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Handwashing Helps West Students

A sanitary lifestyle will help eradicate diseases caused by unhygienic habits and surroundings, says Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Veena Bhatnagar. She said this during the  launch of the
05 Sep 2015 14:18
Handwashing Helps West Students
Assistant Minister for Health Veena Bhatnagar (third from left), with Nitin Punja during the launch of the Handwashing programme. Photo: Salote Qalubau

A sanitary lifestyle will help eradicate diseases caused by unhygienic habits and surroundings, says Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Veena Bhatnagar.

She said this during the  launch of the handwashing programme in Lautoka on Thursday at the Punjas Distribution Centre in Lautoka.

“Handwashing with soap eliminates 99 per cent of the bacteria and other infectious organisms that can cause diseases,” Ms Bhatnagar said.

“The health of children is paramount to Government and we must see that every child is educated on this good hygiene practice.”

Ms Bhatnagar said handwashing drills in schools would be helpful for students later on in their lives.

She said it had helped reduce the effect of typhoid in the West.

“Sanitation and handwashing with soap are the most effective means of controlling communicable disease as a means of personal hygiene,” she said.

Ms Bhatnagar said 92 washing stations were installed by Punjas Group in primary schools in the Rakiraki Health Subdivision and Sigatoka Primary School. These washing stations to cater for 104 students.

Meanwhile, Ocean Soaps Limited donated 7000 Bodyguard antibacterial cleansing bars to the Ministry of Health to help the handwashing campaign in the Western Division.

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