The chiefs and people of Goaso the capital of the newly created Ahafo region couldn’t hide their joy for being selected to host this year’s national celebration of the Global Hand washing day.
According them, the move will set the bases for a good hygiene and sanitation standards for the new region.
Ghana has realized a 30% increase in handwashing practices, but in spite of the gains in increased handwashing, report by the UNICEF indicates that more than 10,000 children in Ghana die each year from preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia. However, Handwashing could reduce these diseases up to 50%, yet less than 15% of Ghanaian households have handwashing facilities.
The Global Handwashing Day is therefore a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap and water as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases.
The event falls on the fifteenth day of October each year.
This year’s national celebration of the Global Handwashing Day under the theme, ‘Clean Hands for All’ which organization is led by the Community Water and Sanitation Agency, CWSA with partners in the WASH sector, will take place in Goaso in the Ahafo region.
At a stakeholders meeting to prepare ahead for main events to mark the day, Krontihene of the Goaso Traditional area, Nana Nhyirah Kwadwo Kuma, thanked the organisers and government for choosing Goaso for the event saying it will go a long way to improving the hygiene conditions of the people especially food vendors.
He pledged the support of the traditional council towards making the event a success.
Participants at the stakeholders meeting, who were taken through proper handwashing process and also how to fix simple handwashing stands known as tippy tap by officials of the CWSA, expressed joy about what they described as an eye opener.
Some selected schools in Goaso were equally trained on how to fix the tippy tap in the schools.
The Deputy Ahofo regional Minister, Benjamin Yeboah Sekyere speaking about the upcoming Global Hand washing Day in the region noted that all is set to make the celebration a success. According to him, aside the benefit the people are going to derive from the event in terms of hygiene, the event would also expose the new region on the map of Ghana.
He took the opportunity to invite investors into the region.
Some activities planned to mark the Global Hand washing in Goaso will include a float and sensitization by WASH advocates and health workers, a durbar by the chiefs and people and handwashing competition amongst others.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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