Avoid Communal Eating to Prevent Hepatitis B Spread, Says Prof. Akosa

Health Heatlhcare Policy

Renowned cellular pathologist and lifestyle wellness consultant, Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa, has advised against communal eating from a single bowl, highlighting its potential to spread Hepatitis B.

Speaking at a discussion on improving health quality in Ghana at the Ghana Shippers Authority Hall in Accra, Prof. Akosa pointed out that consuming soupy foods such as fufu, omo tuo, or tuo zaafi from one bowl can lead to the unintentional exchange of saliva.

“People often put their hands in their mouths and then dip them back into the shared soup. This behavior can mix saliva with the soup, and if someone has Hepatitis B, they can spread it,” he explained.

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Prof. Akosa recounted how communal eating practices, once a common social activity, can inadvertently facilitate the spread of the virus. “In the past, group participation and eating were prevalent. However, this can lead to ‘drinking saliva’ by the end of the meal, which is the easiest way to spread Hepatitis B,” he stated.

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The former Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) was sharing his insights on healthy foods and lifestyles to prevent diseases. Alongside health policy and management expert, Prof. Aaron Abuosi, Prof. Akosa was a key speaker at the latest edition of the Graphic National Dialogue Series. The event, organized by the Graphic Communications Group Ltd, serves as a forum for discussing developmental issues and shaping policymaking through a non-partisan consensus-building approach.

The dialogue series aims to collate expert ideas into actionable documents for influencing policies at various societal levels, with this edition focusing on “Quality Health for All.”

Source Graphic Online

 

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