BY: News Desk | Voltaonlinegh.com |
The Community Water and Sanitation Agency, (CWSA) in the Central Tongu district has kick-start a hand washing campaign to help prevent the spread of the corona virus pandemic into the area.
The campaign is aimed at educating residents on proper hand washing techniques, a practice which has been identified as a key preventive protocol against the COVID-19 transmission among the populace.
Mrs. Shallom Abla Lumor, Community Relations Officer of the CWSA at Adidome, said the campaign was in line the agency’s mandate of providing safe drinking water and related sanitation services to Rural Communities and Small Towns in Ghana.
She told Volta Online that, her team has been visiting about 30 communities, engaging members on the need to make the practice of frequent hand washing with soap under running water, a regular feature in their Daily lives, in order to avoid contracting the COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
“We are educating our customers daily on how to make hand washing a habit, and this education is mostly done in the local languages to help community members understand the message better.”
Mrs. Lumor added that as part of the campaign, the agency has provided gallons and soaps to over 200 standpipe vendors in the district and also trained them on how to mount tippy taps using gallons to facilitate the hand washing at the vending points.
“We have mounted tippy taps at Stand Pipe fetching points, and we make sure customers wash their hands before fetching water from the pipes. We have also directed the vendors to ensure that customers strictly adhere to the social distancing rule at the stations.”
a demonstration of proper hand washing
She further noted that her outfit has engaged the media on the safety protocols against the COVID-19 and also placed jingles on Community Radio Stations and information Centres in the district, to keep reminding community members on COVID-19 Protocols.
On his part, the Adidome System Manager of CWSA, Mr. Emmanuel Akagbor disclosed that Community Water and Sanitation Agency is also implementing government’s directive on free water for all, and as consumers within the Central Tongu district were fetching water free of charge for the next three months.
“All consumers in the Central Tongu District both under the Adidome water system and 5 Districts water system are fetching water for free, and we are also making sure that water is always available for consumers to be able to use and also wash their hands regularly.”