PUPILS CLEAN HANDS
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovu
The pupils of Lindayiphi Intermediate School in Mandeni took part in a global hand washing day with a mission to promote the pros of hygiene on Wednesday.
The partnering company, Unilever revealed that the initiative included 35 schools and eight clinics in Mandeni, reaching over 18 000 children and aimed to reduce the death of five-year-old kids from unnecessary disease, while driving awareness regarding hygienic behaviour.
Unilever South Africa Chairman, Peter Cowan, said that hand washing with soap could help in reducing deaths of “future leaders.”
“Hand washing with soap is one of the most effective and low cost ways to prevent diseases like pneumonia and diarrhoea, which stop 1.7 million children every year from reaching their fifth birthday,” he said.
He elaborated that their clinical research proves that washing hands with soap at key occasions can reduce unnecessary diseases.
He added, “We have a deep commitment as Unilever to create a brighter future for all South Africans through improving the health and hygiene in communities where we operate”. Cowan said, “hand washing with soap could help a lot more children reach their fifth birthday.”
He ensured Journalismiziko that the project focuses on rural areas in an effort to decrease childhood disease.
Health regional expert of Sundumbili community clinic, Nozipho Ntuli, believes that the initiative will assist in saving the lives of under five-year-old children as the theme of the day said.
She said, “These kids are a big possibility waiting to shine in our country. Nobody knows what that person is going to be in future.”
Ntuli said that diarrhoea is the most common disease that affects, “our future leaders,” and she believes that elders are the source of it.
“We as parents and their nannies, we fail to wash our hands before taking care of them,” she said.
She continued by urging adults to assist in, “saving innocent lives,” while addressing school pupils, teachers and parents.