Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) include several parasitic, viral, and bacterial diseases that cause substantial illness for more than one billion people globally. Affecting the world’s poorest people, NTDs impair physical and cognitive development, contribute to mother and child illness and death, make it difficult to farm or earn a living, and limit productivity in the workplace. As a result, NTDs trap the poor in a cycle of poverty and disease.
On Tuesday 2nd February, 2021, GrowthAid together with the World Vision Ghana supported the Sekyere East District Health Directorate to organize a community durbar in Motokrodua in the Effiduase Sub District to commemorate the World NTDs Day Celebration.
The durbar was aimed at creating awareness and case management on NTDs through health education and demonstrations for the indigenes and some affected persons throughout the district.
Mr. Suleiman Tahiru, the Regional Director of Health Service in his delivering showed great appreciation to the District Director of Health Services (DDHS) and his team for putting in a great effort to also take up NTDs as important as all other activities in service delivery though it has been neglected.
Among the activities, The Agogo Presbyterian Hospital team together with the Sekyere East Team examined all the NTD’s cases, then dressed all ulcer cases and referred others to the Hospital for further management.
Mr. Oppong Ampratwum, the Head of Disease Control of the District also expressed his gratitude to persons who graced the occasion and asked for other stakeholders to come in with their dressing materials to support as soon as possible since some of the cases were deteriorating.
The program was graced by the Chief and elders of Motokrodua, District Director of Health Services and his team, Mr. Kabiru Mohammed Abass and his team from Agogo Presbyterian Hospital and Mr. Suleiman Tahiru and Patrick Owusu from the Regional Health Directorate. Among the participants were the indigenes from Motokrodua and its surrounding communities and some selected cases of NTDs from across the district summing up to about 120 people.
Story by: Gideon Obeng Darko, GrowthAid