By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
As part of activities to commemorate the 2020 Global Handwashing Day, Center for Media Advocacy for Mother and Child (CAMAC), on Friday took it’s 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, bucket, dustbin, detergent and disinfectant to the motor park and market to help in keeping their toilets clean and encourage them to keep a clean environment.
Market women and female travelers had expressed dismay over the absence of such materials when a team from CAMAC, visited the motor park early last week to know how women friendly the motor park and market toilet is.
Global Handwashing Day is observed 15th October annually to foster and support a general culture of handwashing with soap in all societies. Shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing in each country and to raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap.
Addressing the officials, members of the Motor Park and Market Women on Friday, Program Officer of CAMAC, Miss. Christina Alex, 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.”
“There is need for extra hygiene especially for women in public places such as the Markets and Motor Parks, hence the need for us as an NGO to enlighten the public about the importance of hand washing to human health in the society.
“Women and girls needs period friendly toilets which must have clean water, soap and should be 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 the public toilets in the park, CAMAC’s Program Officer, stressed the need for the management to ensure frequent washing of the toilets and hand washing equipment are put in place.
Responding, the Secretary, 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 focus 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 problem. As well as creating awareness and sensitizing the public on the above areas.