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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.

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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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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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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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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Hello and welcome back to my blog. This week, we shall continue from where we left off on kidney diseases. To recap, kindly click https://hectoriaawekeya.com/a-stitch-in-time/ I remember how Nana told me he has never fallen sick and does not understand how the very first time he did, it brought him to his death. I hear many people say with pride “ me dierrr I don’t go to hospital oo” and others say I am fit so I don’t waste money on health checkups”. Is it really a waste if you spend 200 cedis the whole year to find out how your…

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Pregnancy is a gift from God as is safe delivery.Following the delivery of the baby, there are usually moments of mixed feelings for the mother, especially first-time mothers, as well as the rest of the family.The story was no different in my case. Thanks be to God, after the usual problems associated with the first 3 months, my health vastly improved. I was a very active pregnant woman to the very day of delivery. I anxiously awaited the birth of my son. The day finally came. It was uneventful until about 11 am when I started experiencing waist pain that…

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The Covid-19 pandemic has provided fertile grounds for conspiracy theorists to propagate falsehoods and deliberate misinformation about the origin, prevention, treatment, and the true magnitude of COVID-19 deaths. The phenomenon of conspiracy theory is not new. In times of uncertainties, people feel more vulnerable; thus, they tend to look for alternate explanations that are often elusive. The conspiracy theories surrounding covid19 have been amplified by multiple social media outlets and influential individuals in society. Conspiracy theorists have seized the opportunity to insinuate that global elites are trying to control population growth or track people by incorporating tracking devices in vaccines.…

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Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog. Today, I want to share with you, something that has been on my mind for a while. Since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, I noticed that most of us (healthcare workers- HCW) have been very alert as far as infection prevention is concerned; which is good👍🏾. When we saw the COVID storm raging from Asia across Europe and the Americas, we knew it was just a matter of when and so we started sounding the alarm ⏰. I remember how health workers took to social media to tell the world about our…

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Hello here! Welcome back to my blog! Perhaps it should rather be you welcoming me back to my blog since I have been MIA for so long. lol. Until I started blogging, I didn’t know it could be this hard! I mean, there is sometimes so much to do such that prioritizing what you love to do becomes difficult. But we’re here today. I am sure many of us have seen or heard adverts on the upcoming polio immunization schedule. Several people keep asking me questions about it so today, I will address some of these questions and generally give…

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To understand the new smart monitors and other pro devices of tech health, we should look to Silicon Valley and the quantified movement of the latest generation. Apple’s Watch records exercise, tracks our moves throughout the day, assesses the amount of time we are stood up and reminds us to get up and move around if we have been sat for too long – let’s not forget Tim Cook’s “sitting is the new factor” line. Routinely evaluating your risk factors for various medical conditions, screening for cancer and other diseases, and assessing your lifestyle habits helps you stay healthy. It’s…

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