The risk of contracting Respiratory and intestinal diseases can be reduced by 25-50% if we wash our hands regularly according to a study. Hand washing is a very important exercise to save another person’s life for it is the base of transmission of diseases and may prove fatal if not taken seriously. As a part of limiting the spread of some diseases, washing hands go a long way to enhance a healthy living for the community. The global handwashing day is (October 15) a day set aside to sensitize people on the importance of washing hands with soap in order to rid them from being infected by any disease and germs of any sought. It is against this backdrop that the ERuDeF Center for the Advancement of Women Initiative visited the Cameroon Education Center (CEC) Bonduma, Buea to sensitize the young primary and nursery school pupils on the importance of washing hands.
The team that was received by the head teacher of CEC Bonduma, had as an agenda, to teach the children how to wash their hands properly. The CAWI team led by miss Jingwa Laura drilled the children on the proper use of water, and the proper way of washing hands with soap and water. The children were cautioned on the reasons why they should wash their hands properly which is to rid them from germs which may lead to diseases like cholera, common cold, influenza, chicken pox, meningitis and CoronaVirus. Alonhnze, a pupil of CEC expressed satisfaction for the opportunity given to her to demonstrate the hand washing process and for the donation of soap given by the management of CAWI. “from today onward, I will make hand washing a regular habit”.
The global handwashing day with theme “Hand Hygiene For All” warrants that, hands should be washed regularly, and alcohol based solutions should be applied properly especially with the outbreak of Covid-19 which has caused the death of thousands of people across the world. Choosing CEC is therefore not surprising as young folks are the most vulnerable to health threats because they play around and torch anything, dirty or clean. With the pandemic in Cameroon and the Southwest region, washing of hands is very important to ensure healthy living.