PREVALENCE OF CHRONIC DISEASES AMONG THE AGED IN CAPE COAST METROPOLITAN OVER LAST FOUR YEARS
This paper charts a brief history of Ghana’s chronic disease burden over the last five years, focusing on prevalence, risk and illness implications in relation to aging. Two arguments are made. First, chronic diseases in Ghana constitute public health and developmental challenges, requiring the same intellectual and financial commitments afforded to communicable and infectious diseases. Information on the prevalence of chronic disease in Ghana is limited in scope and quality. There is no single source that can be used to describe the effects of ill health implications across the spectrum of disease severity. Administrative data sources such as hospital out-patient’s records from National Health Insurance Scheme, Ghana can be used to assess those aspects of disease that require medical attention. Second, to understand and respond to the multifaceted roots and consequences of chronic diseases, research, interventions and policies have to be informed by multidisciplinary biomedical and social science - collaborations. Statement of Problem
There is a perception that chronic conditions are rare or that they do not pose significant public health challenges compared to communicable diseases. Goal: Generally, the study aims to assess the prevalence of chronic diseases with aging in Ghana. Objectives: Specifically it discusses the types of chronic disease in cape coast, examine the ages associated with chronic disease, identify possible causes of chronic disease, identify the need for policies on chronic disease and discuss the possible implications of chronic disease in Cape Coast-Ghana. Research Hypothesis
Ho: There is no significant relationship between aging and chronic disease H1: There is a significant relationship between aging and chronic disease Methodology and Timelines
Data: Secondary data from Ghana National Health Insurance Scheme,...
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