UPSA Development Communication students launch G6PD deficiency awareness campaign

Development Communication students from the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), have launched an awareness campaign on Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency.

The aim of the campaign is to educate members of the University Community and the general public about the importance of knowing their G6PD status.

G6PD deficiency is a genetic condition that causes red blood cells to break down when the body is exposed to certain foods, drugs, infections or stress.

The deficiency occurs when a person is missing or has low levels of the glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase enzyme.

Dr Worlanyo Senadza, a medical practitioner at the UPSA Medical Directorate, explained at a symposium to build public awareness of the condition that the destruction of red blood cells can be triggered by certain foods, such as fava beans, and certain medicines, including antimalarial medication, aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), quinidine, sulpha drugs, and antibiotics, among others.

A section of the audience at the event.


He said although G6PD deficiency is rarely a life-threatening condition, it can cause serious medical conditions such as hemolytic anemia in adults and severe jaundice in newborns.

Sandra Yeboah, a Project Lead and Development Communication lecturer at UPSA, shared her experience with G6PD deficiency and emphasized the need for the disease to be given the attention it deserves.

Madam Yeboah called for the inclusion of the G6PD deficiency test in all mandatory medical examinations to help people know their status.

Project Lead and lecturer at UPSA, Sandra Yeboah, sharing her experience at the event.


She believes that this will improve patients’ lives and spur more research.

Dr Adwoa Sikayena Amankwah, the Head of the Department of Communication Studies, commended the final-year communication students for their project, which she described as the “first of its kind.”

She revealed that the Department will incorporate the awareness campaign into its yearly programme, where final year students pursuing the Development Communications course can showcase their academic creativity through communication initiatives that address social issues and contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.

Some members of the faculty of Information Technology and Communication Studies participated in the awareness campaign.


Dr Amankwah highlighted the role of the faculty in guiding students with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to bring out the best in them.

“Our role as faculty is to guide you with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to bring out the best in you, the initiatives in you, the creativity in you, and the latent talent in you,” she said. “This is what UPSA is about, and I am personally excited to be part of this initiative.”


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