Ghanaians have been advised to pay attention to good hygiene, especially hand washing, in order to avoid contracting infectious diseases which is claiming innocent lives.
The Ga Central Municipal Assembly Environmental Health Assistant Mrs. Paulina Kukah, gave the advise when the Greater Accra Metropolitan Assembly observed a Global Hand Washing Day under the theme: “Making Hand Washing A Habit”.
According to her, washing hand with soap has been cited as one of the most cost-effective interventions to prevent diarrhoea , cholera , – related deaths and infectious diseases.
“We need to wash our hands thoroughly with soap before preparing food, before eating, between handling raw and cooked or ready-to-eat food, after going to toilet or changing diapers; before breast feeding babies”, she explained.
The Global Hand Washing Day which took place at Salvation Army Cluster of Schools Mamprobi in Accra attracted more 500 students . The motive was aimed at sensitizing the school children on the essence of observing personal hygiene at the early stage.
According to her, fingers pick germs and other micro-organisms after playing and touching many dirty items in the environment, therefore, there was the need to wash the hands with soap before and after eating.
She therefore stressed the need for washing the hands after visiting the toilet, removing mucus from the nose, handling garbage and caring for sick people to avoid infections.
Senior Environmental Health Officer , La Nkwantanang Madina Municipal Assembly Mrs. Francisca Tachie Yeboah, also seized the opportunity to educate the students on proper hand washing.
Global Hand washing Day is been celebrated to motivate and mobilize millions around the world to wash their hands with soap in order to avoid infectious diseases.
The campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of Hand washing with soap as a key approach to disease prevention.
By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo