A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) calling itself “The Light Foundation”, has educated some students on the dangers associated with ebola and cholera.
A programme organized by The Light Foundation in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Ghana Education Service (GES) on Thursday, educated the students of Ghana Lebanon Islamic Secondary School (GLISS) on the need to protect themselves from the deadly ebola and cholera.
The students were taught that the ebola disease is caused by animals such as bat, antelopes and monkeys. They were also made to understand that one can get the disease through sweat, saliva, faeces, sperms and through eating bush meats which has been affected by the ebola virus.
The Assistant Girls Prefect of the school, Najwan Nour El-Jalil Hassan shared what she learnt in an interview. “The symptoms of the disease includes muscle pains, blood in the white of the eyes, loss of appetite, fever, skin rashes, running stomach and general body pains. It would take 2 to 21 days before the symptoms would show. We need to clean our environment, wash our hands regularly and keep ourselves clean to protect ourselves from ebola and cholera”, she added.
In an interview with the President of The Light Foundation, Sheik Ali Napari, he said the group is a non-profit organization which has been formed to educate and sensitive the public on the need to stay healthy. The President noted that the group gives support to needy people and victims of disasters, which the June 3 disaster victims were not left out.
According to Sheik Ali, the organization deals with health issues, education and infrastructure. He said they began to sensitive the public about ebola when the news broke and had given support to some victims at the affected countries. He emphasized that, ” we all know how dangerous the ebola disease is so we don’t have to wait for it to come to Ghana before we sensitive the public on it”.
“We are doing this sensitization for ebola and cholera. If ebola is not in Ghana, we have cholera so we have to educate the public on the need to promote a clean environment,” he opined.
The President urged Ghanaians to take the National Sanitation Day exercise seriously, adding that our attitude as citizens of the country can help drive ebola and cholera out of Ghana.
The Greater Accra Regional Director of Education, Mad. Felicia Boakye Yiadom, who was present at the sensitization programme, commended “The Light Foundation” for such an initiative. She took the opportunity to advise the public to make regular hand washing a habit and also keep the environment clean.
Speaking to the media, the Director of Education said, “I believe we all know about ebola. When it happened in Liberia, Sierra-Leone and Guinea it claimed over eleven thousand (11,000) lives. We in Ghana, we were fortunate it didn’t come here but we must still protect ourselves to have a healthy population for the future”.
She furthered that, “for these two diseases [Ebola and Cholera] we know that if we all take our personal hygiene serious, we take a good care of ourselves, if we all wash our hands before and after eating and after using the washroom, I believe our nation would stay healthy”, She assured.
However, The Light Foundation, made known a toll free code which the public can call to learn more about ebola and cholera. Call the short code 5100 if you are on MTN or 0540118999 for other networks to learn more about the deadly diseases.
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