VFL, Lifebouy Hold Anti-Cholera Campaign

The two Ministers take their turn in the handwashing exercise

Values For Life (VFL), a local non-governmental organisation operating within the Madina and Adentan Municipal Assembly areas, and Lifebuoy have jointly held a campaign on hand washing technique and good sanitation practices .

The Deputy Minister of Science, Environment and Innovations, Dr Bernice Adiku-Heloo, said the time has come for Ghanaians to take issues which border on practices of sustaining good health very seriously.

Dr Adiku-Heloo mentioned that improper sanitation practices such defecating around settlements and poor waste management practices ‘are the greatest contributions to the invasion of diseases such as cholera and the breeding of mosquitoes and other diseases.’

The Deputy Minister expressed worry about people who defecate in polythene bags, adding, ‘Such practices is impeding the success of the Ministry’s waste sorting efforts.’

She called on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to re-introduce ‘Courtesy for Boys and Girls’ as handbooks for pupils to build values.

The event, which brought together a number of children and parents, took place at the Community Youth Cultural Centre (CYCC), Kawukudi in Accra.

Mrs Alberta Gyepi-Garbrah, Senior Nursing Officer at 37 Military Hospital, said any person affected by cholera has indirectly consumed affected persons excreta.

She called for proper sanitation practices among all Ghanaians.

The Deputy Minister for Tourism Culture and Creative Arts, Dr Dzifa Gomashie, explained that the issue of cholera outbreak in the country must be tackled with the collective efforts of both the privileged and less- privileged of society.

BY Solomon Ofori

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