More than 3 million people in the country live with mental health conditions – Coalition   

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More than 3 million people in the country live with mental health conditions - Coalition   

The Coalition of NGOs in Health has raised concerns over the increasing prevalence of conditions in Ghana, citing studies that indicate more than three million people nationwide are affected. Mr. Raphael Godlove Ahenu, Chairman of the Bono Regional chapter of the Coalition, emphasized the urgent need for collaborative efforts to address this pressing issue.

During the coalition's first quarter meeting, Mr. Ahenu highlighted various factors contributing to the surge in conditions, including emotional problems stemming from marriages, broken homes, extreme poverty, and sexual exploitation and abuse. He stressed the importance of proactive measures to combat substance abuse among the youth, warning of potential long-term consequences if left unaddressed.

Additionally, Mr. Ahenu expressed concern about the escalating cases of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and associated deaths at major health facilities. He attributed the high prevalence of conditions like diabetes and hypertension to poor eating habits, lack of exercise, and unhealthy lifestyles among Ghanaians. He encouraged regular medical check-ups for early detection and prevention of such diseases.

In response to these challenges, the coalition plans to conduct health outreach programs to raise public awareness on substance abuse and alcoholism, seeking support from the and to achieve meaningful outcomes.

Furthermore, Mr. Ahenu emphasized the need to address maternal and child mortality, highlighting the importance of regular antenatal and post-natal care for pregnant women. He reiterated the coalition's commitment to mobilizing funds for health sector activities, calling for support from corporate entities, religious organizations, and affluent individuals.

The coalition's advocacy underscores the critical importance of prioritizing mental health and adopting holistic approaches to address the multifaceted health challenges facing Ghana.

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