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Clean hands saves lives! UNICEF joins Nigeria to celebrate global handwashing day

ABUJA, 15 October 2010—UNICEF is joining Nigeria to mark Global Handwashing Day today to call attention to the life-saving importance of handwashing with soap or ash and water.

The simple act of washing hands with soap or ash and water—particularly at critical moments, including after using the toilet and before handling food—can reduce the incidence of diarrhoea among children under five by almost half. In Nigeria, diarrhoea is the cause of some 194,000 deaths of children under five every year, which is the second highest in the world, after India.

“Handwashing is simple, powerful, and everybody can do it. Every time you wash your hands at restaurant, school, home and work, you may be saving a life—your own or someone else’s.” said Dr. Suomi Sakai, Representative of UNICEF in Nigeria. “But we have to do it every day of the year not just on Global Handwashing Day.” “Handwashing is simple, powerful, and everybody can do it. Every time you wash your hands at restaurant, school, home and work, you may be saving a life—your own or someone else’s.” said Dr. Suomi Sakai, Representative of UNICEF in Nigeria. “But we have to do it every day of the year not just on Global Handwashing Day.”

In Nigeria, UNICEF provides water and sanitation facilities as well as hygiene education support to schools and communities around the country with assistance from European Union and UK Government. Today UNICEF celebrates Global Handwashing Day by supporting handwashing campaigns in schools and other forums in close collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, members of the National Task Group on Sanitation and other partners.

Every person can save a life: wash your hands after using the toilet and before eating—even before breast feeding!

For further information, please contact
. Paula Fedeski: office +234 9 461 6402; mobile +234 803 402 0879; pfedeski@unicef.org
· Geoffrey Njoku: office + 234 9 461 6403; mobile + 234 803 525 0288; gnjoku@unicef.org


 

 

 
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