Unilever Ghana Limited has marked this year’s Global Hand Washing Day with a handwashing festival at the Independence Square in Accra.
Dubbed “High5 for handwashing- Give us a high5 and we’ll teach 5 kids handwashing”, the objective of the event was to teach one million children in the country, the proper way of washing hands.
Global handwashing day, which was co-founded by Unilever through its Lifebuoy soap brand, is aimed at promoting handwashing with soap under running water amongst children especially those aged five and below, as a way to combat diarrhoea and cholera diseases responsible for the deaths of over 10,000 children in Ghana every year.
This year’s event in Accra attracted over 6,000 people including children and was characterized by poetry recitals, plays and the inauguration of hygiene champions, to reinforce the call for improved hygiene practices in our homes, schools and communities to prevent diarrhoea and hygiene-related diseases.
The school children, teachers and their families who took part in the event, made a pledge to wash their hands with soap under running water every day. There was a demonstration on the proper ways of washing the hands with soap and water.
Speaking at the event, the Managing Director of Unilever Ghana Limited, Mr. Ziobeieton Yeo said handwashing with soap under running water is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent diarrhoea-related diseases. He noted that “Lifebuoy is a hygiene soap that prevents infection through proper handwashing. Through our Lifebuoy soap brand, we have provided hygiene products, which include bar and liquid soaps. We have taken it upon ourselves to help communities around the world improve their hygiene through handwashing hence our decision to be a founding partner of the global handwashing day initiated in 2008”.
The event was attended by a couple of dignitaries which includes the Second Lady of Ghana, Mrs Samira Bawumia and the Minister designate for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Cynthia Morrison.
Other dignitaries present at the event were the Deputy Minister for Education – Hon. Barbara Asher Ayisi, Deputy Minister for Health – Hon. Tina Mensah, Deputy Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources – Hon. Patrick Buamah, the President and General Secretary of GNAT among others.