Benekie Foundation, a non-governmental organization is collaborating with the Ministry of Health (MOH), the Ghana Health Service and Endo Charity to host the maiden edition of the ‘Ghana Health and Wellness Fair.
The fair which will last for 3 days in December is aimed at creating awareness on how Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) have camouflaged itself into the Third World War of our time, claiming thousands of lives.
In Ghana, the major NCDs are cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases and sickle cell disease which are mostly caused by tobacco, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity.
With many others contributing to the deaths of hundreds of people in the country, Benekie Foundation and its partners for the fair have taken upon themselves to bring together major stakeholders in December to blow the whistle on why the government and the entire populace must turn attention to tackling such diseases.
Speaking to Modernghana on the sidelines of the launch of the 2019 Ghana Health and Wellness Fair on Thursday, October 31, 2019, founder of Benekie Foundation, Benedicta Nartey shared that the gathering will help improve the health sector.
“So we came up with the Ghana Health and Wellness Fair that will give an opportunity to everyone indirectly and indirectly in the health sector to come, post questions, find solutions, understand what is really happening in the health sector, and ways of improving it.
“It wouldn’t be the everyday conference or summit where people just sit but will see participants coming up with strategies that will help improve the health sector of the country”, she said.
Dr. Dennis Bortey who graced the launching of the fair likened NCDs to world war and stressed that it's about time government's attention is drawn to it.
“There is a bigger terrorist, there is a bigger civil war that we are not paying attention to, that kills more people than has ever been done by the Second World War.
“A silent world war that is killing more people than what terrorists are doing today and that is the none-communicable diseases that we have decided to champion and bring awareness to government and our population”, Dr. Bortey noted.
The 3-days fair will take place from December 17-19 with the Ministry of Health given assurance of their full support for the program.