Delegates from West African countries gathered in Accra, capital city of Ghana on Monday (11th March) for the 16th Meeting of the Royal Society of Health's West African Examinations Board.
Delegates from West African countries gathered in Accra, capital city of Ghana on Monday (11th March) for the 16th Meeting of the Royal Society of Health's West African Examinations Board. They were welcomed by Dr. M.A. Badoo, Director of the Ghanaian Medical Services.
In his opening speech Major Anthony Selormey, Ghana's Commissioner for Health, talked about the energy crisis and its effect on the quality of life in developing countries. He said that a programme of water conservation and irrigation had been planned in Ghana, as part of a programme of self-sufficiency in food, but that this involved health hazards with the possibility of the spread of bilharzia, a water-borne disease.
On the subject of the oil crisis Major Selormey said:
"The production of fertilizers and insecticides is bound to be affected and there is the possibility that the prohibitive cost will prevent optimum applications of these important chemicals in food production and past control". He also mentioned that the availability of antiseptics and disinfectants in hospitals and homes could also be restricted.
On a positive note, Major Selormey said that alternative methods of achieving the same results for which chemicals are used at present must be developed so that populations can be protected against the consequences of world shortages.