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Children with Disability should practice hand washing – UNICEF


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Avakpedome (V/R), July 26, GNA – The United
Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has asked special needs teachers to encourage
Children with Disability (CWD) to practice effective hand washing.

Ms Offeibea Baddoo, Communications Officer,
UNICEF-Ghana, said inclusive education meant children with disabilities must be
able to use all facilities in the school environment and urged teachers to help
them

Avakpedome (V/R), July 26, GNA – The United
Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has asked special needs teachers to encourage
Children with Disability (CWD) to practice effective hand washing.

Ms Offeibea Baddoo, Communications Officer,
UNICEF-Ghana, said inclusive education meant children with disabilities must be
able to use all facilities in the school environment and urged teachers to help
them locate and use ‘tippy taps’ to wash their hands with soap.

She said this when a UNICEF team toured some
public schools in the Volta Region to ascertain the effectiveness of practicing
hand washing in schools.

She described hand washing with soap as a
simple behaviour that had proven to be an effective mechanism in averting
diarrhoea and other infectious diseases among children, for which reason CWDs
must not be left out.

Mr Victor Bobison, Head of Special Needs,
Avakpedome D/A School, said since the construction of ‘tippy tap’ in the school,
children with special needs hardly report of illness and were regular in
school.

UNICEF says millions of children die globally
every year from preventable diseases such as diarrhoea and acute respiratory
infections; and that hand washing with soap was the most cost-effective way of
reducing the global infectious disease burden.

It says in addition to the direct health
consequences of these diseases, such as delays in physical development and
cognitive abilities, there were other indirect negative impacts for children,
such as diarrheal diseases leading to higher rates of absenteeism and lower
educational attainment, with the latter disproportionately affecting young
girls.

GNA


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