World Vision Ghana (WVG) has conducted a clean-up exercise at the Savelugu Municipal Hospital in a bid to encourage good sanitation practices in health facilities and communities for improved environmental cleanliness.
The activity was part of WVG's 40th Anniversary celebration which centred on vulnerable groups. It was on the theme: "Celebrating Our Promise to the Ghanaian Child".
A cash prize of GH¢ 1,000.00 was given to parents of four vulnerable children seeking medical treatment in the Hospital.
Those who participated in the exercise included; environmental health officials, Zoomlion Company limited, municipal assembly members and residents who desilted gutters and toilets, cleared weeds, swept and burned rubbish within the Hospital premises.
Mr Timothy Akanpabadai, the Regional Operations Manager of WVG for the Northern Sector, told the Ghana News Agency, that the activity was a way to demonstrate and encourage citizens to regularly clean their environment and promote good health, especially with emphasis on children.
This, he said, would help prevent diseases and infections such as typhoid, cholera and diarrhoea help improve sanitation situation.
Similar activities took at WVG operational areas to also encourage people to keep their environment clean and live good and healthy life.
Statistics show that poor sanitation cost many deaths in the country, especially among children under five years, which calls for regular cleaning of the environment to help reduce the mortality rate.
Mr Akanpabadai said WVG was implementing a Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme in 21 districts across the country to improve good sanitation.
He added that the organization had certified 77 communities Open Defecation Free (ODF) and intended to do more to ensure good sanitation practices.
Mr Zakaria Imoro, the Municipal Health Director for Savelugu, called for the need for all to keep their surroundings clean.
He said the Savelugu Municipal Assembly was putting in place by-laws to encourage good sanitation practices, which when operational, would spell out penalties for people who violate the by-laws.
Mr Salam Bukari, the Administrator of Savelugu Municipal Hospital, commended WVG for the support and urged other benevolent organizations to emulate the gesture.