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Coronavirus epidemic touchstone for resilient China-Africa friendship


After the Ebola virus breakout in Africa in March 2014, certain countries closed their embassies and evacuated diplomats and citizens from three West African countries hit hard by the epidemic.

Ghanaian Students in Wuhan renew plea for evacuation


The Ghana government has emphasised the cumbersome protocols for evacuation under such circumstances as a major impediment and provided financial support to ease the burden on the about 400 affected students.

Right to information; Presidency, cabinet, et al, no go area ‘clauses’!


I doubt anyone anticipated that the RTI Act would come out with such limitations restricting the accessing of information at the Presidency, relating to cabinet and other core government machinery institutions.

These acts of indiscipline on the Kanda Highway is extremely risky and we should not wait for the worst to happen before we take action. Image credit - Charles Okine


Another disturbing phenomenon is the use of the highway as a garage for the fixing of motorbikes. Along the stretch from the Kaukudi traffic light ...

Airbus, excavator and our Wrestlemania politics


The two giants, New Patriotic Party (NPP ) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), are almost perennially locked in battle over literally everything in a seemingly unending election season.

Maximising our 307 National Ambulance fleet


However, I watched in total shock when the unit returned to its pre-refurbishment status quo over a three-year period, completely run down through a ...

Tema Police Commander’s office burgled …TV sets, laptop, cash stolen

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“According to my second in command it was a lady who plies her trade behind my office who alerted the police after spotting the gaping window,” he revealed.

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, Frank Annor Dompreh

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It is believed that there are about 300 Ghanaians studying in Wuhan, 152 of who have been caught up in the lock-down in the city.

Penplusbytes engages News Editors in Northern Half of Ghana to set agenda on PWD issues during elections 2020

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A key outcome of this meeting is to develop a concerted approach at having designated desks in major newsrooms in Ghana for reporting PWD issues.

Mr Kwaku Agyeman Manu, Minister of Health briefing the press on preparations so far to prevent coronavirus Picture: BENEDICT OBUOBI

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“Four health facilities have been identified as treatment centres — the Tema General Hospital, the Ga East Hospital, the Greater Accra Regional Hospital and the Police Hospital. Furthermore, ...

Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta

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Last year, the cedi depreciated 12.9 percent, 15.7 percent and 11.2 percent against the dollar, pound and euro respectively.

Ghana's Vice President - Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia

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It is easy to say things are hard but the stark reality is that if you look at the things government is doing such as paying teacher trainee allowances, funding free SHS, paying nursing trainee allowances, ...

Four countries in the African region license vaccine in milestone for Ebola prevention


"The approval of the Ebola vaccine by these countries is another milestone in the fight against this unforgiving disease," said WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

China says coronavirus curbs start to work; 70 more cases on cruise ship


The coronavirus, thought to have emerged at a wildlife market in the central Chinese province of Hubei, has ...

Workers in protective suits conduct RNA tests on specimens inside a laboratory at a center for disease control and prevention, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China, Feb. 14, 2020.


The development made Egypt the first country in the African continent to report a confirmed case, and the second in the Middle East region, ...

Print this page Coronavirus Outbreak Africa Scaling Up Coronavirus Detection, Prevention By Simon Marks February 14, 2020 12:36 PM FILE PHOTO: A health worker checks the temperature of a traveller as part of the coronavirus screening procedure at the Kotoka… FILE - A health worker checks the temperature of a traveler as part of the coronavirus screening procedure at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, Jan. 30, 2020.


Several African countries have reported suspected cases in the two months since the virus first emerged in China, but none have been confirmed.

China's virus death toll surpasses SARS but new cases fall


China's death toll from the new virus outbreak has risen by 89 to 811, surpassing the number of fatalities in the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic, as other governments step up efforts to block the disease

'We're definitely not prepared': Africa braces for new virus. Image credit - Northwest Herald


The new virus that has spread across China has yet to be confirmed in Africa, but some health workers on the ground warn they are not ready to handle an outbreak

Rockets strike near US Embassy in Baghdad; no injuries


The attack was the latest in a recent series of rocket and mortar strikes on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops.

Russian president, Vladimir Putin


The Palestinian Authority has cut all ties with the United States and Israel, ...

Brexit at last: Britain leaves the EU as champagne corks fly. Reuters photo


When the exit day finally came, after 3-1/2 years of wrangling since the 2016 referendum, it was an anticlimax of sorts: ...

U.S. President Donald Trump. File image


Of the six countries added to the ban, four are African nations, leading to outcry from ...

The U.S. unsuccessfully targeted Abdul Reza Shahla'i, a high-ranking commander in Iran's Quds Force based in Yemen, on Jan. 2, the night Qassem Soleimani was killed.The U.S. unsuccessfully targeted Abdul Reza Shahla'i, a high-ranking commander in Iran's Quds Force based in Yemen, on Jan. 2, the night Qassem Soleimani was killed. U.S. Department of State


Last month, the State Department's Reward For Justice Program offered a $15 million reward for information on Shahla'i and the possible the disruption of IRGC financial mechanisms.

Red Crescent workers check the debris from the Ukraine International Airlines plane, that crashed after take-off from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport, on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran January 8, 2020. File photo


Iran had previously vigorously denied bringing the plane down. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who until Saturday kept silent about the crash, said information should be made public.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo . File image


The United States and West Africa have enjoyed a long relationship based on trade, migration and democracy. But increasingly, ...

French airstrikes, commandos kill 30 extremists in Sahel


The French military says operations by French and Malian forces killed more 30 extremists in Africa's Sahel region in recent days

African Development Fund approves close to $35 million to the Government of Liberia for renewable energy


The system would allow for grid expansion to isolated communities and support the connection of schools, health centers, businesses and industries to the national grid, increasing the rural electrification rate in Liberia.

Lesotho PM's wife in court charged with killing his previous wife


The love triangle murder case involving a new, younger wife - Maesaiah is 42 - allegedly killing a first wife has captivated ...

At least 20 killed in stampede at Tanzania church service


Pastor Boniface Mwamposa has been drawing huge crowds by promising prosperity and ...

Jammeh's supporters want the government to guarantee the former ruler's right to return


The talk of Jammeh's return comes at a time when many Gambians are growing increasingly dissatisfied with the current president, Adama Barrow.

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Conquerors Ladies crowned 2020 Ghana Rugby Women's Champions


According to Mr Herbert Mensah, President and Board Chairman of Ghana Rugby, the Ghana Rugby ladies has flown Ghana’s flag high in Tunisia in 2019 and he expects them to do even better in 2020.

The Ghana Rugby Football Union (Ghana Rugby) (Ghana.Rugby) 2020 Women’s League ended on Saturday 15 February 2020 with semifinals and finals at the St. Thomas Aquinas School in Accra, Ghana. Conquerors Ladies won the 2020 Championship comfortably.

Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu


There is no need worrying again to either travel outside or pay a huge amount of fees to study holistic medicine outside. It is now here in Ghana and this is made possible by the partnership between Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine in Cyprus rated amongst the Top Five Alternative medicine schools in the USA by Shannon Walker in 2012 inforBarrel and Dr. Nyarkotey Alternative Medical College located in Dodowa-Akoto House.

The Da Vinci College operates a modular degree system by which degrees are obtained via a process of credit accumulation. Modules are self-contained units of teaching, learning and assessment which usually run for one semester. Modules are worth a fixed amount of credit, so if you pass the module you gain the appropriate number of credits which then count towards your degree.

Each module is assessed in the semester in which it is taught. Assessment will normally comprise of examinations, continuous assessment or, in most cases, a combination of these. Students who fail the assessment for a particular module are offered an opportunity to be re-assessed.

Passing a module entitles the student to receive credits for that module. Students will also receive a grade for each module taken which will appear on the individual Diploma awarded for that module, as well as on the transcript given to the student upon completion of their studies.

Here is a summary of the curriculum for the Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine – DSc (HM). Based on the fact that Anatomy and Physiology and Pathology have been covered in undergraduate courses, then there are 8 modules required in total for completion, plus the Doctoral Dissertation. Seven of these are from the Compulsory List, and one topic is chosen from the Elective List – making 8 modules in total, along with the Doctoral Dissertation and the clinical practicum which is also compulsory:

Compulsory courses required (unless exemption is awarded):

Anatomy and Physiology

Pathology for Natural Medicine

Clinical Nutrition – Part 1

Herbal Medicine

Bach Flower Remedies

Naturopathic Medicine – Part 1

Energy Medicine and Bioresonance

Detoxification and Toxicology

Electives List:

Homeopathic Medicine

Su Jok Therapy


Clinical Nutrition – Part 2

Naturopathic Medicine – Part 2

Holistic Psychology

Live Blood Analysis

Naturopathic Sexology

Urinalysis and Body Fluids


Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

The Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine consists of many separate modular courses covering a whole spectrum of health topics – each of these modular courses is a stand-alone and can be taken as an individual Diploma Course with Certification. This encourages the student to implement this knowledge-base in clinical practice as soon as they have completed each Diploma course, as they will have the Certification to prove that they have passed these exams for the said course.

The modular course structure based on distance-learning allows the student to work at their own pace while working elsewhere without having to disrupt family or working life. The student can even work while they are travelling as most of the course materials are in downloadable files that can be stored on the hard disc of the computer. There are hundreds of pages of reading material with each course.

There are also many interactive videos and documentaries to watch and you can even copy these directly to your laptop and watch them while on a plane. There are also hundreds of links to many other sources of helpful information – these courses have taken many years to write and develop and are at a cutting-edge level that is difficult to match.

The courses should ideally be taken in sequential order to benefit from prerequisite knowledge required to build on. The College and its courses have been accredited by the Pastoral Medical Association in the USA, and registered with the Complementary Medical Association (CMA) in the UK, as well as the Affiliation of Ethical and Professional Therapists (AEPT) in the UK. It also has obtained full professional board accreditation from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners in the USA.
Students in Ghana are eligible to be members of the Alternative Medical Association of Ghana (AMAG)
It is very rare to find a College that takes all these modalities and more and puts them into a Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine course – this is the essence of this course – you will not only be studying homeopathy or herbal medicine or naturopathy, but in fact you will study enough of each to be able to practice as a competent Holistic Health practitioner, dealing with many health issues that using only one healing modality will not be able to help.

This is made possible because the Founder and Academic Dean of the Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine, Dr. George J Georgiou, Ph.D.,N.D.,DSc (AM).,MSc.,BSc has been studying natural methods of health for over 25 years and has amassed degrees and diplomas in the biological sciences, clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy, Su Jok acupuncture, energy medicine, iridology, sclerology, live blood analysis, thermography, clinical psychology and clinical sexology, along with a lot more training in other modalities of healing, as well as many research interests and publications.

Not only did he spend a life-time studying all these topics in depth, but he has applied this knowledge by building a bespoke Holistic treatment centre called the Da Vinci Holistic Health Centre in Cyprus that uses all these modalities and more and sees patients from all over the world, specializing in the treatment of chronic disease. Students taking the Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine will be able to spend time undertaking clinical work at this cutting-edge Holistic Centre as part of their requirements.

To understand more about the Holistic Model and Dr Georgiou’s work at the Center read his latest book entitled: Curing the Incurable with Holistic Medicine

Course Completion

To gain maximal benefit from your studies, it is recommended that the student plan to take at least two, but preferably three courses per semester (4 chronological months). There are a total of 8 Diploma courses required to complete the D.Sc (HM), making for approximately 1,600 physical hours of study. The average student should be able to complete all nine compulsory courses to be awarded the Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine in about 12 – 18 months. A maximum of 60 months is allowed for completion for students with heavy work commitments.

If the Bachelor of Science in Holistic Medicine is completed, then the Doctoral degree can be began immediately without further ado.
Medical students usually study for just about 4,200 physical hours in the entirety of their course – most of the academic study is crammed into the first two years – they also have practical work on top of this. The Bachelor of Science in Holistic Medicine covers 9 courses which comes to a total of 1,800 hours (9 x 200 hours = 1,800). This means that 200 hours per course is equivalent to about 12 hours physical study per week.
If a student decides to go on to complete the Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine, there will be a further eight courses to complete, chosen from the electives (8 x 200 hours = 1,600 hours), along with the dissertation of about 20,000 words. The Bachelors and Doctoral level will result in close to 4,000 hours of study which is what most medical schools cover.
Clinical Practicuum

Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine students will have an opportunity to study with Dr. Georgiou at the Da Vinci Holistic Health Centre and will be able to get hands-on training in all aspects of the holistic healing arts. This will be the students opportunity to see the application of everything they have learned on real patients with real diseases.

There is also the flexibility of studying in other Holistic Centers closer to home, but these must be assessed by the College before being certified to accept students.

Take this opportunity for the low fees for Ghanaians compared to what the main college charges in Cyprus and Start your enrolment now at the College’s affiliate in Ghana by calling Dr. Nyarkotey on 0541090045 or pick a form at Dodowa Akoto House, Dangme News Office.

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Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu is a Research Professor of Prostate Cancer and Holistic Medicine –faculty lead- Holistic Urology, Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine, Larnaca City, Cyprus. He is the National President of the Alternative Medical Association of Ghana (AMAG). A registered alternative Medical practitioner with specialty in orthomolecular oncology, Prostate Cancer Policy maker and researcher. He can be reached on 0541090045. E mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.