by Juliana K. Tauna, Kaduna
The Center for Media Advocacy for Mother and Child (CAMAC) has on Friday stressed the need for extra hygiene, especially for women in public places such as the markets and motor parks.
Addressing members of the Motor Park and Market Women on Friday, the Program Officer of CAMAC, Miss Christina Alex, said there is need for the NGO to enlighten the public about the importance of hand washing to human health in the society.
She said there is need for not just a women-friendly toilet in every public places, but also “period-friendly toilets” for their menstrual hygiene whenever they are in public places.
According to her, “Women and young girls can be at home during their monthly menstrual period, if the toilet facilities in public places are suitable for them. And this can also save them of getting infected by some diseases we call ‘toilet diseases.’
“Women and girls need period-friendly toilets, which must have clean water, soap and should be clean all the time, especially during menstruation.
“Girls may miss schools during their period due to lack of conducive toilets. Women may also miss work and market because there is no adequate facilities put in place. And that has some effects on the economy and education of the women and girls.
“And that’s why we are here to enlighten you all, even though some of you are above the menstrual age, but you have daughters at home, who you can also educate.”
While commending the National Union of Road Transportation Workers (NURTW) for its efforts in maintaining and managing public toilets in the park, CAMAC’s program officer stressed the need for the management to ensure frequent washing of the toilets and to ensure hand washing equipment are put in place.
The activities were part of the commemoration of the 2020 Global Hand-washing Day by Center for Media Advocacy for Mother and Child (CAMAC), which took its Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) campaign to Kantin Kwari Market and Motor Park in Kaduna.
During the campaign, CAMAC also donated hand washing materials such as soaps, buckets, dustbins, detergents and disinfectants to the motor park and market to help in keeping their toilets clean, and encouraged them to maintain a clean environment.
Global Hand-washing Day is observed on 15th October annually to foster and support a general culture of hand-washing with soap in all societies; shine a spotlight on the state of hand-washing in each country and to raise awareness about the benefits of hand-washing with soap.
Responding, secretary of NURTW, Kanti Kwari branch, Mallam Hussaini Buba, expressed gratitude to CAMAC for the sensitization campaign to enlighten people on maintaining good hygiene in public places.
He however, urged the NGO to enlighten women on frequent washing of hands and to avoid putting money in their breast, which he said can cause cancer.
CAMAC is a media advocacy group that focuses on advocating for policies and programmes that favour vulnerable women, adolescent girls and children in areas of education, health, child’s rights, protection, development and survival, while also drawing the attention of government and other stakeholders to their plight, with the view to finding lasting solutions to their problems, as well as creating awareness and sensitizing the public on the above areas.