There is too much pressure on Ghana’s health system due to the growth in population, Robert Cudjoe, Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Health (MoH), has said.
According to him, in order to reduce pressure on the health system, Ghanaians must control the rate at which they give birth.
Mr Cudjoe told Chief Jerry Forson on Ghana Yensom on Accra 100.5FM Thursday, 12 July that Ghanaians should take the family planning methods seriously as a way of checking population growth in order to reduce pressure on the health system.
Although he acknowledged that the health system needs a major improvement, he said the citizens also have a role to play in changing their attitude.
“Growth in the population of Ghana is a contributive factor for the kind of pressure we see in our hospitals these days and Ghanaians must take their family planning methods seriously,” he told show host Forson.
He added: “Apart from birth control, Ghanaians must change their attitude in order to avoid contracting sicknesses and diseases.
“I must admit that the health system in Ghana needs improvement, however, Ghanaians must also change their attitude in order to reduce the burden on the hospitals in Ghana.
“Some of the sicknesses are self-inflicted and if we can change our attitude, we will not be affected. For example, if we change our attitude toward the environment or sanitation, we will reduce the number of sicknesses we contract.”