By: Prudence Okonna
A health expert and Executive Director of Center for School Health Education and Environmental Hygiene (CSHEEH), Dr. Folashade Momoh has said that regular hand hygiene reduces the spread of communicable diseases by 50 percent.
Dr. Momoh revealed this during the commemoration of Global Hand Washing Day 2022 at the Junior Secondary School Asokoro.
Dr. Momoh added that health hygiene must be recognized as a fundamental component of health and public safety; and therefore, encourage students and everyone to imbibe a hand washing habit in order to reduce the spread of diseases and have an improved healthy lifestyle.
Her words: ‘’Global Hand Washing Day is an annual campaign to encourage people on the importance of hand-washing and the benefits they stand to gain, because scientifically it has been proven that when you wash your hands, it reduces the spread of communicable disease by 50 percent’’.
The health expert referenced that serious attention was given to hand-washing during the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce the spread of the disease, and therefore, called on all and sundry to maintain the momentum, especially with the outbreak of Lassa fever and the most recent disease, Monkey Pox.
Dr. Momoh emphasized that it was important to come to a school to commemorate a day such as this, because children are information carriers and will carry the information to their family and friends, thereby reaching more people with the message.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Principal of JSS Asokoro, Adeoti Hadiza, in her appreciation to CSHEEH for its visit and donation, said the facility came at the right time and promised to ensure that students imbibe the lessons they have learned as well as monitor the constant use of the facility.
Abuja Digest reports that the first Global Hand washing Day was held in 2008, founded by the Global Hand Washing Partnership and has since then been marked annually as a day to create awareness of the value of clean hands.