The Assembly Member for Canteen Electoral Area in the West Gonja municipality, Hon. Ananpansah B. Abraham has commended the Ghana Health Service (GHS) for pressing the early warning sign to help curb novel polio virus amongst children in the Savannah region.
On Wednesday 31st August, 2022, on Radio PAD 95.1 during the kareyanch3 super morning show hosted by Anane Beatrice, he said It is very disheartening to hear about the outbreak of polio in the region at a time we are still battling with yellow fever outbreak among other pandemics.
According to him, the best thing we can do to let children realize their goals and have a stand in the not too distant future is to join hands as stakeholders and community members to ensure a clean environment, since unkept environment in the communities is a very big challenge which leads to so many sicknesses including polio virus affecting children.
He added that, stakeholders shouldn’t always wait for the central government to channel policy towards addressing sanitation challenges in our communities. This is something they can localize so that it becomes part of the byelaws for the community members to clean around their homes at least once in a month.
He said it is a challenge to most Assembly Members to deal with the extent of uncollected heaps of garbage in the communities, adding that, “we severally press on the am ssembly to collect the garbage without delay”.
The local assembly in his words have the biggest role to play and the core mandate is to ensure that the society is well cleaned and heaps of rubbish collected and disposed off. This they have to to with Zoomlion Ghana.
He therefore called on regional minister, Member of parliament(MP), Municipal chief Executive (MCE), colleague Assembly Members, Chiefs and other stakeholders to Join hands together, select a day during weekends organize a clean up exercise which can be a local by-law to be observed consistently.
Stakeholders should also impress on Zoomlion to intensify their work more even though they may be doing their best in keeping our surrounding clean.
Hon Ananpansah also highlighted on the causes of poliomyelitis, dangers associated with it and possible remedies and urged the public to take the ongoing polio vaccination very serious and get all children vaccinated by making time for the Ghana health service personnel who are doing the door-to-door vaccination.
The polio vaccine period started on September 1 to September 4, 2022, in the region.
Touching on Teacher-Student relationship in schools, the Assemblyman who is also a Headmaster, indicated that it was against the GES code of conduct for a teacher to engage in any sexual activity with a student once the child is still a student under his care.
This, he said mostly cripple the students academically and emotionally and takes away the concentration of the child from the classroom anytime the teacher was around. He further stated, teachers get married to their student, no doubt about that, but in the course of your professional duty you don’t allow your personal interest conflicts with the performance of your official duties.
He concluded by challenging parents to do more sex education at home with their children to enlighten them on the do’s and don’t’s.
Story by Anane Beatrice/ 0543152189