Senior Dermatologist and founder of Haddassah Health Services, Dr Kwame Afflu, has stated that there are less than 30 trained dermatologists in Ghana.
Speaking on the Good Health show with Jennifer Esi Aniwa, Dr Afflu added that one main factor which has brought about this deficit of dermatologists in Ghana is the high cost involved in training to become a dermatologist.
Dr Afflu added that to become a dermatologist one needs to be trained abroad and this kind of training is very expensive.
According to Dr. Kwame Afflu, the inadequate number of dermatologists in the country has created a false notion that dermatologists are not relevant.
The dermatologist therefore called on more people to specialize in dermatology since there are less than 30 trained dermatologists in Ghana.
“ I have taken the trouble to take a look at the trend of the10 top diseases in the country for the past 10 years. Now, those reported to our regular OPDs anywhere throughout the country, it will amaze you that skin disease is consistently number 3 or 4 of the 10 top diseases beyond malaria and respiratory tract infections and yet nobody is talking about it and the reason is that there are less than 30 of us in the country. There are less than 30 trained dermatologists in the country”, he said.
Dr Kwame Afflu further stated Ghanaians should avoid heeding to advice from untrained people when it comes to conditions concerning the skin.
He stated that the wrong advice given by these unqualified people go a long way to aggravate various skin conditions.
The senior dermatologist advised that whenever a rash is seen on the skin, the first point of call should be a dermatologist.
Story by: Jennifer Esi Aniwa|universnewsroom.com