Prof. Charles Yankah
THE GLOBAL Heart Care, in collaboration with the German Heart Center, Charité Berlin, World Health Summit, is set to organise the 2023 Heart Walk Accra on February 19, 2023.
The walk is aimed at empowering circulatory health, promoting leadership and advocating awareness on circulatory health in Africa.
It is also to share commitment with civil society, academia, business communities, politicians and industries to achieve sustainable development goals for cardiovascular disease prevention.
Prof. Charles Yankah, a Professor of Surgery, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Specialist and Co-Founder of German Heart Centre Berlin, Germany, said the start point of the walk is the Olive Garden Feinkost Rest, Cantonments, Accra.
He said the walk will bring together NGOs and partners, and people from all walks of life to fight against heart disease, stroke and associated risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes and kidney diseases.
Prof. Yankah also noted that the walk seeks to promote tele-clinic as a complimentary regular dialogue between cardiovascular patients, doctors and nurses to improve access to cardiovascular care counseling and explore access to universal coverage in cardiovascular healthcare.
It is also “to strengthen capacity building programmes in cardiovascular healthcare and gender equity for sustainability and resilience in the health systems,” he said.
Prof. Yankah said high profile dignitaries including Germany’s Ambassador to Ghana, Daniel Krull; Presidential Advisor on Health, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare; Minister of Youth & Sports, Mustapha Ussif; and Board Chairman, Exim Bank, Ghana, Kwadwo Genfi Boateng; have all pledged their support for the event.
A registration fee of GH¢50 or GH¢150 for a Lacoste shirt, as a generous donation for “diagnostics/treatment of children with heart disease, would be required to participate in the exercise.”
BY Jamila Akweley Okertchiri