Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Good hygiene campaign has many pledging to wash their hands before digging in

KUALA LUMPUR: Many people pledged to practise good hygiene in conjunction with Global Hand washing Day yesterday.

They pledged to wash their hands before eating at the Unilever Malaysia Lifebuoy brand campaign Malaysia, Jom Lebih Sihat!

Under the campaign, 400 employees of the company will try to collect at least 50,000 pledges from people in the Klang Valley.

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin, who launched the event at KL Sentral, said the programme was integral to creating a society that embraced good personal hygiene.

“It is heartening to see corporations contributing to society,” she said.

Among the first to sign the pledge was Australian tourist Lorraine Stone, who believed that hand washing should not only be done before eating.

“I am used to washing my hands many times a day. People need to know how important it is, since diseases can be transmitted even by rubbing one's eyes,” she said.

Immigration officer Archana Mittal, 37, agreed, saying more people, especially those who travel frequently, needed to wash their hands often.

“Even when I am not travelling I still wash them every now and then,” she said.

Pledges were also gathered in Columbia Asia Hospital in Puchong, selected shopping malls, and online via Lifebuoy's Facebook page.


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