Jul 12, 2019

Delta NGO Promotes handwashing, Sanitation, Hygiene in Delta Schools, as Yonwuren, Nana, Dore Numa,

Delta NGO Promotes handwashing, Sanitation, Hygiene in Delta Schools, as Yonwuren, Nana, Dore Numa, As part of efforts to promote the culture of regular handwashing and proper hygiene, to eradicate diarrhoea-related diseases in Delta State, Warri based nongovernmental organisation, Development Initiative for Community Impact (DICI), has kicked off a sensitization campaign and training of teachers to promote Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in primary and secondary schools. The programme commenced on Friday 12 July, at DICI head office, Warri, headquarters of Warri south Local Government Area of the state, in collaboration with Foundation for Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta (PIND), a nongovernmental organisation leading the WASH campaign in Nigeria. The sensitization programme availed the teachers an opportunity of acquiring basic training on handwashing and water purifying techniques so as to eradicating diarrhoea-related diseases in the schools and communities. Speaking at the event, the Executive Director of DICI, Mrs. Rachael Ruppee said that the programme was aimed to ingrain handwashing culture in the schools with a view to curbing the menace of diarrhoea-related diseases prevalent in communities. Her words: “our goal is to promote good hygiene through regular washing of hands and to facilitate access to safe drinking water in Delta State; by so doing, we will be eradicating diarrhoea-related diseases in our communities, especially among children. “We started with the schools because we are primarily concerned about the children who are often times more vulnerable to diarrhoea-related diseases. “At this session, we are training teachers from 8 schools and colleges in Warri South, Uvwie, Ughelli South, and Udu Local Government Areas of the state on handwashing and water purification techniques, and they will in turn sensitize the children on the importance of handwashing, as well as also get them to spread the message of handwashing, from one child to another in our homes and communities. Our objective is to facilitate the goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations which calls for clean water and sanitation for all by 2030.

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