Imbibing the habit of hand washing can save up to 100,000 children from deaths, the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole has said.
He made the comment in Abuja while speaking at an event organized by Reckitt Benckiser, producers of Dettol
Represented by the National Coordinator Food Safety and Quality Programme, Mr. Fubara Chuku, the minister also said washing of hands could be more effective than vaccines in preventing diseases.
He revealed 150,000 infants death could be traced to diarrhea and other related diseases.
Speaking further, he disclosed over 2,000mchildren picked from both public and private schools had benefitted from Dettol’s School hygiene Programmed across four council areas of Federal Capital Territory.
He emphasized the need to promote the habit of hand washing as it has a great impact in overall health, adding it will also ensure Nigeria achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Also present at the event, the General Manager of Reckitt Benckiser, West Africa, Mr. Dayanand Sriram. He enjoined Nigerians to imbibe the habit of hand washing as it will reduce cases of communicable disease by 59% according to a finding by The World Health Organization.
“Dettol has been the trusted champion for good health and hygiene for over 50 years in Nigeria and we believe that it is important to inculcate good habits such as proper hand washing at an early age.
“A simple act of hand washing with soap can prevent illness and arrest diarrhea-related deaths. This is why we are continuing with the tradition of driving habit change, and provision of needed infrastructure.
“Over the past years, Dettol has provided handwashing sites and educated over seven million children, parents and teachers about the importance of hand washing through the School Hygiene Programme, which is a mass education program about proper hand washing and hygiene habits,” he said.