Bono Region Health Advocates Raise Alarm Over Rising Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Mortality

Health advocates in Ghana's Bono Region sound alarm on rising non-communicable diseases, maternal mortality, and mental health challenges, calling for urgent action and a multi-sectoral approach to address these critical public health issues.

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Ebenezer Mensah
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Bono Region Health Advocates Raise Alarm Over Rising Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Mortality

Bono Region Health Advocates Raise Alarm Over Rising Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Mortality

Health advocates in the Bono Region of Ghana are sounding the alarm about the increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which now account for a staggering 43% of all deaths in the country. The Bono Regional chapter of the Coalition of NGOs in Health, led by its Chairman Raphael Godlove Ahenu, is calling for urgent action to address this growing health crisis.

During a meeting at the Glomef Office in Sunyani on April 25, 2024, Ahenu emphasized the need for public awareness campaigns and regular health screenings to combat the rising tide of NCDs. "We must educate the public about the risk factors and preventive measures for these diseases," he stated. "Regular health check-ups are essential for early detection and effective management of NCDs."

The coalition also expressed grave concern over the high maternal mortality rate in the region. Despite efforts to improve maternal healthcare, too many women are still losing their lives during pregnancy and childbirth. Ahenu stressed the importance of ensuring access to quality prenatal care and skilled birth attendants to reduce these preventable deaths.

Why this matters: The rising burden of NCDs and persistent maternal mortality in Ghana highlight the urgent need for strengthened healthcare systems and targeted interventions. Addressing these challenges is crucial for improving the health and well-being of the population and achieving sustainable development goals.

Mental health emerged as another key issue during the meeting, with over three million people in Ghana currently living with mental health conditions. The coalition plans to tackle this problem by educating the public about mental health, providing support services, and addressing substance abuse among young people as a preventive measure.

Ahenu called on the government, healthcare providers, and civil society organizations to collaborate in the fight against NCDs, maternal mortality, and mental health issues. He emphasized that only through concerted efforts and a multi-sectoral approach can Ghana make significant progress in improving the health of its citizens.

Key Takeaways

  • NCDs account for 43% of deaths in Ghana, requiring urgent action.
  • Bono region advocates call for public awareness and health screenings to combat NCDs.
  • High maternal mortality rate in the region, need for quality prenatal care.
  • Over 3 million Ghanaians have mental health conditions, requiring public education.
  • Collaborative, multi-sectoral approach needed to address Ghana's health challenges.