Deputy Health Minister and Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, Dr. Francis Kateh
Kateh Urges Youth To Drop Tobacco, Alcohol Use
By Prince S. Nagbe
MONROVIA, October 24 (LINA) – Deputy Health Minister and Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, Dr. Francis Kateh, has called on Liberian youth to eschew the excessive intake of alcohol and tobacco to avoid the prevalence of non-communicable diseases in the country.
Making the call at the Ministry of Information to a team of journalists in Monrovia recently, Dr. Kateh said Liberia in 2011 joined 190 member countries of the World Health Organization (WHO) that agreed to put into place measures to lessen the prevalence of non-communicable diseases across the world.
According to Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, each WHO member state agreed to engage its youthful population to reduce the extreme intake of tobacco and alcohol, as both are considered the most common substances that damage their health.
He named the most common non-communicable diseases associated with the extreme consumption of both substances as Cardio Vascular diseases, Hypertension and Diabetes, among others.
Dr. Kateh pointed out that non-communicable diseases kill about 38 million people around the world annually of which 28 million are those from low and middle income countries like Liberia.
He noted that the unwarranted use of alcohol and tobacco by young Liberians is causing serious health problems for the country’s younger generation, and called on parents to advise their children to desist from such unhealthy and unwholesome practice.
Dr. Kateh then called on Liberians to ensure that they check their blood pressure regularly, stay on their prescribed medications, exercise regularly and avoid too much consumption of alcoholic beverages and tobacco to avoid contracting stroke and other non-communicable diseases.