The Volta Regional Coordinator of the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), Mrs Stella Kumedzro, has advised Ghanaians to adopt best sanitation practices to help improve healthcare delivery in the country.
Mrs Kumedzro said this during a tour of journalists to the Aklamakpetoe and Adevu Korpe communities in the Volta Region, which have adopted the CTLS and “tippy taps,” locally designed taps for handwashing.
The tour, organised by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), sought to educate the journalists on the new inventions of CLTS and the taps in the two communities.
Mrs Kumedzro stated that the two communities over the years, were affected by diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera due to free defecation.
She said the communities were now free of open defecation and they practice handwashing using simple tippy taps technology.
She urged other communities to adopt such best practices to help in promoting good health.
She mentioned some of the communities that have adopted CTLS in the Volta Region as Kadjebi, Kpando, Biakoye, Keta, Ketu North, and North Dayi among others.
The Communications Officer of UNICEF, Mrs Offeibea Baddoo said her outfit together with the government was scaling up activities by implementing a programme to promote tippy taps across 3,900 public schools in the Volta Region.
She said effective handwashing with soap has proven to be effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.
Mrs Baddoo said in Ghana, handwashing was a practice by only 21 per cent of the population, according to the G
A community leader at Aklamakpetoe. Mr Clinton commended UNICEF for the initiative stating that it had brought good hygiene practice in the area.
He said the community used to record several cases of cholera diarrhoea among the children which really affect the communities as a result of the open defecation.
“But since the adoption of the CTLS in 2012 and the tippy taps recently the situation had been reduced,” he said.
From Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi, Aklamakpetoe