVE.

NANA KOFI OWUSU ( RD)
DIETICIAN/LECTURER
0244967408
[email protected]
Facebook:Nana Kofi Owusu (Business page)

13/10/2016

NAHSAG URGES WOMEN TO OBSERVE THE "NO BRA DAY" TODAY 13TH OCTOBER, 2016.

It's no doubt not only the Ghanaian populace is enjoying the euphoria of . While we enjoy every bit of it,it's worthwhile for our ladies especially to seize the day and take a moment to self examine their breasts for lumps or any other abnormalities such as discharge,size,pigmentation etc which may be indicative of breast tumours, cancer or other breast related anomalies.

Johns Hopkins Medical center states,
“Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.”

How Should A Breast Self-Exam Be Performed? The national breast cancer foundation has simplified it! And the good news is there're a lot of options!

1) IN THE SHOWER
Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Notice any changes and get lumps evaluated by your healthcare provider.

2) IN FRONT OF A MIRROR
Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead.
Look for any changes in the contour, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the ni***es. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women's breasts do, so look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side._

3) LYING DOWN
When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit.
Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the ni**le; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.

NB: it's incumbent on the breast self examiner to report any anomaly detected during the procedure to the health care provider.Early detection saves much!

NAHSAG wishes all and sundry the very best of this day especially our cherished ladies/women/girls/mothers!

It's our anticipation that you'd commemorate this day by taking a moment to self examine yourselves.
Save a breast today!
Save a woman today!
Reduce breast cancer incidence today!
Be an ambassador today!

Happy..
Happy..

Thank you.

Signed....

©NEC OF NAHSAG

NAHSAG UNITED👫👭👬... FOR HEALTH💊💉🌡

Scientists have produced the ultimate technology for losing weight 13/10/2016

Scientists have produced the ultimate technology for losing weight

New device could trick people into enjoying healthy foods more, scientists say

The tool uses thermal and electronic signals to stimulate people’s taste buds and could eventually save lives.

A device that tricks people’s tongues could be used to make healthy foods into delicious, exciting-tasting treats, according to the scientists that made it.

The Taste Buddy is placed in the mouth before eating something boring. And it then uses thermal and electric signals to make that taste far better, by stimulating the taste buds.

Professor Adrian Cheok, from City, University of London, who led the team of scientists and engineers that created the device said:

"What started out as a fun engineering experiment has now led to something much more exciting with the potential to have a positive social impact.

"The Taste Buddy could eventually help save lives, by allowing people to switch to healthier food choices."

He added: "Many children hate the taste of vegetables. So I knew that when I became an engineer, I wanted to make a device that could allow children to eat vegetables that taste like chocolate."

In its current early form the Taste Buddy consists of a 2cm wide tab that sits on the tongue and is wired to a bulky processor.

To enhance sweetness, the device warms up very rapidly and stimulates specific taste receptors that react to heat.
A weak electric current is used to target other taste buds responsible for salty flavours.

Members of the public will have a chance to try out the Taste Buddy for themselves at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair.

Andrew Griffin.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/weight-loss-technology-device-taste-buddy-healthy-foods-chocolate-broccoli-a7359011.html

Scientists have produced the ultimate technology for losing weight A device that tricks people’s tongues could be used to make healthy foods into delicious, exciting-tasting treats, according to the scientists that made it. The Taste Buddy is placed in the mouth before eating something boring. And it then uses thermal and electric signals to make that taste far bet...

13/10/2016

NUTRITIONAL TIP FOR TODAY

MY A TO Z OF HEALTHY EATING

Y-YOGHURT (NATURAL) VERSUS ICED CREAM

One of the most beneficial fermented products is yoghurt. It is made from adding culture (unharmful microorganisms in small quantities) to milk. They feed on the lactose sugar in the milk and produce lactic acid to give yoghurt it's great taste.

Natural yoghurt doesn't have added milk and sugars unlike the other types of yoghurt while iced cream has other colours and sugars added.

Advantages of natural yoghurt over iced cream healthwise include lower calories because the sugar has been used up by the bacteria.

The presence of the good bacteria is known to help strengthening the stomach against infections.

Claims of improved vaginal health are also associated with natural yoghurt. Persons who are intolerant to milk also benefit when they take yoghurt. We should be careful not to add so much starchy thickeners and flavors to the milk so as not to increase the calories.

So add some natural yoghurt to your meals as replacement for iced cream to drop your caloric intake and offer you some protection.

Don't forget that fermented foods are of great benefits to the body.

LIFE IS PRECIOUS SO EAT TO LIVE

NANA KOFI OWUSU (RD)
DIETICIAN/LECTURER
0244967408
[email protected]
Facebook:Nana Kofi Owusu ( Business page)

06/10/2016

NUTRITIONAL TIP FOR TODAY

X-XEROPTHALMIC TEARS

Xeropthalmia is a vitamin A deficiency disease in which there is dry eyes and lack of tearing.

It could lead to sores and ulcers in the eyes. I dare say that we must not suffer from these in the abundance of the mangoes, carrots and palm oil in our country.

I get worried sometimes when people stay away completely from these fruits and vegetables because they are afraid of chemicals leaching into them. We run the risk of having such primitive diseases such as xeropthalmia.

I believe the possible effects of these chemicals is a lesser evil compared to that which we risk having if we do not take these fruits and vegetables at all.

Then again appropriate washing with salt water and vinegar and being careful when choosing can help us. If we are that concerned we should all start a backyard garden but until you do so I encourage you to have your fruits and vegetables.

Also remember that tearing is antiseptic healing to your eyes whether you are a male or female, so it's okay to intentionally cry at times.

Avoid a xeropthalmic(dry) cry and save your eyes.

LIFE IS PRECIOUS SO EAT TO LIVE

NANA KOFI OWUSU (RD)
DIETICIAN/LECTURER
0244967408
[email protected]
Facebook:Nana Kofi Owusu (Business page)

04/10/2016

NUTRITIONAL TIP FOR TODAY

MY A TO Z OF HEALTHY EATING

W- W.A.S.H

This means World Action on Salt and Health. In 2005 a group of health experts the world over joined hands on WASH to reduce the intake of salt and reduce the risk of hypertension.

I have said times without number that in Ghana, we drink salt. No wonder we have hypertension becoming a household name.

People have made canned fish intake a daily routine. You see people put koobi on their plantain with the intention of taking some of the salt off but forget it ends up in the plantain. I don't get why we add salt to our rice and other staples when we are going to take the food with a stew also filled with a salty tuna etc.

If you are taking chicken and chips on the daily basis and adding those sachets of salt to them as well as those night noodles with this lacks of artifical spices fried with baked beans and corned beef with egg, you are inviting hypertension .

Your daily allowance for salt is a teaspoon about 5-6g of salt. So watch all the hidden salts you are taking from the ketchup , minerals, burgers, artificial spices etc.

Reduce your salt intake today and save your life.

Join the WASH campaign by spreading this

LIFE IS PRECIOUS SO EAT TO LIVE

NANA KOFI OWUSU (RD)
DIETICIAN/LECTURER
0244967408
[email protected]
Facebook: Nana Kofi Owusu (Business page)

03/10/2016

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28/09/2016

NUTRITIONAL TIP FOR TODAY

MY A TO Z OF HEALTHY EATING

V-VERTIGO

VERTIGO is seen in many as unpleasant illusion associated with the feeling of spinning of your surroundings and nausea.

It is quite different from dizziness because dizziness is associated with light headedness, it arises from hunger and is less severe.

Vertigo arises from imbalance in the fluids of the ear and it disrupts one's sense of balance. It is also associated with persons with high levels of blood cholesterol.

A low salt diet is known to be helpful because it reduces the build up of fluids. A high fibre diet with fruits and vegetables as well as while grains are also helpful.

LIFE IS PRECIOUS SO EAT TO LIVE

NANA KOFI OWUSU (RD)
DIETICIAN/LECTURER
0244967408
[email protected]
Facebook:Nana Kofi Owusu (Business page)

25/09/2016

NUTRITIONAL TIP FOR TODAY.

MY A TO Z OF HEALTHY EATING

U-UNDERNUTRITION, BALANCE THE SCALE

There are two sides of malnutrition but we realise many focus on over nutrition which is evident by obesity and almost forget about the other side which is undernutrition.

Its evidence in children is widely seen as kwashiorkor , marasmus etc when the child's food is not balanced or an over zealous parent restricts too much from the growing child that needs all the nutrients she can get in the form of not only carbohydrates and protein but also fat. It is therefore not good to be overly strict on the meals of children but ensure you are not giving foods with just empty calories.

Our teenagers especially are also another group at risk of undernutrition because of desire to look extra cute. Watch out for young ladies who skip their meals or rush to the washroom after meals or are very concerned about their slim figure. They may be having eating disorders that could lead to underweight and it's attendant issues of anaemia, respiratory and joint problems.

Don't over do healthy eating to enter the realm of undernutrition. Balance is the word.

LIFE IS PRECIOUS SO EAT TO LIVE

NANA KOFI OWUSU (RD)
DIETICIAN/LECTURER
0244967408
[email protected]
Facebook: Nana Kofi Owusu (Business page)

25/09/2016

NUTRITIONAL TIP FOR TODAY

MY A TO Z OF HEALTHY EATING

T-TANNINS IN TEA

Tannins are anti nutritive factors found in tea predominantly. It affects the absorption of iron when ordinary tea is taken with an iron rich food.

Vegetarians especially but also everyone a like stand the risk of becoming anaemic when they do this.

When lime is squeezed into the tea or a little milk is added however, it binds these tannins and allows iron absorption to be possible.

So enjoy your tea but in the right way for their other antioxidant and stimulating effects while adding many more cereals to your breakfast but beware of tannins in them.

LIFE IS PRECIOUS SO EAT TO LIVE

NANA KOFI OWUSU (RD)
DIETICIAN/LECTURER
0244967408
[email protected]
Facebook:Nana Kofi Owusu

25/09/2016

NUTRITIONAL TIP FOR TODAY

MY A TO Z OF HEALTHY EATING

S-SET POINT THEORY.

When I graduated as a young dietician, I was very ambitious with my patients especially those I put on a weight loss diet. I required them to lose about 2kg in a week and got frustrated when after adjusting their caloric intake their weight won't see a continuous ride down.

Then I got to read about the set point theory which basically means that with reduction in the amount of energy you take from food, it gets to a point where your body adjusts to the reduced amount you are taking and metabolism slows down. This results in a stagnation of weight loss.

I found a further increase in physical activity /Exercise as a way to increase metabolic activities and continue weight loss.

There is no easy way out In weight loss. You can't eat everything you want in any quantity you desire or refuse to exercise and expect rapid weight loss.

It's work and your have to do it.

LIFE IS PRECIOUS SO EAT TO LIVE.

NANA KOFI OWUSU (RD)
DIETICIAN/ LECTURER.
0244967408
[email protected]

19/09/2016

If you’ve logged onto Facebook in the past few months, you may have seen a viral video demonstrating how you can prepare the seed of an avocado for consumption. The video claims the seed is the most nutrient-dense part of the fruit, and that by drying it, chopping it up into pieces, and blending it, you are left with a powder-like substance that you can mix into smoothies or use for baking, adding an extra nutritional boost to your diet. The video has gained more than 25 million views since it was published on March 13.
So what’s the deal?
There has also been whatsapp posts in circulation about the nutritional benefits on taking avocado pear seeds. Have we been missing out on a highly nutritious part of one of our favorite superfoods?

Not so much, says Health ‘s contributing nutrition editor, Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD. “I’m a huge avocado fan. I eat them daily, and recommend them to my clients, but I have reservations about eating the seeds,” she says. “While there is some research about beneficial compounds in the seed, the safety of ingesting it hasn’t been established, so the risks versus benefits aren’t fully known.”

The research on avocado seed consumption is very limited. In the studies that do exist, scientists conclude that additional research needs to be done to determine whether it’s safe or beneficial to eat them. Additionally, the existing studies have focused on the potential benefits of avocado seed extracts, rather than the consumption of the seed itself, and they provide information only on lab testing, not on clinical data.

“There is a body of evidence exploring potential health benefits in extracts of the avocado seed, but these potential benefits versus risks of eating the avocado seed are not well fleshed out,” says Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LDN, an Atlanta-based nutritionist.

Even the California Avocado Commission writes on its website that it does not recommend the consumption of the avocado pit: “The seed of an avocado contains elements that are not intended for human consumption.”

The bottom line: Until more research is done to establish if the seeds are safe to eat, and how much and how often you should eat them, stick to eating the avocado’s creamy flesh. “It’s chock-full of good fat, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber,” says Sass.

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Julius Evame Agbagba
Dietitian, VRH

05/03/2016

NUTRITIONAL TIP FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE.

All parents and teachers should ensure that their wards or students who will partake in tomorrow's Independence day parade eat about two hours before the commencement of the program. People who have the urge for light meals such as porridges or beverages can do so about one hour to time.

This is to prevent the students and other paraders from hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) which is characterised by dizziness feeling weak and confused and sometimes sweating. This has been a major cause of cases of collapse and sometimes death of people during the parade or even training sessions.

Please let's all take note to avoid casualties which could have been prevented.

Please tell a friend to tell a friend. You might save a life

Happy Independence Day in advance.

Julius E. Agbagba
B. Dietetics, UHAS

26/06/2015

NUTRITIONAL TIP FOR THE WEEK

FERMENTED FOR TOLERANCE

It's another day to drop priceless information on nutrition for your health. Hope you take them serious. You may not be paying for it now but if you ignore it you may pay the price for it later.

So we have been talking about benefits of fermented foods. And today we throw some light on food intolerance.

Some persons who are lactose intolerant and cannot tolerate milk find out that after fermenting the milk in the form of yoghurt they are able to take it.

Some with gluten intolerance are able to tolerate fermented wheat based foods like kefir. Others who have allergies with particular foods are also able to take fermented versions of the same food without any problems.

The probiotics in them help create some resistance to the negative reactions of such intolerance.

So in case you are having any intolerance or allergies with a particular food, try the fermented versions it may work for you even though not absolute for everyone.

Enjoy your lunch.

LIFE IS PRECIOUS SO EAT TO LIVE

NANA KOFI OWUSU (RD)
(0244967408)

19/06/2015

NUTRITIONAL TIP FOR THE WEEK

FERMENTED FOR DIGESTION

It's the third day on my tips on the benefits of fermented foods. Hope you are learning something and gradually making a decision to include fermented foods in your diet.

Another reason to include fermented foods in your diet is that they help in digestion.

Fermentation exposes food to many good bacteria that produce enzymes which aid in digestion. They breakdown the food further when in the stomach and intestines in the presence of water and digestive juices.

One sure way of managing indigestion is to try fermented foods. Mashed kenkey is a usual culprit.

Africa is blessed with many options from kenkey to banku to massa to kefir to sourdough bread, pickles etc.

It also aids in the absorption on required nutrients into the body

Make a conscious effort to take in some and improve your digestion

LIFE IS PRECIOUS SO EAT TO LIVE

NANA KOFI OWUSU (RD)
0244967408

16/06/2015

Dear Colleagues
I have tried very much to keep to the scientific issues raised on the platform because I am a Principal investigator on the Ebola vaccine trial in Hohoe and from the University of health and Allied Sciences. I must declare that I find the role of the GAAS in this whole business very disappointing especially coming from senior Colleagues who should help to build the capacity of Ghanaian scientists to achieve the goals of nation Ghana. A simple invitation to the PI and scientists undertaking these studies will have saved them from the ridicule, they have placed the whole nation in the community of vacccinologists around the world who are working hard to develop these tools to save lives. Vaccines are used to prevent disease not treat disease!
I want to share the documents I have tried so hard to obtain. Why are the GAAS not sharing their documents (Prof Konutey Ahulu but are actively preaching to us) so we can all read and reach our own conclusions.

Two documents are attached one was produced early in March. I have not commented on that document. I however comments on the recent document they sent to the Minister of Health. i have comments on the previous documents from vaccinology specialist.

The CASE By GAAS as we know it from the Investigators of the Ebola vaccine trials and comments

The Minister of Health, Chief Director of MOH, the CEO FDA and his team, the technical advisory committee of the FDA and the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS), was held on 3rd June 2015, from 10.20 am to about 2.00

In attendance were Prof Koram, Prof Ampofo and Dr Baiden

The GAAS team was led by the President Prof Akilapa Sawyer, Prof AC Sackeyfio, Spokesperson; Prof ABG Amoah , Prof Isabella Kwakye, Prof. Andrew Adjei. They read a 6 page document on their concerns or issues. (full document attached)

The summary is on page one and is reproduced below.



REVISED SPEAKING NOTES AT ROUND TABLE WITH MOH

1. SALUTATION AND INTRODUCTION OF THE GAAS TEAM
2. BASIS FOR GAAS CONCERNS

In January 2015, news of plans for a Phase II Clinical Trial of a vaccine for the Ebola virus disease (EVD) prepared by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical Company in Kintampo and
Hohoe reached the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS). This plan was confirmed at a meeting with the Director of the Health Research Unit of the Ghana Health Service (HRU-GHS convened at the instance of the Academy. In as much as the Academy would like to see a vaccine produced for this serious disease to protect all citizens and especially health workers, it expresses grave concerns in the procedure adopted for the followings reasons:
i. In Phase II Clinical Trials, patients "are 'used as subjects. Ghana has no recorded cases of EVD. The trial being envisaged therefore necessitates importing patients, who have had the disease.

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ii. Should that happen, Ghana will be exposed to the Ebola virus for the first time through this proposed clinical trial.
iii. The likelihood of an outbreak of EVD in Ghana as a result of the transfer of EVD patients into Ghana for the trial is real. In the event of an outbreak of the disease, the public health consequences cannot be easily contained as there is no known cure for EVD.
iv. As shall be pointed out again in this presentation, the Academy recognizes that the country faces other serious risks also from the trial of the GSK vaccine construct to be used.
For these reasons, the Academy strongly advocates for a comprehensive review of any decision for such clinical trial to be conducted in Ghana at this time. The Academy also seeks assurances from all concerned with approval of the vaccine trial that the best interests of the people of Ghana are being sought. For that reason, the Academy requests that the guidelines set up by the International Committee on Harmonization (ICH) for review and approval of protocols for clinical trials are rigorously applied and independently monitored.
Response to the 4 point issues raised above by PI Prof Fred Binka and team

1. The Phase II Vaccine clinical trial is designed to assess SAFETY , TOLERABILITY and IMMUNOGENICITY (Humoral and cellular responses) EBOV Glycoprotein (GP). Vaccines are USED to treat patients but are administered in Health children or adults. No one sends his/ her sick Child to an Immunisation Clinic to be vaccinated. Secondly how can anyone import patients who have the disease especially Ebola disease? What we saw played out in the 3 countries in West Africa were special aircrafts were sent to lift a single patients at a time from Liberia to the USA. The clinical site in Ghana definitely does not have such resources.Thirdly, In the proposed study the subject population will consist of healthy men and women aged between 18 and 65 years (inclusive), who never received an experimental candidate Ebola vaccine before and without prior exposure to Ebola virus or diagnosis of Ebola virus disease

2. Ghana cannot be exposed to the Ebola virus from this study because the VACCINE consists of envelopes made from parts of a common cold virus. Inside the envelopes, the genetic material that just codes for the Ebola viral coat has been placed. The Ebola genetic material contained in the investigational vaccine cannot cause someone to become infected with the Ebola virus. Trial participants that have received the investigational vaccines will develop antibodies against this genetic material, but this does not mean that they have been infected.. The common cold virus cannot replicate. The Vaccine is stored at -80 C in liquid nitrogen and must be administered immediately it is thawed to room temperature. Hence it cannot escape into the environment and cause any disease.

3. THERE WILL BE NO TRANSFER OF EVD DISEASE PATIENTS TO HOHOE/ GHANA.



4. The VACCINE is not a VIRUS and we need to differentiate these two concepts otherwise we will be misrepresenting the scientific concepts and their interpretation.

In conclusion I do NOT believe in the conspiracy theories and I urge the young scientists, 60 years after independence it is time we work hard to find solutions to our problems.

I will be happy to discuss further any scientific issues and NOT conspiracy theories.

Fred Binka
UHAS
Ho.
www.uhas.edu.gh

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