Children washing their hands the global Handwashing day at Tafawa Balewa Square , Lagos.
A Laboratory Scientist, Mr Chinenye Nwekpe, has advised parents and teachers to inculcate the practice of hand washing in children as way of protecting them from infections.
Nwekpe gave the advice in an interview with newsmen on Friday in Enugu.
He said regular washing of hands with clean water and soap or even ashes would help in keeping children and adults healthy.
He added that “hand-washing is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
`Many diseases are spread by not washing hands with soap and water as germs are carried on the hands without knowing.”
Nwekpe, former Chairman of Association of Nigeria Medical Laboratory Scientists, Enugu State chapter, also urged teachers to make the practice of hand washing compulsory in schools “so that children will grow with the habit.”
He further urged school proprietors to make clean running water and soap available for pupils and students in and around classrooms and toilets for regular hand washing.
He also urged parents to teach their children and wards the importance of hand washing with clean water and soap always, adding that it would help the family as a whole to stay healthy.