‘Handwashing for peace’: UNIC Lagos raises public awareness on handwashing to prevent Ebola

As part of its contribution to the United Nations and government’s efforts to raising public awareness about prevention of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and other communicable diseases, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos has organized a handwashing exercise for a group of students from seven schools in Lagos.Boy washing hands
The students who were part of the production of a children magazine programme on Africa’s largest television network, the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), gleefully washed their hands with soap at UNIC premises, the location of the programme production.Group foto- Ebola IEC
They were treated to short presentations on the ‘United Nations for School Children’ and on the activities of UNIC.Envera and the pupils
In an interactive session after the presentations, the students sought to know why the United Nations declared an International Day for Peace and how the United Nations promotes peace worldwide.
In a related development, UNIC Lagos in consultation with other UN Agencies in Lagos has approached the Lagos State government for collaboration on programmes, including organising Handwashing campaign in public schools in Lagos State. seyi and handwashing
Speaking at the meeting initiated by UNIC and involving the UN and the Lagos State Inter-ministerial Committee, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, noted that the proposal of UNIC to the State government would strengthen the existing relationship between the UN and the Lagos State Government. She added that the proposed handwashing campaign in schools was in line with the plan of the government, preparatory to the opening of schools after the containment of the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the State.
Earlier, the Senior Public Information Officer, UNIC Lagos, Envera Selimovic, thanked the Lagos State Government represented by the Commissioner for Education, for considering UNIC Proposal and calling for the partnership meeting.