The Forum of Adamawa State Indigenes in the National Assembly (FASINA), in collaboration with Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has sensitized primary school pupils and junior secondary school students on personal hygiene in the state.
The forum also distributed hygiene kits to the students in Shelleng, Demsa, Mubi South, Michika, Gombi and Fufore local government areas.
Speaking during the outreach, Secretary of the forum, Khalid Umar stressed the need for pupils and students to ensure regular hand washing, bathing at least two times daily, brushing of teeth and sweeping the environment as well as knowing the menstrual hygiene for female students, among others.
According to him, the forum in conjunction with UBEC decided to initiate the programme to teach the younger ones on personal hygiene to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
He said maintaining a high level of personal hygiene will help to increase self esteem and confidence, adding that poor personal hygiene risks transfer of contagious diseases.
Khalid encouraged parents and guardians to closely monitor the personal hygiene of their children to protect them from diseases.
Speaking also, another member of the forum, Aliyu Bazza said two hundred pupils across the six local government councils benefitted from the programme
Recieving the FASINA team in his palace, the district head of Bodwai in Shelleng local government area Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim commended FASINA and UBEC for the initiative.
Among members of the FASINA who embarked on the sensitization tour is Welfare Secretary of the forum Malik Medugu DG and Engineer Musa Garba Tumba.
Items distributed to the pupils include toilet papers, pads, exercise books, and soaps.