… Charges Them To Be Agents of Positive Change
The Lagos State Government on Tuesday joined the world in celebrating Global Handwashing Day with an awareness campaign on the importance of handwashing organised for children of Primary Schools in the State.
Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Engr. Olalekan Shodeinde who spoke at the event held at St. Peter’s Anglican Nursery/Primary School, Ikeja, charged students to become agents of positive change of the environment.
He said the objective of the campaign is to recognise that people at all levels should work together to inspire behavioural change in all Children.
“We believe the awareness and culture of handwashing should start from a tender age to catch them young. You are implored to imbibe and always remember this act, and take it home to your parent as well as your community at large”, he said.
Shodeinde added that the year 2022 celebration represents a critical reminder for Lagosians, particularly, stressing that the State Government has taken the lead role in public awareness and campaigns on hand washing to reduce and prevent the spread of diseases among residents.
He stressed that handwashing is the most effective mode of reducing the spread and keeping diseases at bay, adding that it is a simple act with enormous rewards when it comes to keeping ourselves safe and healthy.
The Permanent Secretary averred that it is also one of the key cornerstones of COVID-19 prevention, saying that children must practice handwashing at regular intervals, especially after playing, coughing, sneezing, visiting the toilet, before eating and after touching animals.
“Regular washing of hands with soap and water after touching common surfaces such as doorknobs or handles, after coming back from visiting public places will keep one and others around safe”, he added.
He said every 15th of October has been set aside to raise awareness and consciousness on the importance of Handwashing to Healthy Lives.
The Guest speaker, Project Director, Community WASH initiatives, Engr. (Mrs.) Sanni-Anibire, in her paper presentation titled: “Unite For Universal Hand Hygiene”, noted that it is mandatory for the children to wash their hands regularly as well as inculcate the habit of handwashing to prevent germs and unnecessary sickness.
She taught the children about the practical steps and techniques of having a clean and hygienic handwashing.
Assistant Health Officer, LagosState Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB), Mr. Amusan Oluwatobi also demonstrated an effective handwashing process and told the students to observe regular handwashing at all times.
He however urged them to be Agents of change by taking the advocacy to their friends, family and their entire community.