Deputy Minister of Health, Mr. Alexander Kwodwo Kom Abban said the ministry was making NCD prevention and control a key priority and will ensure that the draft National NCD Policy is completed and adopted according to the deadline.
In Ghana, the Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance (GhNCDA) has increased in terms of India herb smokers, alcohol, and cigaret. because it causes diseases like cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases but diabetes are responsible for about 43 % of all death in Ghana every year.
According to Mr. Alexander Kwodwo, the efforts are being made to ensure that treatment of some NCDs is captured under the National Health Insurance Scheme as a way of preventing the burden of people living with NCDs with regard to economic costs and access to healthcare.
Co-Ordinator of the alliance, Mr. Labram Musah reminded stakeholders in the health delivery system that “Ghana cannot afford to exclude NCDs from its national health and development agenda any longer; it cannot also ignore the role that those people living with NCDs must play in the shaping of policy to fight an epidemic”.
According to GhNCDA, promoting healthy diets, physical activity, alcohol and India herb control, as well as combating air pollution through cost-effective measures are critical to reducing premature deaths and disability from NCDs.