Francis Cofie, GNA
Accra, Dec. 5, GNA – The Omnicare Foundation, a Non-governmental organisation (NGO), in collaboration with the Public Health Department of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), has organised a two-day workshop for food sellers at Sukura in Accra.
The programme, which had been championed by the NGO since 2015, was to promote food safety to prevent diseases. It is being held in turns in various suburbs of Accra.
The workshop was attended by a number of food sellers including porridge, kenkey, bread, and waakye sellers as well as chop bar and restaurant operators.
They were taken through proper hand washing, funds management, personal hygiene, cholera prevention, environmental sanitation, values of natural spices and liquid soap making.
Mr Samuel Attoh, the President of Omnicare Foundation, told the food sellers not to be fixated on profit making but should equally be concerned with their daily personal and environmental hygiene, which literally translated into good food worthy of consumption.
He said contaminated food affected the health of consumers due to the conditions under which it was prepared and that if food sellers could maintain basic hygiene, the transmission/spread of sicknesses and diseases would be non-existent or reduced drastically.
“Most food sellers unconsciously sell contaminated food to the unsuspecting pubic to the detriment of their health, which could even lead to death,” he said.
He said food sellers should take note of the fact that the life and health of the public were in their hands.
Mrs Rita Opare, the Secretary of the NGO, and a Health Analyst, advised the public to always scrutinise the appearance and the environment of the food sellers before making a decision to buy.
She asked the participants to put into practice the training they had received at the workshop to enhance their food preparation and handling, which would go a long way to promote the health of the people.
Mrs Opare said funds management and liquid soap making was included in the programme for the participants to diversify their businesses and to boost their earnings.
Mr Francis Gamaley from the Metropolitan Environmental Health Department, AMA, commended the NGO for the initiative to complement the effort of the Assembly to prevent communicable diseases in the Metropolis.
He advised foodstuff sellers to avoid selling on the bare floor at the markets and should endeavour to use tables, which should be three feet high to display their wares.
The NGO is into promoting public health safety through safe food consumption, medical screening, education and support to the needy in society in collaboration with the local assemblies.