The Ghana NCD Alliance (GhNCDA) has called upon the government to establish regulations for the implementation of front-of-pack labeling detailing salt content in food products.
The aim is to contribute to the global goal of reducing salt consumption by 30% by 2025, as set by the World Health Organisation.
This initiative is identified as a “best buy” method to lower the long-term risks associated with non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as stroke, coronary artery disease, and early mortality.
The GhNCDA, in collaboration with other civil society actors, outlined these recommendations in a report titled “National NCD Response and Landscape in Ghana,” developed as part of their partnership with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation.
The report emphasized that Ghana has yet to implement salt reduction policies, lacking regulations or policies regarding front-of-pack labeling of salt content.
It stressed the importance of aligning with international best practices to address cardiovascular diseases, as excessive salt intake is a primary risk factor for elevated blood pressure, contributing to cardiovascular-related disability and early death globally.
In addition to advocating for salt content labeling, the GhNCDA urged the Ghana Education Service to reintroduce physical education into the educational system.
The report highlighted the role of physical education in minimizing the effects of obesity and NCDs among children.
The alliance called on the government to provide adequate facilities for the implementation of comprehensive school programs, including quality physical activities.