WaterAid Ghana urges Gov’t to make Financing Available For Accelerating Hand Hygiene Ahead Of Global Handwashing Day Celebration
WaterAid Ghana is urging the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources to make financing available to accelerate hand hygiene for all.
The outfit is also calling on government to commit to urgently increase investment in hand hygiene through: ringfenced budget allocation and/or resource mobilization plan for hand hygiene aligned with achievement of national hand hygiene plans.
It said another area that needs to be looked at is to strengthened budget monitoring and tracking of hygiene/hand hygiene spending across sectors at national and sub-national levels.
Globally, 2.3 billion people, almost one in three, lack soap and water for handwashing at home, in least developed countries however, nearly two thirds of people living in least developed countries lack soap and water for handwashing at home.
According to WaterAid Ghana, t<span;>he nature of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the clarion call for hand hygiene as a key safety protocol against the spread of COVID-19 re-echoes its long held position that hand hygiene is essential to better protect more people from Public Health Emergencies.
The international Non-governmental organisation which made the call in a press release issued in Accra, maintained that handwashing is key to reducing the burden of many diseases which pose chronic challenges to population’s access to sustainable quality healthcare and development.
The release said in the last 18 months, the world has seen the importance of hand hygiene and the role it plays, with it being the “first-line” of defense in preventing outbreaks and reducing the toll of both current and future pandemics.
The theme for this year’s Global Handwashing Day, “Our Future is at Hand – Let’s Move Forward Together” aptly puts our future and life post COVID-19 in perspective.
WaterAGhana, is of the view that Ghana and by extension the world, needs to embrace the covid-19 pandemic as a turning point to address the historic neglect of hand hygiene investments, policies, and programs once and for all.
“To commemorate this day, WaterAid Ghana calls on the government to: support the 2022 World Health Assembly Association on Hand hygiene and also accelerate scale up and accountability of hand hygiene through development and implementation of costed national hand hygiene plans” the statement reiterated.
As an organisation, WaterAid Ghana believes that strengthening resilience of future pandemics and health threats will not be possible, especially for vulnerable communities, without addressing water, sanitation, and hygiene as crucial aspects of public health. It emphasised.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH/inghananews.com