Health experts say many Ghanaians could die from potential increase in non-communicable disease due to risky life styles.Over 86 thousand people, more than half below 70 years die of such diseases in the country every year.
Ashanti Regional Health Director, Dr Aaron Ofei warns Ghana is in what he describes as epidemiological transition.He explains diseases which in the past were associated to the developed world are now major source of worry to Ghanaians.
The World Health Organization estimates 338 million people will die of non-communicable diseases by 2030, unless there are interventions.
In Ghana, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, cancers as well as diabetes, are among leading non-communicable diseases.
At the launch of the World Physiotherapy Day in Kumasi, Dr. Ofei identified tobacco and alcohol use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity as key risk factors.The celebration is under the theme, “Movement for Life; Fit for Life’’. Dr. Ofei warns Ghana is at risk of losing her human resource if concerted efforts are not made to tackle the problem.
In a speech read for him, Health Minister, Alban Bagbin, announced physiotherapy projects for 16 hospitals nationwide are being implemented in phases.He regrets, though between 9 and 10 per cent of Ghana’s population is in need of physiotherapy services, “for some areas of the country, such services are virtually empty.”