State of the Nation Life expectancy of Ghanaians increased by 14 years - Mahama

President John Mahama has said that the life expectancy of Ghanaians has boosted by 14 years due to the advancement made in health care delivery and infrastructure.

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President John Mahama has said that the life expectancy of Ghanaians has boosted by 14 years due to the advancement made in health care delivery and infrastructure.

Delivering the State of the Nation Address, President Mahama said “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.”

“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 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 president said.

President Mahama also added that Ghana has made significant progress in reducing HIV infections.

He attributed the development to 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," the president said.

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