The Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare has emphasised that the prevention of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) from primary to secondary remained a focus of his outfit.
At a stakeholders workshop on People –Centred Approach to Ghana NCD response in Accra, he explained in a speech read on his behalf that efforts had been put in place to ensure that all other relevant sectors played their role to reduce the burden of NCDs in the country, with the health sector being positioned to provide the needed support for screening, diagnosing and managing cases of NCDs.
The Director General noted that several strategies had been implemented while new and innovative ways were being explored to improve these, stating that treatment of NCDs had now been captured under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) as a way to alleviate the burden on persons with NCDs with regards to economic cost and access to healthcare.
He, however, indicated that despite the improvements made in the prevention of NCDs, a lot more needed to be done in terms of equitable distribution of human resource management in some communities.
“The Ghana Health Service is working on addressing this challenge through strategic recruitment of health workers targeting such deprived areas” he added.
Dr Asare said every individual had an important role to play in ensuring that NCDs was reduced to the barest minimum. For instance, there should be patient –led advocacy for fair access to care, creation of platforms by the media to discuss and educate people on NCDs and Non-Governmental Organisations must support legislation while engaging traditional and local government authorities to achieve desired results, he pointed out.
Dr Beatrice Wiafe, Chairperson, Ghana NCD Alliance
In her address, the Chairperson of Ghana Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance, Dr Beatrice Wiafe cited examples of NCDs diseases as cancer, stroke, mental disorder, diabetes and heart diseases among others.
These diseases, she said caused more harm as persons living with such conditions suffered alongside with their relatives who would have to cater for them.
According to her the objective of the workshop was to share ideas and experiences with all stakeholders involved to identify ways that would contribute to the addressing of the challenges and stigma associated with NCDs.
The National Coordinator of Ghana NCDS Alliance, Mr Labram Musah who presented the results of the online survey conducted on NCDs, said the survey on 100 respondents revealed that about 44 percent of them were living with NCDs.
He underscored the need for stakeholders to provide adequate treatment, care and support as well as an action plan to help ease the burden of NCDs as it affected the public purse and relatives of the patients as well as retarding the development of the country in the long run.
Mr Labram urged stakeholders to always involve persons living with NCDs in plans that concern them so that there could be better opinions formed with better solutions to reduce the challenges.
ISD (Chantal Aidoo)
|Source : Government of Ghana|