UNICEF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Chief in
Nigeria, Mr. Kanaan Nadar, disclosed this on the
occasion of the 2014 global hand washing day
celebration in Abuja.
Nadar called on parents to make their children see
the need to always wash their hands and maintain
safe hygiene at all times as this would reduce
deaths caused by diarrhea by almost 50 per cent.
Nadar, said: “In Nigeria every year, we have about
150,000 children that die largely due to diarrhea
mostly associated with unsafe water sanitation and
“Hand washing can actually step down this diarrhea
death to almost 50 per cent and reduce pneumonia
to almost 40 per cent. So hand washing is really
According to him, hand washing with soap has
made a major difference in the fight against Ebola
Virus Disease, EVD.
Nadar said it had been one of the major tools
against the spread of the virus in most of the EVD
“In the fight against the spread of the Ebola virus,
hand washing with soap, as an important tool, has
made additional line of difference.
“Choose hand washing for this is apt given the
prominence that hand washing has gained
especially in this particular time of crisis in a
number of countries.
“Everyone can choose to wash his or her hand with
soap after using the toilet and before eating or
touching food, thereby creating healthy environment
not only for themselves but also for the family and
the larger society.”
In her address, the Minister of Water Resources,
Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe, said the hand washing
programme was being celebrated because it had
the capacity to save lives and reduce disease
burden in Nigeria.
“Today across Nigeria, over 250,000 pupils from
100 selected schools are participating in the global
hand washing campaign and will be demonstrating
the process of hand washing with running.”