Blantyre, One of the Country’s Charitable organization, Extra Mile Development Foundation (EMDEF), has embarked on a campaign to engage children in hygiene practices as one way of preventing communicable diseases that comes due to lack of cleanliness.
EMDEF Director Towera Ngwira told Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Thursday that the campaign targets children in various communities and schools across the country.
She said, so far, the exercise, has been conducted in Mzuzu, where over 60 children have been oriented on proper routine hygiene such as bathing and brushing teeth regularly and that plans are underway to carry out similar campaign to other districts.
We believe some diseases such as cough and flue could be prevented if children who are mostly vulnerable are inculcated with tips on personal hygiene such as washing hands with soap before eating, bathing and brushing teeth regularly among others hence our interventions.
Besides, we are also sensitising them on topics like road safety tips and sporting activities as well as important morals and positive affirmations to live by in order to boost their confidence and self-esteem, she explained.
Meanwhile, the organization has established a club to act as a platform for children to remind each other on tips about personal hygiene and also relay the same information to others.
With this, we are assured of the continuity of the practice because we are engaging them at a tender age. We therefore urge parents and guardians to practice the same (hygiene) in their respective homes and surroundings, she explained.
Ministry of Health Spokesperson Joshua Malango has since commended EMDEF for the campaign observing that the initiative is in line with the National Health Policy that prioritized prevention of communicable diseases among people including children.
The Foundation is complementing the ministry efforts in improving child health, survival rates and well-being and this is the way to go as the nation. As such, i urge other organizations to emulate the good gesture, he emphasized.
Established in 2015, EMDEF seeks to improve the economic, nutrition, health and educational status of vulnerable young people in the country.
Source: MANA Online