Staying home in this crisis is an important task in safeguarding the country
UNDP, Bangladesh Scouts, Dettol Harpic Porichchonno Bangladesh, and Duronto Television have jointly launched an online competition, titled “Handwash Challenge,” to prevent a further spread of coronavirus.
Anyone, even while staying at home, can take part in this competition by sharing photos and videos of their washing hands for 20 seconds via Facebook, said a release by Concito PR, the media partner for the campaign.
Participants have to upload and post photos or videos of themselves washing hands with #WashHandsBeatCorona and #StayatHome while keeping the privacy of the Facebook post public. They will also have to tag and nominate two other people for the challenge.
Every day 10 lucky winners, to be chosen at random, will be awarded exciting prizes for their efforts in the fight against the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic during the ongoing 10-day government holidays.
Children can also take part in the competition with the help of their elders, who will assist them in washing their hands properly to stay safe from the deadly virus.
The principal coordinator of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Md Abul Kalam Azad, who is also president of Bangladesh Scouts, said: "The closure of educational institutions does not mean that students should stop learning. I urge parents to ensure that students continue their studies from home and not leave home.
“Staying home in this crisis is an important task in safeguarding the country.”
Echoing his views, Khurshid Alam, assistant resident representative of UNDP, urged parents to encourage their children to participate in the competition and empower them to develop new ideas and innovation.
Meanwhile, Salahuddin Tareq, chief coordinator of Dettol Harpic Porichchonno Bangladesh, said: “Our safety is in our own hands. All need to wash and clean their hands properly to stay protected. So unless it is an emergency, let's all stay at home and make our family members aware of the need to frequently wash their hands.
Md Ali Haider, head of program at Duranto Television, said: "Currently, we are trying to do everything that we can to combat the coronavirus outbreak. I’m hopeful that Bangladesh will return to normal soon.”