BACK­PACK Hand-wash­ing Day: Ro­tary e-Club men­tors 500 pupils in Abuja

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As Nige­ria joins the world to mark the Global Hand-wash­ing Day, the Ro­tary e-Club Nige­ria 9125 in Abuja has taken its cam­paign to a Lo­cal Ed­u­ca­tion Au­thor­ity Pri­mary School at Jabi where over 500 pupils where taught the art of proper hand-wash­ing.

Pres­i­dent of the e-Club, Ro­tar­ian Pa­tience Ak­pan said, “To­day, Oc­to­ber 15, is Global Hand wash­ing Day, an an­nual global ad­vo­cacy day ded­i­cated to in­creas­ing aware­ness and un­der­stand­ing about the im­por­tance of hand wash­ing with soap as an easy, ef­fec­tive, and af­ford­able way to pre­vent dis­eases.

“The Ro­tary e-Club of Nige­ria 9125 is par­tic­u­larly con­cerned that this school with a pop­u­la­tion of over 500 pupils doesn’t have good fa­cil­i­ties for chil­dren to wash their hands af­ter defe­cat­ing or play­ing.”

She called on pupils and the school of­fi­cials to help teach how to wash hands with soap or ash af­ter us­ing toi­lets and be­fore eat­ing. “Let us en­cour­age this habit at home, school and ev­ery­where,” Pa­tience ad­vised.

The Head Teacher, Mrs Babakogi Mercy as­sured the Club that the prac­tice will con­tinue by en­gag­ing pupils to wash their hands daily across the classes.

“Af­ter this pro­gramme, we will con­tinue to en­sure that it is put into prac­tice by pro­vid­ing the buck­ets, soap, tow­els and sani­tis­ers in each of the classes and have them prac­tice the art of proper hand-wash­ing al­ways,” she said.

A pupil in Pri­mary five, Chris­tiana Luka said she is happy to see grown up think so much about young ones. “I thank them for com­ing to teach us how to wash our hands. I will want them to come here again and teach another thing so we can also en­rich our skills.”

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