Hand Washing Day: Borno authorities mark day with military school pupils
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Oct 15, Kaduna : Borno State Authorities in Northeastern part of Nigeria led by the state Commissioner of Water Resources - Dr Zainab Gimba and other dignitaries enlightened students and pupils of Command Day Secondary School (CDSS) and Command Children School in Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri on the importance of hand washing. 15th October of every year is a day set aside by UNICEF as Global Hand Washing Day. It's a day to advocate for a culture of hand washing around the world and to increase awareness and understanding on the importance of hand washing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. Deputy Director Army Public Rations 7 Division, Lieutenant Colonel Kingsley Samuel disclosed in a statement made available to mark the day. The Commissioner while addressing the pupils explained that “ It is a day set aside to celebrate Hand washing across the Globe to ensure safety and healthy living. It would also ensure kids learn the idea of washing their hands regularly to avoid contacting infectious diseases". She also noted that most communicable diseases are easily carried by hands, giving examples of cases of diarrhea and pneumonia which are caused by poor hygiene condition. She urged the students and pupils to always wash their hands before eating and after making use of toilet facilities. Dr Zainab Gimba, the representative of the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division Colonel John Medugu and other guests participated in a symbolic hand washing presentation before the students and pupils of the Command Day Primary and Secondary took turn to wash their hands and were presented with a bar soap each. Borno state is the birth place of Boko Haram insurgency. The crisis in the region claimed many lives as well displaced over two million people across the border.
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