Dr Arthur Kobina Kennedy has asked people to reach out, reestablish old friendships, and be mindful of diets as we start the New Year in a message he shared to commemorate this year’s yuletide.
The Ghanaian physician who practices in the United States and also doubles as a politician stated that there is a widespread epidemic of loneliness today, which is why individuals need to reach out to others and revive old relationships in a video message on Boxing Day.
“These days we have become more centred on ourselves and therefore more unhappy… there is too much of me versus we.
“So respectively, I urge you as part of your New Year resolutions to nurture your old relationships and to rekindle ones that have gone cold between you and your family members, like children, spouses, distant relatives and friends.”
“In Africa, we used to pride ourselves on the extended family system, these have virtues and we should not copy everything that the west does, extended family systems are good but we should not just reach out to family, we should reach out to friends, that old friend from your primary school, your secondary school, from the university, from your neighbourhood, that you have not reached out to for a long time, this coming year, please reach out to them.”
In the report we sighted on GraphicOnline, the doctor further urged the public to try and visit physicians in the new year to discuss general issues about health.
In addition to that, “please on your own let us try to cut down on the drinking of alcohol. Most of us drink too much.
“You must also watch drugs, illegal drugs, they are not good. In our context, we must also watch our diet, the size of the fufu, the banku, akple and the kenkey should be reduced and when they are reduced and replaced with vegetables and fruits and others, they are good for our health.
“In addition to that, particularly in the African context, we must watch how much we use herbs, particularly those we buy from outside, while some of them can heal, they have side effects that are sometimes dangerous.
“A lot of kidney problems and others relate from herbs with dosages we do not know.”