Care4Aged Outreach and Ark Lifestyle Foundation, both local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), in partnership with Ghana Non Communicable Diseases (GhNCD) Alliance has held a day’s forum on Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) for the aged in the Ashaiman Municipality in the Greater Accra region.
The days forum which was held at the Sunagbe Government School’s hall is one of the activities put together to mark the celebration of the 2019 International Day for the Aging.
The theme for the occasion was ‘The Journey to Age Equally’ and was attended by about two hundred aged in Ashaiman Municipality.
Participants at the forum were taken through health screening, manicure/pedicure, and foot massage after the talk.
Speaking in exclusive interview with Todaygh.com on the sidelines at the forum, the National Coordinator for Care4Aged Outreach, Mr. Frederick Ayensu explained that they chose hold the forum in the Ashaiman Municipality to draw attention of the general public and as well as policy makers and implementers to see aging as an issue worth the national attention.
According to him aging comes with so much challenges yet the nation has no proper or clear cut policies to address it.
“Ghana unlike in the olden days where the aged was properly taken care of by family members, the story is different now. Today the aged in our various homes and communities have been neglected by both the family and the society”. Mr Ayensu said.
He therefore called on the government, corporate bodies, and other NGOs to develop policies to support the aging community.
On her part a board member of the Ark Lifestyle Foundation, Mrs. Rebecca Kofi-Opata cautioned the general public, especially the aged to inculcate the habit of periodic check-up to know their health status.
She explained that it is easy to prevent or cure diseases at it early stage. Thus going to hospital for routine health check-ups by any individual help to detect any anomalies in their system. She noted.
Mrs. Kofi-Opata also called on the participants at the forum to be cautious of what they consume into their body. “At our ages, we have to stop eating certain kinds of food, stop or limit intake of sugar, tobacco, alcohol and salt”. She advised.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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