Professor Agyemang Badu Akorsah has declared that superstition is hampering proper health care delivery system in Ghana and has made a clarion call on Ghanaians to prioritize their health needs and resort to hospital for health care instead of attributing any ailment on supernatural forces.
He made this remark on Wednesday, March, 26, 2014 at the first University of Cape Coast Faculty of Arts colloquium at the School of Medical Science(SMS) auditorium at the University of Cape Coast.
“Even though many people belief in the germ theory as the main causes of diseases, yet it s surprising to see PhD holders who still belief in witchcraft and other supernatural power as the cause of every predicament” he said.
The three-day colloquium which was on the theme, “Communication, Culture and Health” brought together experts from diverse fields who spoke extensively on the interrelationship among culture, communication and health.
Prof. Akorsah admonished participants to exercise regularly to keep their bodies fit stressing that “if you do not exercise your body, you are not in good health, and if you exercise your body, you are on your way to good health”.
He tasked the Ghanaian society to take preventive medicines seriously to maintain healthy, calling on people to preserve our natural habitants including air, water, trees and environmental sanitation.
He however bemoaned the activities of quack herbal doctors, maintaining that the traditional medicines compliment the orthodox medicine and therefore there is the need to standardize and regulate herbal medicines to play their critical role in the healthcare delivery system.
The function was chaired by prof. Adu Oppong and was massively represented by senior members of the university, students and the general community
The three-day colloquium was sponsored by Graphic Communication Limited, Adutwumwaa mixtures, Ghana Commercial Bank and the HFC Bank.