CHAG calls on Gov’t to effectively promote the practise of handwashing to curb diseases

Report by Ben LARYEA

The Deputy Executive Director of Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), Dr. James Duah has stressed the need to effectively and efficiently promote the practises of hand washing as part of the effort to curb the spread of diseases across the country.

According to him, the exercise will drastically reduce communicable diseases and have therefore called on government to put in place pragmatic protocols in relations to hand washing as well as the wearing of nose masks indicating that research findings conducted by CHAG have observed that there was steady decline in communicable diseases between the year 2020 to 2021 during the coronavirus disease COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Dr. James Duah made this known to the media during the dissemination of findings on rapid assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on health care delivery in the CHAG facilities in Northern, Middle and Southern Zones in the country.

It was organized by CHAG with support from UKAid and funded by Star Ghana Foundation with the call on government to institute an inquiry of the impact of the protocols and how it could be maintained after the COVID-19 pandemic since it has been brought under control.

Throwing more light on waste disposal in the country, the Deputy Executive Director urged government to give it priority and explained that some are of a viral health infection from toxins and can be describe as nosocomial infections hence it must be properly disposedi.

On research into herbal medicine in relations to COVID-19, Mr. Duah called for the needed resources from government to support herbal institutions to scale up their commitment to administer the appropriate medicine to help fight the diseases to the barest minimum and possible cure.

“The findings also observed that there was a high recorded cases of pregnancies which as a result of change in the working environment where parents were working in their respective homes”, he said.

CHAG is a network of 346 health institutions owned by the Ghana Catholic Bishop Conference, Christian Council of Ghana and the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council.

The Association operates in the rural and the remote parts of the country reaching out to mainly the needy and vulnerable in the society.

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