Let’s collaborate to make life better for people living with NCDs – Dr, Nsiah-Asare
on: November 15, 2018In: General NewsNo Comments Print Email
Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare
The Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, has urged for a sustained collaboration among stakeholders in health to ensure that persons living with Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are able to enjoy life in line with the objectives of Ghana’s policy on NCDs and the NCD Control Programme.
According to him, it is important for the society to look at NCDs holistically because the burden of Non-Communicable Diseases and its associated cost is not restricted to the persons living with the disease but a burden on the whole society.
“The need to regularly access healthcare among people with NCDs with the concomitant economic costs and loss of productivity are all evidence to the fact that the burden of NCDs and associated costs are not restricted to the person with the NCD but society at large.”
He observed that Non-Communicable Diseases such as diabetes and hypertension account for a significant proportion of Out Patient Department attendance, admissions and deaths in the hospitals, while emphasizing that, stroke for example as a common complication of hypertension and diabetes is among the leading causes of deaths in Ghana.
These were made known in a Keynote Address delivered on behalf of the Director General of the Ghana Health Service at the opening ceremony of a two-day workshop organized by the Ghana Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance (GhNCDA) with support from its mother body, the Non-Communicable Disease Alliance (NCD Alliance).
The ceremony which was under theme: Ensuring a People-Centered Approach to Ghana’s NCD Response, brought together the various stakeholders in the alliance for Non-Communicable diseases including: governmental agencies; Non-Governmental Agencies and associations of persons living with NCDs.
As per the latest WHO Country NCD Profiles of 2018, NCDs were responsible for 94,400 deaths in Ghana in 2016: constituting 43% of all deaths. There is growing burden of NCDs including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancers and hypertension, calling for accelerated action to tackle NCDs in the country.
In her welcome address, the Chairperson of Ghana Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance, Dr. Beatrice Wiafe, urged the media and opinion leaders in the society to help in educating the society in living a healthy lifestyle in order to avoid the burden of NCDs on the society.
She reiterated the fact that close to 50 percent of all deaths in Ghana are linked to Non-Communicable Diseases in one way or the other. She therefore called on government to support the Ghana NCD Alliance to coordinate the activities of the various stakeholders under the alliance.
Dr. Beatrice Wiafe made a strong point for people living with NCDs to be considered in any decision making processes which concern their plight.
The National Coordinator of Ghana NCD Alliance, Labram Musah, in a presentation of the results of an online consultation to gather the thoughts, ideas and perspectives of people living with NCDs in Ghana, he expressed the concern that people living with NCDs were mostly within the productive group of between the ages of 30 to 50 years.
He concluded by making the observation that NCDs were now a disease of the poor and that industries were targeting the vulnerable, poor and the youth.
“We have to re-strategize and begin to factor NCDs related diseases within the context of the NHIA, this will help to alleviate the burden of NCDs on the poor-Expensive to care, treatment, medicine etc…”
Source: Clement Akoloh||Africanewsradio.com