Hand Washing Hygiene- lifting of COVID-19 restrictions has “killed” the spirit of Hand washing- Global communities cries out
Global Communities Ghana is advocating and calling on every Ghanaian to re-visit the culture of hand washing and good hygiene as it was during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Global communities observed that, since the lifting of the COVID-19 restrictions, the spirit of hand washing and Hygiene has died off and is a panicier to health risks and infections.
A representative of Global communities during this year’s Global Hand Washing in partnership with the Bawku West District Assembly and USAID- Enhancing WASH Activity in Zebilla under the theme: “Unite for Universal Hand Hygiene” said more will be done to promote hand washing under the USAID-Enhancing WASH Activity that will cover many people and communities in order to reduce the certain diseases.
According to Global communities, Studies have shown that, hand washing with soap can prevent a lot of diseases and sicknesses like diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections which has taken the lives of many people.
Global communities WASH project seeks to first understand pupils barrier and promotes proper hand washing with soap and practice of good hygiene both at school and at home.
A representative of th Bawku West District Director of education Mr. Timothy Nasaal Yournuo said, series of WASH activities have been organized in all schools and competitions among schools on hand washing especially the Tippy Tap challenge usually and annually takes place to imbibe the spirit of hand washing in pupils.
The District Chief Executive Officer for Bawku West, Alhaji Tahiru Issahaku Armed thanked and congratulated Global communities for bringing back the spirit of Hand washing which has been forgotten in this post- COVID-19 era and has encouraged Global communities to continue with the advocacy and sensitisation until the zeal to hand washing is brought back fully.
Alhaji Tahiru Issahaku Armed enumerated the efforts of the Assembly in investing in WASH activities throughout its environmental and social welfare units as well as collaboration with the Ghana Education service and the Ghana Health Service and that, the Assembly will continue to support WASH projects.
The DCE also highlighted number of WASH projects including modern public KVIPs, Educational sanitation infrastructure, WASH projects at health facilities and Wash training programs for teachers and health professionals in the district.
A public demonstration on proper hand washing using traditional methods was on display at the durbur where pupils, market women, teachers, health workers and other stakeholders were present to mark the Global Hand Washing Day.
Pupils in selected basic schools in the districts marched through the principal streets of Zebilla displaying play cards as part of sanitizing the general public on WASH and good Hygiene to mark this year’s Global Hand Washing Day.