Health Ministry supports international marathon

Accra, March 11, GNA – The Ministry of Health has outlined efforts to participate in the International Millennium Marathon on September 6, 2015.

As part of the programme, the Ministry is focusing more on healthy lifestyle, disease prevention, and promotion of good health in addition to the provision of curative services.

Dr Kwaku Agyeman-Mensah, the Minister of Health, said this in a speech read for him by the Deputy Minister, Dr Victor Asare Bampoe, at the launch of the Ghana Millennium Marathon in Accra on Tuesday.

He said physical activity played an important role in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of many non-communicable diseases and conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and cancers.

Dr Agyeman-Mensah said the Ministry would designate medical facilities for the pre and post screening of cardio and respiratory diseases among others.

There would be the provision of special medical facilities along the marathon routes to offer emergency care to participants by medical specialists and professionals, he said.

The Minister said standby ambulances would follow the runners and would also be placed at vantage points along the routes and distribution of healthy lifestyle information kits to the public on the day of the activity.

He said highly experienced resource persons would give talks and offer advice to participants to ensure that they were healthy and fit to run.

Dr Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, the Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, expressed gratitude to the organisers, Millennium Marathon Sports Limited and Haile Gebrselassie Foundation for selecting Accra to host the first major international marathon.

He said beyond football, Ghana had potentials in the various sport disciplines and urged those would participate to prepare adequately.

Dr Haile Gebrselassie, the World Marathon Champion, said the race would attract 15,000 professional runners both locally and internationally.

He said the marathon would start from the Independence Square through La, Burma Camp, 37 Military Hospital, National Theatre and back to the finish line.

Mr Mahama Ayariga, the Minister of Youth and Sports, gave the assurance that regional marathons leading to the main event would be organised to create awareness and encourage sponsorship from corporate institutions.


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