Musician Okyeame Kwame, affectionately called the ‘Rap Dacta’, has said it is high time Ghana fought hard to reduce the prevalence of Hepatitis B.
According to him, Hepatitis B is a ‘killer disease’, the reason for which he kept pushing a campaign in the past 10 years to eradicate the virus.
Speaking on TV3‘s New Day, O.K, as he is sometimes called, said he will continue to champion the fight against Hepatitis.
“If anything should stop, it should be the virus, not me. The idea is that together as a nation by 2030, we must reduce hepatitis to a past tense,” he said.
“The passion is to be able to work with the Ghana Health Service, W.H.O , hospitals among other health institutions and professionals.”
This move, he believes, together with support from the media will make Hepatitis so popular and aid in the fight against it.
O.K called on various stakeholders including the government and the media to invest in combating the disease to save lives.
He further stated that he wants his popularity to be linked to him solving an actual problem in society, thus his interest in the Hepatitis campaign.
“I will be damned if I only play music to entertain the millions of people who listen to my music and follow me on social media. I think that I have to take on an actual problem and help the nation solve it,” he stated.
Meanwhile, medical practitioner Emmanuel Dotsi, who was also on the show, said that Ghana’s fight against Hepatitis is not encouraging.
“Out of every 100 Ghanaians, 8 of them may have viral hepatitis B or C,” he observed, a statistic he said is alarming.
By Josephine Aku Selorm Gator & Ferdinard Tiekon|3news.com|Ghana