The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos in collaboration with the Lagos State Government (LASG), yesterday joined the rest of the world to observe the Global Handwashing Day. Addressing an audience of over 500 students from four schools, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, acknowledged the partnership that exists between UNIC and the Lagos State government; and called on Nigerians to continue the habit of frequent handwashing with soap despite the containment of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country.
According to her, ‘frequent handwashing with soap could prevent many communicable diseases’ adding that ‘clean hands save lives.’
Earlier, the Senior Public Information Officer, UNIC Lagos, Envera Selimovic, noted that handwashing was not meant for the Global Handwashing Day alone, but an exercise that should be done as many times as required every day.
The ceremony, held at the premises of Falomo Senior High School, had in place thirteen handwashing points including that which was provided and donated by UNIC Lagos. Leading the enlightenment about handwashing procedure was the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Public Health, Dr Yewande Adesina who explained in details the eight steps to washing hands and getting rid of germs.
Dr Adesina urged the students to thoroughly follow the procedure of washing hands and to make sure they do not turn off the water tap with their already clean hands. She advised that wrist or elbow should be used.
Afterwards, the Honourable Commissioner for Education led the dignitaries and students to wash hands in confirmation of the fact that ‘Clean hands save lives’
The Tutor General and Permanent Secretary for Education District III, Mr O.G. Olatunji, delivered the welcome address at the programme anchored by the National Information Officer of UNIC Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun.