The Janok Foundation, a community-based organisation in the Ablekuma Central District has educated traders at the Kaneshie Market on basic hygiene as part of this year’s World Health Day.
The Day was on the theme: “Universal Health for All,” which was organised to sharpen the knowledge of the traders on the need to live healthy lifestyles to avoid frequent visits to the hospitals.
The programme was jointly organised by Janok Foundation, SEND-Ghana, Ghana News Agency and Penplusbytes with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The education forms part of activities under the “People for Health (P4H) Project.”
The traders were taken through HIV/AIDS, sanitation, tuberculosis (TB), effective hand washing, breastfeeding and the need for landlords to provide household toilet facilities for their tenants.
Mr Andrew Abbey, a Director at the Accra Metropolitan Health Directorate, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the health directorate attached importance to the awareness creation due to lack of basic hygiene practices among the people.
He said many diseases were acquired through unhygienic conditions in the markets, and urged leadership of the women to encourage their members to improve sanitation in their surroundings.
Madam Jane Amerley Oku, the Chief Executive Officer of Janok Foundation, urged the traders to avoid stigmatisation against people with HIV and AIDS, in order to help them to access health services and help to educate others.
She noted that people living with the disease had the same rights and liberties to move around as the rest of the population.
Mr Benjamin Lartey, the Project Coordinator of Janok Foundation, said combating the disease required collaboration and urged community leaders to foster relationship with health facilities to help communicate important health messages to people.
He urged the women to attach special importance to environmental sanitation in order to reduce the outbreak of diseases.