Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President has observed that the world is growing rapidly, but in particular on the African continent requires instant, serious thinking regarding population issue to ensure the provision of quality, affordable and accessible primary healthcare.
Health service providers gave the data which shows a continent facing a problem of double burden of fighting both communicable and non-communicable diseases in a resource-constrained environment has made the seriousness of the situation even more obvious, and this require a call for urgent action.
The Vice President addressed the 22nd Annual Conference of the Association Of Medical Councils of Africa (AMCOA) at Senchi near Akosombo on Wednesday 25th July, 2018 and gave the call to action. The meeting was attended by medical and dental councils from 22 African countries as well as Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Liberia.
The Vice President Bawumia indicated that when we look at the way forward, and look a little bit into the future it gets a little creepy when we think that population growth of Africa is increasing, despite the fact that fertility rates have declined. By 2050, Africa will be the largest continent in terms of population in the world. We will have a quarter of the world’s population. Currently Africa has the youngest population in the world; 60% of Africa’s population is below 25”.
He sustained that since we really need to think with care about how to put emphasis on the whole issue of primary health care, because if we do not, basically it becomes very hard in terms of the economic constraints to deliver health care.
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