The Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH), Ghana's premier teaching hospital has disclosed 10 diseases that are taking the lives of Ghanaians the most.
Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Korle Bu, Dr. Daniel Asare, has revealed that there is an increase in chronic kidney disease among Ghanaians.
He described the trend as a worrying problem, and urged Ghanaians to be wary of their lifestyles.
“Chronic kidney disease is commonly caused by diabetes and high blood pressure, which are responsible for up to two-thirds of the cases,” Dr. Asare stated.
He also revealed at a medical engagement in Accra that the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital alone recorded a total of 547 chronic kidney disease cases in 2018.
Other diseases that have seen an surge in the past few months include; Stroke 488, Pulmonary Tuberculosis 277, Hypertension 223, and Pneumonia 221, Diabetes Mellitus 201, Congestive cardiac failure 195, severe anaemia 162, Pleural Effusion 105, as well as Hepatitis B and viral infection 71.
Dr. Asare however, urged Ghanaians to have a change of lifestyle in order to prevent the occurrence of such diseases. He said there was the need for people to make healthy food choices, make physical activity part of their routine, and aim for a healthy weight.
The CEO said it is advisable for everyone to get enough sleep, stop smoking and limit alcohol intake.
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In other news, Former president John Dramani Mahama has hinted that if given the opportunity to lead the country again, he will reduce the size of government drastically by scrapping what he calls “useless” ministries created by President Akufo-Addo.
The NDC flag bearer said this in a Facebook live session on Monday, December 23, 2019.
Mahama downplayed the importance of for example the sanitation ministry created by the Akufo-Addo administration.