Wateraid donates hand washing machines to two primary schools

16Oct 2020
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Wateraid donates hand washing machines to two primary schools

WATERAID Tanzania has donated hand washing machines worth 19m/- to two primary schools in Kisarawe District, Coast Region to support them fight epidemic diseases including cholera.

The machines were handed over yesterday in Chanzige A and Chanzige B Primary schools as part of the commemoration of the Global Hand-washing Day which is commemorated on October 15 of every year.

Speaking during the event, WaterAid country director Anna Mzinga said that they recognise the importance of the day and for this year, the organisation decided to join pupils and teachers in the two schools by supporting them with equipment to prevent the spread of outbreak diseases.

This is a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of hand washing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

“Apart from the equipment, we have also educated the pupils on the importance of valuing their health through frequent hand washing using running water because by doing so they will prevent spread of cholera and other epidemic diseases,” she said.

According to her, the fight against corona succeeded because the public adhered to precaution measures which included frequent hand-washing.

 “So, WaterAid joins the government’s campaign which emphasizes frequent hand washing with soap and running water to prevent diseases, the campaign aims at improving water services and environmental health. It aims at changing people’s perceptions and behaviour towards hand washing,” she said.

Mzinga noted that without investing in better water services and environmental health in settlements, schools, health centres and other institutions, the areas will be homes of epidemic diseases thus affecting lives of people.

For her part, Kisarawe District Administrative Secretary (DAS) Mwanana Uwesu commended WaterAid for the support calling on the schools’ management to supervise the equipment ensuring that they emphasize hand washing in the areas.

“Diseases also affects attendance of pupils in class, without being health a child will fail to concentrate in class or even fail to attend to school, all these affect the whole future of the child, so the government will continue supervising to ensure that all health precaution measures are adhered to by the community,” she said.

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