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Unsurprisingly, the debate has not passed Ghana by. In fact, in February 2016 the late Kofi Annan raised the bar in the cannabis debate arguing that, ...

The Cannabis Debate. Photo credit - Mark

“People use drugs, legal and illegal because their lives are intolerably painful or dull. They hate their work and find no rest in their leisure. They are estranged from their families and their neighbours. It should tell us something that in healthy societies drug use is celebrative, convivial, and occasional, whereas among us it is lonely, shameful, and addictive. We need drugs, apparently, because we have lost each other.” ― Wendell Berry.

Unsurprisingly, the citizenry has in characteristic fashion started the usual shouting chorus without any of us asking the relevant questions of why we got here in the first place.

Politics and Ghana’s Healthcare Firefight. Image credit - Laura I

According to Sun Tzu, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

I have been wondering since reading this report why we do not see the prudence in solving our national sanitation problem. As a health professional, ...

In this undated image, a schoolboy walks over a makeshift bridge riddled with filth in an unidentified community. Image credit – newswires

“The health consequences of poor water, sanitation and hygiene services are enormous. I can think of no other environmental determinant that causes such profound, debilitating, and dehumanizing misery. Speaking as a health professional, I am deeply concerned that many healthcare facilities still lack access to even basic water, sanitation, and hand-washing facilities, and I have committed the World Health Organisation to support partners to overcome this problem.” Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General.

To achieve this, however, will require an acceptance that there is more we can do even with our current poor healthcare professional ratios than we are doing.

Partnering Our Way To Outcomes Through Thought. Image credit - AmericanTelemed

“A choir is made up of many voices, including yours and mine. If one by one all go silent then all that will be left are the soloists. Don’t let a loud few determine the nature of the sound. It makes for poor harmony and diminishes the song.”

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