The human hands according to research, contains approximately 5,000 germs at every given time, this is while United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Kaduna Field Office has continue to create awareness on the importance of hand wash in and around Kaduna communities and schools as part of activities to commemorate the global hand washing day 2017.
UNICEF, Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH), Specialist, Mrs. Theresa Pamma, disclosed this in her remarks at Local Education Authority (LEA) primary school kasuwan magani in Kajuru aqlocalgovernment area of Kaduna State, during a Handwashing awareness campaign.
According to Mrs. Pamma, “approximately 5,000 germs are on the human hands at any point in time, according to a research conducted by Center for Disease Control, Atlanta, USA.”
She emphasized that effective handwashing can reduce the transmission of faeco-oral diseases by 47% while the use of sanitary latrine can reduce transmission by about 50%.
She therefore, called on everyone to join hands in the global campaign for 2017 titled “Our Hands, Our Future” to promote effective handwashing to become a routine practice for each one because it is a long immunization against faeco-oral diseases.
“In Kaduna State, about 200 primary Schools and Health facilities are celebrating this event in support of the global call and will make it a routine practice.
“We need to wash our hands after using the toilet and after changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet before handing or eating food and after caring for someone who is sick or handling animals or their waste because sometimes we assume that our hands are clean.” Mrs. Pamma added.
In a similar hand washing sensitization and demonstration held for family members of the UNICEF staff at the Kaduna UNICEF office, the officer in charge, Dr Idris Baba reiterated the need for effective hand washing now and always.
He said it was important to generate momentum on the hand washing even from the family members. He urged their children and family members to spread the message of hand washing to all and sundry.