SNV supports schools in Nandom and Lambussie with handwashing devices

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SNV donates Colourful Hand Washing Devices to Basic Schools
SNV donates Colourful Hand Washing Devices to Basic Schools

According to the World Health Organization as of the 22nd of December, 2023 a total of 6,988,666 people in the world have died of Coronavirus. In Ghana, about thousand four hundred and sixty-two (1,462) persons died of COVID-19 (GHS,2023). 

The outbreak of COVID-19 opened the eyes of many to hand washing as a preventive measure and many took to washing hands regularly. Even with a decline in live cases, many still practice regular hand washing with soap. Regular handwashing with soap not only prevented the spread of Covid 19 but also the spread of other bacteria and germs among humans. 

To inculcate the habit of hand washing among school children in the Nandom Municipality, SNV Ghana as part of its Health Future for All Project (HF4A) procured and supplied a hundred handwashing devices to 41 and 52 basic schools in the Nandom Municipality and Lambussie District respectively. This was done with The Ghana Education Service (GES) and the two Assemblies.  

Before presenting the items at the various schools, the National SHEP Coordinator Ellen Genkyi said “Hand washing with soap is one of the most effective ways of preventing infectious diseases among school children. Hand-washing behaviors of individuals are influenced by the availability of safe water, soap, or cleansing agents and an appropriate hand-washing device. In this, SNV saw the need to supply very quality and efficient hand washing facilities to basic schools in the Lambussie district and Nandom Municipality”. 

Speaking to the Project Manager, Madam Theresa Swanzy-Baffoe on the sideline, she said “The donation was to support the practice of handwashing in schools and at homes. This, she believes will promote good hand hygiene practices and go a long way to ensuring good hygiene practices among children. This aligns with the project’s goal of improving the number of children under fifteen (U15) living in hygienic communities and schools”. 

A total of five thousand, one hundred and forty-three (5143) pupils comprising 2468 males and 2675 females in the Nandom Municipal and 7,268 pupils comprising 3,455 males and 3553 females are expected to benefit from this gesture. The pupils were filled with joy and excitement as they rushed to wash their hands. 

According to the headteacher of Chebogo R/C JHS, Mr. Aasuor Mathew, the project is a good one and is highly appreciated. He promised to ensure the students handle the machine with utmost care so they can last for a longer period. 

A student from Hamile R/C JHS Ms. Esther Kunta expressed her excitement with the machine handed over to her school. To her, the handwashing machine will offer them the opportunity to wash their hands properly after using the toilet. 

 

Before the devices were handed over to the schools, the pupils were enlightened on the need for regular hand washing. They were also taken through how to wash their hands properly using the modern handwashing devices supplied. 

The Healthy Future for All Project aims at improving the lives of children of school-going age by providing them with access to a regular supply of water and other WASH services including toilets.

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