Chronic kidney disease – The ‘neglected’ Non-Communicable Disease in Ghana

Non communicable diseases (NCDs) have been of great concern lately with increasing morbidity and mortality. Despite the attention given to non-communicable diseases worldwide and in developing countries, chronic kidney disease and its complications is not highlighted. Chronic kidney disease has increasing incidence and prevalence and also complicates both communicable and communicable diseases. It has high morbidy, mortality and greatly affects quality of life.

In Ghana, chronic glomerulonephritis is the most common cause of chronic kidney disease followed by diabetes and hypertension. There is anecdotal evidence that the excessive use of herbal medications also compounds the problem. Management of end stage renal disease is very expensive and most patients cannot afford renal replacement therapy. A concerted effort is needed by all stakeholders to recognise kidney disease as an important non-communicable disease to reduce the disease burden.

Human Rabies in Kumasi: A Growing Public Health Concern

Rabies is a source of concern for Public Health Officials. It is known to have a case fatality of 100% worldwide. Of all cases reported, 95% occurred in Africa and Asia put together. The Ghana Office of Rabies in West Africa (RIWA) suggests that the numbers in Ghana maybe underreported due to ineffective surveillance systems. The study therefore reviewed medical records of all suspected rabies cases and case-based forms filed by Disease Control Officers to the Disease Surveillance Unit of the Ghana Health Service. Twenty-one cases of suspected human rabies cases were reported in the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) from January 2013 to January 2015. A little of 50% of cases were males. A third of the cases did not receive PEP though they reported to a health facility. On the average cases were reported 2 months after the exposure. This study also reported 100% fatality with 60% dying within 24 hours post admission. It is recommended that there is effort aimed at Public Education and also to control stray dogs. Governments are also admonished to make available PEPs at health facilities.