By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
The need for general public to imbibe the culture of regular hand-washing for hygienic living has been stressed.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Public Sanitation and Hygiene, Alhaji Yusuf Olabode and other stakeholders emphasized this at Eji-Oba High School, Oba-Ile in Akure North Local Government Area, in commemoration of the 2021 Global Hand-Washing Day.
Olabode described the annual event as a global advocacy day dedicated to raising awareness and understanding on the importance of hand-washing with soap and water as an easy, effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.
He maintained that regular hand-washing promotes and encourages effective personal hygiene, and as well influence behaviour to promote good health.
He enjoined students and staff of the school to see hand- washing not just as Annual Global Event, but as a daily activity which must be observed by all and sundry for a healthy lifestyle.
The PS emphasized that regular hand-washing has further been given prominence globally since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, as it has become preventive measure to mitigate the spread of the deadly virus.
He added that proper and regular hand-washing keeps one away from the Doctors as micro organisms being spread through hand contact would have been washed off.
According to him, regular hand-washing reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhoea by 23-40 percent, as well as, preventing 1 in 3 diarrhoea illnesses and 1 in 5 respiratory illnesses, urging the students to make hand-washing with soap a habit.
Also, the General Manager, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) ,Rotimi Oladimeji averred that constant handwashing eliminates germs and prevent frequent sicknesses as well as prevent transfer of germs through unconscious touching of nose, eyes, face and mouth.
The Guest Speaker, Adetutu Olufemi, while delivering a lecture titled, “Our future is at hand, let’s move forward together”, emphasized that clean hands save lives, but not everybody realises that.UNICEF representative, Mrs Rebecca Akinduro, also charged the students to be advocates of change, by being a good examples to others.
The Ministry presented the school with hand washing materials, such as sanitizer, liquid soaps, bowls, covered buckets and demonstrated the proper and adequate way of hand washing to the Students.