Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called again for urgent and concrete action on climate change, as high-level officials gathered at the United Nations to discuss the growing global concern over the impacts of the phenomenon on food and water security.
More intense rainfall, rising temperatures and climate-driven migration of human and animal populations due to repeated drought all affect the spread of tropical diseases. These changes, already the focus of study by climatologists, are now also a challenge increasingly taken up by health experts and officials.
The Government has reiterated its commitment to tackling climate change issues and their impacts on the environment as well as on the economy. The Deputy Minister for Environment Science and Technology, Dr Mustahpa Ahmed, assured Ghanaians of the commitment in Accra.
Fiji’s Minister of Health Dr Neil Sharma reported to the symposium that the likelihood of dengue, leptospirosis, typhoid fever and diarrhoea outbreak had increased tenfold after extreme weather events like tropical depressions and flooding seen in Fiji earlier this year. He says flooding brings communicable diseases to those affected.