Pwani oil in partnership with Kenya Red Cross Society, Swahilipot Hub and Kenya Ports Authority today marked the global handwashing day at the Likoni Ferry, advocating for handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.
The manufacturer further unveiled Detrex Handwash soap during the exercise.
Commenting on the initiative, Pwani Oil Commercial Director Rajul Malde said that to protect Kenyans from diseases, hand hygiene needs to become an integral part of every person’s daily routine and life through the pandemic period and beyond.
“Global handwashing day is an annual reminder to everyone that handwashing with soap is a simple and affordable way to keep ourselves healthy and to avoid spreading germs. This year, as is our culture, we took time to educate and encourage the public on the importance of handwashing while highlighting the critical role hand hygiene plays in disease transmission,” Said Malde.
The exercise comes on the backdrop of Covid-19 which has seen handwashing with soap stand out as one of the best defense against the virus, along with other public health measures.
Signifying the critical role and value of handwashing, thousands of commuters washed their hands at designated handwashing points, displaying how a simple, cost-effective practice can save lives.
According to Mr Malde, Detrex is an antibacterial handwash soap that kills 99.9% germs. It has a medicinal fragrance and leaves hands hydrated and is available in 300ml.
Early last year, the manufacturer partnered with Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) to provide soap and hand-washing kits for thousands of commuters on the ferry as part of ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the country.
The ferry service provides transport to over 300,000 pedestrians and 6,000 vehicles daily at the Likoni Channel in Mombasa and Kisumu, making it one of the largest public transport providers in the region.
Meanwhile, The Kenya Red Cross Society Mombasa branch board Chairperson Mahmoud Noor appealed to locals to embrace hygiene by simply washing their hands.
Noor said the humanitarian body has been engaging the public on the importance of maintaining simple hygiene practices in their homes so as to prevent germs.
[Pwani Oil Products Brand Executive Effie Njau (right) and Elizabeth Wachira, Corporate Affairs representative KPA assist Mombasa resident Aaron Mutiso (left), to wash hands. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
Noor said today’s gesture at the Likoni ferry channel needs to be practiced on daily basis especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“When we engage our children in such simple but effective health and hygiene practices we are protecting them and ourselves from contracting various diseases that are caused by germs,” disclosed Mr Noor.