A group committed to the prevention of non-communicable diseases in Ghana is warning the rest of the country that over 90,000 deaths by disease are caused by ailments they are concerned about.
The Ghana Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance (GhNCDA), according to reports seen by YEN.com.gh, has raised concerns about the alarming but preventable deaths of some 94,000 persons from Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Ghana each year.
Thefinderonline.com reports that the alliance launched the Ghana Advocacy Agenda of People Living with NCDs, with an appeal to government and other stakeholders in the health delivery system to pay increased attention to persons living with NCDs.
The advocacy group called for the availability of comprehensive services for early detection, diagnosis, treatment, psychological, rehabilitative and palliative care for those people living with NCDs.
NCDs, which present themselves in the form of cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, are responsible for 43% of all deaths in Ghana.
The alliance contends that the treatment of NCDs warrants a huge cost that extends beyond health, undermines workforce productivity and economic prosperity of the country.
According to GhNCDA, promoting healthy diets, physical activity, alcohol and tobacco control, as well as combating air pollution through cost-effective measures are critical to reducing premature deaths and disability from NCDs.
Coordinator of the alliance, Labram Musah, reminded stakeholders in the health delivery system that “Ghana cannot afford to exclude NCDs from its national health and development agenda any longer; it cannot also ignore the role that those people living with NCDs must play in the shaping of policy to fight an epidemic”.
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After scoring a new personal record of 14.22, he automatically qualifies for the World Championships and makes history as the first Ghanaian Para Athlete to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
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