Some Red Cross Members training in health care
About100 volunteers are being trained by the Ghana Red Cross Society to help reduce the menace of cholera outbreak in the country.
The volunteers who were selected from Accra and Tema will embark on campaign to sensitize the public on best practices for healthy living and avoid the spread of the disease.
They will be deployed into communities in the Ga South Municipal Assembly, Ga East Municipal Assembly, Ayawaso East and West Constituencies in the Greater Accra Region.
Eric Asamoah Darko, the Regional Manager of the Red Cross Society, speaking to the Times said the training was appropriate in the raining season because it was the period where cholera was on the increase.
He said the volunteers would be a given a period of three months to embark on the exercise.
Mr. Darko lamented that, lack of resources contributed to their inability to add the Dangme East and West Districts and also they were the communities that had not recorded much cholera cases.
“Cholera is here with us in Ghana and especially in the rainy season therefore proper sanitation has to be taken into consideration and the public must report to the nearest hospital any suspected cases for early treatment,” he advised.
He advised the youth to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, eat hot and covered food, and also avoid defecating on open grounds and encouraged households to build their own latrines that were properly protected from flies.
Ms. Catherine Adasu, the Facilitator of the training, took them through the spread of cholera, its symptoms and prevention.
She said it was spread by a person who is sick with the disease adding “when a person with cholera vomits or goes t toilet, he passes out large numbers of cholera germs.”
Ms. Adasu advised the volunteers to serve as mentors to their family, community and avoid laziness in discharging their duties.
She called on the youth to join in the campaign against cholera and other deadly diseases.