Death is an inevitable step every man will take. Death is unpredictable and comes in when we hardly expect it. Death may occur through illness, accidents or any other means. These are the top ten causes of death among Ghanaians based on statistics.
1. Malaria: Malaria is the biggest cause of death among Ghanaians. Despite efforts by the government and NGOs to eradicate malaria, only little success has been obtained. Malaria continues to be the topmost killer among Ghanaians. If you have malaria, don't ignore it as some harmless disease. It can be very fatal.
2. Stroke: Stroke was one of the least causes of death in the early 2000s. Due to the poor lifestyles among the current generation, stroke has been on the spike among Ghanaians. Stroke is currently the second biggest cause of death among Ghanaians. Take your health seriously. if possible take body cholesterol, blood pressure and Body Mass Index tests every six months. This will help eliminate or delay the onset of a stroke.
3. Lower Respiratory Infections: Lower respiratory diseases include pneumonia, bronchitis, whooping cough and influenza. This is the third biggest cause of death among Ghanaians.
4. Neonatal disorders: These are diseases associated with newborns. It is the leading cause of death among babies. These diseases may include prematurity, congenital malformations and others. Prenatal visits can reduce this drastically. Take your prenatal visits seriously whenever you conceive.
5. Ischemic heart disease: This generally refer to heart diseases caused by narrowed heart arteries. This reduces the heart's ability to pump blood. This is one of the leading causes of mortality in Ghanaians. This disease is usually caused by the build up of risk factors such as high blood pressure, lack of exercise, obesity and diabetes. A simple lifestyle change such as exercise can reduce this risk significantly.
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