Ghana and the fight against diabetes

Ghana and the fight against diabetes

As the world mark World HealthDay today, the main focus of this year’s celebration is the increasing rate of Diabetes and its effects in low and middle income countries like Ghana.

Ghana and the fight against diabetes

World Health Day: specific, effective and affordable actions to tackle diabetes.

Available data from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) indicate that  450,000 Ghanaians are living with diabetes.

The 2015 report indicated that 75% of the cases, remained undiagnosed, posing an increased danger of complications for people living with diabetes unaware.

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The IDF also mentioned the consumption of too much sugar cannot be the simple cause for diabetes. This is because type 1 diabetes is caused by genetics and unknown factors trigger the onset of the disease while type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors.

Meanwhile an Afrobarometer report on health care in Ghana indicates that about 29% of Ghanaians pay bribe before obtaining health care.

Ghana and the fight against diabetes

Difficulties and bribe payment in obtaining health care( statistics from the 2016 Afrobarometer report on health care in the world.

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