Govt asked to start hygiene awareness at Panahgahs

Official says facilities set up at entrances of five panahgahs, shelter homes


Our Correspondent October 16, 2021

ISLAMABAD:

Chairperson Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change Senator Seemi Ezdi on Friday said the government started hand hygiene awareness through proper hand washing facilities at the entrance of Panahgahs during the testing times of pandemic.

She was addressing the Global Hand Washing Day celebration organised by the German International Development Agency (GIZ), German Embassy, UNICEF Pakistan, WaterAid and partnered by the Ministry of Climate Change and Sanitation for Millions.

Senator Ezdi said at least five panahgahs or shelter homes were established in the federal capital where proper water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities, specifically hand washing sinks, were set up at the entrances.

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"It has helped in reducing disease spread among the people staying at the Panahgahs and also promoted education and awareness on hand hygiene among the marginalised strata of the society," she said.

The Senate body chair also mentioned that hand washing; sanitation and social distancing became a new normal that would stay in the public life style for some years. She suggested that hand washing stations should be established at the schools to inculcate hand washing among the children for mobilisation of younger cohorts to adopt best hygiene practices.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 16th, 2021.

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