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Ghanaians living 14 years longer – Mahama

President John Mahama has stated that Ghanaians are living 14 years longer than before due to advancement in medicine, health infrastructure and an increase in health personnel.

“Our life expectancy was a little over 40 years at independence. Today, life expectancy has increased by more than 14 years. This increase is due to advances in medicine, improvements in health infrastructure and the improved number of health personnel,” President Mahama said during his last State of the Nation Address of his first term.

He added: “Not only are we living longer in our adult years, more infants are living to see those years. According to the Ghana Demographic and health survey, there has been a drastic reduction in the rate of infant mortality and under-five mortality.

“Over the last decade, under-five mortality decreased from 111 to 60 per thousand live births. Infant mortality dropped by almost 305 from 64 to 41 per thousand live births. The mothers of these children are also surviving during pregnancy and child birth because antenatal and post-natal care has improved.”

“We are poised to invest heavily in education and preventive health care for the treatment of chronic non-communicable diseases due to lifestyle choices. Diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity.

“The investment in preventive health is even more prudent as our nutritional habits continue to change. The double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases raises even more fundamental question about sustainable health care financing.”

HIV/AIDS infection falling

President Mahama has stated that new HIV infections have declined consistently for the past few years through the Ghana AIDS Commission’s successful coordination and implementation of the National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan from 2011 to 2015.

“Adult HIV/AIDS prevalence rate has stabilised over the past three years. The current prevalence rate of 1.4% reflects the declining new HIV infections and reduced morbidity and mortality among persons living with HIV. Through targeted preventive strategies, new HIV infections have declined.

“We have seen a consistent reduction in new HIV infections from a baseline of 16,200 new infections to 11,356, a 30% decline over the past five years.”

Source: Ghana/

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