Kazungula, October 16, 2019, ZANIS----   Kazungula District Council Chairman Eason Musokotwane has stressed the need for everyone to clean their hands with soap at all times.

Mr Musokotwane says clean hands for all is a recipe for good health adding that for this reason there is need to establish places to wash hands in every households, communities, schools, work places and health facilities.

“Clean hands for all, reminds us that we must be inclusive when addressing hand washing disparities. Hand washing with soap is an important part of keeping food safe, preventing diseases and helping children grow strong,” Mr. Musokotwane said.

ZANIS reports that the Council Chairman said during celebrations to commemorate the Global Hand Washing day held under theme:  ‘clean hands for all’ at Kabuyu Primary School.

Stressing that this year’s theme is in line with government’s 7NDP of leaving no one behind, Mr Musokotwane however, said inequalities in hand washing facilities and promotions programmes can put individuals at higher risk for diseases that impact their health, education and economic outcomes.

The Council Chairman observed that to some people, cleaning hands with water and soap is not considered as necessary because soaps are mostly reserved for laundry and bathing .

He however, emphasized the importance of using soap all the time when cleaning hands in order to remove germs much more effectively.

Earlier, Water Aid Zambia Programmes Officer Tassel Bulanda said his organization which is an international NGO aims at reaching everyone everywhere with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene within a generation.

“Water Aid Zambia has launched the Kutuba Campaign which means cleanliness is life, a hygiene behavior change campaign that focuses on the five key behaviors in communities, schools and health care facilities, “he said.

He named the five key behaviors as hand washing with soap, use of safe water, use of clean toilet, food hygiene and menstrual hygiene.

“We are happy with the government’s commitment in championing hygiene issues in the country and as Water Aid, we will continue to compliment government’s efforts in addressing various WASH challenges,” Mr Bulanda said.

And Kabuyu Primary School Head teacher Jonathan Makowa thanked Water Aid Zambia and other partners for improving water and sanitation facilities at the school and surrounding communities in the area.