15th October is the Global Handwashing Day, a day dedicated to creating awareness on the importance of handwashing. Mtaani Radio has been on the fore front creating awareness and promoting hygiene in all aspects. The year 2016 saw the introduction of a new segment “Wash Wednesday” during the breakfast show Amka na Mtaa. This is a segment that seeks to enhance hygiene by tackling the issues that result to poor hygiene, economic impact when hygiene is neglected and how best to enhance proper hygiene.
Proper handwashing is effective in the prevention of various diseases such as diarrhea, typhoid, cholera, bilharzia, amoeba, dysentery among others. Hand washing is effective in that it helps in removing germs, prevents the spreading of germs to other people as well as prevent one from getting sick.
To commemorate Global Handwashing Day Mtaani Radio in partnership with Shalom House, Ministry of Health Dagoretti North, Kadamwa CBO, Inlab and the County of Nairobi organized an outdoor activity, in form of a procession. The activity was centered on creating awareness on the importance of this particular day as well as handwashing in its totality.
The procession began at Kivuli center, where it was flagged off by Magaret Sunguti, Health Officer Dagoretti North. The procession culminated at Kinyanjui Road Primary School, where more than 7 primary and secondary schools were part and parcel of the procession. Also present were Mtaani Radio fans and members of the community at large.
This year’s theme is; Making Hand Washing a habit. It is important to ensure that our hands are clean especially at critical times; before preparing food, before eating, after visiting the toilet and after changing the babies’ diapers. Children from Five Star Academy in Kangemi recited a simple poem that highlighted the simple steps during hand-washing. They include wet your hands, lather, scrub, rinse and dry. Washing of hands with soap and water is the most effective way of cleaning of hands but in absence of water and soap one can use sanitizers that are alcohol based.