Dr Beatrice Wiafe Addai, Chairperson of the Ghana Non-communicable Diseases Alliance has appealed to government to pay similar attention to persons who are suffering from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as it is doing in the fight against COVID-19.
In a release copied to the Ghanaian Observer newspaper, Mrs Addai said a similar attention to the fight against NCDs would bring out good results.
She said NCDs take time to heal and the attention given to treatment of same ensures a faster rate of healing.
While admitting to the pressing nature of COVID-19, the famous surgeon said effective management of NCDs would ensure a safer population since such diseases account for the most cases reported to hospitals in the country.
“It is good for us to strategize and deal with COVID-19 but government and health practitioners should also turn their attention on giving the best of care to persons who have NCDs”, the cancer surgeon posited.
Dr Addai called on medical practitioners not to neglect patients who are suffering from NCDs such as hypertension, stroke or diabetes when they visit their facilities.
She noted that the COVID-19 has proven to be lethal on persons who have underlying health problems such as those having NCDs.
Dr Addai noted that it was needful to attend to such persons with same high level of treatment when they visit the hospital.
She asked that proper monitoring regimes be set for such patients so as to limit the risks of they contracting the dreaded coronavirus disease.
“We can prevent deaths from COVID-19 when we treat those having NCDs well since the virus has proven to be lethal on persons having underlying health problems”, the famous surgeon stressed.
Dr Wiafe Addai urged persons suffering from NCDs to adhere to all advice and treatment regimes set out for them.
This, she intimated would make them live long and avoid untimely death.
She called on NCD patients to take their medications seriously and timely.
Dr Addai stressed that COVID-19 was deadly but was bound to vanish soon, adding that those who keep to treatment being given would prolong their lives.
“I commend the frontline staff and medical practitioners working on people suspected to be carrying the virus but I wish that those who have NCDs are given equal care at the hospitals”, Dr Wiafe Addai appealed.