A community-based organisation in the Ablekuma Central District, Janok Foundation, has educated the Kaneshie Market Women 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 sensitise the women to live healthy lifestyles to avoid sicknesses and frequent visits to the hospitals, and improve on their income.
Janok Foundation organised the programme in collaboration with SEND-Ghana, an international non-governmental organisation, the Ghana News Agency and Penplusbytes.
The United States Agency International Development (USAID), funded as part of activities under the “People for Health (P4H) Project.
The women were taken through HIV/AIDS, sanitation, tuberculosis symptoms, effective hand-washing, breastfeeding and the need for landlords to provide household toilets for their tenants.
Mr Andrew Abbey, a Director at the Accra Metropolitan Health Directorate, in an interview, said the Directorate awareness creation is important to improve basic hygienic practices among the people.
He urged the leadership to encourage its members to mobilise and clean their surroundings because of the effect unhygienic practices have on the health of residents.
Madam Jane Amerley Oku, the Chief Executive Officer of Janok Foundation, urged the market women to avoid stigmatisation against people with HIV/AIDS.
She said when patients were accepted they would open up to discuss their situation, access health services and help to educate others.
Madam Oku said people living with HIV/AIDS had the same rights and liberties to move around like the rest of the population.
Mr Benjamin Lartey, the Project Coordinator of Janok Foundation, said combating diseases required collaboration and urged community leaders to foster relationships with health facilities to help communicate important health messages to the people.
He called on the market women to attach special importance to environmental sanitation to reduce the outbreak of diseases.