Good Sanitation and Hygiene means Good Health
By Abubakar Mohammed
15th October every year is marked as hand washing day world-wide, why is this day importance to us?
The Director, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Adamawa State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, Alh. Zubairu Ali said Hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infections. You can spread germs (viruses and bacteria) as such he encourage people to always wash their hands after using toilets and washrooms, After blowing nose or sneezing in hands, before and after eating, Visiting or caring for sick people or Handling pets, and animals and their wastes as well as changing diapers etc
Ensuring that employees wash their hands properly after using the washroom, the Director call on all organizations such as schools to introduce proper hand washing practice in order to reduce disease transmission.
According to UNICEF, less than 800 of 1,400 children deaths in Nigeria are caused by diarrhea daily which could be attributed to poor sanitation and inadequate water because children at the first month of their lives were very vulnerable to diseases easily transmitted through unwashed hands, regular practice of hand washing saves more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention. It also reduces deaths from diarrhea by almost half and deaths from acute respiratory infections.
Adamawa State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency in collaboration with EU/UNICEF are implementing a four year programme on Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Phase III in Mubi South and Fufore Local Governments of Adamawa State with a target population of 413,488 persons to benefit from improved safe drinking water, good sanitation and sustained good hygiene practice in both communities and schools.