A public health physician, Dr. Nkechi Olalere, has said that handwashing can reduce the risk of contracting respiratory infections, such as pneumonia. According to Olalere, surveys by the World Health Organisation, show that hand washing with soap is the first line of defense against the spread of cold to more serious illnesses, such as meningitis, bronchiolitis, influenza, hepatitis A, and diarrhoea. She said, “This is where hand washing comes in. Research has shown that with hand washing, the contracting of many diseases can be cut by 50 per cent. That is why the message of hand washing with soap is worth repeating.”
“Your hands do not have to be dirty before you clean it sometimes, hands may appear to be clean but still carry germs because they pick up micro-organisms in a number of ways. Washing and drying hands properly can help prevent the spread of the organisms that cause these diseases. Meanwhile, the Brand Communications Manager, Procter and Gamble, Mr. Ayotomiwa Ajewole, said it was important for parents to teach their children to adopt the hand washing culture. Teaching them to adopt their hands, he says, is the way to reduce infant mortality which at present is high in the country.

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