KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – To mark the 2020 Global Handwashing Day, the Center for Media Advocacy for Mother and Child (CAMAC), on Friday took sanitation and hygiene campaign to Kantin Kwari Market and Motor Park in the Kaduna metropolitan city.
The group donated hand washing materials such as soaps, buckets, dustbins, detergents and disinfectants among others, to management of the motor park and market for maintenance of toilets and a clean environment.
Some market women and travelers had expressed dismay over the absence of such materials when CAMAC earlier visited the motor park last week to ascertained how friendly the motor park and market toilets were on women.
Addressing operators of the motor park, members of the National Union of Road Transportation Workers, (NURTW), market women, the Programme Officer of CAMAC, Ms Christina Alex, said there is need for not just women friendly toilets in every public places, but also women’s monthly cycle friendly toilets for their menatrual hygiene whenever they are in such places.
She added that women and young girls can be at home during their period if toilet facilities in such places are not suitable for them, and this could save them from getting toilet infections.
“Women and girls need period friendly toilets which must have clean water and soap; as 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 toilet facilities put in place in such places; and this has some effects on the economy and education of the women and girls.
“That is why CAMAC is 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,” she said.
While commending the NURTW for its efforts in maintaining and managing public toilets in the park, Ms Alex urged the management to ensure frequent washing of the toilets and hand washing equipment are put in place.
Responding, the NURTW Secretary, 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 group to enlighten the women on frequent washing of hands and to avoid putting money in their breasts which he feared could cause cancer.
The Global Handwashing Day is observed on October 15, annually to foster and support a general culture of handwashing with soap in all societies.
It is also to shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing in each country and to raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap.