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Hectoria is a medical doctor with an MBCHB from the University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Ghana. She is the Quality Assurance and Infection prevention and control focal person for the Eastern region and aspires to be a global expert in quality health care.

Happy New Year dear reader and welcome back to my blog! 2020 was a tough one for many due to the ongoing COVID pandemic but thank God for another opportunity to live, to make ourselves better, and to make our world a better place. At the beginning of each year, people make resolutions on various aspects of their lives they hope to improve; relationships, jobs, spirituality, etc. Quite unfortunately, health or healthy living does not make it to the priority list or resolution board in many instances. In this new year,2021, this must change. Halleluyah! 🙏🏾. Dear reader, as you…

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It was a calm morning in the Emergency Room.Two young men between the ages of 20 and 25years came in holding a very ill and frail woman. We quickly gave her a bed and started her management with a quick assessment and subsequently took the history of her illness. 2 years ago, she noticed that she was bleeding outside of her normal menses. She also noticed some bleeding after sexual intercourse and foul-smelling vaginal discharge. She reported to the hospital for care where the doctor after talking to her and examining her, made an initial diagnosis of cervical cancer. She…

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Hello and welcome back.3 months ago some of us, although not prophets of doom, envisaged that we could be where we are now as a country with regards to COVID. Why? The science.It was written on the walls just like in the days of Daniel. The borders were opened without ensuring mandatory quarantine for people traveling in to vote or for the yuletide. Our political leaders made it worse with the organization of so-called “mini rallies” with little regard for the COVID19 protocols.Then came “bronya” (Christmas). We had family meetings and gatherings, parties, and organized events. At some of these,…

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When I was 25, I was living in Washington, DC, working as a television producer and loving life. I felt great and healthy, so I put off getting my routine Pap test for a few years. I thought it could wait. When I finally did go for a check-up, I got the shock of my life. I had cervical cancer. I was devastated, and I asked myself how this was possible. I was too young and too strong for this. My doctor recommended a radical hysterectomy, which meant I would not be able to have kids, something I had always…

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I first met 28 year old Nana Kwame 3 years ago while on duty at the casualty ward. He was so ill, he could neither sit unsupported nor complete his sentences in one breath. Nana, a national service personnel, had been well until 3 months prior to his presentation when he noticed he had episodes of severe headaches. He reported to a hospital where he was diagnosed of high blood pressure. In the subsequent days, several tests were done which revealed that he had end stage kidney disease! 🤦🏾♀️His world was shattered when he was told the definitive treatment was…

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I am a 21 year old student of a reputable school here in Ghana. I am the first of three children in a family of five. Growing up we had lots of family coming and living with us for various lengths of time and for various reasons. We had cousins who came to live with us to be supported by my parents through school. We had uncles and aunties who came to visit but never seem to leave🙄. My parents are middle-class earners but have thought us through their actions to learn to share even the little we have. There…

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Hello dear readers and welcome back. It’s been a while.I am so sorry for the silence. As my people say “Koo engani zom” which is transliterated to “e over me” 😂May is the month for increased awareness on a number of medical conditions; hypertension, stroke, neonatal jaundice and mental health. Considering that I have never written anything special on children, I want to join the discussion on newborn jaundice awareness month in Ghana. In my article https://hectoriaawekeya.com/sorrows-of-motherhood/, I shared a few lines on my traumatic birthing experience and how it got me depressed😰. I was not alone in the drama,…

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In recent times, there appears to be an upsurge in suicide cases (both alleged and confirmed) within our communities. I am particularly worried about the suicide rates and the question has always been; why didn’t they tell us they were in pain? Why didn’t they reach out to somebody? Could it be that they called for help and we ignored them? Could it be that we took their call for help for granted or even brushed it aside as being a joke?I have been close to people whose friends or colleagues or children have taken their own lives and verbal…

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The 6th of December, 2020 was an ordinary Sunday until an extraordinary idea popped up🤭. After church, as I laid in my room, browsing my blog, a thought occured to me. As part of my contribution to regenerative health, what can I do to encourage and get people moving before Christmas? Suddenly, skipping jumped at me! Yes, I said! A skipping contest. I went straight to my Facebook page and did a Facebook live to invite others to join the challenge. I then shared it on my WhatsApp status, and the response was incredible. The link to a WhatsApp group…

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Today is World hepatitis day and I just can not stay out of the conversation given how important this topic is😊. The Theme for this year’s World Hepatitis day is “Hepatitis can’t wait”. On this day, we are all called upon to work together to eliminate hepatitis of all forms especially viral hepatitis in our communities. Hello there and welcome back to my blog🙏🏾 I heard the case of a pregnant woman who tested positive for hepatitis B at the time she started antenatal attendance. She was very worried. She knew hepatitis B was contagious and was afraid for herself…

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