A Non Governmental Organization, Environment and Tourism Support Initiative in partnership with Andre Bisong Initiative for the less privileged, has launched a WASH Team Pear Club to promote a germ free environment
At the inauguration ceremony in Abuja, to mark this year’s Global Hand washing Day, the Executive Director of the NGO Mrs Margret Chukwu Kikunda, said the initiative was to enlighten students on good personal hygiene and safe environment.
According to her, Junior Secondary School Mpape was selected as the pilot school to champion the campaign against diseases, stating that other schools would also be visited to sustain the advocacy program.
“Hand washing is an important way of keeping food safe and helping children grow strong, our hands are the gateway to our mouth and into our system” she said.
” Consistent washing of the hands with soap or ashes may reduce the incidence of diarrhea and respiratory infections by 25 percent especially among children under 5years”.
She advised the pupils to make handwashing a part of every meal at home and in the school environment.
Mrs Kikunda appealed to government at all levels and stakeholders to embrace the WASH project aimed at sustening a safe environment for all.
In a remark the Chairman FCT Universal Basic Education Board, UBEB Dr Ibrahim Kabir, represented by a senior staff of the board Mr Mohammed Bello commended the initiative and advised the students to put into practice all they have learnt from the program and ensure they spread the news to all their friends and families on the need to promote cleaniness.
The principal of Junior Secondary School Mpape, Hajia Saidatu Sani expressed Joy for selecting the school as the pilot point to promote the hand washing program.
She pledged the commitment of the school to maintain a clean environment while assuring that the hand washing buckets with soap and water would be kept at strategic points for the students use at critical times.
On her part, the founder of the Andre Bisong Initiative for the less privileged, Dr Elizabeth Ejiogu, promised that the program would not be a one off event, but be sustained to prevent diseases as well as ensure healthier citizens.