In Kebbi NGO sensitises students on importance of handwashing

The state coordinator of the organisation made the plea on Thursday in an interview in Birnin Kebbi.

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School children wash their hands during an activity to mark the third annual Global Handwashing Day at Thirime primary school in Kikuyu, near Kenya's capital Nairobi, October 15, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya play School children wash their hands during an activity to mark the third annual Global Handwashing Day at Thirime primary school in Kikuyu, near Kenya's capital Nairobi, October 15, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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An NGO, Inspire Nurses Network Africa (INNA), has urged school heads in Kebbi to inculcate in their students the habit of constant handwashing before and after meal.

Mr Ifeanyi Kenechukwu, the state coordinator of the organisation, made the plea on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Birnin Kebbi.

Kenechukwu said that the NGO was a volunteer group educating school children on the importance of handwashing before and after meal as well as after going to the toilet.

He said inculcating such habit in school children would promote their health and improve hygienic condition, adding that the campaign would be taken to all schools in the state.

Kenechukwu said that the network was determined to enable the schools and agencies to take preventive measures against infectious diseases.

He called on parents to compliment the efforts of the organisation by teaching their children on the importance of washing their hands at short intervals.

Kenechukwu said that the network would procure handwashing chemicals for distribution to schools in order to promote the health of children.

He called for the support of the state government to actualise the dream of the organisation.

NAN reports that the state government was currently collaborating with some foreign NGOs to perform free eye treatment and heart-related diseases to more than 10,000 patients.