First lady, Lordina Mahama , has called on Ghanaians to actively participate in the monthly National Sanitation Day (NSD), being organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.
She said cultivating a good attitude towards the environment is the only way that communities would get rid of filth and secure a clean environment devoid of diseases.
Mrs Mahama made the call when she visited three polyclinics in Ashaiman, Kpone and Prampram, all in the in the Greater Accra Region.
One of the focuses of the Lordina Foundation is to mobilise support to acquire medical items and embark on a nationwide medical outreach.
This is to help enhance quality healthcare delivery. So far, the programme has reached out to public health facilities in five regions.
The current consignment, solicited from Medshare USA, has been presented to three polyclinics.
The first port of call was Ashaiman Polyclinic. Since its establishment as a health post, it has seen expansion, over the years, till its current polyclinic status that renders 24-hour service to the people of Ashaiman and its surrounding areas.
Mrs Lordina Mahama donated assorted medical items to the facility and also inspected conditions at the theatre.
She said the urbanised nature of the municipality demands that good hygiene and cleanliness becomes a regular practice.
“Let me use this opportunity to commend the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development for organising the monthly National Sanitation Day. I urge you all to take part in the exercise. A clean environment ultimately promotes good health and reduces the cost of healthcare delivery.”
The Ashiaman Municipal Director of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Madam Esi Turkson Coffie, and the authorities of the polyclinic were grateful to the government and Mrs Mahama for helping them. They, however, requested that the theatre at the facility be equipped to provide surgical services to the people.
At the Kpone Health Centre, the acting Kpone Katamanso District Director of Health Services, Madam Patience Ami Mamattah, disclosed that though the Kpone Traditional Council, together with the Tema Oil Refinery, have contributed to the expansion of the facility, making it the largest public health centre in the Kpone Katamanso District, the centre lacks basic equipment, gadgets and other facilities to provide the needed care and to support life.
She said Mrs Mahama’s gesture was, therefore, a welcoming one for all.
The First Lady said she has come to appreciate that life can be preserved and even extended in many cases if the right healthcare facilities and personnel are equipped and the right attitude and behaviours are inculcated into people.
“I wish to appeal to the Ghana Education Service (GES) to include sanitation and cleanliness in the school curriculum. Because diseases are no respecter of persons and do not need permission to enter your community, I call for cross-sectoral collaboration on sanitation.”
At the Prampram Polytechnic, the authorities of the facility and the MP for the area welcomed the First Lady and her team.
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