Women in Tema Community-Two Market, Tema West Municipality, have been trained in proper handwashing techniques as a COVID-19 preventive measure.
The exercise, organized by the Tema West Municipal Education Branch, was in commemoration of International Handwashing Day, with the theme: âOur Future is Close at Hand – Moving Forward Togetherâ.
The Day aims to promote hand washing with soap under running water as an effective and affordable way to prevent disease and save lives.
Ms Vida Budu William, School Health Education Program (SHEP) Coordinator, Tema West Municipal Education Directorate, told the Ghanaian News Agency that hand hygiene is a component fundamental to health and safety.
She said market women were targeted because they were mostly in crowded areas and were most likely to catch germs, and were also likely to spread these bacteria when they visited their homes, where children could be affected. .
One of the most effective and cheapest ways to stop the spread of germs and disease, including COVID-19, was to wash your hands properly with soap under running water, she said. declared.
Ms. Budu William noted that teaching people, especially market women, to wash their hands has helped them and their families to stay healthy and productive.
She said good hand washing has been shown in all schools in the municipality as a preventative measure for Covid-19 and to improve the health of students.
The SHEP coordinator said increased hand hygiene monitoring to ensure buy-in from teachers, students and school staff was being carried out on a sustained basis.
“It is essential to reinforce the importance of washing your hands well with soap under running water for 20 seconds,” she said.
She called on the government to consider increasing access to hand hygiene infrastructure and supplies such as sinks, portable hand washing stations and hand sanitizer dispensers in all schools in the municipality. to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The traders, who took turns demonstrating the good handwashing techniques taught, expressed their enthusiasm for the training, saying it was a good exhibition to improve their business activities without poor health.