Ghana To Set A Minimum Standard Of Living
Professor Agyemang Badu Akosa, the Executive Director of Healthy Ghana has advocated that, Ghana should set a minimum standard of living below which no Ghanaian should fall. He made the call during a Public Lecture organised by the College of Health Sciences of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) under the theme: “Health at the Centre of National Development”
The lecture is part of the series of Lectures being organised by the University to commemorate its 60TH Anniversary Celebration.
The former Director of the Ghana Health Services said it was necessary that Ghana sets a minimum standard of living that will ensure that all Ghanaians live under hygienic and healthy conditions. He added that even though diseases such as cholera and anaemia are prevalent among children and pregnant women, it could be controlled if the nutritional standards of Ghanaians are improved.
He said Ghana compared to countries without natural resources has “fallen badly below the Human Development Index” because much attention has not been paid to the health of the people in this country.
Professor Agyemang Badu Akosa reiterated the need for a healthy population to promote national development since “the wealth of a nation is the health of its people”. For him, dealing with issues of environmental sanitation, poor living conditions, poor roads and education, among others, will go a long way to control disease in this Country. He said it is only when health is placed at the centre that the nation could redevelop.