Edna A. Quansah/Shadrack Sam, GNA
Accra, Sept. 19, GNA –
Dr. Okoe Boye Bernard, Member of Parliament for Ledzokuku and a member of the
Select Committee on Health, has advised Ghanaians to stay active and take their
medications serious to prevent diabetes and high blood pressure, which are
killing thousands in the country.
He made this statement
at the Millennium Marathon Health and Fitness summit aimed at educating people
on health issues prior to the main marathon scheduled for Saturday, September
The summit, saw the
attendance of Dr. Vanesa Atikpui, the official Doctor of the Millennium
Marathon and the University Of Ghana Hospital, Dr. Esi Denyo, Chairperson of the
International Diabetes Federation (IDF) West Africa and Dr. Alexander Akowah of
The summit, was
centered on silent killer diseases, such as high Blood Pressure (Hypertension),
Diabetes and Nutrition and Diet, which are killing thousands in the country.
The event, also
stressed on how to abstain from such ailments through regular exercising,
eating good food and why events like the Millennium Marathon was good to curb these
silent killing diseases.
Dr. Bernad Okoe Boye
advised Ghanaians to invest in educating people on these health menace.
“Lots of education and
right information needs to get to the public. Over there in abroad people take
their medications serious. As a country, we should also need to invest in
educating people on how to control their weight gain.
“If you are not
active or doing exercises you are likely to get BP and that is why doctors
advise us to be active.”
The official doctor of
the Millennium Marathon and the University Of Ghana Hospital, Dr. Atikpui also
cautioned participants not over eat or over drink before racing as it can pose
challenges during the race.
She advised the public
to participate in the Millennium Marathon (MM), as it can help curb some of
these silent killers in Ghana.
The MM registration is
opened to all interested.