UNICEF, KNSG celebrate Global Handwashing Day


The Kano field office of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the Kano State Government has celebrated the 2019 Global Handwashing Day.

In an interview with newsmen, Maulid Warfa, UNICEF Chief Kano field office said the celebration observe every 15th of October was an advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap.

According to him, the Handwashing with soap is an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent a lot of diseases that can be expensive to treat and save lives of many than curing it.

He noted that statistically, most of the deseases that easily affect human being are waterborne deseas easily contacted through the hand contact.

According to him, washing hands regularly, especially before going to the toilet or after, before eating or after can prevent one from a lot of bacterias and desease that can be transmitted from the hand to the mouth.

He explained that the theme for this year’s celebration is “Clean Hands for All,” reminding that we must be inclusive when addressing handwashing disparities.

Warfa added that, “this year’s theme follows the push to leave no one behind in the Sustainable Development agenda.

Inequalities in handwashing facilities and effective handwashing promotion programs can put individuals at higher risk for diseases that impact their health, education, and economic outcomes.

Global Handwashing Day is designed to foster and support a global and local culture of handwashing with soap; shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing around the world; and raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap”.

He further called on the government, institutions to provide facilities for the students and everybody to be able to wash their hands regularly.

According to him, UNICEF embarked on sensitisation campaign across the states, especially in schools to enlighten the children on the importance of regular handwashing and providing the facilities for them.

He revealed that UNICEF in collaboration with other partners is doing everything possible in Kano and other Northern states to ensure zero open defecation in the zone.

Also in his remarks, the Managing Director, Kano State Rural Water Supply Agency (RUWASA), Alhaji Ibrahim Salisu-Bichi said the state government is taken serious measures in collaboration with other agencies to enlighten the public on the importance of Handwashing.

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