Written by: Wahida Sabir

Soap has a detergent that could clean dirt, oily dots and would destroy germs. Almost all Afghans use various kinds of soap but in some schools, there are no water and soap for students to wash their hands and they might face some health problems.

Regarding this issue, AEPO’s writer/producer has talked to some students and a physician.

Mr. Mujtaba, a student in one Kabul city schools says that he is always suffering from stomachache because there is no water in their school and students could not wash their hands after going to the toilet.

Ms.Ruqia, a resident of Nangarhar province says that they do not have water in the school for drinking and hand washing. due to this problem, she suffers from typhoid.

Ms. Firoz Bakht, a resident of Baghlan province says that they have water in the school but there is no soap to wash hands with after going to the toilet.

Muhammad Farouq Safi, internist and pediatrician in Child Health Hospital, Kabul city says: “children who do not wash their hand after going to toilet, especially at home or in the school, they might face different diseases as polio, diarrhea, giardiasis, amoeba, typhoid, cholera, hepatitis, anemia, malnutrition and some of them might be threatening to death.

Some school’s administrations have solved this problem.

Ms. Tamana Akhondzadah, one of the teachers in Allae high school, Jalalabad, the capital city of Nangarhar province says:

“We have prepared water and soap in the schoolyard for students and they could wash their hands in needs. We daily inform our student about the importance of hand wash after going to the toilet.”

Ms. Farida Hananzai, the chief of Alae high school says that they practically celebrated the Global Hand Washing Day in their school this year.

Ms. Amarkhail, a resident of Maidan-Wardak province says that she wants her children to wash their hands after going to the toilet in school and at home.