Ecobank Ghana set aside Ecobank Day 2019 to raise awareness about Non-Communicable Diseases such as diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease, heart diseases and stroke. As part of its activities, Ecobank Ghana held a public forum to draw public attention to prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), especially breast cancer. The activities wee held in collaboration with NCD Alliance and Ghana Health Service.
NCDs are already the leading cause of death worldwide and the number of cases is growing rapidly across Africa. World Health Organisation says NCDs account for more than 30 percent of all reported adult deaths in most African countries. Participating professionals and policy makers deliberated on the prevalence of NCDs and ways to reduce their impact on Ghana’s economy.
Mr. Dan Sackey, Managing Director of Ecobank Ghana announced that for the next three years, Ecobank Ghana would focus its attention on reducing the effects of NCDs and their consequent harmful impact on society.
Dr. Owen Kaluwa, WHO Representative to Ghana, said the majority of NCDs are preventable through a healthy lifestyle. He noted that higher levels of physical activity lower the risks of getting several cancers and other NCDs.
Other activities to mark Ecobank Day 2019 included a market durbar at Kaneshi Market and the distribution of public education flyers by staff of Ecobank Ghana. Similar activities were held in four market centres at Ashaiman (Tema), Bantama (Kumasi), Market Circle (Takoradi) and Tamale Market Centre.