Sunday, 8 October 2017

C’river Governor’s wife declares Global hand washing day Open in Calabar

 |Ukorebi Esien|08 October, 2017
Wife of the digital governor of Cross River State, Dr. Mrs. Linda Ayade has declared the global hand washing day open in Calabar. TDN can report.

The governor’s wife who addressed news men and stakeholders in the health sector of cross river state in a breakfast meeting held at the Office of the Wife of the Governor’s complex, Moore Road, Calabar as part of the activities to kick off the global hand washing day slated for October 15th, disclosed that the culture of hand washing plays a contributory role in ensuring the good health she has enjoyed over the years.

In her words:
 'Perhaps, a contributory reason for the good health I have enjoyed over the years is because I have continually washed my hands with soap over a dozen times daily. And this is one of the most inexpensive ways of preventing diseases and staying healthy!

Her Excellency, while stressing the import of the meeting which she said has to do with saving of lives and should not be undermined by anyone, expressed profound delight in hosting hygiene and sanitation stakeholders in Cross River, observing that hand washing constitute an inexpensive way of preventing diseases.

‘Despite the brevity of this breakfast meeting, our reason for gathering here today is very important and should not be undermined. This year’s theme, YOUR HANDS, YOUR FUTURE simply says it all as hand washing remains the single most effective way of preventing killer diseases.’

Mrs. Ayade further informed that she was looking forward to formally partnering with United Purpose in view of making a huge impact in Cross River. 

'United Purpose, through the RUSHPIN and CHISHPIN programmes, has reached an estimated 1,844 communities in the six LGAs of Cross River State out of which 1,325 are now Open Defecation-Free and practicing safe hygiene. I believe that in the near future, the State Government will be able to raise some more of the required counterpart funding ensure that other parts of the state can be impacted by the campaign that has made Obanliku Local Government Area the first Open Defecation-Free LGA in Nigeria. 

'I am counting on the budding relationship that has developed between MDF, United Purpose and myself: together we can make a huge impact on Cross River State and I look forward to the development of a document that will articulate an even closer working partnership between us for the good of Cross Riverians', Ayade said earlier. 

High point of the meeting was signing of the declaration and handwashing demonstration by her Excellency and other stake holders’ presents

Present at the Breakfast Meeting were Country Director, United Purpose, Tim Connell; Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong; DG of Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu; Hand Washing Ambassador, Sunny Neji; DG of RUWATSA, representatives of PZ Cussons Foundation, Premier Cool, Carex, etc.