Improved sanitation conditions in Accra keeps cholera at bay since 2016 - Mayor Sowah

16.Oct.2018

Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, has attributed the zero cholera case in the city of Accra to accelerated efforts by the Assembly to address the sanitation situation in the city.

According to him the last time the city recorded an outbreak was in 2015 and ever since no single case has been reported in the whole of Accra.

Mayor Sowah said this at a ceremony at the Agbobloshie market to mark this year's Global Hand washing Day celebrations in Accra under the theme “Clean Hands, A Recipe for Health.”

“The city of Accra experienced its worst cholera outbreak in 2015. However, evidence of the economic costs of the disease on the health system and households cannot be over emphasised. This is largely because a lot of efforts is going into addressing this particular problem to avert a major cholera outbreak,” Mayor Sowah said.

Each year, October 15 is celebrated as Global Hand Washing Day as a way to increase awareness and understanding of the benefits of hand washing with soap. The theme for this year’s event focuses on the links between hand washing and food - including food hygiene and nutrition. Hand washing is one of the most important as well as effective steps we can take to keep food safe, prevent diseases, and help children grow strong. Hence, the theme ‘Clean hands - a recipe for health’ the importance of making hand washing a part of every meal.

Global Hand Washing Day, started by the Global Hand washing Partnership in 2008, is an opportunity to get involved in creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap and clean water at critical times, such as after using the bathroom, before, during and after preparing food, etc.

He called on all Ghanaians especially market women to make hand washing with soap a top priority in their daily activities and observe good food handling practices in the market to provide a better future for the present and subsequent generation.

"Traders in the  market dispose refuse indiscriminately because they know the Assembly  will come and collect , this should not be encouraged ,"  he said and urged them to adopt proper ways of disposing waste in the markets .

Minister for Sanitation and Water Resource (MSWR), Madam Cecilia Dapaah, said market women have a very critical role to play in ensuring the safety of food which would contribute to the total health and wellbeing of the larger population.

She said hygiene promotion activities have shown improved hygienic behaviours and reduced contamination of food adding that there would be sensitization activities at hospitals, schools, and markets across the country to reinforce the practice of hand washing with soap.

The Minister, after the ceremony presented 7 hand washing containers to the various market groups and presented to each sponsor of this years’ event, a certificate of appreciation for their support in promoting global hand washing.