Ghanaians are living longer lives than they were 25 years ago, according to a new scientific analysis of more than 300 diseases and injuries in 195 countries.
The report, however, noted that such progress was threatened by increasing numbers of people suffering from serious health challenges related to childhood wasting, unsafe sex and household air pollution from solid fuels.
These and other significant health findings are being published in a dedicated issue of The Lancet as part of the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD).
The study draws on the work of more than 1,800 collaborators in nearly 130 countries and territories.
The report of the study was released at an event co-sponsored by IHME, The Lancet, and the World Bank in Washington, DC.
The study was established in 1990 with support from the World Bank. This year, researchers analysed each country using a Socio-demographic Index, examining rates of education, fertility, and income.
The six papers provide in-depth analyses of causes of death, maternal mortality, deaths of children under age 5, overall disease burden and life expectancy, years lived with disability, and the risk factors that lead to health loss.
“Ghana has made progress in diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria, and TB in the past 15 years,” said Ben B. Sackey with the World Health Organisation Ghana Country Office.
He however, stated that these gains could be cut short by the emergence of new disease burdens like injuries, alcoholism, and suicide.
The situation he said could be attributed to lack of resources and priority-setting.
In Ghana, the leading cause of death was lower respiratory infections, resulting in 19,052 deaths in 2015.
The second and third top causes of death were chemic heart disease and malaria, killing 15,274 and 14,478, respectively.
By Times Reporter