To Commemorate the Global Hand Washing Day celebrated on 15th October 2019, Social Mobilization Technical Committee (SOMTEC) on UNICEF Programme in Ebonyi state, took a handwashing campaign to schools.
The group visited St. Patrick Urban School II Kpirikpiri where both Nursery and Primary school pupils were taught how to properly wash their hands.
Speaking at the event, the UNICEF Desk Officer SOMTEC, Ebonyi State Ministry of Information, taught the pupils on the best way to wash their hands and the importance of handwashing.
The resource person, former General Manager, Ebonyi State Rural Water, and Sanitation Agency, Engr. Sunday Opoke, also demonstrated to the pupils how to properly wash their hands.
He pointed out that for any handwashing to be effective, there must be running water, soap, detergent or ash.
“Washing your hand is very important and it will protect you from so many diseases. You frequently touch your eyes; nose, and mouth without even realizing it. Germs can get into the body through the eyes, nose, and mouth and make us get sick.”
“So when you come back from school, wash your hands, when you come back from the toilet, wash your hand, before you eat, wash your hand, if you touch animals including cat and dogs, wash your hand, when you sneeze, wash your hand.”
“And for it to be effective, there must be running water, soap, detergent or ash” he stated.
Speaking with one of the primary’s pupils, Onyekachi Samson said he never knew that the hand should be properly washed by running of one’s fingers through each other and even scratching the palm, he promised to take into practice what he was taught and to also teach his younger ones.
Indeed, the outreach was a success as pupils fully participated during the handwashing demonstration.