500 Youths deployed to help fight cholera in Greater Accra

Five hundred youths from seven municipal assemblies in the Greater Accra region has been deployed by the Ghana Red Cross Society to help fight cholera cases in the Greater Accra region. The project is under the theme, “Cholera prevention, using words and shield approach.” It will be on going exercise for a year.

The five hundred volunteers constitute youths coming from Ga south, Ledzokuku, Ablekuma, Okaikwei, Ashiedu-Keteke and La-Nkwantanang municipal assemblies in Greater Accra Region. The training was aimed at equipping the youth with skills on how to handle Cholera cases in their communities. The first batch of the trainees commenced on 6th of October this year with 120 volunteers.

The greater Accra Regional Manager for the Ghana Red Cross society, Mr. Eric Asamoah Darko stated that the volunteers are trained and equipped with the basic skills to enable them assist the Ghana Health Service eradiate Cholera from communities that are prone to Cholera in Accra.

He further said that, due to the large number of outbreak of the disease in the previous year, they felt the need to do this training for the volunteers to help prevent such huge numbers of cholera cases in the country. He further explained that though Ghana Health Service can help prevent cholera, it was not advisable to just sit back and watch them do it all alone.

Mr. Abel Augustinio the project Manager explained that, each volunteer will be stationed at one Health facility in the country whiles the others remaining will be kept at the various posts in the municipal assemblies and must report whenever there is a cholera case.

The team will be divided into two groups where one group will be stationed in cholera prone households and communities while the other group will be stationed in the various facilities like the hospitals and clinics in the communities. The project manager was enthusiastic that this project that has been introduced will go a long way to help reduce the large number of cholera cases in the various communities.

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