Oxfam Advances Establishment of Health Club in Schools

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Oxfam Great Britain-Liberia Country Director and the Chairperson for Liberia Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) Consortium have stressed the need for the various schools across the country to establish health clubs to enhance the hand washing Ebola preventive measure.

Mary Kudla made the recommendation yesterday at a program marking the celebration of Global Hand Washing Day held in the courtyard of William V. S. Tubman High School in Sinkor, Monrovia.

The program was held under the Global Theme, “Raise a Hand for Hygiene,” with the National slogan, “Clean Hands are Strong Hands.”

The goal of the school health club, she said, is to empower students to play active roles and be responsible to develop proper health including their personal hygiene.

She assured her organization’s continuous commitment to work with line ministries to ensure that Liberia has good water points, sanitation, latrines and hand washing facilities for the wellbeing of the citizens.

To do that, she stressed the need for Oxfam and partners to visit the campuses of all the schools and health centers to ensure that the goals are achieved.

Global Hand Washing Day, which was celebrated in Liberia for the first time in 2008, is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of hand washing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

In 2008, over 120 million people around the world, among them millions of children, celebrated the day by washing their hands.

The celebration was simultaneously observed in eight of the 15 counties, including Sinoe, Lofa, Bong, Nimba, Montserrado, Margibi, Cape Mount and Gbarpolu Counties.

The celebrants were delighted for the level of support provided by partners such UNICEF, Save the Children, among others.

Also speaking, the Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), Charles Allen, challenged Liberians to think like people of actions and thoughts, which are essential to creating healthy environments.

He said considering the progress made in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease, it is now important for Liberia to join other nations in celebrating the Global Hand Washing Day.

Earlier, Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis Nah Katteh, commended WASH partners for organizing a program that commemorated the Day.

Dr. Katteh said the role of hand washing in the prevention of diseases cannot be overly emphasized, adding that the exercise was a tool in the fight against the Ebola virus.

Global Hand Washing Day is an opportunity to design, test and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times.

Celebrated on October 15 each year, Global Hand Washing Day was founded by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Hand Washing.

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