The Afram Plains Development Organisation (APDO), a non-governmental organisation, has celebrated Global Hand Washing Day with schoolchildren of Kalpohin Kamaria Basic School in Tamale, by sensitising them on the importance of good hygiene practices.
The 2019 Global Hand Washing Day, on the theme ‘Clean Hands For All’ aimed at advocating for increased understanding of handwashing with soap and running water, as well to ensure no one is left behind in the Sustainable Development agenda.
The NGO with support from CWSA, which provided sanitation equipment to improve their sanitation and lifestyles, also used drama by the pupils to demonstrate proper handwashing with the use of tippy tap and soap.
Speaking at the ceremony in the Sagnerigu municipality of the Northern Region, a resource person of APDO, Mr. Samuel Adjei, noted that sanitation as a serious health problem facing communities and schools, and needs attention to improve the people’s health status.
He said handwashing is an effective way of preventing diseases: “Handwashing with soap, which is very cost-effective, is the ‘miracle solution’ to the many diarrheal and cholera-related diseases and saves millions of lives”.
He said: “Over the years, we have engaged churches, mosques, schools, health centres among others, to educate the people on need to wash their hands with soap under running water regularly.
“We chose the school to sensitise on the need to make handwashing a habit, to avoid any outbreak of diseases,” he said.
He added that children are agents of change in society, and therefore he wants to use the children as ambassadors of sanitation issues in the area.
According to him, the organisation during the event last year engaged about 150 nursing mothers and pregnant women in their awareness programme.
He stressed that in order to sustain the awareness programme, a health club has been established in the school to serve ambassadors in championing sanitation issues in the school, their homes and societies.
APDO as an organisation is committed sensitisation of communities in their operational areas to ensure that they practice good hygiene so as to avoid contracting malaria and cholera.
Mr. Ishaq Ismail Sumaila, a teacher of Kalpohin Kamaria Basic School who represented the head teacher, Mr Abdul Wahab Alhassan, commended the organisation for their kind gesture; saying the items will be put to good use in addressing sanitation issues at the school
He also appealed for government and other organisations assist in fencing the school to avoid encroachment.