Accra, Sept. 12, GNA - Dr Julius Dadebo, Ga East
Municipal Director of Health Services, has called on Ghanaians to take hand
washing with soap seriously to avoid contracting transmissible diseases.
He noted that diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera and other respiratory infections which were responsible for greater percentage of child deaths could be reduced if hand washing with soap was practiced.
Dr Dadebo made the call in an address read for him at the opening of a two-day â€˜Back-To-Schoolâ€™â€™ Paediatric Fair, at Kwabenya in Accra which was organised by The Community Hospital, Ashongman.
He said hand washing with soap was very important because the hand often acted as vectors that carried disease-causing germs from an individual to another either through direct contact or via surfaces.
Dr Dadebo called on parents and teachers to ensure that the hand washing with soap habit was sustained in schools and at homes.
He urged parents to educate their children on personal hygiene, which he said would go a long way to improve upon their health.
Mr Akwasi Acquah, Chief Executive Officer of The Community Hospital Group said he programme was designed to coincide with the childrenâ€™s â€˜Back to School, after their long vacation which sometimes sees them passing through so many hands.
He said healthcare became important only when we were down and cannot do anything. â€˜Whilst we find a need to do preventive maintenance on our machines and everything else, we leave our health to chanceâ€™â€™.
Mr Acquah used the opportunity to set the records straight on a story which was twist and turned in the media.
He said on the 22nd of July, this year, the blood Bank of the Hospital received a request through a relative for three pints of blood for a patient who was on admission at another facility.
He said unfortunately the blood Bank of the Hospital did not have any blood to give out and also protocol was not followed, officials from the other facility never called to confirm the availability of blood before sending the patientâ€™s relative on the blood hunt considering that the patient was in critical condition which called for an immediate intervention according to the Media reports.
Mr Acquah said through Media reports the Hospital to know that the patient passed on at the facility where she was admitted before a pint of blood obtained was sent to her.