Friday, 22 April 2016

Over 80 million children of 15 years suffer of improper hygienic diseases

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Anambra State Commissioner for Power & Domestic Water Development, Mr Obi Nwankwo has said that about 40% million school children are infected with worms, while over 80 million under the age of 15 suffers of Schistosomiasis (a disease caused by parasitic flatworms called schistosomes).

Obi, who disclosed this at the 2016 Hygiene Campaign and Advocacy programme held at Awka by the state government in collaboration with the European Union (EU)/United Nations Child Education Fund (UNICEF), attributed the causes of the diseases including Ebola and Lassa Fever to poor hygiene.

The Commissioner further charged people to copiously wash hands with soap and water with a view to preventing them, because according to him, the diseases when contacted, affect the growths, nutritional status, physical activities, cognition, concentration and general performance of the adolescents/school children.

He also stressed the need for teachers and parents to help in inculcating the hygiene promotion/intervention at schools and homes as it serves as a catalyst for change in improving good hygiene habits in communities and the world at large.

In a goodwill message from UNICEF, Clement Chigbo, the Anambra State WASH Consultant, thanked the state government on its continues demonstration of what he termed WASH Programme, which he said is a new model of schools sanitation, hygiene, water and facilities for menstrual hygiene.

According to Chigbo, very soon, the UNICEF will be supporting the state to launch a new approach to hygiene promotion otherwise called Hygiene Improvement Framework aim at covering every community and household in the state.

This is even as he disclosed that UNICEF has established Environmental Health Clubs in 60 schools and trained 120 teachers on the promotion of hygiene in Anambra state, aside provision of integrated sanitation/hand-washing facilities in 18 schools in Aguata and Anambra East Local Government Areas between 2015/2016.

Earlier, Mrs. Bene Ozuruonye, Information Officer for RUWASSA/and Coordinator of the programme, explained that they intend to use it to teach school children to practice good hygiene because they are the agent of change and expected to teach their parents, peers and others. 

Speaking to, some of the participants, little Mister Eze Ifesinachi of Udoka Basic School, Awka; and Anike Paschaline from Amamuife Basic Primary School, Awka vowed to teach people that hygiene is most important thing for healthy living and longevity.    

Demonstration of new handwashing approach forms high point of the occasion.



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