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.
MD of Unilever Ghana
This year’s theme focuses on handwashing as an important part of keeping food safe, preventing diseases, and helping children grow strong. The theme, “Clean hands – a recipe for health, therefore reminds us to make handwashing a part of every meal.
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.