This year’s United Nations (UN) Global Hand Washing Day, has been observed with a call to add hand washing to existing and on-going sanitation-promoting activities.


Hon. Joseph Kofi Adda, Minister for Water Resources, who made the call, when contributing to a debate on the floor of Parliament, explained that hand washing with soap removed germs from the hands, which helped to prevent the transmission of infections and diarrhoeal diseases, including cholera.


He warned that disregard for hand washing with soap was the cause of frequent and needless deaths, leading to productivity loss.


Mr Adda emphasized that government policy on expanding access to water in every community and the campaign for ‘Water For All’ should be the driving force in ensuring that water got to everybody.


He appealed to all Members of Parliament to resolve to promote a future Ghana where hand washing with soap at all times was readily accepted and practiced by all.


Hon Samson Ahi, Ranking Member, Committee on Water Resources, in a contribution to the statement, said it was imperative that the occasion of Global Hand washing Day was commemorated with a massive education on the importance of hand washing.


Hon Ahi, therefore, urged corporate bodies, companies and industries to take up the campaign and complement the efforts of government to ensure that all basic schools were provided with basins for hand washing.


For her part, Hon Laadi Ayii Ayamba, Member of Parliament, Pusiga, urged all stakeholders to come up with a program for the education of the masses, while government endeavoured  to provide clean water for the purpose.


Hon. Ayamba also appealed to the Ministry to provide at least a borehole in each preparatory school.


October 15 has been set aside by the United Nations as a day to create awareness on hand washing with soap in the hope that it would improve hygiene and enhance livelihoods.


Scientific research has shown that hand washing with soap prevents diseases in a more direct and straightforward way as well as in a cost effective manner than the application of any single vaccine.


This year’s, Global Hand washing Day was on the theme: ‘Our hands, Our future’.



Source: ISD (Eva Frempon-Ntiamoah)