Ministry Commemorates World Hand Hygiene Day

….Takes Demonstrations to Schools and Public Places

In commemoration of year 2024 World Hand Hygiene Day, Kwara State Ministry of Health has  underscored the critical importance of hand hygiene in combating the spread of diseases, notably diarrhea and respiratory infections, to avoid outbreak of epidemics in the state and environs.

 The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Amina Ahmed El-Imam, who led the rally, at the Ministry’s Headquarters, Fate Road, Ilorin today, emphasized the importance of hand washing in disease prevention, urging parents to prioritize hand hygiene, to safeguard children's health. 

According to her, "Hand washing is One most effective measure against transmission of diseases. It is therefore crucial to maintain household hygiene, through regular hand washing, to avoid an outbreak of diseases, in whatever form, to enhance a healthy society."

She stressed further that, "the Ministry's proactive efforts at raising public awareness include the weekly radio MidLand  99.1fm program titled, "Kwara Health Gist," where topics like hand hygiene are discussed, in the interest of all.

El-Imam therefore urged citizens to tune to Midland 99.1 fm every Wednesday at 10:00 AM for accurate health information.

In his own remarks,  Director of Public Health,  Dr. Oluwatosin  Fakayode, related the significance of commemorating the day to promoting the awareness of hand hygiene, negligence of which could trigger epidemics, with dire consequences, in any given society. 

Highlights of the commemoration was the demonstration of proper hand washing techniques, conducted at locations, including  State Ministry of health, Fate Primary and Secondary School, Ilorin, as well as residential areas of the community, to impact citizens with the required knowledge of maintaining hands hygiene.

Falade Gbenga 
Press Secretary


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