Mossel Bay Hand-wash Project

In a quest to educate communities, especially children at pre-school level about the benefits of proper health and hygiene habits, Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) from Eden District Municipality’s (Eden DM) Municipal Health Section, regularly visits crèches in the district.

Environmental Health Practitioners busy demonstrating proper hand-wash techniques to toddlers.
Environmental Health Practitioners busy demonstrating proper hand-wash techniques to toddlers

On 20 and 21 October 2016, EHP’s from the Mossel Bay Office, together with the Portfolio Councillor of Community Services, Cllr Khayelethu Lose visited six (6) crèches in Kwanonqaba and Great Brak River.

During these visits, four hundred and fifty (450) toddlers and thirty five (35) teachers were reached and trained regarding the importance of proper hand-wash.

Toddlers and teachers were also trained in methods to improve hygiene behaviours, as well as ways to prevent diarrhoeal and other sanitation and water-related diseases.

One of the key messages communicated, was that good handwashing habits are the first line of defence against the spread of many illnesses, like common colds, to more serious infections, such as diarrhea.

Hand-wash techniques were demonstrated and the importance of using soap, were emphasised.

Incentives, which included soap dispensers, hand-wash soap and paper towels, were handed out.

The project was a great success and feedback received from crèches, was very positive.

Fltr: Ms Monique Anthony - Environmental Health Practitioner, Cllr Lose - Portfolio Chairperson of Community Services, Mr Angus Andries - Environmental Health Practitioner, Mr Sam Bendle - Chief: Municipal Health Services, Ms Rinay Cloete - Environmental Health Practitioner, Mr Mark Baaitjies and Ms Pratricia Baaitjies - Management of Kiddies Corner with some of the toddlers from the crèches
Fltr: Ms Monique Anthony – Environmental Health Practitioner, Cllr Lose – Portfolio Chairperson of Community Services, Mr Angus Andries – Environmental Health Practitioner, Mr Sam Bendle – Chief: Municipal Health Services, Ms Rinay Cloete – Environmental Health Practitioner, Mr Mark Baaitjies and Ms Pratricia Baaitjies – Management of Kiddies Corner with some of the toddlers from the crèches
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