- A medical doctor has warned Ghanaians about the use of shisha
- According to him, smoking shisha can result in heart diseases
Director of the National Cardiothoracic Centre (NCTC), Dr. Lawrence Agyeman Sereboe, has advised the general public, especially the youth, to desist from smoking shisha, saying the behavior has a high risk of resulting in heart diseases.
According to a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Citinewsroom.com, Dr. Sereboe, made the revelation while speaking at the 2018 launch of the World Heart Day in Accra.
He said although smokers now found the smoking of shisha fashionable, it was very dangerous to their health.
He said smoking shisha for one hour was equivalent to smoking 100 sticks of cigarettes.
Dr. Sereboe stated that tobacco in any form was harmful to the body, adding that shisha tobacco contained nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide and heavy metals such as arsenic and lead.
As a result, he said shisha smokers were at risk of the same kinds of cigarette-related diseases such as heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease and problems during pregnancy.
To this end, Dr. Sereboe stressed the need for Ghanaians to cultivate a healthy lifestyle in order to reduce cardiovascular-related diseases that have been on the increase in recent years.
Touching on the theme for the commemoration of the day which falls on September 29, Dr. Sereboe explained that lack of regular exercises and the intake of fatty and sugary foods were gradually increasing the risks of heart diseases in the country.
He said the theme: ‘My Heart, for Your Heart, For All our Hearts’ was an all encompassing call for individuals to make a personal commitment to improve upon the conditions of their heart.
Dr. Abdul Samed Tanko, a physician at the cardio centre, outlined the programme for the day which would include a health walk and medical screening for the public.
“The two-hour health walk will be from the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park through the Castle Road, Osu Oxford Street, then to liberation road and back to the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park,” he said.
Mr. Emmanuel Kofi Nti, Commissioner General, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and brand ambassador for the World Heart Day, in a speech read on his behalf challenged Ghanaians to have healthy lifestyles in order to set good example for the next generation.
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