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710 Food Vendors Screened for Infectious Diseases in Dormaa Central Municipality – A Comprehensive Health Initiative for Public Safety

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710 food vendors in the Dormaa Central Municipality of the Bono Region have been screened by the Environmental Health Unit to prevent the outbreak of infectious diseases like Typhoid fever and hepatitis. The screening exercise is aimed at ensuring the health and safety of the public, especially consumers of wayside food. According to the Municipal Environment Health Officer, Mr Justice Owusu Ansah Pobee, Typhoid fever and hepatitis are the two commonest contagious diseases among food vendors and pose a significant health hazard to the public.

The screening exercise, conducted last year, involved a laboratory technologist partnering with a medical doctor to screen the food vendors for communicable diseases. After receiving the report from the laboratory technologist, the medical doctor prescribed suitable medication for the treatment of those vendors who had peculiar diseases such as typhoid and hepatitis. Those without any contagious disease were issued certificates to operate.

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Mr. Pobee emphasized that the screening exercise is supposed to be conducted every six months due to the sensitivity of the subject matter, which is diseases, people’s health, and food vending being a major public health concern. He added that court summons were served on those who refused to participate in the screening exercise, and such individuals would be held accountable for their actions.

It is noteworthy that the unit has cautioned small-scale businesses like tomato processors to operate in a clean environment. Those who refuse to heed the warning face court action. For the most part, the screening exercise is an essential measure to ensure that the public’s health and safety are protected from communicable diseases.

In a nutshell, the Environmental Health Unit’s screening exercise is an excellent initiative aimed at curbing the spread of contagious diseases among food vendors in the Dormaa Central Municipality. This exercise will help promote public health and safety, and it is commendable that the unit will continue to conduct such screenings every six months.

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