A new study implemented by Researchers at the School of Public Health, University of Ghana, Legon.
The study was aimed at determining preparedness and compliance for handwashing and social/physical distancing at 45 selected public transportation stations in Accra in line with recommendations to limit spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
Appropriate Hand-washing with running water and soap as well as social/physical distancing has been recommended by government to reduce spread of COVID-19.
The topline findings of the study are:
1.Majority (80%) of public transportation stations in Accra have at least one Veronica Bucket with flowing
water and soap but the number of washing places at each Station is not adequate.
2. Only a small minority of Stations (18%) were communicating the need to wash hands frequently and
appropriately, and to practice social/physical distancing while at the station.
3. In most stations (95%), handwashing practice was either not observed or only infrequently.
4. Almost all stations (93%) did not have alcohol-based hand sanitizer for public use.
5. Social distancing was rarely practiced; it was observed in only 2% of stations.
Based on these, we recommend the following:
1. Awareness creation should aim to elevate risk perception of transportation operators and clients
2. Transport operators and stations need support and guidance to enforce handwashing and Social distancing
3. Lessons from best performing stations need to be transferred to poorly performing stations
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Contact information: For details and support in interpreting the findings, contact Prof. R. Aryeetey, [email protected], at University of Ghana School of Public Health