Lakes State Commemorates Global Hand Washing Day

Lakes State Directorate of Water and Sanitation and UN Agencies commemorated the global hand washing day under the theme ”raise clean hands to push cholera out of South Sudan.”

By Mabor Riak Magok

RUMBEK 19 October 2015 [Gurtong]- Global Hand washing Day is an annual global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of hand washing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

Celebrated annually on October 15, Lakes State Governor’s representative during the celebrations, the Minister of Gender and Child welfare in Lakes State, Ezekiel Thiang Mangar reiterated the importance of washing hands to the pupils.

The Director of Water and Sanitation in Rumbek, Barnaba Makuac Magol Alueth said provision of clean and safe water will improve poor sanitation and hygiene services.

Makuac said that every year in South Sudan, diarrhoea and cholera tops the list of major diseases killing most children and elderly people.

“This needs attention of the leaders and general stakeholders including NGOs involved in hygiene and sanitation sector to give more support to enable us strengthen hygiene and sanitation program.”

“Our theme of this year’s celebration locally in Lakes State should be ‘wash your hands before eating’ after visiting the toilet and after washing the child’s bottom” this hygiene should not only  be practiced in the schools but also in houses especially by mothers and fathers.”

Mr. Barnaba Makuac said the extension of the global hand washing day to rural and remote villages needs mobility and financial support from both the government and donors.

“To enable us reach the rural areas, the celebration should be rotated in the headquarters of all the Counties every year, starting from next year.”

He urged the communities of Lakes State to live in harmony and allow room for development activities to take place in the rural villages.

Makuac Magol thanked the government representatives, donors supporting water and sanitation in Lakes State and UNICEF.

UNICEF representative, Emmanuel Gai Mabor urged the members of the community particularly parents, teachers and pupils to watch out for water borne diseases.

“Our hands are an important part of our body which forms a network of contacts with many other parts of the body because dirty hands can contaminate us.”

Emmanuel Gai highlighted that washing hands with soap before handling food is one of the best ways of protecting oneself from diseases like cholera, diarrhea and hepatitis E that are easily spread from germs infected hands.


 

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