UNILEVER Nigeria Plc has relaunched Lifebuoy soap, the company has said, adding that the reintroduction of the health soap is part of its global campaign to advance critical hygiene interventions such as hand washing to address the challenges of preventable diseases in the country.
Speaking during the unveiling ceremony in Lagos on Thursday, the Category Manager, Skin Cleansing, Unilever, Mr. Osato Evbuomwan, said only 13 per cent of people washed their hands with soap and water before handling foods.
This behaviour, he said, would cause bacteria and other infections in the body.
Evbuomwan explained that the company had partnered non-governmental organisations such as Wellbeing Foundation Africa and Sightsavers to achieve its objective of improving hygiene practices through hand washing with soap and water.
This hand washing behaviour, he said, would improve the maternal and child wellbeing of more than two million people in the country.
He pointed out that more than 215,000 children under the age of five in Nigeria died due to preventable infections such as diarrhoea and pneumonia each year – the highest across Africa.
He said, “The simple act of hand washing with soap and water is one of the most cost-effective, yet often overlooked ways that could have prevented many of these diseases causing death.