Life expectancy in Ghana is 62.4 – WHO report

Life expectancy in Ghana is 62.4 – WHO report

Ghana’s life expectancy is now 62.4 according to the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) report.

The report also revealed that Ghana is 25th in West Africa.

The WHO report indicates that life expectancy in Africa is rising twice as fast as the rest of the world.

The WHO report says that since the year 2000 life expectancy in Africa has risen by almost 10 years.

Now the average person on the continent can expect to live to 60 years of age. But that's still 20 years less than a baby born in one of 29 high-income countries.

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Dr Ties Boerma from the WHO told BBC’s Newsday that one of the reasons is that immunisation has decreased child mortality.

Algeria sits at the top of the list with an average life expectancy of 75.6 years. Sierra Leone is at the bottom with 50.1 years.

North Africa and the continent's island nations seem to be doing particularly well.

Here are the top ten:

1. Algeria - 75.6

2. Tunisia - 75.3

3. Mauritius - 74.6

4. Morocco - 74.3

5. Cape Verde - 73.3

6. Seychelles - 73.2

7. Libya - 72.7

8. Egypt - 70.9

9. Sao Tome - 67.5

10. Senegal - 66.7

Life expectancy at birth reflects the overall mortality level of a population. It summarizes the mortality pattern that prevails across all age groups in a given year – children and adolescents, adults and the elderly.

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