As part of activities to commemorate the World Hand Wash Day, the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt has donated eight water wash hand basins and some waste disposal bins to the Community Senior and Primary schools 1 and 2 Olanada, Rumuola.
President of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Mike Ezeanya who led members of the club to the school handed over the complete and working hand washing basins and disposal bins to management of the Community Senior and Primary schools 1 and 2 Olanada, Rumuola said the gesture is to encourage hand washing among children and prevent outbreak of diseases peculiar to children.
“Although hand washing with soap is critical in the fight against infectious diseases, including COVID-19, global only, around 3 in 10 public schools do not have hand washing facilities with water and soap available.
“One of the reasons for high spread of the covid-19 pandamic is as a result of the hand washing amongst Nigeria.
“This move became very essential because we have observed that hand washing is not part of our culture, that is why we are preaching and campaigning that resident of Rivers State and Nigerians should imbibed the culture of hand washing to prevent certain diseases not only covid-19 virus.
“Further long-term investment in water, sanitation and hygiene can help prevent the next health crisis from coming especially in these public schools”, he said.
President of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Mike Ezeanya urges governments to commit to providing hand hygiene, not as a temporary response to the pandemic, but as an investment in public health and economic resilience.
“We are equally calling on the federal and the state governments to provide hand hygiene, not as a temporary response to the pandemic, but as an investment in public health and economic resilience.
Our correspondent reports that members of the Rotarys Club of Port Harcourt engaged the pupils in proper hand washing according to the W.H.O standard.