WaterAid Nigeria has called on Policymakers to priorities Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) interventions with specific objectives to improve WASH within plans and policies.
Mrs. Blessing Sani, Communication Officer, WaterAid Nigeria made the call at a Sensitisation Programme in Abuja.
The theme of the 2019 Global Handwashing,”Clean Hands for All” and it is celebrated every Oct. 15.
The senstisation programme was organised by the Ministry of Water Resourse’s National Task Group on Sanitation (NTGS) in collaboration with WaterAid.
Sani said that this was necessary toward achieving the goals of hand washing and universal WASH access in the country to ensure reduction in the spread of diseases.
According to her, we are also here in the market to commemorate the Global Handwashing Day because hygiene matters concern everyone, particularly in public places.
“Most times we focus on schools, healthcare centres, households but we also forget that there are other public places like the market, where people sell goods and services.
” They touch money, when they sell food, cloths among others in the market, so there are lots of activities going on within hands in the market places and the hands are the leading carriers of gems.
Sani said that the sensitisation was the only way to educate them on why hand washing was critical and how it impact on their social economic life and their dignity.
Communication officer noted that hand washing was critical at all time before eating and after using the toilets, among others.
Mrs. Yemisi Akpan, Chief Scientific Office, Federal Ministry of Water Resources said the sensitisation was to educate those in the market on the importance of regular hand washing.
The 2019 Global Hand washing theme says, “Clean Hands for All.It it is not for only the children but also for the general public, especially for the market people.