Hand Washing Week launched in Kumasi by Regional Directorate

The Ashanti Region now has cumulative cases of 20,689 with 382 deaths with only 25 active cases.

Hand Washing Week launched in Kumasi by Regional Directorate
Dr. Rockson Michael Adjei - Deputy Health Director in charge of Public Health

The Ashanti Regional Health Directorate has launched Hand Washing Week.

The Deputy Ashanti Regional Health Director in charge of Public Health, Dr Michael Rockson Adjei disclosed that the motive behind the launch is to promote, motivate and mobilize people in the Ashanti to improve their handwashing habits and more importantly, prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the region.

He asserted that aside from handwashing being one of the key roles in the fight against Covid-19 infectious diseases like; diarrhoea, hookworm infection, dracunculiasis, schistosomiasis among others will be curtailed.

The Regional Health Directorate has therefore launched Handwashing Week on Monday, 11th October ahead of the global celebration on 15th October, this year to create much awareness on the need for regular hand washing. 

Dr Michael Rockson Adjei, briefing the press opened that despite the fight against poor sanitation, nearly half of the population in the Metropolis relies on public toilets, with only one toilet serves about 1,000 people and water services in low-income urban areas are often non-existent.

This according to him is having a massive knock-on effect on the population’s health, dignity and economic growth.

He added that with support from UNICEF, they will be training some selected Communities and Schools in three Districts with poor wash systems.

On the Covid-19 update in the Region, Dr Rockson Adjei updated that Covid-19 recorded cases have declined lately yet warned the general public not to be complacent by flouting the protocols since it can lead to a 4th Wave of the disease.

"Currently the region has taken delivery of 318,140 doses of AstraZeneca and so far more than 286,000 people have fully been vaccinated and is still ongoing in all districts across the region he added". 

He later urged the public to partake in the ongoing vaccination and pleaded on the citizenry to continuously adhere to the protocols since it's one of the effective ways in reducing the spread of the pandemic.