(C/R), Feb 29, GNA - The Agona West Municipality recorded zero cholera cases in
2015 despite registering 600 cases with nine deaths in the previous year.
Mr Samuel Oppong, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) explained that a number of health measures were put in place by the Assembly, following the high record in 2014.
The measures included the full participation by Seventh Day Adventists (SDA) Church members in the National Sanitation Day Clean-up exercise; and the formation of a Cholera Response Committee, which educated the people on personal hygiene and environmental cleanliness.
Mr Oppong made this known when he addressed separate congregations of the SDA Church at Agona Nyakrom and Agona Swedru when they took their turn at National Sanitation Day Clean-up exercise on Sunday.
They spent seven hours each to desilt gutters, sweet the principal streets and also clear weed in public areas.
At Agona Swedru, the members cleaned the Sports Stadium, the Ghana Education Service office block and others areas.
Mr Oppong said the achievement made in 2015 and the first two months of 2016 could be attributed to the institution of National Sanitation Day Clean-up Exercise by the Government.
The MCE, who was accompanied by Mr George Freeman, the Agona West Municipal Environmental Health Officer, urged the residents to frequently wash their hands with soap, in addition to other hygienic practices to prevent cholera and other communicable diseases.
Mr Oppong commended the Agona Swedru and Agona Nyakrom Districts of the SDA Church for their regular participation in the clean-up exercises.
He asked the SDA members to encourage others who also conduct church services on Saturdays to join the clean-up exercise to ensure sound environmental health.
Pastor David Kwadwo Anshong, who is in-charge of the Agona Nyakrom District Branch, gave the assurance that they would continue to participate in the exercise to ensure clean environment.
He appealed to the residents to stop littering the streets to avert outbreak of diseases.