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Minister distributes sanitation facilities to Unity Colleges

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To commemorate the 2020 Global Handwashing Day, the Minister of Environment, Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar has distributed hand washing facilities to all Unity Colleges in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and the Kuje Correctional Centre.

Speaking during the Global Handwashing Day, Abubakar said the event was organised by the federal government to promote environmental sanitation and hygiene practices among Nigerians.

He said the event was to reawaken societal consciousness on the need to wash the hands always.

Abubakar regretted that in spite of the numerous programmes and initiatives targeted at improving sanitation, billions of people are still struggling to cope with consistent shortage of basic sanitation and hygiene facilities, especially in developing countries like Nigeria.

“Appropriate and regular washing of hands keep us healthy and prevent the spread of respiratory and diarrheal infections from person to person. This is because hands serve as a vehicle for transmitting pathogens of respiratory infections, Faeco-oral diseases and COVID-19 virus.

“It has been reported that more than 3.5 million children in Nigeria suffer from diarrheal diseases. Unfortunately, children who are less than five years old are more prone to such diseases due to lack of knowledge about the importance of hand washing. A simple act of washing hands with soap can reduce the infection percentage to 50 and also reduce any respiratory disease by 25 percent,” he said.

According to him, addressing sanitation and hygiene challenges is a necessity and worthwhile investment for government at every level.

The minister urged Nigerians, especially those in places of authority, to ensure adequate provision for sanitation and hygiene including hand washing facilities at all times.

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