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Academic believes awards system will lead to cleaner schools in Ghana
Professor Kwadwo Djang- Forjour, Rector of the Sunyani Polytechnic in Ghana, has reiterated the need for hygiene to be taught in schools to promote health and a clean environment. He has suggested that the required motivation could come from an awards programme whereby the educational authorities would award prizes to the cleanest schools.
The Professor was speaking at the opening of the 2012 annual performance review meeting of the Brong-Ahafo Regional Health Services, under the theme: 'Accountability for Improvement of Health Outcomes' last week, in Sunyani.
The three day meeting was attended by 230 participants, including district health directors, members of district health management teams, hospital management teams and representatives of health training institutions in the region, directors from the headquarters of the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service as well as members of civil society organisations and development partners, reports VibeGhana, which says that the meeting was meant for reviewing "the performance of the numerous health strategies and interventions to identify and address challenges and chart the course for the ensuing year and beyond".
The Professor observed that health issues had a real impact on the environmental situation of the country, saying that food vendors selling their wares close to open gutters - some of which were filled with faecal matter - contributed to the ill health. He catalogued other environmental challenges such as cattle drinking from gutters and streams and eating on dump sites; meat inspection, certification and declaration as wholesome for consumption, and pollution of rivers and streams through illegal mining operations were all bedevilling the country, as being other areas of concern and he challenged delegates to do something about them, citing a possible awards programme as a way forward.
7th March 2013