Society / Health & Science
Monday, 17 Oct 2016 20:47 EATbmulu@kenyafreepress.com
The Kitui District Public Health Officer, Faith Kanini Mutinda, has called upon the local people to make handwashing a habit for their own health benefit. The medic said that the handwashing prevents many dirt-borne human diseases including cholera, typhoid, dysentery, diarrhoea, trachoma and amoebiasis.
Ms Mutinda was speaking to hundreds of school children, parents and teachers during this year’s Global Handwashing Day marked at Kamandio Primary School in Kitui District of Kitui County where the function had been organised by the Fred Hollows Foundation in conjunction with the Kitui County government and the Kenya Integrated Water and Sanitation Programme (KIWSP). “It is also good for you to be sensitive about your hands because there are so many things that are touched by people,” the medic said.
She advised the residents to wash their hands using clean water with soap. Ms Mutinda highly the Fred Hollows Foundation for supporting and promoting the hygiene and sanitation activities in primary schools in Kitui County. She announced that the foundation has been promoting hygiene activities in Kitui County since 2012.
The medic announced that they are currently doing hygiene promotion in 15 primary schools in Miambani Division, Kitui District. She also announced that they are also going to choose another 15 primary schools in Miambani Division after they have trained the first batch. She coordinates the non-governmental organisation’s facial cleanliness and environmental sanitation promotion in the county.
Ms Mutinda, who disclosed that the NGO supports 12 of the Kenya’s 47 counties including Kitui, said that they do the promotion by partnering with the schools health clubs. The Fred Foundation works towards dealing with eye complications including trachoma, glaucoma, cataract and blindness.
Ms Mutinda thanked the clubs for hygiene promotion, and also the Kenya Integrated Water and Sanitation Programme for supporting Kitui County on handwash and nutrition. She disclosed the Kitui District currently has a total of 241 community health volunteers.
In his speech, the Kamandio Location Chief, Onesmus Musili Mumu, thanked the Kitui County Public Health Office for choosing the Kamandio Primary School as the county’s venue for the event. The chief asked Ms Mutinda to provide them (the residents of Miambani Division) with some extra community health volunteers as per their area’s terrain.
Boniface is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Kitui County