Cases of hepatitis B and hypertension are said to be on the increase in Duayaw-Nkwanta in the Tano North District of the Brong-Ahafo region.
This was disclosed by a physician assistant at the Sunyani Municipal Hospital, David Dorme, after a free health screening exercise recently organised by Vodafone Ghana Foundation in the town.
According to Mr Dorme who was the leader of the medical team, majority of the 400 people screened during the exercise had the hepatitis B virus.
“Almost all the people who tested positive were unaware about their health condition,” he indicated.
Speaking to the patrons of the health screening exercise, Mr Dorme pointed out bad eating habit, alcoholism and smoking as some of the contributory factors to the spread of the disease in the area. He also revealed hypertension to be another condition which is also prevalent in the area.
He advised those who tested positive to eat more fruits, go for regular checkup and avoid eating at night; he said vaccination and regular medical check-ups were the best way to guard against contracting the disease.
Head of Vodafone Ghana Foundation, Nana Yaa Ofori-Koree said, since the establishment of the foundation six year ago, more than 20,000 Ghanaians had benefited from the foundation’s health programmes.
She indicated her outfits resolve to partner government in addressing living conditions of the vulnerable in society.