|PAHO/WHO Donates Garbage Bins to Schools|
Friday 22 March 2013, PAHO/WHO in collaboration with the Ministry of Education donated the last 5 of a total of 100 large garbage bins to the Enterprise Primary School, one of the 20 schools selected in Georgetown to receive such bins. Eng. Adrianus Vlugman, Sustainable Development and Environmental Health Advisor, who represented PAHO/WHO said that schools are important entry points for the development of healthy lifestyle among the children and must provide a conducive environment to develop safe and healthy practices. A clean environment is paramount in preventing many communicable diseases, like gastro-enteritis, leptospirosis, even dengue and filariasis.
Healthy lifestyles are important to significantly reduce the risk to become overweight, get a heart attack, a stroke or diabetes. These are what we call Non Communicable Diseases.
Healthy lifestyles include regular physical activity, eating healthy food; reduce sugar and fat, no smoking and very moderate alcohol consumption. In Guyana, almost 60 percent of the deaths annually are related to unhealthy lifestyles.
And lifestyles are developed early in life, when the kids are still in school. And that is why PAHO/WHO is committed to work with the Ministry of Education to promote healthy schools in Guyana, and these garbage drums represent only one component of this health program, namely a clean environment to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
Ms. Dionne Browne, coordinator in the Health Promotions Unit of the Ministry of Education said that PAHO has committed to assist the Ministry of Education to furnish more schools in the City with bins. Each of the 20 schools received 5 bins.