8 October 2012

Ghana: Attitudinal Change Is the Key to Eradicating Cholera - Bagbin

The Minister of Health, Alban Bagbin has urged Ghanaians to review their behavioural practices towards the environment and change for the better if their conduct infringes on sanitation.

According to the minister, it was only when people change their attitudes towards the environment that the society would be free from diseases.

"We must not shy away from our failures. There should be no excuses. We need to reflect on our behavioural practices and change for the better. We must love lives," he noted.

The Nadowli West Member of Parliament (MP) was speaking at the official outdooring ceremony of the Cholera Eradication Task Force in Accra last Friday.

The Cholera Eradication Task Force was initiated by the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service with support from the Better Ghana Management Services Limited (BGMSL) and Zoomlion Ghana Limited under theme "A clean Ghana; a shared responsibility."

The task force is to provide community-based education and mass communication on sanitation matters.

Worried about the continuous outbreak of cholera in some communities across the country, especially, Accra, Mr. Bagbin urged the citizenry to join hands with the government in eradicating the canker.

To achieve this, the Health Minister reiterated the need for landlords to provide toilet facilities in their various houses.

"We must always prepare and make sure there are toilet facilities in our various houses. When we don't provide them it means we are prepared to keep them around us. We have to re-prioritize because cholera is an enemy and a threat to our lives," he added.

He called on BGMSL to deploy all their manpower and logistics resources to communities affected with cholera to curtail its recurrence.

Mr. Bagbin directed his ministry and the Ghana Health Service to support the effort of Zoomlion Ghana Limited and BGMSL "to go from house-to-house and room-to-room to educate the people on sanitation matters."

On her part, Dr. Stella Gyamfi from the Ashiedu Keteke Sub-metro said since cholera has become an endemic disease in the country, it was incumbent on the citizenry to keep their environs and body hygiene by desisting from littering around, wash hands with water and soap before and after eating, drink potable water and avoid eating raw fruits that have not been properly cleaned.

According to her, in the year 2011, the Ashiedu Keteke Sub-metro recorded 651 cases of cholera infected patients out of which three lost their lives. As at the end of the third quarter this year (2012), her outfit has recorded 352 cases out of which four could not survive.

With the above mentioned figures, she called on Ghanaians to change their attitude towards mother earth and start practicing measures that would prevent the disease from affecting them.

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