Regional News of 2014-02-22

Stop abusing sanitation workers - Zoomlion appeals

The Managing Director of Zoomlion Ghana Limited Mrs. Florence Larbi has urged Ghanaians to desist from the practice of subjecting sanitation workers to verbal abuse by the public.

She stressed that such instances demoralize sanitation workers who in turn fail to give off their best in keeping our environments clean and healthy.

Mrs. Larbi mentioned that most sanitation workers especially those who work on the roads are usually scorned and laughed at but when accorded the necessary respect, they are motivated to do what they do best.

Mrs. Florence Larbi was addressing members of the Zoomkids Club after a health walk and quiz competition in Accra.

The Zoomkids Club is an Environmental Sanitation Club formed in Basic Schools across the country to sharpen the knowledge of school children on good environmental sanitation practices.

Currently there are 450 Zoomkids Clubs nationwide, whose activities include but not limited to routine talks on health, personal and environmental hygiene by patrons and health workers, beautification exercises in schools, clean-up exercises at selected places, tree planting exercises, quiz/what do you know? competitions among Zoomkids schools.

Zoomkids forms part of Zoomlion’s Corporate Social Responsibility.

The National Coordinator of the School Health Education Programme at the Ghana Education Service, Kate Opoku charged members of the Zoomkids club to be ambassadors of sanitation not only in their schools but in their homes and communities as well.

She explained that there is the need to inculcate proper sanitation at the primary school level in order to generate sanitation conscious leaders.

“Children are agents of change so whatever they learn in the school goes back to the community and therefore sanitation and waste management should be encouraged among children,” she stated.

Students from the Sowa Din basic school at Ashale Botwe, Baba Yara basic school near Madina and the St. Augustus basic school located at Otinibi all suburbs in Accra, participated in the health walk and quiz competition.

Sowah Din Basic School emerged winners with St. Augustus and Baba Yara Basic Schools placing second and third places respectively.

Source: myjoyonline.com
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