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Let’s help Children with Disability to practice hand-washing – UNICEF


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By
Sumaiya Salifu Saeed, GNA

Avakpedome (VR), July 25, GNA – The United
Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has asked Special Needs Teachers in the Volta
region to encourage Children with Disability (CWD) to practice “effective
hand washing”.

Ms Offeibea Baddoo, Communications Officer,
UNICEF-Ghana, said all inclusive education meant Children with Disabilities
must be able to use all facilities in

By
Sumaiya Salifu Saeed, GNA

Avakpedome (VR), July 25, GNA – The United
Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has asked Special Needs Teachers in the Volta
region to encourage Children with Disability (CWD) to practice “effective
hand washing”.

Ms Offeibea Baddoo, Communications Officer,
UNICEF-Ghana, said all 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” in washing their hands with
soap.

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

She said hand washing with soap “is a
simple behaviour” that had proven to be an effective mechanism in
averting  diarrhoea and other infectious
diseases among school children, for which reason Children with Disabilities
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 diarrhoea diseases leading to higher rates of absenteeism and lower
educational attainment, with the latter disproportionately affecting young
girls.

GNA


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