Global Handwashing Day is making waves in Jharkhand with the state observing it as part of its Hygiene Promotion Campaign.
The campaign was launched at Lalgutuwa School in Nagri Block of Ranchi district on September 8. This flag off rolled out the campaign in all schools and it is slated to be continued as Village Health and Nutrition Days (VHND) upto Jharkhand’s Foundation Day on 15 November, 2012.
This initiative is being conducted with the leadership of the Government of Jharkhand. A unique partnership between the Drinking Water & Sanitation Department, Health Department, Department of Social Welfare, Jharkhand Education Project Council and UNICEF has evolved to spearhead the campaign.[nggallery id=16]
The Global Handwashing Day is a special milestone of this Hygiene Promotion Campaign wherein the state level observance is being done once again in Lalgutuwa school.
Simultaneously all state headquarters will be observing the day as students in all schools will remember “handwashing” as a critical behaviour for their survival and well-being.
The state level observance of Global Handwashing Day was held at Lalgutuwa today and was graced by Navin Jaiswal,MLA from Hatia, who was the Chief Guest.
Shardendu Narayan, Engineer-in-Chief, Drinking Water and Sanitation Department, Government of Jharkhand presided over the event. Job Zacariah, Chief of UNICEF in Jharkhand and Somnath Basu, Water and Sanitation Specialist also joined the observance in Lalgutuwa.
Speaking on the occasion, Baikunth Pandey of JEPC urged the students to convert the existing knowledge of hygiene into real time practice.
Shardendu Narayan and Jaiswal praised the efforts of the school to organise the event and said that schools would be the ideal platform for propagating hygiene messages. Zacariah also emphasised on the linkages between improved hygiene and better health.
The venue had several exhibitions displaying different aspects of water, sanitation and hygiene components set up by different schools of Ranchi district as well as some NGOs such as MahilaSamakhya and ACE. At the end of the event about 700 students took oath to continue sustained handwashing practices in schools and at home.