Ghanaians in London dying of heart diseases

Ghanaians in London dying of heart diseases

- Ghanaians living in the Greater London area of the United Kingdom are dying from heart related diseases in recent times

- An average of 120 Ghanaians living in the Greater London area have died annually within the last three years

A one-year investigation on Ghanaians living in the United Kingdom (UK) has revealed that many of them are dying as a result of heart-related diseases.

The investigation which was done by Graphic Online’s correspondent in London, Nana Sifa Twum, disclosed that a growing number of Ghanaians in the UK are dying with each passing day.

From the recordings made, it was realized that an average of 120 Ghanaians living in the Greater London have lost their lives in each of the last three years.

Ghanaians in London dying of heart diseases

Investigations also revealed that immigration and financial issues triggered the heart problems of the deceased.

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Some of the reported causes of the deaths include; severe pressure of work, marital issues and also pressures from back home in Ghana.

This, the report suggests, forces Ghanaians living in the UK to work for long hours in order to meet both their individual and family demands.

According to the Graphic Online, related diseases such as Cardiomegaly, Heart failure, Heart arrhythmia, Cardiomyopathy, hypertension, Acute myocardial infarction and aspiration pneumonia, were responsible for almost 75 per cent of the deaths.

The investigation considered over 100 copies of their death certificates, which clearly indicated that they died as a result of one form of heart problem or the other.

Also, the age range for the dead Ghanaians was between 30 and 60, with most of the casualties being male.

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Some Ghanaians living in the UK stress themselves so much by reportedly working for 14 hours per day for six days every week.

This is because they normally engage in multiple jobs, which demand that they work more than the normal working hours.

Also, records from Reconciliation International, a Ghanaian Welfare and Bereavement charity in the UK, indicates that 44 deaths have already been recorded this year within the Ghanaian community in the UK.

Out of the number, 38 of the deaths were as a result of heart-related problems, which were very avoidable.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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