The Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Development Focus, Ghana (SUDEF-Ghana), an NGO based in Sunyani, Mr. John Baidoo has stressed the need for provision of hand washing with soap should be made available in the various health facilities schools and possibly, all institutions across the country.
According him, that will help prevent diarrhoea and pneumonia, which are the leading causes of death among children under the age of five.
Mr. Baidoo said this in an interview with Radio Ghana ahead of Global Hand Washing Day which falls on the 15 of October, today.
Global Hand Washing Day
Global Hand Washing Day is commemorated on October 15 each year.
This year’s celebration of Global Hand washing day is led by the Community Water and Sanitation Agency, (CWSA) and partners in the WASH sector, including SUDEF-Ghana.
The day is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of Hand washing With Soap (HWS).
Washing hands with soap has been identified as the most effective and affordable way to prevent diarrhoea and pneumonia, the leading causes of death among children under the age of five.
The National event will be held today Tuesday October 15,2019 in the Ahafo Regional Capital, Goaso, on the theme” Clean Hands for All”.
Ghana has achieved a 30 percent increase in hand washing practices, but in spite of the gains, reports by the UNICEF indicates that more than 10,000 children in Ghana die each year from preventable diseases like diarrhoea and pneumonia. Hand washing could however reduce these diseases up to 50 percent, yet less than 15 percent of Ghanaian households have hand washing facilities.
The CEO SUDEF-Ghana Mr. John Baidoo in an interview with Radio Ghana said, studies have shown that, less than 50 percent of basic schools have the approved Hand washing facilities, such as ‘veronica bucket with only 6.2 percent of children observed to wash their hands with soap after defecation.
He stressed that over 72 percent of children do not wash their hands at all.
He said in the battle against diseases, prevention is always the best target.
He said there is an urgent need to make Hand washing with soap a habit to promote improved health for current and future generations.
By so doing, diarrhoea, pneumonia and other sanitation related diseases afflicting children under age 5 will be prevented.
Source: Daniel Donkor (DD)