Nat’l cleanliness, hygiene campaign begins

Staff Correspondent

4 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

A nationwide campaign has begun to raise awareness among citizens to follow the practices of cleanliness and hygiene for good health.

Dettol Harpic Porichchonno Bangladesh and Bangladesh Scouts jointly organised the campaign starting from Tuesday. It will continue till October 19. Md Shah Kamal, disaster management and relief secretary and national commissioner for social development and health, inaugurated the programme at the central Shaheed Minar yesterday.

Scouts and others stood in queue carrying pledge boards and banners displaying cleanliness tips and slogan.

The campaigners urged people to dump waste materials in specific place, educate children on cleanliness, help make their life healthy and clean, wash hands before meal, and keep toilet clean and sanitised.

The campaigners urged the pedestrians to use footbridge and zebra crossing while crossing road.

Later, the campaign took place in Kakrail, Nilkhet, Shahbag and TSC areas. The campaign will run in 25 areas of Dhaka, two of Gopalganj and three of Chandpur.

Speaking on the occasion, Md Shah Kamal read out a written statement of State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman who could not attend the programme on account of illness.

“I sincerely thank Bangladesh Scouts for taking initiative to build a clean Bangladesh. Bangladesh Scouts is a special organisation aiming to build ideal citizen of the country.”

Besides education, they have been assisting the government in various activities including environmental protection, tree planting operation relief distribution, prevention of early child marriage and blood donation programmes.

Dettol Harpic cleanliness campaign supported by Bangladesh scouts will pave the way for promoting good health and hygiene.

Munshi Shahabuddin Ahmed, Secretary for Technical and Madrasah Education, President of DU Teachers Association Prof. Dr ASM Maksud Kamal, Salauddin Ahmed Tarek, Marketing Manager of Reckitt Benckiser, Porichchonno Bangladesh’ campaign ambassador and prominent film star Riaz addressed the event.

Bangladesh Scouts and Reckitt Benckiser Bangladesh signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on February to hold the countrywide cleanliness and safety campaign. Earlier, Reckitt Benckiser Bangladesh organized cleanliness awareness campaigns.

People are not only being aware of the hygiene issues but also being trained by the campaigners. They laid emphasis on destroying Aedes mosquito breeding grounds to control dengue.

To add festivity to the campaign, organizers hosted a friendly cricket match and other festivities. It is for the first time that scouts participated in such scheme.