Statistics provided by the medical team from the Ministry of Health and the Ga South Municipal Hospital (Akawe) in the Greater Accra Region indicates that majority “about 70% of market men and women at the Dome Market have high blood pressure and diabetes”.

Dr. Jarvis Abilla, the Medical Superintendent at the Ga South Municipal Hospital who led the team, attributed the increase in these two diseases to longer hours of sitting and the inability of traders to attend regular medical checks due to the nature of their jobs.

He said the condition of two of the traders was such high that the team wanted them to be sent to the hospital since there was a waiting ambulance but “the women declined to go to the hospital”.