THE Tain District Assembly in the Brong Ahafo Region in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and the Information Services Department (ISD) has embarked on a campaign to sensitise the people to the swine flu.
The 12-day campaign will cover all the five zones in the district through durbars and talk shows.
Briefing members of the team before their departure from Nsawkaw, the district capital, the District Co-ordinating Director, Mr Hayford Kyere, stated that even though the virus had not been reported in the country, it was prudent for the people to be educated on it because “Prevention is better than cure”.
He urged the team to pursue the campaign vigorously in order to make the desired impact.
Mr Kyere also called on personnel of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and the Environmental Health Department to monitor the virus in the district.
“We are starting early because of the vast nature of the district and its proximity to Cote d’Ivoire,” he said.
Mr Kyere appealed to pig farmers in the district to report cases of unusual death of their animals and other strange occurrences in their farms to the appropriate authorities.
The co-ordinating director also called on the team to educate the public on the need to cook their pork well before consumption.
He added that pig farmers should see the current situation as a blessing, since locally bred pigs were the safest and therefore urged the public to patronise them.