A health and safety advocacy group, The Health Factor, has called on the management of the University of Ghana to provide washrooms and enforce proper sanitary practices at the Night Market and all other food outlets on campus.
“We implore the management of the University, through the Physical Development and Municipal Services Department, to as a matter of urgency, move to address the situation by providing a washroom for the night market, enforce the strict adherence to proper sanitary practices at not only the night market but all other food outlets on campus.”
This comes on the heels of recent news reports and discussions on campus-based Radio Univers, highlighting the poor hygienic standards at the popular food hub and other food centers on campus.
In a Radio Univers report, it was revealed that due to the unavailability of a washroom at some of these places, some vendors visit the bushes around to ease themselves and sometimes do not even wash their hands before attending to customers.
Some other concerns that were raised included the apparent breaches in simple hygienic standards like covering of hair, use of running water for applicable activities among others.
The ascendancy in cases of typhoid fever and food poisoning reported at the University of Ghana Hospital was associated with this regrettable phenomenon.
The Health Factor has also charged the SRC welfare committee to “effectively discharge its role of ensuring the highest standard of hygiene as well as product and service quality at food and other service delivery outlets on campus, as stipulated in article 67(1) b of the SRC constitution”.
It also cautioned all students and other members of the university community to be vigilant and only buy from places where sanitation is prioritized.
Story by: Harriet Ama Mansa Bio|universnewsroom.com