Mrs. Solape Hammond

 Sanusi Abdulateef Olajide

In its efforts to further curtail the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic among the populace, the Lagos State government has launched a hand washing challenge tagged: “MyHandsAreSafe”, in partnership with Jumia Nigeria.

The challenge which debuted on Monday, 30th March 2020 is aimed at encouraging regular washing of hands as a potent tool to contain the spread of the virus.

The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Sustainable Development Goals and Investment, Mrs. Solape Hammond made the announcement at a special online event organised by Jumia Nigeria.

According to her, the hand washing challenge will not only teach the citizens the right way to wash their hands, as advised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other health authorities, but also encourage them to imbibe the habit in order to stay safe of the virus and other contagious diseases.

In her words, “In this instance, prevention is not only better than cure – it’s all we have at the moment. The #MyHandsAreSafe challenge is a deliberate effort to use an online viral challenge towards minimising the spread of the disease. The significance of SDG3 (Health and Well-being) and SDG6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) cannot be over-emphasised at this particular time of our national life”.

While appreciating Jumia Nigeria for the partnership, Hammond restated the commitment of the State government to reducing the impact of Coronavirus pandemic through collaboration, noting that her office already has an ongoing programme with Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of Dettol, to educate and teach primary schools pupils the techniques of hand washing and hygiene.

The Special Adviser stated that the programme is expected to reach 50,000 pupils in the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the State.

Shedding more light on the importance of the partnership with the Lagos State government, the Chairperson, Jumia Nigeria, Mrs. Juliet Anammah, said it was a great opportunity to leverage the Organisation’s online ecosystem, in collaboration with the State government, for the benefit of all the citizens.

According to her, all it takes for any resident to take part in the challenge is to upload a 20 seconds video of himself/herself doing the #MyHandsAreSafe using the hashtag #stayhomestsysafe, #Ichallenge and #myHandsAreSafe

She enjoins Lagosians to participate fully in the programme.

She said: “Washing our hands is at least one thing we can all do to support our Government and our healthcare workers who are at the frontline in the battle against the dreaded virus”.


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