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The Methodist University College Ghana is a private university in Ghana. It is located at Accra in the Greater Accra Region. It was established in October 2000 by the Methodist Church Ghana after being granted accreditation by the National Accreditation Board in August 2000. Academic work started in November 2000 at the Wesley Grammar School campus. Wikipedia.

Osei Nyame P.K.,Methodist University College | Boateng R.,University of Ghana
ICEIS 2015 - 17th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, Proceedings | Year: 2015

The study looked at the adoption of Human Resource Information System (HRIS) among Ghanaian firms. A survey was conducted on 129 firms out of the 150 samples randomly selected from both the public and the private sectors in the country with a response rate of 86%. The findings first revealed that the adoption rate of HRIS in enterprises is not a common practice in Ghana since two-thirds of the organizations have never adopted HRIS use. Major general denominators for adoption and use of HRIS include firm size, organization type (i.e. profit making limited liability companies and profit making government organization) and age as well as the industry to which firms belong. Firms attributed the slow rate of adoption to reasons including the low numbers of employees, high cost of system installation, unawareness and low priority for such a system. Again, it was realized that the companies' readiness to adopt such a system was not encouraging. There were some technical, organizational and environmental factors that affect HRIS adoption which were unearthed. Copyright © 2015 SCITEPRESS Science and Technology Publications All rights reserved. Source

Ofori-Dwumfuo G.O.,Methodist University College | Dankwah B.A.,University of Ghana
Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology | Year: 2012

This research is aimed at enabling the use of mobile phones as a tool to conduct convenient banking to customers at any time and at any place. It attempts to design an application system that will support the mobile phone banking infrastructure. The system is aimed at rural banks in Ghana - local banks with a much lower minimum capitalization than regular commercial banks. Traditionally, banks have always sought secured and reliable media through which they could serve their clients more cost-effectively. They have extensively employed electronic and communications technologies in their operations for many years, but these have not eliminated the various inconveniences that clients encounter while doing business with them. Our study starts by analysing questionnaires that were conducted for stakeholders in the banking industry in order to determine users' expectations on mobile banking. The stakeholders include mobile phone operators, the Ghanaian banks and users of mobile phones who have active bank accounts. The questionnaires tried to find out among other things, how people carry money to transact business, whether they have heard of electronic banking, how they use their mobile phones and whether they currently subscribe to mobile banking. We also tried to establish the main services that users would like to have on such a mobile banking platform if it becomes available on the Ghanaian market. For our design, we also analysed reliable mobile technology (WAP) that will support such an application. © Maxwell Scientific Organization, 2012. Source

Asare M.,Methodist University College | Danquah S.A.,University of Ghana
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health | Year: 2015

Background: Research development is needed in physical activity and sedentary behaviour and their associations with mental health in young people. In Western countries the weather is a key contributing factor of sedentary behaviour in youth. The likely contributing factor of sedentary behaviour among African youth has not been explored. This study examined the association between sedentary behaviour and mental health in African young people. Methods: Participants were 296 adolescents (150 males, 146 females) aged 13 to 18 years (mean = 14.85 years) living in Ghana. Participants' physical activity levels were assessed using the Physical Activity Questionnaire for Older Adolescents (PAQ-A) and sedentary behaviour, using the Adolescents Sedentary Activity Questionnaire. Depression was assessed using the Children Depression Inventory and aspects of self-esteem were measured with the Physical Self-worth test and Body Image Silhouette test. Results: There was a significant negative correlation between physical activity and mental health independent of sedentary behaviour [depression (r =-0.78, p < 0.001); physical self-worth (r = 0.71, p < 0.001); body dissatisfaction (r =-0.76, p < 0.001)]. Moreover, sedentary behaviour was significantly associated with higher depression (r = 0.68, p < 0.001). Affluence was a significant contributing factor of sedentary behaviour in African young people [t (294) =-7.30, p < 0.001]. Conclusion: The present study has found that sedentary behaviour is highly prevalent among African adolescents especially among adolescents from affluent homes. Low levels of physical activity as well as sedentary behaviour is significantly associated with mental health problems among African youth, which is consistent with reports from studies among Western young people. The present research, therefore, contributes new information to the existing literature. Increased physical activities can improve the mental health of adolescents. © Asare and Danquah et al.; licensee BioMed Central. Source

Drafor I.,Methodist University College | Kwadzo G.T.-M.,University of Ghana
International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability | Year: 2012

Concerns about the effects of globalization on small-scale farmers in Africa have been an issue of debate for the past two decades. Globalization comes with rewards as well as challenges and affects farmers around the world in different ways, based on their specific characteristics, the nature of their market networks and cropping patterns. Field results from three farming systems in Ghana show that winner households in the process of globalization have relatively larger farms, produce high value crops, have a relatively well educated household member and have stronger market networks. Loser households had a small share of their output that is traded. The geographic location, nature of market linkages, environmental conditions, and the extent of infrastructural development of a particular farming system were found to affect the degree of market integration. Targeted support to acquire production inputs and effectively market farm produce can enhance the opportunities for better integration into the global market system, reduce poverty, and increase farmer incomes. © Common Ground, Ivy Drafor, George T-M. Kwadzo, All Rights Reserved. Source

Ansara A.J.,Methodist University College | Kolanczyk D.M.,Loyola University Chicago | Koehler J.M.,University of Indianapolis
Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics | Year: 2016

What is known and objective: Heart failure remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Advanced therapies have prolonged survival in patients with advanced heart failure, but pharmacotherapeutic optimization remains the mainstay of treatment. It has been over 10 years since the last mortality-reducing medication has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This article reviews the background, current knowledge and data supporting the use of sacubitril/valsartan (Entresto®), the newly FDA-approved medication that dually inhibits angiotensin and neprilysin, in the treatment of heart failure. Methods: A literature search was performed (January 1980 to August 2015) using PubMed and the search terms were as follows: neprilysin inhibitor, heart failure, endopeptidase, natriuretic peptides, angiotensin, omapatrilat, LCZ696, valsartan and sacubitril. Peer-reviewed, published clinical trials, review articles, relevant treatment guidelines and prescribing information documents were identified and reviewed for relevance. Additionally, reference citations from publications identified were reviewed. Results and discussion: The inhibition of endopeptidases has been an area of extensive study for the treatment of heart failure. Previously published literature with the endopeptidase inhibitor omapatrilat failed to demonstrate a sufficient balance between clinical efficacy and safety to justify its approval. Omapatrilat blocked three pathways that break down bradykinin, leading to high rates of angioedema. Sacubitril, on the other hand, is metabolized to a form that is highly selective for neprilysin without possessing activity for the other two peptidases, ACE and APP. The combination of sacubitril with valsartan in a single formulation offers the benefit of concurrent blockade of the renin angiotensin aldosterone system and the inhibition of neprilysin while minimizing angioedema risk. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Source

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