Lil’ doctors spread good hygiene

SK PERPADUAN Kinta, Perak beat 31 primary schools to win RM5,000 cash in Lifebuoy’s Little Doctors’ Programme 2012.

The nationwide inter-school challenge was a 21-day competition supported by the Education Ministry and organised under the Health Ministry’s Little Doctors’ Programme.

The aim was to get school-going children to adopt good hygiene habits, in particular, washing their hands with soap. Each participating school had to nominate a teacher and five pupils (who would play the roles of agents of positive change).

The “little doctors” would then go about creating and performing innovative and interactive activities that would get their fellow pupils practising good hygiene habits daily throughout the 21 days.

Unilever Malaysia and Singapore marketing director Hugo Verkuil said the enthusiasm and creativity showcased by the “little doctors” of SK Perpaduan was amazing.

“In 21 days, they managed to put together a myriad of activities including hygiene talks, hand-washing demonstrations as well as getting their fellow pupils to pledge to practise good hygiene habits.

“They also took to the streets to engage pupils of other schools as well as members of their community,” he said.

He added that it was no surprise the school recorded the most significant improvement in hygiene awareness as well as in the practice of good hygiene habits among the student population.

SK Raja Chulan, Ipoh came in second while third place went to SK Marian Convent, Ipoh.

Both schools received cash prizes of RM3,000 and RM2,000 respectively.

The Lifebuoy Little Doctors’ Programme saw close to 40,000 pupils being exposed to good hygiene habits.

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