About 20 schools in 6 Local Government Area of Kwara state are to benefit from Hygiene Quest supported by the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) in partnership with Reckitt through its Dettol brand in Nigeria.
The program officers of Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) Kehinde Akinsola stated this in Ilorin, Kwara state capital while speaking with newsmen.
According to Akinsola, “The Wellbeing Foundation Africa -Dettol Hygiene Quest curriculum aims to educate, empower and inspire school children to practice healthy hygiene habits, to achieve increase in hand washing incidence and reduce diarrhea cases.”
“We have started here in one of the schools where we will pay two visits to teach pupils about the unseen and the seen world, this program will be taken to 32 communities and 13 community health centers where we will be teaching pregnant women the importance of handwashing as they expect their new born babies, issues of Hygiene and also in line with the 360 mama care WBFA is currently running in Kwara state.” he added.
For the communities, Akinsola concluded that the Hygiene Quest will persuade residents within communities to inculcate the habit of hand washing with champions emerging in places visited. About two thousand student direct beneficiaries and ten thousand indirect beneficiated from the students who emerge as champions educating their peers and others.
Also speaking ,a Nurse Busari Asmawu with Wellbeing Foundation Africa partnering with Reckitt averred that the importance of the Hygiene Quest “is to inculcate hand washing habits into pupils to prevent them from unseen germs that can give them ailments that debar them from school activities .When these pupils are used to hand washing, its becomes an habit for them “.
For 12 months, Dettol Nigeria in partnership with the WBFA, will be accelerating the Hygiene Quest’s program in the FCT, Abuja, Lagos and Kwara State with the aim to educate and aid behaviour change in children’s hygiene habits and reduce the incidence of illness and sick days from school. This in turn will have a profound, generational, impact on health, education, and development.