The Vice President of the Society of Family Physicians of Ghana (SOFPOG), Dr. Gerhadht Ofori Amankwaah has called on medical professionals, government, Journalists, individuals, Institutions and churches to help ban tobacco consumption in the country due to its adverse effects on the body.
Speaking during the celebration of World Family Doctors’ Day at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi yesterday Thursday, he explained that tobacco is hazardous to the human body.
‘This year’s celebration informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what World Health Organisation (WHO) is doing to fight tobacco epidemic and what people around the world can do to claim their rights …and to protect future generation. This year, family physicians all over the world are celebrating the world family doctor day… to lend its support to the international fight against tobacco… We are not only interested in the patients but the community at large, tobacco smoke contains about 7,000, chemicals of which at least 250 are known to be harmful, 69 known to cause various cancers of the body,’ he explained.
In an interview with Ultimate news, the Vice President of SOFPOG Dr. Nii Aryeh observed that though most of the family physicians are employed by gold mining companies and corporate hospitals, the number is not enough to fill the various hospitals.
He appealed to Municipal, Metropolitan Assemblies (MMDAs) to pump monies into the training of family physicians.
‘We are training them but the number is small, with this limited funds, the output is not as we desire. It’s not only us who are suffering; almost all the specialties are also suffering because there are limited funds. We are encouraging MMDAs to sponsor medical officers who are working in the districts to do this course, when they finish, they will go back to the municipal hospitals to work there under a bond, and this will help to increase the number,’ he suggested.