by Bampoe Daniel, Jumapo
Community Water and Sanitation Agency ? CWSA,?on Tuesday?educated the people of Jumapo in the Eastern Region on the importance of hand washing with clean water and soap to improve on their health and living conditions.

HELEN NTOSO WASHING HER HANDSThe exercise which took place at Jumapo Methodist park in the New Juaben Municipal which was organised to mark the National Commemoration of 6th Global Hand Washing Day, on the theme: ? Saving lives through hand washing;The power is in your hands.?

The Global Hand Washing Day was an opportunity for Students,?commuters?and food vendors to commit themselves to provide customers with clean water and soap for hand washing.

CSWA has over the years marked the day annually with activities designed to increase awareness and understanding about the importance of hand washing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases.

The Eastern Regional Director of CWSA, Ing Gilbert Amoah Ayamgah in his open address said the CWSA has in 2001 provided the anchor for the promotion of hand washing with soap, under its mandate for the water and sanitation delivery and hygiene promotion, also the CWSA in collaboration with some private and public developmental partners in December 2003 has campaign on the Hand wash program with the slogan ? for truly CLEAN hands wash with soap, which was launched to promote hand washing with soap, particularly among mothers and care-givers of children under 5 years.
According to him, the campaign of hand washing with soap highlighted on five fundamental concepts such as; washing the hands with water alone is not enough, but with soap can prevent diseases that kill millions of people, especially children in every year, also the critical moments for hand washing with soap are, after using the toilet or cleaning a child, and before handling or eating food which is the single most cost ? effective health intervention.
He further averred that the Evaluation of Phase 1 of the Ghana Public ? Private Partnership for hand washing with soap campaign undertaken in August 2004 confirmed that the programme had effectively created awareness about the importance washing hands soap at the critical times and the Phase 2 focused on mainstreaming of hand washing in hygiene and sanitation activities with some NGOs have embraced the integration of hand washing with soap for sustainability.
Mr. Gilbert finally express that the campaign has won numerous award and the latest award received was the Africasan Award as the 2011 Handwashing Champion in Africa by the African Ministers Council on Water ? AMCOW, on the 3rd?International Africa Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene in Kigali, Rwanda, and called on Ghanaians with the need to apply hand washing with soap as the key action in protecting the Public health from infections.
The Eastern Regional Minister Helen Adjoa Ntoso who was the guest of honor in her speech said the Ghana Health Services statistics indicates that there were a total of 662 cholera cases with 9 deaths in the region alone, which can be preventable by applying handwashing with soap by reducing the incidence of diarrheal diseases.
Hon Ntoso said her passion as Minister and Parliamentarian is to see a cholera free region and by extension a cholera free Ghana, and commended all stakeholders for the stepping up education to sensitized communities for coming up with programs such as handwashing with soap promotion that has contributed to the current state of affairs.
She finally expresses that under the Better Ghana Agenda? the government will continue to make access to portable water and improved sanitation to the ordinary Ghanaians as a priority so that water will be readily available to make it easier for everyone, anywhere and whenever necessary to be able to wash their hands with soap.
The event was graced by Officials from CWSA, the Region Coordinating Council officials, the Okyenhemaa Nana Adutwuwaa Dokuaa as the Chairperson, the Chief of Jumapo Nana Kwame Oppong Owusu III, Queen Mothers from the Eastern Region, Officials from UNICEF, School Pupil from Jumapo Community, MMDCEs in the region, the Clergy and the Media.
After the colorful event a mass call handwashing ceremony toke place, where by all the distinguish guests together with students and the Jumapo commuters washed their hands with water and soap in a public display buckets and bowls filled with water and tissues to clean the washed hands.

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