Schools in Western Region receive hand washing facilities

Godwill Arthur-Mensah, GNA

New Takoradi, Sept.
18, GNA – Thirty-one schools in the six coastal districts of the Western
Region, have received hand washing facilities from Tullow and TEN Partners.

Some of the
beneficiary schools are Poasi Methodist Primary and Junior High School (JHS),
Nana Baidoo Bonsu M/A JHS and Rhyner Paul Anglican JHS at Ngyerisia.

They took delivery
of 130 buckets to facilitate proper hand washing.

Mr Edmund Fiifi
Enchill, Social Investment Supervisor for TEN Partners, who presented the items
at a ceremony in New Takoradi, said the donation formed part of the TEN
Partners’ social investment initiative.

He said the
facilities would support the work of the Ghana Education Service in promoting
proper hand washing with soap and basic hygiene and sanitation practices under
the School Health Education Programme.

Mr Enchill noted
that UNICEF statistics revealed that globally, diarrheoa remains the second
highest cause of under-five mortality with 600,000 children dying each year out
of 1.7 billion cases.

Despite the life
threatening consequences of diarrheoal diseases and respiratory infections,
research has shown that the simple practice of hand washing with soap under
clean running water is the most effective and efficient way to prevent
diseases, he said.

He said: “It has
been proven that simple hand washing with soap can reduce diarrheoal infection
by about 47 per cent and respiratory infection by nearly 25 per cent while
clean water and effective hand washing may reduce the risk of stunted growth in
children under-five years up to 15 per cent.”

Mr Enchill called
for collective efforts from stakeholders to improve upon Water, Sanitation and
Hygiene (WASH) in schools and communities in order to reach out to the
vulnerable children and families so that the pupils could achieve their full

Madam Enyonam Afi
Amafuga, the Regional Director of Education, received the items on behalf of
the beneficiary schools, and expressed gratitude to the TEN partners.

Mr George Dorgbetor,
the Project Manager of the WASH-in Schools project, said it had targeted to
reach out to 7,000 children to wash their hands during the Global Hand Washing
Day in October 15.

However, the project
had targeted 10,000 children in the first year of implementation.

Mr Dorgbetor
encouraged teachers, parents and other stakeholders to support the cause of
helping more children to acquire the habit of basic hygiene with proper hand
washing with soap under running water.

He said the
implementing organisation have held series of community engagements with
beneficiary communities so that the people could imbibe sustainable behavioural
change, and also avoid open defecation and indiscriminate littering on the

The WASH project is
being implemented by the Opportunities Industrialisation Centres International,
a non-governmental organisation, and would be implemented within a period of
one year with a yearly roll-out for five years.

The project is
funded by Tullow Ghana Limited and TEN partners including Kosmos Energy, Ghana
National Petroleum Corporation, Anadarko and Petro South Africa.


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