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Kenya aims for Guinness Book of Records for hand washing

11 October 2012, 11:15 Oduor Omondi

Kenya hopes to enter the coveted Guinness Book of Records by registering 1million children washing their hands at the same time (11.00Am) on October 15, 2012 across the country.

Nyando District Public Health Officer, Mr. Nicholas Makotsi said the event is marked every year to stress on the important role that hand washing plays in the prevention and control of diseases associated with poor hygiene and sanitation.

Makotsi revealed that to achieve the not so easy task, all the 47 Counties are supposed to register 22, 000 children washing their hands simultaneously on October 15 at 11.00 Am.

“Nyando District will be required to register 3,700 children as its contribution to Kisumu County’s target”, he said.

Children in Nyando District will wash their hands simultaneously at; St. Anne’s Ahero, Okanja, Kolunga, Onjiko, Karanda, Boya and Bernard’s Vision primary schools.

In a circular letter copied to various departmental heads, Makotsi insisted that to make the day a success some logistical support is required.

These include; water for hand washing, soap (preferably bar soap), hand washing facilities (if no alternative leaky tins can be improvised), continuous piped water supply, snacks (biscuits, sodas or water for the participating children) and transport.

Makotsi stated that adjudicators will be sent from Nairobi to oversee the activities in the venues.


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