Department of Home Economics Education Sensitises Effutu Inhabitants on COVID-19
The Department of Home Economics Education on Friday, 19th and Tuesday, 23rd June, 2020 reached out to inhabitants around Winneba Junction Lorry Station, Nsu Ekyir and Winneba Fish Market areas to sensitise them on the COVID-19 pandemic.
The three communities were exposed to common nutritious foods which would boost their immune system to help fight against infections; ways to manage school children waiting at home for schools to re-open; manage limited family resources; environmental sanitation and personal hygiene practices needed to maintain good health; as well as social distancing.
Ms. Linda Afriyie Gyimah and Ms. Linda Cobbah of the Food and Nutrition Unit enlightened the inhabitants on the topic “Maintaining Healthy Lifestyle, Food Safety Measures, and good nutrition”; Mrs. Joana Antwi Donkoh and Mrs. Priscilla Adjei of the Family Resource Management Unit also spoke on “Environmental and Personal Hygiene, Stigmatisation and Child and Family Life Management”; while Mrs. Victoria Ghanney of the Clothing and Textiles Unit, climaxed the session shedding light on the Rationale for the use of the Face Mask, how to wear, remove and care for it. She further explained the Activity of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)”.
Listeners were given the chance to ask questions. The outreach team which comprised all Lecturers, Senior Staff and National Service Personnel in the Department distributed face masks to community members after the sensitisation.
In her opening remarks at Winneba Junction Lorry Station, the Head, Department of Home Economics Education, Prof. Phyllis Forster stressed that the sensitisation outreach programme is being done in series to benefit other communities in the Effutu Municipality.
Prof. Phyllis Forster, Head, Department of Home Economics Education
“Community extension work is part of Home Economics Education. In fact, if you read the history of Home Economics, you will realise that the programme was established to help the US get over family problems in 1862 because the welfare of the family translates into the welfare of the entire society. Therefore, the purpose of this outreach is to educate everyone in this community, particularly the drivers, commuters, traders and spectators here, who are also family members, on how to eat and stay healthy to protect themselves and their family members from the dreaded coronavirus disease; and also, manage their family’s resources and children currently on “COVID 19” vacation ” she said.