Ghanaians urged to adopt excellent sanitation practices to avoid diseases
The Awutu-Senya District Environmental Health Officer, Mr Francis Dzodiah, has advised people in urban and rural communities to strive to adopt decent domestic and environmental sanitation practices to help them to avoid cholera and other dangerous water borne diseases.
Mr Dzodiah was speaking on “Environmental Health and Sanitation” at the first ever organized Sanitation Day initiated by the executives of Senya-Beraku Youth Association at Senya-Beraku on Friday.
Mr Dzodiah warned that if Ghanaians failed to adopt decent domestic and environmental hygiene all the time, then they must equally be prepared to the wrath of diseases and their negative consequences.
He charged people in urban towns to report unpatriotic citizens and people who intentionally flout sanitation laws especially those found easing themselves in gutters, to environmental officers for prosecution.
According to Mr Dzodiah, committed citizens could do this by taking down the names and house numbers of such deviant citizens and also make such culprits fully aware that their unwarranted action would be reported to the appropriate quarters for action.
He said they should endeavour to take some witnesses who would support their case when reported to the authorities.
In a message read on his behalf, Mr Josiah Doam Kittoe (Jnr), Scheme Manager of the Awutu Effutu Senya Mutual Health Insurance Scheme, repeated the call on those yet to register with the National Health Insurance Scheme to do so for their own good.
Mr Kittoe again explained the aims and objectives of the National Health Insurance Authority to the people in the area, saying everything was being done by the Government to ensure that the current health delivery policy took a firmer root in the country.
He assured people in and around Senya Township, who registered during the recent special mass registration exercise in the town that their cards would be made available to them soonest.
Nana Baffour Akwasi Oppong, National Chairman of the Ghana National Scholarship Beneficiaries Association (GNASBA), also stressed the important role cleanliness play in human development as far as the maintenance of good health was concerned.
He charged Ghanaians to avoid poor preservation of refuse and also urged Ghanaians to cultivate the spirit and habit of tree planting and maintenance in their communities and environs.
Nana Oppong suggested that the sanitation sensitization programme which the Association had initiated should be extended to other parts of the Awutu/Senya District.
Mr Kwame Onassis Anderson, a member of the Awutu-Senya District Assembly and the National Chairman of Senya-Beraku Youth Association, expressed his deepest appreciation to Fan Milk Limited for assisting GNASBA to sponsor the programme.
Mr Anderson announced that the Day would be celebrated in March every year and called for more sponsorship to enable the Association to achieve good results from the laudable development plans it had initiated for the town.
Other educative topics treated at the function included malaria prevention and treatment, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and family planning and the role of ZOOMLION, a local sanitation management company.