Sanitiser is as good as handwashing – NCCE boss charges as Commission fights stigmatisation

“Sanitiser is as good as washing your hands,” NCCE boss says

National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) Chairperson, Josephine Nkrumah, is encouraging Ghanaians to prioritise hand washing as a proven measure in the fight against the coronavirus.

She said the practice of handwashing is “as good as” using hand-sanitisers to stop the spread of the virus.

The NCCE Chairperson made these comments on GTV’s Talking Point last Sunday.

The Commission began a sensitisation campaign on the virus when the country recorded its first two cases in the middle of March 2020.

Personnel of the Commission trekked from one community to the other to educate residents on the coronavirus and practices that can save lives.

But residents always have some demands to make.

“There is no day we got onto the field and came back and the report has been everything is okay,” Madam Nkrumah said.

She added residents always say: “why don’t you bring sanitisers, why don’t you bring us money, nose mask.”

But she believes the use of sanitizers is as good as handwashing, charging Ghanaians to take up this habit since it will save many lives.

 Meanwhile, the Commission says it will be embarking on a campaign to disabuse the minds of the public against stigmatising Covid-19 patients.

“Stigmatisation is counterproductive to safety measures [because] people suffering may be likely to act as though they don’t have it and spread it the more,” Madam Nkrumah said.

She disclosed the NCCE and a group of psychologists will be undertaking this mass communication directly targeting stigmatisation.

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