In a collaborative effort between the Nsawam Adoagyiri Municipal Assembly’s Environmental Health and Sanitation Department and Niando Ghana Diagnostics, a comprehensive screening campaign was conducted to assess the health status of food and drink vendors/handlers within the municipality. The initiative, which ran from March 13th to April 10th, 2023, aimed to ensure public safety and raise awareness about proper food handling and personal hygiene practices.
During the screening period, a staggering total of 6,870 food and drink vendors underwent thorough assessments. The focus of the screening was to identify any potential health risks associated with the vendors and to provide necessary interventions.
Of the 4,867 food handlers screened, an alarming number of 189 individuals tested positive for Salmonella typhi, the bacterium responsible for causing Typhoid fever. As a precautionary measure, their medical certificates were withheld, and they were promptly referred for treatment at the government hospital in Nsawam.
In addition to the screening process, the initiative incorporated a vital component of health education. Throughout the campaign, food and drink sellers were provided with comprehensive information on proper food handling techniques and personal hygiene practices. These educational sessions aimed to empower vendors to maintain high standards of hygiene, minimize the risk of foodborne illnesses, and promote a healthier community overall.
The collaborative effort between the Nsawam Adoagyiri Municipal Assembly’s Environmental Health and Sanitation Department and Niando Ghana Diagnostics has shed light on the critical issue of food safety within the municipality. By proactively identifying and addressing the presence of Typhoid fever cases among food vendors, the initiative aims to safeguard public health and prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
The Nsawam Adoagyiri Municipal Assembly encourages all food and drink vendors to prioritize hygiene and regularly undergo health screenings to ensure the well-being of their customers. Furthermore, they emphasize the importance of continuous education on proper food handling practices to maintain a safe and healthy food environment for all residents.
As the municipality takes concrete steps to address this issue, it remains committed to ensuring the highest standards of public health and safety for its residents.
For further information or inquiries, please contact the Nsawam Adoagyiri Municipal Assembly at .