Yes, you are the hope! You are the future! But you know what? That future the world is waiting for, is in your ‘HANDS’. The care you give to your hands determine the future as it is the cheapest way to avoid many diseases that can cut short your lives.

Children washing their hands the global Handwashing day at Tafawa Balewa Square , Lagos.

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to commemorate this year’s Global Hand Washing Day, with the theme: “Our Hands, Our Future!”, Let’s give everyone a clean hand. A clean hand is stronger than any vaccines and a wonderful way of saving lives with little or no cost, especially, now that there is an outbreak of  Monkey pox in the country.

According to the UNICEF report, Hand washing with soap could prevent many of the 272 million yearly school days lost to diarrhoea disease, and 50% of the infections acquired in healthcare settings. Hand washing with soap has an important role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and has the power to improve access to education for children, protect the health of patients and communities, and reduce inequities.

So as children, if you join other children in the world to consciously continue to wash your hand with soaps every time, you are investing towards a future where your potential will be realized.

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