The exercise, which was used to mark this year’s International Handwashing Day, was organised by NP Gandour, manufacturers of Pharmadem soaps and sanitisers, and Tell It Moms, an NGO.
As part of the event, pupils of the school were educated on the essence of handwashing, and were taking through best ways in handwashing and cleaning to prevent infections.
The 2016 Global Handwashing Day was marked on the theme, “Make handwashing a habit.”
Mrs. Shaida Buari Nubi, Chief Executive of Tell It Moms, explaining the essence of the exercise, said because children play a lot, it was important that they were educated to adopt the principle of handwashing and cleanliness in general,
According to her, handwashing, especially before eating could help in preventing diseases such as diarrhoea.
“Educating them on the importance of making hand washing a habit, could dramatically reduce the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases and pneumonia, which together account for the majority of the deaths among children around the world.
“For handwashing to be effective it must be practised consistently at key times, such as after using the toilet or before contact with food,” she said.
She said NP Gandour see the Global Handwashing Day as an opportunity to replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with Pharmadem soaps and sanitisers which has the efficacy to kill 99.9 per cent of known gems at every critical time.
For his part, Mr. Oduro Christopher, Deputy Marketing Manager for NP Gandour said handwashing remains a critical act in saving lives.
The exercise, he said was to demonstrate the company’s commitment to its social responsibility, adding that “we shall continue to make people aware that such preventions can be so simple and inexpensive, and yet so effective.”
As part of the event, NP Gandour donated a consignment of Pharmadem hand sanitisers and doctors’ overcoats, worth about GH¢7,000.00 to the maternity ward of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
By Times Reporter