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Jakarta Post

Hand-washing campaign attracts North Jakarta residents

  • Eny Wulandari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 11 2010   /  10:57 am

The Tirta Lestari Foundation environmental and sanitation group held a hand-washing campaign on Wednesday in a slum area in Pulo Kandang, North Jakarta, to raise awareness for World Water Day which will fall on March 22.About 200 people took part in hand washing and watching videos.Tea Naibaho, public health promoter of the foundation, said they were still putting more emphasis on their hand-washing campaign due residents’ lack of awareness on the importance of the basic health-care issue.“70 percent of them already know to wash their hands before meals, but only 7 percent of them do so after defecating,” Tea said.Over the past two years, she added, her foundation was working on the campaign not only in Pulo Kandang but also in Cilincing, East Jakarta, Bintaro Lama and Bintaro Baru, Tangerang, Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta and Teluk Gong,West Jakarta.“Those areas are prone to outb...