The Deputy Regional Director of the Public Health Service told media men and women over the week that, people between the ages of ?20 to 25 years, who smoke tobacco die early.
The deputy regional director of the public health Services, Dr. Joseph Oduro briefing the press indicates that phase II of the yellow fever campaign will be executed through vaccination of the people in fifteen (15) high districts in the country. This he said will cover persons from Ten (10) years and above including pregnant women in the fifteen districts in the three (3) regions. According to the campaign arrangement, it will start from Tuesday 5th to Tuesday 11th?September 2012.
Dr.oduro said, yellow fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes biting and out of 50% persons with affected disease without treatment are likely to die from yellow fever. He averred that, the virus is endemic in tropical areas of Africa and Latin America, with a combined population of over 900 million people.
According to him, yellow fever control in Ghana is a selective mass immunization contained all the epidemics, which occurred in the country from 1977 to 1983. Added, the symptoms of YF are muscle pains, headache, anorexia, nausea, vomiting among others.
The campaign aim is to vaccinate at least 95% of the targeted population and implementation must be treated and properly investigated. He then uses the forum to entreat the general public to take party in the vaccination exercise to avoid mosquito vectors.
He expressed his deepest concern about the way and manner the youth has engulf themselves??in tobacco smoking. He prelates that 70% of the youth starts smoking at the age of 20 to 25 used to die earl. Dr. Joseph Oduro mentioned on likely disease of tobacco smoking as stomach ulcer, strokes, heart attacks, infertility in men, miscarriage in women, sperm count and many more.
The Deputy Director express the need as a public concerns to level the blame on tobacco manufactures and wholesales distributors as they encourage on tobacco smoking. To bring this situation into a minimize ground, the general public, opinion leaders and other organizations have to join hands together in creating awareness through the media about the addictive and harmfulness of tobacco smoking.