By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Minister of Environment Mohammed Abubakar has handed over some hand washing facilities to Unity Schools in the federal capital Territory (FCT) and also two (2) spray machines for fumigation, face masks and hand sanitizers to the Authority of Kuje Correctional Centre for the use of the inmates.
Presenting the items to them, Abubakar said with the sanitation and hygiene challenges in the country, it has become necessary and worthwhile investment for government at every level.
The Minister made the disclosure at the commemoration of the 2020 Global hand washing day yesterday in Abuja .
“Today’s event marks yet another effort by the federal government to promote environmental sanitation and hygiene practices among Nigerians.
“The ministry focus is to reawaken societal consciousness on the need to wash the hands always; especially after critical moments”.
According to him” access to Sanitation and Hygiene is not only a fundamental human rights that safeguards public health and human dignity but also an essential need when it comes to disease prevention.
“Therefore, I want to use this opportunity to call on Nigerians especially those in places of authority (public or private) to ensure adequate provision for sanitation and hygiene including hand washing facilities at all times”,he said .
He urged that a simple act of washing hands with soap can reduce infection percentage to 50 and also reduce any respiratory disease by 25%.
He said “appropriate and regular washing of hands keep us healthy and prevent the spread of respiratory and diarrheal infections from person to person. This is because our hands serve as a vehicle for transmitting pathogens of respiratory infections, Faeco-oral diseases and Covid-19 virus.
“It has been reported that more than 3.5 million children in Nigeria suffer from diarrheal diseases.
“Hand washing saves lives! Therefore, hands must be washed as much as practically possible, especially at critical moments.”