From Samuel Mensah Torbizo,Kumasi
The Ghana chapter of the West African College of Physicians and Surgeons, has held its 36th Annual General Meeting in Kumasi with a call on Ghanaians to change their dietary habits.
The scientific session of the meeting which was themed, “The Increasing Burden of Cardiovascular Diseases in Ghana” asked the physicians to deliberates on new research findings by individual members to sharpen and update their knowledge in the health care delivery.
In an interview with this reporter, Dr. Isaac Kofi Owusu, a consultant cardiologist of the department of medicine at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), revealed that research has shown that cases of cardiovascular diseases is on the rise.
He attributed the soaring cases of the deadly ailment to modern lifestyle of the citizens, coupled with bad dietary habit and non physical exercise.
“About fifty percent of cases that come to us in recent times were related to the heart such as cardiovascular, stroke and hypertension.
We collective efforts to intensify education on the need for the people to change their life styles concerning their dietary habits,” he remarked.
Dr. Owusu was worried that, already the country is being burdened with many pestilences, hence any unconcerned attitude to fight the cardiovascular and its related cases would put the sustenance of her economy in a bleak situation.
“Ghana as a developing country, is in the stream of number of infectious diseases , and if no pragmatic efforts were made to tackle the cases of cardiovascular and its associated problems immediately, I am afraid we cannot make any head way in our struggle to make quality health care accessible to all in the next 5-10 years,” he voiced out.
He challenged the citizens to adopt physical activities and avoid taking too much fatty fast foods, as they contained a lot of cholesterol.
On his part, a consultant Pediatrician, Dr. Sampson Antwi, indicated that the scientific findings by physicians and other scientists for the past years, had made positive impacts on the quality of health of the people.
“We are here to modernize our knowledge on the various research findings to enhance effective output,” he said .
Dr. Antwi who is one of the only two Nephrologists the country has, said invariably the contributions of scientific findings to the growth of the country’s health sector, could not be relegated to the background.
A nephrologist is a trained specialist who examines problems concerning kidney malfunction.