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Is pizza healthy? Know these before you buy

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Is pizza healthy? It’s all about the topping

Pizza is healthy. And it isn’t healthy. Depending on the type of crust, the amount of cheese and the toppings used, pizza can rank anywhere from nutritionally decent to a diet disaster.

Even healthy pizzas deliver a good amount of sodium from tomato sauce and cheese, so if you are watching your salt intake, you should eat with caution. Of course, the size of the slice and the number of slices you eat count, too.

Pizza pros include the fact that it offers calcium from cheese and disease-fighting lycopene from tomatoes. And pizza crust made with whole-wheat flour (including whole white wheat flour) is healthier than regular white crust, as it offers whole grains and fiber and is digested more slowly than refined grains.

But what you put on your pizza can significantly impact its nutritional value. Toppings such pepperoni, sausage and extra cheese can boost saturated fat, sodium and calories, while slices made with thinner crusts and topped with veggies tend to have lower calorie, saturated fat and sodium counts.


  • Pizza offers calcium from cheese and disease-fighting lycopene from tomatoes
  • Pepperoni, sausage and extra cheese can boost a pizza’s saturated fat, sodium and calories

For example, a large slice of Pizza Hut’s Thin ‘N Crispy Veggie Lovers pizza has 240 calories, 4 grams of saturated fat and 710 milligrams of sodium. But a large slice of the chain’s Meat Lovers pan pizza with pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, pork and beef has 480 calories, 10 grams of saturated fat and 1,180 milligrams of sodium.

Frozen pizzas can be a convenient dinner, but they too can vary in terms of ingredients and nutritional value, especially with sodium counts, so it’s important to read labels carefully (some contain small amounts of trans fats, too). Dairy-free and gluten-free pizzas are available, but as with their traditional counterparts, their healthfulness varies.

When it comes to kids and pizza, one recent study concluded that pizza consumption among children and adolescents was associated with a higher daily calorie intake and higher intakes of saturated fat and sodium. The study also found that pizza eaten as a snack or from fast-food restaurants had the greatest negative impact on calorie intake.

Pizza consumed in schools did not significantly affect children’s calorie intake, probably because it may not be that nutritionally different from other school entrees, according to study authors.

If you enjoy pizza on a regular basis, try making it at home using healthier ingredients, such as whole-wheat English muffins, part-skim mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce without added salt.

And don’t forget to top it with lots of vegetables; the more colorful your pizza, the better!

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Dr. Anabah sues govt; seeks reinstatement at Ridge Hospital et al.

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Dr Thomas Winsum Anabah, who was dismissed as the Medical Director of the Ridge Regional Hospital, has sued the government seeking five reliefs for what he termed unlawful termination of his appointment.

The ex-parte motion filed on Friday, May 26, 2017 at the Human Rights Division of the High Court in Accra has the Attorney General as the only defendant.

He was dismissed by the Health Minister in a letter dated May 10, 2017 which he received three days after it was signed. He was subsequently asked by the Director of the Ghana Health Service on May 15, 2017 to handover immediately to Dr. Emmanuel Srofenyo to give way to a planned restructuring at the facility.

But Dr. Anabah is seeking an order from the court “declaring that the decision of the Minister of Health contained in the letter dated 10th May 2017 was unlawful and therefore null and void and of no effect whatsoever.”

He also wants an order reinstating him to the position of Medical Director at the same hospital or to an equivalent position in the Ghana Health Service without a reduction in rank and other conditions of services.

The suit filed on his behalf by the solicitors, Ayine and Felli, prayed the court: “as an alternative to the reliefs sought in (b) and (c) above, an order that the Ghana Health Service should pay the Applicant all his emoluments and other entitlements for the remainder of the term of his contract.”

Grounds of Application

I) That the purported action of the Minister communicated via his letter dated May 10, 2017 is unlawful because the Minister lacked legal authority to effect the release of the Applicant from his position as Medical Director of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Ridge;

II) That the purported action of the Minister contained in his letter dated May 10, 2017 is unfair and unreasonable and does not comply with the requirements of the Constitution and the Ghana Health Service and Teaching Hospitals Act, 1996 (Act 525) with respect to the appointment and removal of staff of the Ghana Health Service;

III) That the purported action of the Minister contained in his letter dated May 10,2017 constitutes an abuse of power as it amounts to a constructive dismissal of the Applicant without just cause in contravention of article 191(b) of the Constitution; and

IV) That the purported action of the Minister contained in his letter dated May 10,2017 breached the legitimate expectations of the Applicant that the terms and conditions of his appointment as Medical Director would be respected by the Ghana Health Service, his employer.

The High court is expected to move the case for hearing next week Friday, June 2, 2017.

By Isaac Essel||Ghana

Paediatric patients at FOCOS benefit from Healing Words Foundation

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Healing Words Foundation, a US-based non-governmental organisation, recently donated a variety of literary items to paediatric patients at the FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital to help improve upon their reading skills.

Approximately 150 books, ranging from non-fiction to reference books written in English and Amharic, were presented to the children, many coming from various countries including Ghana, Nigeria, and Ethiopia.

The books were to help supplement the efforts of FOCOS Hospital in educating these children while they undergo treatment for various orthopedic conditions and disorders, sometimes staying at the facility for 3- 6 months.

The books were also a welcomed addition to the new children’s activity center currently being built at the hospital.

Speaking to the media about the donation was the Founder of Healing Words Foundation, Dr. Akua Ampadu, who said FOCOS was chosen as the inaugural benefactor of this project, due to its commitment to helping alleviate spinal deformities and disorders in children around the world.

She further stressed on the benefits of the foundation’s donation to the children at FOCOS.

Many of these children have extended stays at FOCOS Hospital before and after their surgeries and thus we felt providing reading material would have a positive impact on the overall healing process,Dr. Ampadu added.

Receiving the items on behalf of FOCOS Hospital, Chief Administrative Officer Leticia Osei-Poku commended Healing Words Foundation for their generosity.

She assured the foundation that the books would be put to good use for the greater good of the children.

Healing Words Foundation is an NGO that recognizes the importance of reading to a child’s holistic health, and uses bibliotherapy to ignite and perpetuate a love for books among patients and their families.

The Healing Words Foundation will replicate donations like the one done at FOCOS Hospital to hospitals across the globe, engaging young children in inpatient and outpatient facilities in the act of reading.


E/R: FDA seizes tonnes of ‘unwholesome’ products for destruction

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The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) in the Eastern Region has confiscated three tonnes of unwholesome products from shops and selling points across the Region.

The exercise is to sanitize the market and ensure consumers have safe products at disposal.

The Eastern Region Director of the Authority, Samuel Kwakye, hinted that his outfit would implement stiffer punishment enshrined in the Public Health Act.

The three tonnes of the “unwholesome products” were collected within a period of eight months, precisely, since November 2016 when two tonnes were also confiscated.

The Authority expressed worry about safety of products for consumers given the quantity seized within the period.

It says it will do its best to enforce the laws but cautioned the general public to check shelf life, expiry date and physical appearance of products before purchase.

By Yvonne Neequaye||Koforidua, Ghana

Self-styled nurse ‘abortion expert’ sexually assaults 22-yr-old victim

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Godwin Adadzawa claims to have graduated from nursing school in 2004

A 41-year-old man who claims to be a qualified nurse, and allegedly been operating an abortion joint at Chorkor Lante Maami in Accra has been arrested.

Godwin Kwame Adadzawa was said to have locked up one of his victims, a 22-year-old student, for four days and sexually assaulted her to compensate for her inability to foot her abortion bills.

Hospital equipment, believed to be used for the illegal abortion, including what looks like surgical scissors, were retrieved from the suspect’s make-shift joint which has been disguised as a pharmacy shop, the Police said.

Some of the instrument found in his joint

Adadzawa who was arrested Thursday following a complaint to the Police by one of the victim has denied engaging in illegal abortions, and that he has been using the instruments retrieved for treating wounds.

He claimed he graduated from as a nurse from the University of Ghana School of Nursing in 2004 after which he worked at the Mamprobi Polyclinic in Accra.

[L-R] The frontage of the ‘abortion joint’ and the pharmacy as well as the bed for the alleged abortion

According to him, he travelled outside the country and returned later to establish the supposed pharmacy shop which is claimed to be his abortion joint

He told Police interrogators the complainant in the case had already taken abortion medication before she reported to his outfit. He claimed he only gave her a medicine to fast-track the process.

Police say the girl was introduced to Adadzawa by her friend to abort the one month-old pregnancy after her fiancée refused to accept responsibility.

The La District Police Commander, Chief Supt. Oduro Amaning, said the victim allegedly deposited her Ipad with Adadzawa because she could not raise the full amount charged her for the abortion in December 2016.

He said the suspect ater demanded sex compensate for the outstanding balance to which the victim declined but he locked up for four days during which he subjected her to sexual torture.

Chief Supt. Amaning said despite all that, Adadzawa refused to released the Ipad to the victim which she used as collateral, as well as GHC400 he promised the victim.

The victim thus on Wednesday, May 17 reported the matter to the Police who on Thursday arrested the suspect.

He is currently under investigation and expected to be put before court on Monday.

Meanwhile, Chief Supt. Amaning has appealed to other victims of the suspect to come up to assist in investigation.

By Peter Adattor||Ghana

Kufuor lauds FOCOS founder at 1st ever fundraising dinner in Ghana

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Professor Emeritus Oheneba Boachie-Adjei is an internationally acclaimed spine surgeon

Foundation of Orthopaedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS) held its first-ever fundraising dinner in Ghana last Saturday to support needy children, who require complex spine surgery.

The maiden fundraising will sow the seed for the FOCOS Endowment Fund.

The event, which had the former President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor as Guest of Honour, brought together close to 250 guests, comprising CEOs and top executives of various organizations across the globe, to support a worthy cause of making children with complex spine deformities receive treatment.

Also in attendance was the Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyeremateng.

FOCOS, with the support of philanthropists the world over, established the FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital in 2012 and ever since, has fully sponsored and carried out life-saving surgeries on at least 500 children with the selfless leadership of the Founder and President of FOCOS, Prof. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, the internationally acclaimed spine surgeon.

Addressing the guests on the night, the Founder and President recounted his life experience prior to becoming an orthopaedic surgeon and also why he felt the need to establish the Foundation that has helped save many lives across the globe.

“In the Bible, it is said every valley shall be exalted, every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plane; this verse in many ways motivates and inspires the mission and vision of FOCOS,” Prof Boachie-Adjei said.

Former President Kufuor recounted his experience as a patient at FOCOS about five years ago.

He stressed the importance to encourage and have confidence in local talents and professionals in every endeavor.

He said “surgeons like the Founder and CEO of FOCOS, Professor Emeritus Oheneba Boachie-Adjei should be encouraged by ensuring that government supports the private sector with incentives…because if the private sector grows, it will then benefit and translate into the country”.

There were other speeches on the night by Board Chairman of FOCOS, Ambassador Fritz Poku and Dr. Rick Hodes of the American-Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (AJJDC), a foundation that sends patients from Ethiopia to FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital every year, to undergo life-changing surgeries.

Dr. Harry Akoto and Dr. Kwadwo Yankey, two Spine Fellows at FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital, received honours and acknowledgement as the first set of Scoliosis/Spine Fellows on the night of fundraising.

Award-wining Ghanaian artiste and a FOCOS Ambassador, Bisa K’dei, climaxed the night with a wonderful performance.

The FOCOS Fundraising Dinner will be held annually in Ghana in the month of May.


New CEO for Korle Bu

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The owner of Holy Trinity Medical Center, Dr Felix Anyah, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

Dr Anyah, who also owns Holy Trinity Spa and Health Farm, is expected to officially begin duties from June 1, 2017.

Dr Anyah’s appointment was contained in a letter signed by Minister of Health Kwaku Agyemang-Manu.

He takes over from Dr Gilbert Buckle, who was appointed in 2014 by former president John Dramani Mahama.

The new head comes with a wealth of experience some of which is in his profile below:


Dr. Felix Anyah was born on November 29, 1950, and had his education at the St. John’s School, Sekondi and Opoku Ware School in Kumasi before entering the University of Ghana Medical School graduating with M.B. Ch B. degree in 1979.

After his housemanship at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and Effia Nkwanta Hospital, he worked at several private hospitals in Nigeria and Ghana before establishing the Holy Trinity Medical Centre in July 1988.

Starting with a staff of five in 1988, the Holy Trinity Medical Centre grew to win the Leader in the private medical sector award in Ghana in 2003 and Leader of the health sector award in 2009.

Holy Trinity Medical Centre & SPA has been a member of Top 100 companies (Ghana Club 100 by the Ghana Investment Promotion Council in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

After establishing the First Health SPA in West Africa, it has earned several other awards including:

  • Special Award for promotion of a Healthy Society in Ghana by the Private Medical and Dental Association.
  • National Honour – Excellence in Private Sector Health Care – By Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana
  • National Honour – Contribution to Primary Health Care in Ghana – By Ghana Employers Association.
  • The “Best” Health/Medical Tourism Destination in West Africa by the West Africa Magazine
  • The “Most Patronised Medical Tourism Destination in West Africa by the New Ghanaian Magazine
  • The Platinium Award for the Best SPA in West Africa at the West Africa Tourism and Hospitality Awards
  • Kwame Nkrumah Outstanding Merit – Africa Leadership Award by West Africa Magazine.
  • Ghana Golden Jubilee Business and Financial Excellence Award – (National Award) Ministry of Trade, Industry President Special Initiative(PSI); (PSD)
  • Excellent Service for Security, Peace and Safety in Africa and for an incisive – Security Watch (Nigeria)

Dr. Anyah was a member of the 6th and 7th Councils of the Ghana Medical and Dental Council and was Captain of Industry (health) in 2003 by Ministry of Private Sector Development; President’s Special Initiative (PSI); (PSD).


Dismissed Ridge Hospital Medical Director resolves to put ‘eagle eye’ on Health Minister

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Dismissed Medical Director of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, hitherto known as Ridge Hospital, Dr Thomas Anaba, says the Minister of Health completely erred in relieving him of his post.

He has therefore declared to “put an eagle eye” on Kwaku Agyemang-Manu “or else he will cause another blunder”.

Dr Anaba has been unhappy with his dismissal from the referral facility on Monday, May 15.

He was asked to hand over to Dr Emmanuel Kwabla Srofenyoh.

But in an outburst on 3FM‘s Sunrise on Tuesday, May 16, Dr Anaba said due process was not followed in the termination of his appointment.

He said the Public Services Commission was not consulted by the Minister of Health, whom he solely blames for the decision to truncate his appointment.

On Wednesday, May 17 at the opening of the refurbished section of the Hospital to the public, Mr Agyemang-Manu said Dr Anaba did not possess any managerial skills to head the health facility.

The former lawmaker said he rather reassigned Dr Anaba to his previous post of lecturer at the University of Development Studies (UDS).

But speaking to 3FM‘s Stephen Anti on News Hour Wednesday evening, an impassioned Dr Anaba said the Minister is as incompetent as reassigning him from the Ministry of Health to the Ministry of Education.

He said if President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo does not watch Mr Agyemang-Manu, he will disgrace his government.

“I will put an eagle eye on him or else he will cause another blunder,” Dr Anaba said, adding that “the Minister is flouting administrative procedure or he is ignorant about them”.

He said writ of summons have been distributed to parties cited in his legal suit but the Minister may not have received his on Wednesday because “I am sure he was at the fanfare”.

“He has demonstrated to be highly incompetent.”

Health Minister Agyeman-Manu in his interview with 3FM‘s Sarah Parku said nowhere in Dr Anaba’s CV has it been stated that he possesses management skills.

But Dr Anaba says he demonstrated his management skills at his interview for employment before being appointed on February 1, 2016 for a four-year tenure with an option to re-apply.

He justified how education sometimes contributes little to achievement, saying many great businessmen have not even gone to school.

Dr Anaba says he will not want to return to a “rotten” Ridge Hospital but will want to see justice to be done.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

Newly renovated Ridge Hospital opens to the public

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Effective May 17 patients can access healthcare services from the facility

The rehabilitated Greater Accra Regional Hospital, formerly Ridge Hospital, has been opened to the public, promising to deliver an improved quality healthcare to the people within the region and beyond using ultra-modern facilities.

The 420-bed facility has a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment block with a 24-hour surgical theatre, accident and emergency unit, neonatal intensive care unit, intensive care unit and delivery unit, pharmacy among others.

Patients can from Wednesday, May 17 access healthcare services from the new facility which is the first of two phase project started by the John Mahama administration with a $250 million funding from Exim USA and HSBC UK with support from US and French governments.

An aerial view of the Ridge Hospital, now Greater Accra Regional Hospital

At a ceremony Wednesday to officially open the facility for operation, Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang Manu, revealed government’s commitment to complete the second phase of the project scheduled to be completed in 2018, TV3’s Sarah Parku reported.

He acknowledged efforts made by the Mahama-led administration.

Meanwhile Mr Agyeman Manu has called for good maintenance culture to enhance proper management of the facility for its optimum use.

“The next few months of the operationalisaton of this hospital will be critical as it calls for a positive change in all facets of our working practices and I expect the management to rise up to the occasion. It will not be easy especially with the introduction of new technologies but with the commitment to duty and willingness to learn I believe we shall overcome,” he said


I didn’t sack Ridge Hospital Medical Director; I reassigned him – Health Minister

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Minister of Health Kwaku Agyemang-Manu unhappy with Dr Anaba’s public outbursts

Minister of Health Kwaku Agyemang-Manu has discounted reports that he terminated the appointment of the Medical Director of the Ridge Hospital without recourse to due process.

According to him, he only reassigned Dr Thomas Anaba to the University of Development Studies (UDS), where he he has been lecturing prior to his appointment on February 1, 2016.

Dr Anaba has expressed disagreement with the termination of his appointment, heaping blame solely on the head of the Health Minister.

““I hold the minister responsible,” Dr Anaba declared on 3FM’s Sunrise on Tuesday, May 16.

READ: Tension at Ridge Hospital as Medical Director questions dismissal

But in an interview with 3FM’s Sarah Parku on Wednesday on the sidelines of the opening of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, previously known as the Ridge Hospital, Mr Agyemang-Manu said Dr Anaba had no managerial skills to head the facility.

“If he wants me to tell Ghanaians why I have reassigned him back to the University, I will so do,” an obviously livid Health Minister said.

“Let him come and bring him his management expertise.”

He said he followed due process since a Minister can act, as per the public sector regulations, in the absence of a board.

He, however, clarified that “I cannot sack him because I have not employed him. I don’t pay him.”

Dr Anaba was asked on Monday, May 15 to hand over to Dr Emmanuel Kwabla Srofenyoh, a move he said was enforced within two hours by the Greater Accra Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana