Why Do “Modern” Africans Die Younger?
For those of you who work in the health sector, maybe you might have realized the unusual manner in which many of us Africans have been dying younger in recent times. Others who have been following many funeral announcements in the various media would appreciate wham I am talking about. Apart from the fact that modern Africans now die younger, perhaps the other scary development we face is that there are currently too many kinds of ?incurable? diseases which have come to stay with us today than it used to be more than 50 years ago, despite the so-called ?advancement? in medical research.
But today, about 70% of all deaths and funeral announcements here in Africa have been dominated by people in their 30s and 40s or at best, very few in their 50s. Shockingly, nobody seems to be concerned about this dangerous development.??From the streets of Lagos, through Accra, Lusaka to Cairo, it is business as usual as if to say, seeing many of us die below age 50 is a normal thing. After all, we are always too busy, chasing more money that none of us has time to take a second look at this dangerous trend we?re currently living with.
After listening to the old woman in her late 90s, explaining the logic and the mystery behind why the modern African die younger, I began to wonder the irony of life. But seriously, if our ?colonial? and ?illiterate? grandmothers knew all these things, why is it that our modern, over-educated young ones don?t seem to have any clue about why our people are dying younger in such large numbers?