Continuous Writing: Writing Speeches for Specific Purposes II.
The following is an opening address presented by Idris Musa, the Health Prefect of the Comprehensive Secondary School, Kuru, Jos, on ‘’Adolescent Hygiene’’ as a part of the school’s health week.
A Speech Presented at the Opening Ceremony of Comprehensive Secondary School, Kuru, Jos Health Week Celebrations by Idris Musa, Health Prefect at the School Dining Hall on 7th February 2011.
The Chairman, Jos Local Government Area, Alhaji A.T. Hassan,
The Principal, Comprehensive Secondary School, Kuru, Mrs. A. Alakija,
The Vice-Principals here present,
Respected Members of Staff,
Parents and Guardians here present,
Ladies and Gentlemen.
I am very happy to stand here today to give this opening speech on a topic of great importance to present-day youths. ‘’Health is wealth’’ is a popular saying we all know. To maintain good health requires many things among which is hygiene. Hygiene refers to the process of keeping oneself and one’s surroundings clean in order to prevent illness. Maintaining good hygiene, therefore, involves personal and external hygiene.
Personal hygiene involves taking our bath regularly, cleaning our teeth by brushing or using a chewing stick, keeping our nails and hair clean, and keeping our clothing clean.
We need to take our bath at least twice a day because adolescents sweat a lot due to the excessive activities and games they participate in. Sweat, which is not washed off through bathing, leads to body odour, skin rashes, itching, and even boils. Constant taking of bath with a mild toilet soap clears the body of these sweat-induced problems.
Brushing of the teeth with a chewing stick or a good toothbrush and a paste is another way of maintaining good oral hygiene. Lack of good oral hygiene leads to tooth decay which, in turn, leads to such oral diseases as gingivitis, cancer of the gum, and tooth abscess. More importantly, there is mouth odour which makes people uncomfortable whenever you speak. The mouth diseases are caused by bacteria that feed on food particles left between the teeth after eating. Unless these food particles are brushed off, the bacteria find them fertile ground for breeding and causing havoc to the gum and teeth.
Other good grooming habits include keeping our nails and hair clean. Long and dirty nails are the breeding ground for germs. These germs metamorphosize into worms in the stomach and intestines. Worms cause death because they feed on our blood and make us anaemic. Lack of blood in our bodies reduces our immune system. Consequently, the white corpuscles in the body cannot fight the germs that cause different types of diseases in our body. In addition, our hairs, especially, female hair need to be taken care of. Their hair, if not washed regularly and combed, is a breeding ground for lice. Such hair causes hair odour. Our clothes need to be washed and ironed to make us look neat and welcomed wherever we go.
The second type of hygiene which is necessary to an adolescent is external hygiene. External hygiene means keeping our environment clean. No matter how much we brush our teeth and comb our hair, no matter how clean or well-groomed we are, we can still get sick if our environment is filthy. We need to ensure that the grasses are well cut and waterlogged places remain dry. This will prevent mosquitoes and flies that cause different kinds of diseases by breeding in these places. Malaria is a household word. Mosquitoes cause it. We know how deadly malaria is to our health.
As youths, we need to project a good self-image. We need to maintain good health in order to face the challenges of the future. But, we can only achieve these by maintaining good hygiene at all stages of life. I, therefore, urge all of us to develop good hygiene as part of our daily routine.
Thank you for listening and eventually doing what you have heard.
Comprehensive Secondary School,
Source: Intensive English for SSS2.
Criticize the essay in terms of its adherence to the conventions of speech writing.
As the Sports Prefect of your school, write a speech you will deliver during your school’s orientation day on sports. The title of your speech is ‘’Sports for Healthy Living.’’
You may use the following guidelines:
- Introduce the speech, stating its purpose.
- Discuss why sports is necessary for healthy living.
- Give examples of sporting activities the students can engage in for healthy living and how they promote health.
- Conclude by encouraging bookworms to engage in sports.
- Sign off as appropriate.