As the world marks Global hand washing day, Cross River State joins the rest of the world to stress the importance of regular hand washing by the general public.
Global Hand Washing Day is observed October 15 every year. And as every year, the day serves as a platform to raise global awareness on the importance of hand washing with soap and running water.
The wife of the Executive Governor of Cross River State, Dr Linda Ayade stated that at this critical point that the world is battling with the pandemic, it is necessary to practice regular washing of hands.
Dr Linda who explained the essence of activities marking the day in Cross River State said it was in recognition to change in attitude to adopt good hygiene practices among children due to their vulnerability to diseases and also commended the collaboration of the United Purpose for their unalloyed support in ensuring that each year, the information of Hand washing get down to everyone, particularly the rural dwellers.
She also maintained that the government would not relent in putting emphasis in preventive medicine than curative medicine.
In her words: “For us to keep healthy, there are few things we need to strictly adhere to be able to keep yourself healthy. In public health, we put emphasize in preventive medicine than in curative medicine”.
“So its very important to me that we emphasize on preventive measures to keep healthy rather than curative measures, allowing yourself to fall sick before you sick help. So we always want the message to go round, to go as far as possible, to let people know that you have to take charge of your health and take those measures that would keep you healthy”.
“I want to say it loud and clear to everybody, using this medium to let the people know that at this point in our lives and this critical point that we are struggling with the pandemic, we would continue hammering on people to wash their hands regularly, to make it a habit. It as as good as keeping yourself away”.
Also speaking, the Program Manager, United Purpose, Mr Nanpet Chuktu disclosed the organization readiness to carry on the campaign of Hand Washing beyond the days celebration especially amongst school children.
The Organisation later paid a visit to the School of Special Education, Big qua, Calabar.
The event had in attendance the Cross River State Commissioner For Health, Dr Betta Edu, the Director General, Primary HealthCare Development Agency, Dr Janet Ekpenyong, Former Secretary Akwa Ibom Primary HealthCare Development Agency, Dr Eno Attach and other dignitaries who witnessed the Hand washing exercise performed by Her Excellency, Dr Linda Ayade.
Cross River State is happy to be part of the advocacy and call for increased practice of hand hygiene even as we look forward to achieving Hand hygiene for all.
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