Lagos - The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), which marked Global Handwashing Day locally, said the fight against the deadly Ebola further underscored the practice of hand washing in disease prevention.
“Hand washing with soap is one of the cheapest, most effective ‘vaccines’ against viral diseases, from the seasonal flu, to the common cold,” said Sanjay Wijesekera, head of UNICEF’s global water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes.
The region is contending with what has been the worst Ebola outbreak in years.
Thousands of deaths have been recorded, with several of these locally, mostly Lagos.
UNICEF has been leading in raising awareness about Ebola in the affected countries, working to counter misconceptions about the disease that put even more people at risk.
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It is clear there is no simple fix, and it is going to take a massive international effort to stem the tide of this disease,” said Wijesekera.
“But it is crucial to get the word out on what measures can be taken now in the hardest hit areas, even as additional help continues to arrive from the outside. Hand washing is one of those measures.”
Nigeria is among a number of countries UNICEF held major events and celebrations to mark Global Hand washing Day.
Other such events were held in Cambodia and The Gambia.
Global Hand washing Day is a campaign to motivate and mobilize millions around the world to wash their hands with soap.
It takes place on October 15 of each year.
The campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of hand washing with soap as a key approach to disease prevention.
– CAJ News