The Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service, in collaboration with the Better Ghana Management Service Limited (BGMSL), have outdoored a team dubbed "Cholera Eradication Taskforce" in Accra on Friday, in an effort to completely rid the country of cholera.
The task force, consisting young men and women, is mandated to provide community-based health promotion by moving to schools, market places among others, to educate people on the need to live a healthy life. It is also to support the President's national sanitation taskforce initiative which was launched recently.
At a ceremony at Bukom, a suburb of Accra noted for filth, to launch the taskforce, Hon. Alban Sumana Bagbin, Minister for Health, bemoaned the endemic nature of cholera in the country, particularly in the Greater Accra Region, which has resulted in what he described as "unfortunate lost of lives."
Government, he said, was committed to eradicating cholera by ensuring total quality health care management in the country. He indicated that though government had to lead, co-ordinate as well as harmonise efforts towards eradicating the pandemic, individuals also had a crucial role to play to ensure that they live in a sanitised and healthy environment.
"Cholera is an enemy and a threat to our lives and so we should not try to live with it ...Death through cholera is not a natural death. There is the need for attitudinal change," he advised.