Pupils in basic schools in the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA), will from next term participate in a school hand washing competition to inculcate the regular habit of cleanliness in them in the schools and at home.
This was made known on Friday by the Member of Parliament (MP) for La Dade-Kotopon Constituency, Rita Naa Odorley Sowah, when she presented several gallons of liquid soaps to basic schools in the municipality to mark this year’s global hands washing day which falls on October 15th every year.
Ms Sowah was accompanied by the Municipal Education Director, Habiba Kutomah, the Coordinator of School Head Education Programme (SHEP), Ghana Education Service, Constant Sekyere and selected pupils to celebrate the day at La Emause School.
According to the MP, the items were purchased from her Common Fund with the aim of aiding and encouraging pupils in schools to wash their hands regularly.
She noted that pupils are vulnerable to touching and holding everything they come across and the need to keep their hands very clean always.
“It is the responsibility of teachers and parents and relatives at school and at home to remind their children after visiting the washroom, picking and touching of things to wash their hands before putting it in their mouth,” Ms Sowah said.
In her address, Ms Kutomah tasked teachers at school and parents at home to encourage their children to wash their hands frequently before they put their hands in their months.
The Municipal Director said if such habits are encouraged in children at a tender age, it will prevent several diseases associated with dirt.
BY VICTOR A. BUXTON