Accra, Jan. 29, GNA - Mr Isaac Dzidzoamenu, Public Relations Manager of Rural Urban Partnership for Africa (RUPFA), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), said environmental cleanliness should be the responsibility for all.
He said the recent outbreak of cholera in some parts of Accra was as a result of poor sanitation and stressed the need for the public to get involved in clean-up campaigns for a healthy life.
Mr Dzidzoamenu said this during a clean-up exercise organized by RUPFA in collaboration with Zoomlion Ghana Limited at Abeka in Accra.
The exercise was on the theme; \"The Challenges of Environmental Sanitation and the Way Forward\".
He said environmental sanitation should not be left in the hands of Zoomlion alone but should be a collective activity for all to keep the environment safe and clean.
Mr Dzidzoamenu said the NGO believed that the health of the people should be paramount in nation building because when workers were healthy, productivity improves.
He said a healthy environment created conducive atmosphere for the students to learn to achieve their future plans.
Mr Dzidzoamenu said environmental and sanitation awareness was an effective way to eradicate diseases and sicknesses like Malaria and Cholera.
Mr Richard Ashaley, Executive Director of RUPFA, urged the government to invest in the country\'s sanitation since the strength of the nation depended on its health.
Mr Ashaley urged educational institutions to include hygiene education in their curricula and that health institutions could also dedicate resources for preventative activities to avoid the outbreak of diseases.
He suggested that Environmental Studies should be re-introduced into the educational curriculum to serve as a basic foundation in creating awareness on the importance of proper sanitation.
Mr Ashaley urged all to maintain proper hygienic conditions in their homes because unhygienic environment increased many risks like water born diseases, dust induced diseases, fungal infections and the breeding of mosquitoes that cause malaria.
\"Living in a home that is clean means that you and your family members are very likely to be free from unwanted illnesses as dirt is what attracts pests, which are responsible for causing many diseases,\" he said.
He urged the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to be proactive in punishing people who flouted the rules governing sanitation to serve as a deterrent.
Mr Bismark Somuah, President of Tesano Keep-fit Club, said the cleanup exercise was to maintain a healthy environment and strong body and encouraged other clubs to do same.
He appealed to the AMA to provide sanitation equipment to the club to boost its cleanup campaign.