Goaso the Ahafo regional capital hosted the 2019 edition of Global Handwashing Day Celebration under the theme: “Clean Hands for all -“leaving on one behind”.
This year’s celebrations started with a float amidst brass band music by some selected school children and stakeholders begun from the Regional Coordinating Council block through some principal streets ended up at Nana Bosomprah Park where a grand durbar was held to climax the week-long activities.
Addressing the gathering the Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr. Evans Opoku Bobie called for more hygienic promotion activities in the various communities.
According to him, paying more attention to hygiene activities reduce the incidence of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) related diseases that bring untold hardship to a lot of people.
He noted that hand washing with soap should be seen as a priority at all times. Saying hand washing with soap at all times is simple and inexpensive.
The Ahafo Regional Minister explained further that according to a Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey’s 2017 report in Ghana only 48 percent of the country’s population has access to hand washing facilities.
He warned that inequalities in hand washing facilities can put individuals at a higher risk for diseases that impact their health, education and economic outcomes.
Mr. Opoku Bobie therefore called for more advocacies to ensure that everyone has access to hand washing facilities.
On his part the Chief Executive of Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), Mr. Worlanyo Kwado Siabi urged all stakeholders in the WASH sector to continue to support the sustain behavior change initiative to achieve the objective of the global hand washing.
He said this year celebration is to shift focus on the increased awareness to sustainable behavioral change with the focus on sensitizing the public at all level.
Global handwashing day is celebrated annually on the 15th of October. The day seeks to raise awareness on the important of hand washing with soap under running water.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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