Renew commitment towards Global handwashing

By Priscilla N Nyamekye/ Gifty Amofa GNA

Accra, Oct. 17, GNA – To achieve the
Sustainable Development Goal six bordering on clean water and sanitation,
stakeholders must renew efforts and commitment through teaching  with good practices, Madam Cynthia Morrison,
Minister designate for Gender, Children and Social Protection has said.

 This
she said was incumbent on parents, schools, private sector, and international
organisations to play their roles responsibly for its achievement.

Madam Morrison said this when Unilever Ghana
Limited marked this year’s Global Hand Washing Day in Accra to promote hand
washing with soap and water.

She commended Unilever for the Hi – Five
handwashing project, saying, it would promote good health among the children
and their effort would complement government’s move to attain the goal.

Madam Morrison said, the Theme; clean hands, a
recipe for health cannot be over emphasised as good sanitation would result in
good health among children – the future leaders and encouraged children to
practise proper handwashing.

The Managing Director of Unilever, Yeo
Ziobeieton highlighted on the importance of proper hand wash by saying that,
teaching children the proper way of washing hands helped them to have a healthy
and the best in life‘’.

“We are proud to be sourcing over 99 per cent
of our packaging materials here in Ghana’’. He also announced that some of
their biggest brands; Omo, Pepsodent, and Sunlight would be produced in Ghana
before the end of the year”.

He said, Unilever was on a mission to save
lives and ensure that children in the country lived up to the age of five by
teaching them the importance of washing hands with soap under running water at
the five critical times.

The five critical times, Mr Ziobeieton
explained were washing hands before breakfast, before lunch, before super, after
visiting the toilet, and before bathing.

To attain these, he said Unilever introduced
the school’s programme called ‘HI-5,’ where children were educated on the
importance of hand washing and proper way of doing it.

Madam Barbara Ayisi the Deputy Minister of
education, said the objectives of the programme was to develop a healthy
population with the essential skills to serve as change agents in their homes,
churches, mosques and communities and also to contribute efficiently to
national development.

She said the School Health Education Promotion
(SHEP) over the years had improved primary school attendance ‘’we are happy to
say that children in the schools had adopted positive hygiene behaviours which
would definitely guide them for the rest of their lives’’.

Henry Herbert Malm, the Corporate Affairs
Manager of Unilever in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said ‘’ So we
are emphasising the need for people to wash their hands and we say the five
critical times during the day is one that we want everyone to imbue as a habit;
before breakfast, before lunch, before super, after vising the washroom, and
during the daily bath.’’

Mr Malm advised everyone to wash their hands
before they started bathing because the hands might end up in places where they
could easily contaminate themselves.

“We have committed ourselves to improve and
enhance the health and hygiene of a billion people across the globe and that
was one of the campaigns,’’ he disclosed.

This year’s event branded by poetry concerts
and plays, was to highlight the plea to improve hygienic practices in the
avoidance of respiratory infections, Cholera, and Diarrhoea

The school children, teachers and their
families who took part in the awareness formation event made a pledge to wash
their hands with soap and water, while the children were also taken through
proper ways of washing hands with soap and water.

GNA

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