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.
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.
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.