By Chinedu Adonu

ENUGU – Nigerian Red Cross Society has sensitized over 300 students of Community Secondary School Akpoga-Nike, Enugu, on the importance of personal and environmental hygiene.

The sensitization exercise is part of the organization’s commitment towards cultivating the habit of good personal and environmental hygiene in students from early age.

Speaking during the exercise, Health Coordinator of the Red Cross in Enugu State, Mrs Jessie Maduekwe admonished the students to maintain good personal and environmental hygiene, “which is essential to promoting good health and keeping bacteria and viruses at bay”.

She further said that “students should be agents of behavioural change in school and in their homes, by adopting good hygiene practices and proper hand-washing”.

While appreciating the organization, the Principal of the school Mr Raphael Ndubuisi commended the Nigerian Red Cross Society for championing hygiene promotion in the state and for bringing the campaign to Akpoga-Nike.

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“I thank the Red Cross for extending this important sensitization to this school. We are so grateful and we will reciprocate by putting this enormous knowledge into practice.

“With what we have learnt today, I believe it will be very beneficial to the students because most of them suffer from hygiene related issues which can be prevented with good hygiene practices,” he said.

The principal however decried the lack of hand-washing facilities and other necessities that can promote good health.

The visibly excited students expressed their happiness, while promising to be advocates of good hygiene. One of the pupils, Emeka Eze, said he would onwards keep himself and his environment clean.

“I am grateful to the Red Cross Society for visiting our school today. I have learnt that keeping ourselves and our environment clean can prevent us from getting sick.

Another student, Chinenye Ugwu said she will take what she has learnt home to educate her family on the importance of good hygiene.

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