Ms Jane Amerley Oku, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Janok Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, has called on taxi drivers to educate their passengers to either cough into handkerchiefs or tissue paper.
She said this would go a long way to avoid the spread of tuberculosis (TB) infection.
Ms Oku made the call when sensitising taxi drivers from Odorkor, Darkuman, Zongo Junction, Kasoa and Takoradi long distance drivers, as part of the World TB Day to climax the Easter holidays.
She said TB infection could be contracted from infected persons during social contacts through coughing, sneezing and spitting.
She advised the drivers to put on new attires daily before they start work.
The CEO said: “Let us openly discuss TB, HIV and AIDS issues devoid of shyness, disgrace and intolerance among us so that people will not hide their conditions and together we can find solutions to the diseases.”
Ms Oku told the drivers that the best prevention is for everybody to ensure that TB patients take their medicines correctly so that it would not serve as a source of infection to others.
Mr James Gokah, Ablekuma Central Sub-Metropolitan Director of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly said: “Everyone is at risk because majority of us had already come into contact either in the market place, trotro, churches, mosques with some infected persons without knowing.”
He advised the drivers to avoid too much intake of alcohol and smoking because “you will not have the strong body-defense to fight the TB and other germs in you.”