The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in collaboration with the United Nation Childrens Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has launched a cholera prevention campaign.

The campaign dubbed: “Zero cholera incidents,” is to engage the public in regular clean-up exercise while other stakeholders in the health and local government sectors embark on public education.

It is aimed at achieving zero cholera this year and subsequent years to come.

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Alhaji Collins Dauda, launching the campaign revealed that the Ministry has directed Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to intensify their clean-up exercises and sanitation campaigns to prevent the outbreak.

“The ministry is also collaborating with the Environmental Service Providers Association to clear heap refuses within and around the city of Accra," he said.

“Other measures to prevent the disease outbreak include washing of hands with soap before and after cooking or after visiting the wash rooms and also proper washing of vegetables before usage.”

Communication Development Specialist at UNICEF, Surangani Abeyesekera, presented some prevention communication materials to the food vendors at the Former President Rawlings Canteen around the Ministries where the campaign was launched.

The materials included, aprons, table cloths and posters which has the prevent cholera inscriptions on them.

The food vendors thanked the Ministry and UNICEF for their efforts and contribution towards the prevention of cholera, lives and property.

Ghana in 2014 recorded 28,975 cholera cases with 243 deaths while in 2015 690 cases were recorded with 15 deaths.

The introduction of the National Sanitation Day campaign with other public education measures drastically reduced the number in 2015.

Source: GNA