It’s been established that lack of proper place of convenience is affecting adolescent health of students in the Awutu Senya East Municipal Assembly (ASEMA).
The lack of toilet facilities in schools, some headteachers in the municipality say, is causing serious inconveniences for both students and teachers.
Celebrating this year’s Universal Health Coverage Day by Reproductive Education Health Advocacy (RAHE) under the theme: "Health for All; Keep The Promise," headteachers call for the need to construct toilet/urinal facilities in the schools across the municipality.
Speaking to pressmen, some headteachers lamented the possible outbreak of diseases. "Whereas a washroom facility is available, the unhygienic nature opens up students especially the girl child to infections illness."
"These are problems affecting basic education because most of the times students will have to go home to ease themselves, which some take advantage and stay at home. A situation not helping teaching and learning," Janet Nana Besua, a headteacher of Icodeh basic school lamented.
According to the headteachers, the inconveniences caused during menstrual period whiles in school due to the lack of facilities such as sickbays is worrying.
They appealed to government through the Ghana Education Service (GES) to construct places of convenience in the schools to improve the health conditions of students and pupils.
Project Coordinator for RAHE-Ghana Mr. Paul Teigo Tagoe, in an interview said, there is the need to ensure health facility and proper healthcare is made accessible for everyone.
He noted that RAHE-Ghana realises the need for proper healthcare to all and that continuously advocates in that regard in deprived communities and peri-urban areas for development.