Putrajaya –Antabax in collaboration with the Malaysian Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education launched the Clean Hand, Save Lives (Tangan Bersih Hidup Sihat) campaign to increase health preparedness among school children to reduce the spread of communicable diseases such as Covid-19 and Influenza.
The launch was held at Sekolah Kebangsaan Putrajaya Presint 11(3)on Wednesday.
The Clean Hand, Save Lives (Tangan Bersih Hidup Sihat) campaign developed by Antabax simplifies health preparedness through storytelling, colourful visuals, songs and choreographed movements that help children identify the signs and symptoms of common communicable diseases and teaches them preventive measures that can reduce their risk of contracting and spreading communicable diseases, and teaches them what to do if they or their friends are feeling unwell.
Globally, the first line of defence for communicable diseases such as Covid-19 and Influenza A is to wash hands frequently,or sanitise with an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if hands are not visibly dirty to kill germs on hands and avoid transferring these germs to the face, mouth or nose where they can more easily get into the respiratory system.
“Hand washing is a crucial precaution the public have to take now. Through this campaign, we hope that children will know the importance of hand washing and other basic hygiene practices that can helpreduce the spread of communicable diseases,” said Azman Ab Rashid, Principal Assistant Director, Health Education division, Malaysian Health Ministry.
More than 300 children and teachers from Sekolah Kebangsaan Presint 11 (3) Putrajaya participated in the health preparedness campaign where they learned the basics of the campaign conducted by a team from the District Health Office, Putrajaya.
Antabax, a homegrown Malaysian brand of Halal hand soap, bar soap, shower cream, hand sanitisers and wipes has been actively championing health preparedness in Malaysia for over a decade.
“Over many campaigns, we have developed content that children understand, remember and practice, that can assist in reducing the spread of communicable diseases.
“We also contribute our products, so that they have the essentials at hand and at home.
“It is proven that Clean Hand, Save Lives campaign, so wash your hands frequently and correctly to reduce the spread of infectious diseases using Antabax or any other brand of hand soap or sanitiser. The key is to keep your hands clean,”said Mr Francis Ng, Senior General Manager of Antabax.
Nur Hakimah binti Roslan, a teacher from Sekolah Kebangsaan Presint 11(3) Putrajaya said that the campaign was well-received by the students as it used easy to understand illustrations, songs and games that delivered the important message that clean hands save lives.
“Having the Ministry of Health team demonstrate the hygiene steps made the children realise the seriousness of communicable diseases such as influenza, at the same time the storytelling by Antabax helped them remember the steps better,” she said.
“I know how to wash my hands correctly, to cover my nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, to stay a safe distance from people who are unwell, and to tell adults if I have the signs of influenza. Clean hands save lives,” said Zuhaira, a student from SekolahKebangsaanPresint 11(3) Putrajaya.
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