Covid-19: Ghanaians Are Not Washing Hands For More Than 20 Seconds – Study Reveals

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A study across the country has revealed lots of Ghanaians are not washing their hands frequently for more than twenty seconds as recommended by the World Health Organisation to prevent spread of Covid-19.

The study showed 46.1% of the respondents practised handwashing for more than 20 seconds, 35.7% did that for 10-20 seconds while 18.2% also did so for less than ten seconds.

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“It was found in the study that most people do not wash their hands in accordance with the WHO’s standard of not less than 20 seconds per handwash,” the study by PhD student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Francis Dadzie Mintah and seven other researchers from the University of Cape Coast, University of Ghana and the University of Education – Winneba, noted.

Questionnaires were administered to over one thousand people who were sampled across the country using a simple random sampling technique.

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The study observes a lot of people are practicing frequent handwashing with soap under running water in this Covid-19 era more than before the pandemic hit.



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