Educate Parents on Skin Care
• Doctor urges Zongo Pupils
The pupils of ten Islamic Basic schools in the Greater Accra Region have been urged to teach their parents on skin care and diseases.
Dr. Richmond Larweh, the medical team leader of the Iran Clinic made the call at a Health Screening exercise organized by the Ministry of Inner-City in collaboration with the clinic with support from Iran Red Crescent for Islamic Basic School pupils in the region.
According to him, by so doing their parents will also learn about the dangers of sharing towels and sponges and how it results in infections on the skin.
He added that research conducted by the clinic reveals many of the pupils in the Zongo communities suffer various skin diseases and notable among them is scabies.
It is in view of this, that the clinic is partnering with the Ministry to educate the pupils on the dos and don’ts of skin care in the Zongo communities.
He reminded the pupils to endeavor to teach their parents on the need to observe personal hygiene among others so as to live a healthy life.
He said the screening exercise will further educate the children on keeping their clothes clean and not sharing it with their other siblings.
According to him, the pupils must learn to avoid the use of too strong soaps, to report any changes in a spot or birthmark, avoid bleaching and wearing protective clothes and as well know the symptoms of the scabies disease.
He told the pupils to tie their dresses in a polythene bag and throw it away anytime they suspects being infected by the scabies disease.
He gave the assurance that pupils who are diagnosed with certain skin diseases will be given a coupon to access treatment at Iran Clinic for a token.
Speaking in an interview with the press after the screening of the students of Tuba Senior Secondary School, Tuba Basic School, Al-Waleed Islamic School and Aisha Siddiquah Islamic Academy; Madam Amina Sammo, Director of Programmes and Projects said so far over one thousand pupils have been screened as part of the partnership with the clinic on various skin diseases.
According to her, the Ministry will evaluate the report on the exercise and see whether the exercise can replicate.
She stated for now the exercise will be put on hold for the next few weeks since the schools will be on vacation and resume when the schools are back.
She said the Ministry together with the partners will be meeting to evaluate the exercise to fine tune it for onward roll out across the Zongo communities across the country.
She explained that the screening exercise falls within the social development programme of the Ministry.
The Assistant Head Teacher of Tuba Senior Secondary, Fauz Omar, Margaret Adeja, Head Teacher of the Tuba Basic School and Ibrahim Mahamah, Director of Aisha Siddiqah Islamic Academy took their turns and opportunities to thank the medical team and the officials from the Ministry for the gesture it has extended to the pupils of the school.