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The problem of childhood obesity and the associated chronic disease that our children may inherit down the line are not signs of affluence; they are purchased ...

Purchased Morbidity; The Looming Health Hazard of Tomorrow’s Ghanaian. Image credit - Jesper Sehested

 Richard Louv argues in his book Last Child in the Woods that, “Parents are told to turn off the TV and restrict video game time, but we hear little about what the kids should do physically during their non-electronic time. The usual suggestion is organized sports. But consider this: The obesity epidemic coincides with the greatest increase in organized children’s sports in history.”

As it is said, countries don’t attract what they want but what they are. Therefore, though we claim to want quality health care, we as a people have failed to invest our thinking into how to convert this wish into a need.

Unpicking our way out of Health Delivery Stagnation

 According to A.A. Milne, “The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. A second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. A first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.” Throughout history, it has been known that thoughts and not our wishes, build a nation. In “As a man thinketh” James Allen argues, “A man is literally what he thinks, plans and acts upon.” In essence, outcomes are indicative of plans, actions and or inactions of yesteryear.

Having citizens at the decision-making table also affords policymakers the opportunity to have conversations around what is feasible and what is not. It provides the citizens with the option of challenging the rationale...

Public Health Dialogue: The Role of Citizen Engagement. Image Courtesy of The Maternal And Child Survival Program

“We define our identity always in dialogue with, sometimes in the struggle against, the things our significant others want to see in us. Even after we outgrow some of these others—our parents, for instance—and they disappear from our lives, the conversation with them continues within us as long as we live.”

The truth, however, is none of the two political colours is being entirely honest with us. A simple review of our national budget spend for the last ten years can point all of us citizens to this reality. Fact is...


We should resolve now that the health of this nation is a national concern; that financial barriers in the way of attaining health shall be removed; that the health of all its citizens deserves the help of all the nation.” Harry Truman

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