The Acting Medical Director and Senior physician at the Effia Nkwanta Regional hospital Dr. Richard Anthony is backing calls for the Ghana Education Service to liaise with Ghana Health Service to introduce basic health care into the educational curricular. The introduction of a syllabus on Non Communicable Diseases for instance will help in Ghana making inroads under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Dr. Anthony was speaking at a public lecture organized by the Nagel Memorail Adventist Hospital on the Theme ” the rising incidents of non-communicable diseases in Ghana ,causes ,effects and the way forward”
Dr .Kwame Boakye Acheapong is head of clinical services at the Nagel Memorail Adventist Hospital and he spoke to Empire News on the need to create awareness on NCDs.
It is estimated that 15 million people between the ages of thirty and sixty years die from non-communicable disease annually. 3.3 million of such deaths has been attributed to excessive alcohol intake.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted at the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2015, recognizes no communicable diseases (NCDs) as a major challenge for sustainable development. As part of the Agenda, Heads of State and Government committed to develop national responses to the overall implementation of this Agenda , including to:Reduce by one third premature mortality from NCDs, Strengthen responses to reduce the harmful use of alcohol, achieve universal health coverage (UHC) among others.